Allen White

The Western Notion of Development Is Destroying the Planet: So What Are the Alternatives?

As inequality and environmental degradation worsen, the search is on not only for alternative development models but also for alternatives to development itself. Leading post-development theorist Arturo Escobar, co-editor of The Post-Development Dictionary and author of Design for the Pluriverse, discusses the fight for pluralism and justice in Latin America with Allen White, senior fellow at the Tellus Institute.

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It's Going to Take a New Economy to Save the Planet

Each day, we can see new evidence that the economy fails to serve people or planet. I spoke with Stewart Wallis, the former executive director of the New Economics Foundation from 2003 to 2016. A fellow of the Club of Rome, he is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Values and Technology, and a board member of the New Economy Coalition. He is currently leading a major new initiative to create a global “new economics movement” called WE All (Well-Being Economy Alliance). We discussed how to galvanize action for a new economy. 

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How Currencies Can Be Designed to Promote Environmental and Social Ends

Bernard Lietaer is an expert in the design and implementation of currency systems. He has worked in this field for more than 30 years in various roles including central banker in Belgium, fund manager, university professor, and consultant to governments, multinational corporations, and community organizations. His latest book on monetary innovation is People Money: The Promise of Regional Currencies and Money and Sustainability (2012). The monetary system is implicated in many of today’s social and environmental problems. I had a chance to ask Bernard how a better system can be designed.

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To Achieve Truly Equitable & Sustainable Development, We Must Dump the Notion That Self-Interest Drives Economic Behavior

Calls for a new development paradigm grow louder each day, especially in rapidly growing countries like India. Allen White, a senior fellow at the Tellus Institute, explores the prospects for such a new model of equitable and sustainable development with development economist Jayati Ghosh. 

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To Avoid Ecological Destruction, Prosperity Must Be Separated From Economic Growth

Endless economic growth, long the rallying cry of the conventional paradigm, endangers our future. Ecological economist Tim Jackson, author of Prosperity Without Growth: Foundations for the Economy of Tomorrowexplores the need to envision a post-growth economy with Allen White, Senior Fellow at the Tellus Institute.

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If Socialism and Feminism Had a Baby, This Is What It Would Look Like

The provision of care has often been marginalized in economic theory and policy, yet it remains basic to the well-being of current and future generations. Allen White, a senior fellow at Tellus Institute, explores the economics of caring and its role in fostering a Great Transition with feminist economist Nancy Folbre.

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Modern Industrial Agriculture Is Incompatible With Nature - We Need a New Paradigm Based on Ecology

Modern industrial-scale agriculture has proven incompatible with the structure and function of natural systems. To reverse the abusive practices that are undermining the long-term health of the land, humans, and non-human species, a new agricultural paradigm that mimics rather than contradicts ecological principles is urgently needed. In this interview, I explore the nature and prospects of such a paradigm shift with Wes Jackson, founder of The Land Institute and a leader in advancing research in and public understanding of ecological agriculture.

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