Questioning the Socio-Economic Order
From the Great Recession of 2008 to Italy’s Five-Star Movement and the US Tea Party Movement, there’s been signs that the neoliberal order is under stress and facing a rebellion from the masses, from Occupy Wall Street on the left to Tea Party on the right.
This summer I’m helping Professor Andy Hines, co-founder of the Association of Professional Futurist, on his book What’s After Capitalism. I’m helping survey over 30 different types of proposed economic systems from a post-growth economy to a blockchain economy.
We will examine the different assumptions, values, and mechanism that lie behind each proposed economic system. I hope to find some common elements and perhaps even create synergies between proposed systems.
Developing Countries & Economic Models
Ultimately, my concern is with developing countries. I been concerned about understanding new economic development models for developing countries. What happens when automation take away the four million textile jobs in Bangladesh? If developed countries turn to more local manufacturing and agriculture, what does it mean for the jobs of developing countries? I hope in the process of this research, I’ll find some insight to answer these sorts of questions.
What New Economic Concepts Interests You?
Below are just some of the “new economies” to be examined. As Andy has pointed out, these economic systems can be categorized as new concepts, new values, or simply new mechanisms. Not all of them maybe grand new concepts, but each of them maybe useful components in thinking about the future and change.
Are there concepts, values, or mechanisms that interest you? What types of change do you see happening, beyond technology or values around sustainability? Or maybe there’s an interesting book or idea you’d like to add to the list below. Let me know!
- Capitalism 2.0
- Open source
- Soft Path