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The role of money

Is money a curse or a cure in relation to injustice and inequality? This series of articles investigates the role of money in the transformation of society.

Confronting the money-power elite

Those who control the creation and allocation of money are able to control every other aspect of society. Shouldn’t that be us?

At what cost? A second reflection on the crisis at Save the Children UK

Part two: ‘where next?’ Part one on ‘what went wrong’ can be found here.

At what cost? A reflection on the crisis at Save the Children UK

Part one: ‘what went wrong?’ Part Two on ‘where next’ can be read here.

Are we losing our love of life? ‘It must be the money’

Healing our relationship to finance is a pre-condition for building a grassroots-led investment fund that’s focused on wellbeing.

Do we have the right to financial rebellion? A conversation with Enric Duran

We need to practice economic disobedience so that radical alternatives can flourish.  

Foreign aid is a waste of money—unless it’s used for transformation

Simplistic stories of saving children trap aid agencies inside a self-defeating logic

Horizontalising international NGOs: can it be done?

Alternative structures are available—if we have the courage to adopt them.

Priceless moments: how capitalism eats our time

Economic rationality leaves no room for free time unless it produces or consumes commercial wealth.

It’s time to take our charities to the cleaners

Everyone needs a deep clean from time to time. Best to do it before your teeth get infected.

The courage of difficult women

What happened at Save the Children is a symptom of a wider problem in our society which urgently needs to be addressed. The women who have spoken up are the real heroes, not the men who have had the ‘courage’ to admit their mistakes.

What’s it all about, Oxfam?

We should seize this opportunity to re-examine the future of foreign aid.

What’s to be done with Oxfam, part 2?

Is it gratuitous to link the scandal engulfing Oxfam with the need to transform NGOs and foreign aid?

Five ways to transform our economies

We need a new economics for the 21st century. Here are five potential pillars.

How giving makes you happier

For a joyful economy, spread the wealth. This infographic shows why.

The demoralized mind

Consumer culture is creating a psycho-spiritual crisis. How can we address it?

Capitalism is not the only choice

Every day we have opportunities to build economies that lift each other up and spread joy.

Your money or your morals: capitalism and fossil fuel divestment

The divestment movement highlights a set of challenges to the future of capitalism that extend far beyond its unsustainable environmental externalities.

If you’ve never lived in poverty, stop telling poor people what they should do

The key question is how to change the economy to fit the needs of everyone, not how to change everyone to fit the needs of the economy.

Life’s a pitch

Welcome to the new economy, where everyone is free to submit to another round of degrading competition.

Fire in neo-liberal London

The burnt-out shell of Grenfell Tower is a visible reminder that public responsibilities should never be watered down.

Getting to the heart of Universal Basic Income

The benefits of financial security are obvious, so why doesn’t the idea of UBI enjoy more popular support?

Neoliberal psychology

Why do we allow the logic of the market to occupy our minds?

Should funding agencies also share in the sacrifice of social change?

Why aren’t donors held to the same standards as recipients in philanthropy and foreign aid?

Seven ways to think like a 21st century economist

Economics matters enormously for the future, but its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date.

The inconvenient truth about foreign aid

For recipients aid has been a very mixed blessing, but for donors it’s been a bonanza. 

Welcome to another year of transformation

We need your help to expand our coverage of deep-rooted personal and political change.

Four futures: life after capitalism

The alternatives we imagine are products of the times in which we live. A review of Peter Frase’s book Four Futures.

The corporate wax nose

The European Commission has shelved the results of its largest-ever research project on corporate social responsibility. What happened?

For Hallowe’en this year, I’m dressing as the economy

Economics shapes the bulk of our waking hours, so how do we reclaim control of our lives from such a dismal science?

The privilege of being privileged

The Ford Foundation believes we have an obligation to strengthen capitalism. In fact we have a duty to transform it.

Five disempowering traits that international NGOs must drop

Only one per cent of foreign aid reaches Southern NGOs directly. How long can this continue?

Unilever’s racist marketing shows why companies can’t be relied on to regulate themselves

Using racial tropes to sell ice cream and skin whiteners shows that corporate social responsibility can never be achieved voluntarily.

How democracy vouchers could combat big money in politics

Across the USA, voters are pushing for public-matching systems to replace the influence of wealthy bankrollers in elections.

Why should Bill Gates decide how our children should be educated?

Billionaire philanthropists are imposing their views on the rest of society with little accountability for their actions.

Wildlife conservationists need to break out of their Stockholm syndrome

Instead of fighting a destructive economic system, international conservation NGOs are bonding with its brutality.

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