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Roots. our weekly newsletter, starts in April 2020 and sheds light on a new economics. The weekly will be topical and light.  Through the weekly we direct you to more detailed and lengthy discussion and explanation.  Blogging is about clarifying ideas.  We plan to invite guest writers from the Guild and amongst our partners to contribute.

A new economics begins with our clear focus on what is important to preserve and protect in our daily lives.  Our experience of daily life is the makings of quality of life and happiness.  Let us point community-based research in this new direction. The blog is designed to encourage conversation about new directions and perhaps even a new paradigm.

This blog is invitation to think in new ways about economics so that we may jointly and coherently develop a new framework.  The current framework is broken and we need to start over. We may be able to salvage parts, but fundamentally we need to start over from scratch with a new foundation. The process of demolition can be done tactfully so as to preserve the best of what is already working.  But, we do need to start over.

I invite us to jointly identify and reinforce building block concepts that might move us towards an economics that works. Perhaps it is time to imagine a new set of considerations about the way we run an economy whether local or global. I propose the exploration and development of a new economics of community well-being and ecosystem stewardship.

Through this blog, I invite an examination of core concepts about day-to-day life and to consider our choices from a new vantage point. To begin, let’s first understand the makings of quality of life. By coming to an understanding of underpinnings of quality of life, we can unite our understanding and cross through the socially-constructed divides of our times. These divides are often imposed or reinforced exogenously (or from outside ourselves) for reasons that do not necessarily reinforce our quality of life or happiness. It is what unifies us that is worthy of further examination. Through this understanding, we can unveil a undiminished edifice of goodness that cannot be set aside for transitory and often ill-founded claims. We can speak against wasteful destruction of resources. Wastefulness is not economic.

We will post bi-weekly to present building block concepts in the new economics.  Of critical importance are community specific indicators of quality of life based on real local input. Stay tuned as we explain our views and open the blog for comments.

Through the vehicle of each blog post, cornerstone concepts will be examined one-by-one. For instance, what does economic mean? What is wasteful? The author begins with notions of real local input, the groundwork of democracy, connectedness and quality of life.  There is much understanding to unify first.  The disarray as we all know is palpable.  Through this blog, we may be able to have the necessary conversations and realizations to achieve a better understanding of quality of life.  From that foundation, we can then evaluate proposed actions against a baseline of quality of life. And from that point, we are ready to formulate a new economic paradigm that brings hope for future generations.

The blog will examine and explain interwoven concepts that increase the likelihood of distributed peace and prosperity. We must first heal and unite ourselves as humans, before we can do the work of healing and restoring our beautiful planet.

Join in the conversation.  And, support the launch of the blog!  Thank you!  With your help, we hope to start April 2019!

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Economics for Peace Institute advances grassroots social science for community and regional planning. We formed the Guild for Social Fieldwork to expand the use of participatory action research to improve our democracy.

Furthermore, we can co-create a new restorative economics. We need to fund development only if it measures up to a locally-derived baseline of community well-being and ecosystem stewardship! Be econ4peace!