Historian and journalist Rutger Bregman is making waves with his new book Utopia for Realists, a crystal clear critique of the dominant narratives and discourses of poverty and poor people. Glorious. Here are some links:
The diagram consists of two rings. The inner ring of the doughnut represents a sufficiency of the resources we need to lead a good life: food, clean water, housing, sanitation, energy, education, healthcare, democracy. Anyone living within that ring, in the hole in the middle of the doughnut, is in a state of deprivation. The outer ring of the doughnut consists of the Earth’s environmental limits, beyond which we inflict dangerous levels of climate change, ozone depletion, water pollution, loss of species and other assaults on the living world.
The area between the two rings – the doughnut itself – is the “ecologically safe and socially just space” in which humanity should strive to live. The purpose of economics should be to help us enter that space and stay there.
The second CBINS meeting was another sell out, held in the beautiful new Kelty Community Centre on Saturday 28th January. A central focus was Fife Council’s intention to carry out a local pilot in a small central/West Fife village in the next three years. One of the aims of this meeting was to open up discussion early on, to flag up perceived benefits and potential pitfalls. It felt like a real treat to be sitting listening to political philosopher Professor Karl Widerquist as he set the scene so passionately. We are the only species alive he said, who don’t have direct access to the resources to fulfil our basic needs of food, shelter and connection. Continue reading “Citizens Basic Income Network Scotland Fife Pilot Meeting”→
Universal Basic Income and Recognition Theory – A Tangible Step towards an Ideal
by Roisin Mulligan
While looking for info on economist Amartya Sen, I came across this essay by Roisin Mulligan, which won the 2012 BIEN Essay Prize. She writes:
In the context (of basic income), the basic idea underlying theories of recognition is that persons need to have their individual identities ‘recognised’ in the same way they value themselves in order to flourish as human beings. What this entails varies from one account to another, but it broadly requires that each individual must be affirmed for his or her innate characteristics and contributions.
I’ve just skimmed so far, but looking forward to reading properly as there is a very useful focus on work and an analysis of it.
Even though she only revealed the tip of the iceberg of her research and activism in her year of living within the boundary of Glasgow, I was impressed by the scope and scale of Ellie Harrison’s investigations of the Glasgow Effect She was inspired by New Economics Foundation approach: Economics as if People and the Planet Mattered. One of her themes was transport and the twin irritations of a city carved up by motorways and the sorry state of public transport, particularly the buses. This in a city which has a lower than average car ownership. Sometimes it takes a fresh eye to re-view what everyone else has stopped seeing, just got used to. Pavel Buchler once said that one function of art is to stop and look after everyone else has moved on – wait a minute folks, look at this! Not only had she looked – through her investigations, she had discovered that the monthly board meetings of SPT (Strathclyde Partnership Transport) are open to the public! She set herself up as undercover artist in residence at SPT and attended six Board meetings to learn and to lobby.
Mon 28th Nov – Sun 4th Dec: Pick up Frozen Charlotte website again, writing some of the content. As well as starting this blog and writing for the website, I’ve been (sadly) called on to write two funeral contributions and (joyfully) one 30th birthday portrait. Interesting how one art form can inform another. Similarities and differences can increase awareness e.g. rhythms and cadences in words compare with quality of line in drawing. I remember noticing how learning Tai Chi enhanced my drawing.
While meeting the folk at Woodend Barn I found myself telling the story of a coach tour in Turkey a few years ago with my sidekick Martin. Having dreaded the prospect, it turned out to be a fantastic mid winter holiday in the beautiful old southern city of Antalya and the magical cave landscape of Cappadocia. Continue reading “Who Are You? Conversation at Woodend Barn”→