As we publicize the Aug 15 session, "Funding in an era of de-growth," people have been sending in links and resources. A list, in no particular order ...
other things to think about ...
The basic concept of debt is that you're borrowing a bit from the future to consume now. In a growing economy, leveraging and debt ideas work great: you're taking a bit from future better times to use now in leaner times.
But in a shrinking economy, this basic presumption is turned upside down. Debt in a shrinking economy means taking from a leaner future, to consume now in times of relative plenty. Debt in down times puts you (and your business) in the hole faster-than-fast.
Thus financing in an age of de-growth is all about the search for debt-free ways to gain start-up cash.
More about this concept at http://economicresilience.blogspot.com/2011/10/borrowing-money-in-times-of-economic.html
and at http://transitionus.org/blog/debt-and-transition-economy
The concept of "economic contraction" acknowledges that the economy is shrinking -- driven by issues such as resource limitations, peak oil, biocapacity, and the collapse of the credit system. An international thread is appearing which focuses on "de-growth" -- the idea that we would not simply allow the economy to collapse helter-skelter, but instead plan the way down.
Quoting wikipedia: "Key to the concept of degrowth is that reducing consumption does not require individual martyring and a decrease in well-being. Rather, 'degrowthists' aim to maximize happiness and well-being through non-consumptive means—sharing work, consuming less, while devoting more time to art, music, family, culture and community."
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