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Economy

Economic stability leads to instability (Hyman Minsky)

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Blogs

Good infinity

Cycles of growth and decline in ecology were famously revealed in so-called predator-prey relationships. As foxes eat chickens, chicken reproduction drops, which leaves fewer chickens for foxes to eat. Consequently, the fox population drops, which then allows the chicken population to rebuild. As its food source becomes available again, the fox population also rebuilds and the cycle starts again. Read more…

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Development Economy

Regional currency system

The Chiemgauer is a regional currency that has seen a boom during the global financial crisis.

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Economy

How banks work

There’s a lot of confusion about how banks work and where money comes from. Very few members of the public really understand it. Economics graduates have a slightly better idea, but many university economics courses still teach a model of banking that hasn’t applied to the real world for decades. The worrying thing is that many policy makers and economist still work on this outdated model. In this video course we’ll discover how banks really work, and how money is created.

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Blogs

Decoupling: a key fantasy of the SDG agenda

At the core of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the idea that economic growth (defined as money flow or market value) can be ‘decoupled’ from the physical growth of the economy (resource consumption) and the associated environmental pressures (degradation, pollution). Paradoxically, however, the concept’s main promoters admit that there is virtually no evidence that decoupling works, that the conceptual basis for it is weak, and that even if it were possible it is not politically feasible. Decoupling is, thus, a dangerous fantasy sustained by disavowal – the simultaneous admission and denial – of its impossibility in practice. Read more…

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Development Economy

Measuring quality not quantity (Hazel Henderson)

Hazel Henderson discusses the need to abandon GNP as an indicator, as it entirely misses the mark and does not measure quality of life.

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Talks

Rural roads and inequality

Rammelt, C. F. (2016). Presentation: Rural roads and inequality in Tigray, Ethiopia. The Hague: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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Talks

Tracing the causal loops through local perceptions of rural road impacts in Ethiopia

Rammelt, C. F. (2016). Poster presentation: Tracing the causal loops through local perceptions of rural road impacts in Ethiopia. Utrecht: Utrecht University.
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Economy Environment

10 calories of hydrocarbon energy in every calorie of food (Michael Ruppert)

There are 10 calories of hydrocarbon energy in every calorie of food you eat.

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Development Technology

Technological Disobedience in Cuba (Ernesto Oroza)

In 1991, Cuba’s economy began to implode. “The Special Period in the Time of Peace” was the government’s euphemism for what was a culmination of 30 years worth of isolation. It began in the 60s, with engineers leaving Cuba for America. Ernesto Oroza, a designer and artist, studied the innovations created during this period. He found that the general population had created homespun, Frankenstein-like machines for their survival, made from everyday objects. Oroza began to collect these machines, and would later contextualize it as “art” in a movement he dubbed “Technological Disobedience.”