Category Archives: Economic systems

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The New Pioneers Case of the Month: Triodos Bank – How to Survive a Global Meltdown

As the world plummeted into global recession in 2008, one bank showed that one way to make a bank economically sustainable is to make it environmentally and socially sustainable: Triodos Bank. Continue reading

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Beyond Boom-And-Bust?

The immoral aspects of greed, selfishness and short-term profit thinking are just some of the causes that have been proposed as the root core of current recent financial crisis. Many of the growth challenges that are being discussed right now are not new. We can go 20, 30, 40 years back in time to find warnings and revelations of the flaws in our current systems’ design. The big question is: will we be able to move beyond the already familiar boom-and-bust cycle? Continue reading

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Measuring happiness – progressive or pointless?

With today’s resource scarcity and skyrocketing social imbalances, how we determine and measure growth is becoming a critical issue. In The New Pioneers I focus on three sustainable growth principles. One of them is the principle of immaterial growth, reflected in concepts like the Triple Bottom Line and Gross National Happiness. Continue reading

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Measures of happiness and life quality
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Qualitative growth wanted!

There is an increasing gap between what mainstream business models and economic systems promote and nurture and what we value and need as human beings. Most companies still measure growth in terms of turnover, a country’s wealth is still measured … Continue reading

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