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Alternatives to Economic Globalization [A Better World is Possible]

Alternatives to Economic Globalization

Alternatives to Economic Globalization remains the only comprehensive set of alternative proposals to economic globalization that answer the question "if you are not for globalization, then what are you for?"

In 2002, the International Forum on Globalization (IFG) released Alternatives to Economic Globalization [A Better World is Possible], a 260-page report detailing alternatives to the current rules and institutions of economic globalization. Written over three years by 19 leading researchers and activists from around the world, the report is a bold answer to critics who assert that the anti-corporate globalization movement does not have alternative proposals.

Written, not as separate essays, but by group consensus, by Jerry Mander, John Cavanagh, Sarah Anderson, Debi Barker, Maude Barlow, Walden Bello, Robin Broad, Tony Clarke, Teddy Goldsmith, Randy Hayes, Colin Hines, Andy Kimbrell, David Korten, Sarah Larrain, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Simon Retallack, Vandana Shiva, Vicky Tauli-Corpuz and Lori Wallach, the report offers detailed proposals, including:

  • the emerging principles that groups around the world assert should underpin new rules, policies and institutions;
  • an outline of the rules and institutions that could replace the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and World Trade Organization, and that would promote democracy and sustainable societies;
  • new proposals for responsibly managing the world's water and other natural resources;
  • a compendium of actual alternative systems in agriculture, energy, transportation, and manufacturing around the world; and
  • a spectrum of proposals to end corporate dominance.

Alternatives to Economic Globalization proposes concrete steps that people can take today to bring about the better world that we all know is possible.

We envision a three-year process that will include meetings in every region among interested groups to advance dialogue and consensus building toward a revised and expanded report that we hope will take the discussion to a new level of sophistication and concreteness.

From the introduction: "The issue is governance. Will ordinary people have a democratic voice in deciding what rules are in the best interest of society? Or will a small ruling elite, meeting in secret and far from public view, be allowed to set the rules that shape the human future? If the concern of the decision makers is only for next quarter's profits, who will care for the health and well-being of people and the planet?"

The report was published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers. We encourage everyone to purchase the report directly from your local bookseller.

You can download PDF files of the Table of Contents, Introduction and short biographies of the drafting committee (if you do not have Acrobat Reader you can download it here). To order the full report of Alternatives to Economic Globalization [A Better World is Possible] go to Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

We invite your participation! You can email Alternatives Project Director Antonia Juhasz at ajuhasz@ifg.org or call 415-561-3490.

For more information call the IFG (415) 561-7650 or go to listings of our events.



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