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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.

Exposing the false prophets of social transformation

A growing group of elite storytellers present radical solutions to global problems, but their ideas actually inhibit real change and strengthen the status quo.

Can philanthropy ever reduce inequality?

The Ford Foundation’s new mission is to eradicate inequality. Will they learn from past mistakes?

Ursula K Le Guin calls on fantasy and sci fi writers to envision alternatives to capitalism

This award-winning author explains how fantasy and science fiction writers can stand up to the corporate system.

Five reasons why you never want to be rich

If you’re suffering from ‘affluenza’ it’s time to recognize that you’re sick.

Re-capturing the civic heart of social enterprise

Commercialisation is flooding the social economy. Here’s how to reverse the tide.

Arms companies are making money by taking over UK schools

Europe's largest arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, has applied to sponsor the failing Furness Academy. The reason is profit. 

40 acres and a mule would be at least $6.4 trillion today: what the US really owes Black America

Slavery made America wealthy, and racist policies since have blocked African-American wealth-building. Can we calculate the economic damage?

Markets of the mind

Debt and guilt have much in common. It’s time we found better ways of organising both ourselves and the economy.

Is social enterprise becoming a reactionary force?

Are 'benefit corporations' the harbinger of progressive change in the economy, or the soft edge of efforts to conserve the legitimacy of capitalism with a few marginal adjustments?

Re-imagining the future of work

An extract from Resist! Against a precarious future, a new book on young people and politics.

The conflict at the heart of modern money

Making money into a positive force for social change requires detaching it from its role in storing value.

Can money be a force for good?

There is more money in the world than at any other point in human history, so why doesn’t it reach the places that need it most?

Free University: the new wave of student occupations

London students have been occupying their universities since March. They explain why.

What happens to democracy in a cashless society?

New technology is transforming the way we pay for everything, but at what cost?

Rethinking basic income in a sharing society

A basic income derived from the value of collectively owned resources could empower citizens to transform their societies.  

Broke: all about life in debt

The slippery slope into debt doesn’t happen by chance. It is premeditated by a billion pound industry that works hard to target young people, like my 18 year old self.

Forget venture capitalists: how a scrappy composting co-op found another way to get support

How can a just and sustainable society be financed in a capitalist economy? 

Transforming philanthropy: it’s time to get serious

Could the big foundations ever be the change they want to see? 

From sharing economy to gift ecology

The highest potential of sharing comes from the transformative spirit of generosity.

Is unearned income acceptable?

The rich get rich through wealth extraction, not wealth creation. It’s time that was put to an end.

Imagine if we used renewable energy to build a safer world

The UK government spends £37 billion on the arms industry every year. What if it invested in green energy instead?

The commons as a fount of hope

Recasting our relationships to the commons should take pride of place as we build alternatives to capitalism.

Does value for money help or hinder the search for social transformation?

Governments’ obsession with cost-effectiveness is supposed to increase the impact of public spending. In reality it’s used to justify decisions in times of austerity, while pumping scarce resources into an industry of consultants.

You can add us to equations but they never make us equal: participatory budgeting in Boston

How would you spend one million dollars of public money? From a house made of bacon to public WiFi booths, deliberating over budgets can be a transformative experience. 

I am sorry for you, you mean well: trust and history in the making of a better world

Why do foreign aid and advice so often fail? A transformative social vision means nothing without humility.

It’s time to put the power of sharing back into the sharing economy

A vibrant debate is questioning the meaning of sharing in relation to the big questions of our time. 

Well-being is more than a side-show to neoliberal economics

Well-being is not just a luxury for good economic times. Reducing poverty and promoting equality are more important goals than simply increasing the size of the economy. To this end, new data shows that stability is better than growth.

Can philanthropic oligarchy nurture economic justice?

Will NGOs and foundations ever be able to look at their moneyed benefactors and challenge how they generated their wealth? The national correspondent of NonProfit Quarterly takes on our series on the role of money in the transformation of society. 

It’s time to put money out of its misery

Money talks, but what language is it speaking? New ideas and experiments could reposition money as a source of social justice as well as personal fulfillment. This is the final article in our series on the role of money in the transformation of society.

Philanthropic power erosion: the Edge Fund alternative

When power and privilege are acknowledged and addressed, decisions over funding can unite people instead of dividing them. This is the ninth article in our series on the role of money in the transformation of society.

Nothing about us, without us: reversing the power dynamics of philanthropy

If money is power, then control over money has to be democratized. What if grants to social movements of sex workers were distributed by sex workers themselves? This is the eighth article in our series on money and social transformation.

Not just about the money: corporatization is weakening activism and empowering big business

Activist and advocacy organizations increasingly look and act like multinational corporations. Is it worth the price? This is the seventh installment in our series on money and social transformation.

The sharing economy: a short introduction to its political evolution

Can the sharing economy movement address the root causes of the world’s converging crises? Not unless sharing is promoted in relation to human rights, democracy and social justice. This is the sixth article in our series on the role of money in the transformation of society.  

A reading list on the sharing economy

Want more details on the sharing economy and where it might be heading in the future? Check out this comprehensive list of resources, complete with web links.

Money, debt and the end of the growth imperative

Like a cancer, the political, interest-based, debt-money system corrupts everything it touches. It’s time it was replaced. This is the fifth article in our series on the role of money in the transformation of society.

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