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= if we are to undertake a post-material, post-growth, post-materialist shift in our economy and civilisation, we can learn from historical and contemporary non-capitalist social forms?

Can these different worldviews learn from each other ? (Marisol de la Cadena — Uncommoning Nature)


Interesting Quotes

"Advances which erase the past and keep no memory of the identity of the territory or its contexts, cannot be considered a winning strategy, in contrast to solutions that merge with tradition. Deep down, each tradition is itself the result of an innovation. Each innovation emerges from a community and is considered important for the community’s survival. It is then decided it should be handed down to future generations. From an evolutionary perspective, tradition and innovation represent a hand over."

- Alex Giordano [1]

Key Resources

Articles and Essays

  • A Buddhist-Christian Critique of Neo-Liberal Economics by John B. Cobb, Jr. Religion Online [3]: "It is incumbent on those of us who are in position to influence the thinking of faithful people to make clear that the neo-liberal economic thought that informs most current top-down development, riding roughshod over communities, and reshaping the lives and thinking of hundreds of millions of people, is based on assumptions that are antithetical to ours. We should articulately and unequivocally withdraw moral support from these practices."


  • Learning from non-western economic approaches: Ronnie Lessem’s and Alexander Schieffer’s Integral Economics (Gower, 2010)

Related Wiki Entries

More on Indigenous / Traditional Knowledge

  1. Bioculture vs Biopiracy: Alternative Approaches for Protecting Indigenous Traditional Knowledge
  2. Imagining a Traditional Knowledge Commons
  3. Implementing a Traditional Knowledge Commons
  4. Patenting Traditional Knowledge
  5. Protecting Community Traditional Knowledge Rights
  6. Traditional Knowledge
  7. Traditional Knowledge Commons
  8. Traditional Knowledge Commons License
  9. Traditional Knowledge Digital Library


"Strictly localized and we become trapped; carelessly global and we are no different from what corporations already do. But there is also a similar paradox of time. Trapping Indigenous people in their past is unacceptable; but homogenizing them as just another contemporary citizen destroys their cultural heritage."

- Ron Eglash (email, August 2019)


(Neo)Traditional Gifting/Sharing/Cooperative Practices:

Via Co-Creative Recipes:

  1. Ayni: a term with a meaning that’s closely related to minga. It describes a system of work and family reciprocity among members.
  2. Bayanihan: a spirit of communal unity or effort to achieve a particular objective. of the ayllu (a community working on collective land).
  3. Córima: The Rarámuri people of Mexico’s Chihuahua mountains use the word “córima” to describe an act of solidarity with someone who’s having trouble.
  4. Gadugi: a term used in the Cherokee language which means “working together” or “cooperative labor” within a community.
  5. Gotong-Royong: in parts of Indonesia and Malaysia, Gotong-royong is a cooperation among many people to attain a shared goal with ideas of reciprocity or mutual aid.
  6. Guelaguetza: a cross between a potlatch and a tequio. The term describes “a reciprocal exchange of goods and services”.
  7. Harambee: a Kenyan tradition of community self-help events, e.g. playdraising or development activities. Harambee literally means “all pull together” in Swahili.
  8. Imece: a name given for a traditional Turkish village-scale collaboration.
  9. Maloka: (or maloka in Portuguese) is an indigenous communal house found in the indigenous Amazon region of Colombia and Brazil.
  10. Meitheal: the Irish word for a work team, gang, or party and denotes the co-operative labour system in Ireland where groups of neighbours help each other in turn with farming work.
  11. Mutirão: This is originally a Tupi term used in Brazil to describe collective mobilizations based on non-remunerated mutual help.
  12. Naffīr: an Arabic word used in parts of Sudan (including Kordofan, Darfur, parts of the Nuba mountains and Kassala) to describe particular types of communal work undertakings.
  13. Tequio: a very popular type of work for collective benefit in the Zapotec culture. Community members contribute materials or labor to carry out construction work for the community.

Pages in category "Neotraditional"

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