Publications (8)

donderdag, 21 december 2017 15:37


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The ecological production project of the Green European Foundation (ECOPRO) centralises its focus on the development of sustainable green technologies in a post-growth society. The core idea integral to the project is that the deployment of such green technologies would produce and maintain a green and just societal equilibrium; one that is needed in contrast to the current model we employ of damaging capitalist growth that breeds only austerity, inequality and environmental degradation.
This short text will expose the key assumptions guiding the project "Socioecological Reindustrialisation: Striking the balance of local and global dynamics”. It invites partners and interested stakeholder to comment and deepen the exposed arguments. Multiple perspectives should contribute to mutual learning within the Green movement and beyond.
dinsdag, 22 september 2015 15:17

Piketty’s ecological missing link

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While providing valuable insights about the development of our economic system over time, Thomas Piketty’s work on capital suffers from a critical flaw: like so many economic frameworks, it ignores the limits of the finite resources of our planet – the fact that our ecological capital is rapidly running out. A new unit of measurement which takes this into account is urgently needed.
dinsdag, 22 september 2015 14:59

Sharing is not always sharing

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At first glance, sharing initiatives would appear to be important elements for building an economy based on solidarity and sustainability. Yet, these different models of sharing do not generate the same societal and financial return. Some of them, such as Uber, are forms of ‘sharewashing’. In fact, Uber’s business model, financed by Goldman Sachs, is at the polar opposite of sharing.
In Belgium voting is compulsory. Nevertheless, more and more people choose not to vote. This means that the voices of socially weaker groups tend to fade away, unless civil society organisations take conscious steps to put social themes at the top of the political agenda. This is exactly what was done during recent elections in Flanders.
dinsdag, 22 september 2015 13:22

Cities as eco-factories of the future

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This text was written as a discussion paper for the 2013 GEF, Oikos and Nous Horitzons project Urban Re-industrialisation: Ecology and green jobs
As the world rapidly continues to urbanise, cities will have to play a progressively greater role in the move towards a low carbon economy. By working towards the creation of a closed circular economy and a slow economy cities could be well placed to lead the transition.
dinsdag, 22 september 2015 13:01

Looking the gift horse in the mouth

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What and how we eat has a profound impact on our culture. However changes in recent decades have profoundly changed our relationship with food, and not for the better. What are the costs of these changes, and can they be reversed?


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