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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.

Trans ™: how the trans movement got sold out

From Zoolander 2 to Brewdog, now being transgender is cool, corporations are co-opting the sexy bits to turn a profit. 

Is social enterprise becoming a reactionary force?

It's highly unlikely that capitalism will be transformed from within (originally published May 13 2015 and republished as part of our tribute to Rick Cohen who died this week).

In memory of Rick Cohen

Civil society in America has lost one of its staunchest defenders

Carers of the world unite

Women carers are still fighting for the right to not be impoverished, overworked, isolated, or exploited in their work.

Public Private Partnerships? They’re as old as Christopher Columbus

Private companies are encouraged to latch onto every potentially-profitable public investment. What’s new or good about that?

Why South Africa's gold miners are suing their bosses

Tens of thousands of gold miners are suffering with diseases like silicosis, tuberculosis and HIV. In the mines, Apartheid lives on.

If the MacArthur Foundation wants a low carbon economy, why is it investing in fossil fuels and ignoring grassroots action?

Too many foundations fail to practice what they preach on climate change. It’s time to close the gap. 

For these borrowers and lenders, debt is a relationship based on love

Transforming the financial system could allow debt to become a source of freedom instead of servitude. 

Barbarians at the philanthropic gate: are foundation grants to corporations defensible?

Companies shouldn’t be on the philanthropic take: they should foot their own bills for expansion in new markets. 

Seven everyday things poor people worry about that rich people never do

It isn’t just poor people’s lives which differ from rich people’s lives – it's poor people's thoughts that differ from everyone else's.

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.

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. 

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