Questioning the Socio-Economic Order

From the Great Recession of 2008 to Italy’s Five-Star Movement and the US Tea Party Movement, there’s been signs that the neoliberal order is under stress and facing a rebellion from the masses, from Occupy Wall Street on the left to Tea Party on the right.

This summer I’m helping Professor Andy Hines, co-founder of the Association of Professional Futurist, on his book What’s After Capitalism. I’m helping survey over 30 different types of proposed economic systems from a post-growth economy to a blockchain economy.

We will examine the different assumptions, values, and mechanism that lie behind each proposed economic system. I hope to find some common elements and perhaps even create synergies between proposed systems.

Developing Countries & Economic Models

Ultimately, my concern is with developing countries. I been concerned about understanding new economic development models for developing countries. What happens when automation take away the four million textile jobs in Bangladesh? If developed countries turn to more local manufacturing and agriculture, what does it mean for the jobs of developing countries?  I hope in the process of this research, I’ll find some insight to answer these sorts of questions.

What New Economic Concepts Interests You?

Below are just some of the “new economies” to be examined. As Andy has pointed out, these economic systems can be categorized as new concepts, new values, or simply new mechanisms. Not all of them maybe grand new concepts, but each of them maybe useful components in thinking about the future and change.

Are there concepts, values, or mechanisms that interest you? What types of change do you see happening, beyond technology or values around sustainability? Or maybe there’s an interesting book or idea you’d like to add to the list below. Let me know!

  1. Attention
  2. Automated
  3. Betterness
  4. Capitalism 2.0
  5. Circular
  6. Co-creation
  7. Collaborative
  8. Eco-economy
  9. Experience
  10. Gift
  11. Green
  12. Knowledge
  13. Leisure
  14. Open source
  15. Post-capitalist
  16. Post-Growth
  17. Post-industrial
  18. Purpose
  19. Regenerative
  20. Relationship
  21. Sharing
  22. Soft Path
  23. Steady-state
  24. Sustainable
  25. Wisdom
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Daniel writes on foresight and explores new economic systems. He has over 15 years of experience in technology & digital marketing and has worked with clients in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Daniel is currently part of the University of Houston's Foresight Program.


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