The Next System Project – Comprehensive Thinking About the State of the World

thenextsystemThis multi-year initiative brings together leading activists, scholars and policy systems thinkers to review long-term threats and concerns around economic inequality, ecological threats and political dysfunction.

More than 350 key institutional, academic and community leaders have joined Gar Alperovitz and Gus Speeth to launch this project and endorse its aims.

See thenextsystem.org to watch the launch video and add your name.

“Signaling the need for a serious national conversation about the deep long-term challenges facing the United States, including urgent needs to address compounding wealth inequality, avert looming environmental disaster, rebuild democratic governance and undo persistent racism and discrimination…”

In a paper on New Economic Possibilities for the 21st Century that can be found on this website the authors describe a number of the most innovative and creative alternative systemic approaches that they have identified. These include: worker-ownership and self-management, localism in food production, social democratic governance systems, participatory economic planning, “beyond growth” ecological economics, socialist-style reclaimed public ownership of public lands and assets, bioregionalism (my own favorite life-supporting systems approach to food and farming) and several others, with many variations.

Overall, this is a worthy set of initiatives into which to invest our creative and productive energy – a set of antidotes to the loss of hope and initiative that afflicts so many of our fellow citizens in all countries in view of the escalating planetary disasters looming before us.

3 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I noticed that I also received info about this project from a spiritual teacher I met from Venezuela who is active putting these ideas into practice there through the Prout Institute, Dada Maheshvarananda, Director, See http://priven.org/.

  2. Thank you Ralph for posting this. Do you know about the Fuji Declaration, a more worldwide effort, but definitely in line with The Next System Project: fujideclaration.org warmly, Jais

  3. sorry link didn’t come through, perhaps this will work better: http://www.fujideclaration.org

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