Futures Forum: Climate Week in Sidmouth ... The New Economics Foundation and systems change >>> "Coastal Communities and their Local Economies" >>> Saturday 7th March at 4.30pm
This blog regularly features ideas coming out of the NEF:
Futures Forum: The failure of the UK food system
Futures Forum: Climate change: 'stranded assets' and 'unburnable oil' ...... or the pressures to leave oil and gas in the ground
Futures Forum: Local energy can be very profitable: "Seizing the opportunity of decentralised energy generation can provide new income streams for communities and councils."
Futures Forum: Climate change and energy info from nef
Futures Forum: The growing economic cost of fossil fuels
Futures Forum: "In fact, climate forecasts are actually outperforming many of the key economic forecasts cited by government departments and journalists."
Futures Forum: "Fossil fuels at a tipping point?"
Futures Forum: Energy round-up: a new political consensus on climate change?
Futures Forum: "A shorter working week would make us healthier, give us more fulfilling and sustainable lives and be better for the environment..."
Here is an overview of the NEF:
The New Economics Foundation (NEF) is a British think-tank that promotes social, economic and environmental justice.
NEF was founded in 1986 by the leaders of The Other Economic Summit (TOES) with the aim of working for a "new model of wealth creation, based on equality, diversity and economic stability".
The foundation has 50 staff in London and is active at a range of different levels. Its programmes include work on well-being, its own kinds of measurement and evaluation, sustainable local regeneration, its own forms of finance and business models, sustainable public services, and the economics of climate change.
NEF works in the areas of community development, democracy, and economics. The foundation's work on sustainability indicators, which measures aspects of life and environment, indicated the connection between economic growth and sustainability.
From 1995 to 2000 NEF made social audits of companies to measure and evaluate a company's social and ethical performance according to its standards. This work was instrumental in the formation of the Institute of Social and Ethical Accountability to promote professional standards around social accounting and auditing.
Jubilee 2000 campaign
Main article: Jubilee 2000
The Jubilee 2000 campaign, strategized for and run by NEF, collected 24 million signatures for its worldwide petition on development and poverty.
Local Money Flows
NEF has also developed a Local money Flows measurement program and enables the mapping of money flows through the local economy.
Happy Planet Index
Main article: Happy Planet Index
In July 2006, NEF launched the Happy Planet Index, intended to challenge existing indices of a state's success, such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Human Development Index (HDI).
21-hour working week
In February 2010 the New Economic Foundation called for gradual transition to a working week of 21 hours.
The organization's current projects include measuring local money flows, developing new kinds of business enterprise, and introducing techniques of sustainable regeneration (Local Alchemy). NEF's BizFizz program, an entrepreneurship development program has created more than 900 new businesses in deprived areas. The organization has now taken this and Local Alchemy to six other countries through its international programme.
At a cultural level, NEF events at the Hay literary festival attract well-known speakers. Its Clone Town campaign in favour of local economic diversity was covered two years running by every major national newspaper and TV news station and it was taken up in the Save Our Small Shops Campaign in the Evening Standard.New Economics Foundation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
And this is from the NEF website:
About NEF: What we do
What we do | New Economics Foundation
The Great Transition ProjectAbout nef: Teams | New Economics Foundation