Communities for Future
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Our Response to the Climate Emergency

February 1-10, 2020

Christian Felber

Author, Initiator of Economy for the Common Good Movement
Christian Felber

Christian is a passionate advocate for a fairer world and the initiator of the "Economy for the Common Good". He offers a vision of an ethical market economy designed to increase the quality of life for all and not to increase the wealth of a few. He elaborates on the importance of a new market system design in this time of climate change and an economy that promotes the values of human dignity, human rights, and ecological responsibility.

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  • Introduction
  • Despair and hope
  • The distinction between capitalism and economy
  • Economy and climate change
  • A new market system design
  • Creating an Economy for the Common Good
  • The economy serves our collective goals
  • Carbon taxes and the common good
  • A path towards the future
Christian Felber

Christian Felber studied Spanish, Psychology, Sociology and Political Sciences in Madrid and Vienna. He is co-founder of Attac Austria, an internationally renowned speaker and author of several bestsellers including 50 Suggestions for a Fairer World, New Values for the Economy and Change Everything: Creating an economy for the Common Good. Christian is the initiator of the "Economy for the Common Good", a social movement advocating for an alternative economic model.



Economy for the Common Good


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  • Priscilla Boucher

    Thanks for this inspiring talk! With regards to the role of banks, I’d encourage folks to check out the global alliance for banking on values (GABV), which is a global network of values-based financial institutions investing in the real economy for the benefit of people, planet and prosperity.

  • Kim

    Thank you Christian. So many interesting ideas. So many possibilities.

  • Elanra Ananan

    gloriously goriously gloriously good…..very clear and illuminating and possible and ultimately inevitable…..may our hearts shine on….thank you ….big big mobs…………

  • Thank you to this so inspiring talk (again)!
    Thank you, Christian, to make “economy” and “capitalism” more clear to me with using your hands to underline the – in the end very simple – needs of us all AND the mechanism of both ‘models’.

    And – yes – we need to pay the people who are active in the change for a better world on a fair level! I know by myself, what a challenge it is to do it without be paid (to pay at least the daily basic bills).

    Thank you Priscilla Boucher for the information about GABV.

    I would like to invite all networkers to the growing new social media model of . Non-profit, no adds, buttons to take actions (is not yet available, but one of the core elements).

    Till HC is much bigger, I share on Twitter mainly.

    Thank you. ♡~♡~♡~♡~♡~..☆..~♡~♡~♡~♡~♡

  • Mireille

    On my point of view, the same should apply to science. If the goal of scientific discovery could be for Common Goods, innovations would benefit to all and not be sometimes destructive for some. Citizen science being the public involvement in the discovery of new scientific knowledge, it should become the rule rather than seeing scientists working in isolation. A citizen science project can involve one person or millions of people collaborating towards a common goal. It is an excellent option for anyone looking for ways to get involved and make a difference. It would also improve the partitioning of scientists. Investments for scientific discovery should have the same measurements and goals than the ones explained by Christian Felber.

    I like the idea of “trade swap” between the richest and the poor.

    About democracy, the definition is: Democracy is a form of government in which the people have the authority to choose their governing legislation. Who people are and how authority is shared among them are core issues for democratic development and constitution. In reality, once people are elected they seldom work at what people want.

  • Dear Christian. No doubt The truth and justice and logic of the common good as main denominator for all of economy and your understanding Of the common good cannot be so far from being realized as you are taping into truth.
    Many thanks for the always advancing path you design.

  • Dariusz

    Thank you greatly!
    If economy is bound to be governed by the principle of solidarity, the economic entities should care well enough for the environmental, social, cultural spheres.
    If ecology can be understood as economy of the environment, economy has to become environment oriented.
    “Egoism” or “greed” can be contained by earning one’s life for the good of the environment (both closest surroundings and the Planet). Global consciousness shift is needed (by education?). Can the shift be sudden?

  • Nicholas Payne

    Thank you Christian! Very engaging and inspiring. Thank you for all your efforts.

    Can this interview please be made publicly viewable after the summit? Please Margaret Wheatley also?

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