Is it possible to imagine businesses whose bottom line is not profit and endless growth, but human dignity, justice, democracy and sustainability? Or an alternative economic model untainted by the greed and breakdown of current financial systems? Christian Felber says it is. Moreover, in Change Everything he shows how we might go about making it a reality. The Economy for the Common Good (ECG) is not just an idea, but has already become a broad international movement with thousands of people, hundreds of companies, dozens of communities and organizations participating, co-developing and implementing the idea. Published in English for the first time, this is a remarkable manifesto for change that will profoundly influence debates on re-shaping our economies in the wake of failed attempts at austerity.
'Economy for the Common Good has demonstrated an ability to draw together a partnership of companies, consumers and communities...by offering a fresh alternative.' - Bruce Watson, Guardian 'Christian Felber's Economy for the Common Good is a smart, useful answer to the economic chaos and the enormous social suffering that the oligarchs of globalized financial capital have caused on the planet. A great and important book!' - Jean Ziegler, former UN ambassador on the Right to Food 'Christian Felber's "Economy for the Common Good" offers a clear analysis that combines pragmatic designs for some of the potential institutions of the next system with a strategy for building a movement that can bring these institutions into being. His accessible articulation of a genuine alternative is an important contribution to an essential global conversation.' - Gar Alperowitz, author, historian, political economist 'Through the example of a large number of pioneer companies of the Economy for the Common Good, everyone can see that doing business on the basis of a transparent, holistic, value and stakeholder oriented approach is possible. These ethical goals go beyond the dogma of unlimited profit and growth and are indispensable for a humane future on this planet.' - Lisa Muhr, 'Goddess of Fortune fashion label entrepreneur 'Get involved for concrete alternatives! Get involved in the Economy for the Common Good!' - Stephane Hessel, former diplomat, essayist and political activist
Christian Felber is an Austrian alternative economist and university lecturer. He is an internationally renowned speaker, author of several award-winning bestsellers and a regular commentator on ethics, business and economics in various media. He co-founded the NGO Attac Austria and initiated the 'Economy for the Common Good' as well as the Bank for the Common Good, Austria's first ethical finance institute.
1. A Short Aanalysis 2. The Economy for the Common Good - the Cornerstones 3. The Democratic Bank 4. Property 5. Motivation and meaning 6. Further development of democracy 7. Examples and role models 8. Strategies for Implementation 9. Frequently asked questions 10. Data, facts and summary