Alternative Economic Paradigms

The purpose of these web-pages is practical as well as theoretical. We believe that the present world economic crisis – which may be followed in years to come by others triggered by demographic and climate change, population displacement, and political instability – exposes fundamental weaknesses and even flaws, not just in the regulation of the banking system, but in the economic orthodoxies that have been widely accepted until now on both Left and Right – forged as they were at a time of individualism and the rejection of traditional wisdom. Alternative economic paradigms are possible, but in order for these to be taken seriously it needs to be demonstrated that they can become the foundation of a successful economy, and the best way to do that is to find examples of practical implementation of these ideas, i.e. models of alternative practice.

New Economics Foundation

Grameen Bank

Community Supported Agriculture

Economy of Communion

European Credit Unions

Local Currencies (see also Local Currency Council)

Mondragon co-operative

Islamic banking