In Europe, 1.5 million workers co-own their enterprises. They are called worker cooperatives, social cooperatives or participative enterprises. The documentary reveals why those enterprises show resilience to the crisis through four examples (in Poland, France, Italy and Spain).
A thought-provoking talk from Dan Pallotta about the profit versus the non-profit sectors. A personal reaction to his position: large charities are not always per definition better charities.
In 1968, Robert F. Kennedy challenged the basic way progress and well-being is measured through Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This has only become more relevant since then. See similar arguments here Economists must learn to subtract (Adbusters). An alternative to GDP is proposed here The Genuine Progress Indicator, an alternative to GDP (Ron Colman).
Eisler discusses the need for an economic system that gives visibility and value to two life-sustaining activities: (1) the work of caring and care-giving in families, and (2) the life-sustaining activities of nature.
Food – Who Pays the Price? (October 2008) raises important questions about who produces the food we eat and how. Urbanization, climate change, changing diets in emerging economies and the impact of supermarkets are putting new pressures on the land and changing the face of farming. Meanwhile small farmers around the world are leaving the land in increasing numbers.
In 2009, a group of 28 internationally renowned scientists identified and quantified a set of nine planetary boundaries within which humanity can continue to develop and thrive for generations to come. Crossing these boundaries could generate abrupt or irreversible environmental changes. Nothing really new in this video (see for example, 1972 Limits to Growth study validated (CSIRO)), but it provides a clear and visual summary.
A 60-minutes video documentary of an action research programme on drinking water and public health in Bangladesh, in collaboration with the Arsenic Mitigation and Research Foundation (see also an earlier documentary The Largest Mass Poisoning in History (AMRF) and a shorter 8-minutes version Arsenic Mitigation and Social Mobilisation in Bangladesh (AMRF))
Investment strategist Jeremy Grantham speaks with Richard Burrett after delivering the keynote speech at the April 2012 University of Cambridge Program for Sustainability Leadership. According to Grantham there is no economic theory which contains the idea of a finite world. Here is one: Sustainability and the scale of the economy (Herman Daly). He also briefly discusses thermodynamics. For more details, see here: Second law of thermodynamics (Through the wormhole).
Some questions that came up while watching this: Could open source hardware help achieve a greater global distribution of the means of production, for example in agriculture? Or is it going to lead to further mechanisation for the benefit of the owners of the technology, with further displacement of landless labourers? It will all depend on how they are implemented. Here are some other thoughts on an older, but in my view stronger concept, appropriate technology: Tools of Change (Amulya Reddy) and Appropriate Technology (Ernst Friedrich Schumacher).