• Updating macro-economics

      Orio Giarini (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2010-10-01)
    • A Project on The Wealth of Nations Revisited

      Garry Jacobs; Ivo Šlaus (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2010-10-01)
    • The Knowledge Society: A Sustainability Paradigm

      Naim Hamdija Afgan; Maria G. Carvalho (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2010-10-01)
      This paper defines the knowledge society as a human structured organisation based on contemporary developed knowledge and representing new quality of life support systems. It implies the need for a full understanding of distribution of knowledge, access to information and the capability to transfer information into a knowledge. The understanding of knowledge is the central challenge when defining a knowledge society. From our present perception of knowledge society, it is of interest to emphasize the role of the knowledge society in future development of human society. The life support systems are essential pillars of human society development. In this respect knowledge society represents a new paradigm for future development and it is strongly correlated to sustainable development. For this reason the sustainability paradigm of knowledge society is a potential frame for human society development leading to social cohesion, economic competitiveness and stability, use of resources and economic development, safeguarding biodiversity and the ecosystem.In order to verify the mutual relation between knowledge society and sustainability, we have to introduce the difference between these two terms. The knowledge society is based on the agglomeration of eco-knowledge, env-knowledge and soc-knowledge, it may be evaluated as the complex knowledge of quality of life support systems. We have to introduce metrics which will allow us to present knowledge as the paradigm of the number of indicators for verifying progress made.Sustainability metrics are designed to consolidate measures of economic, environmental and social performance of any system. It can be understood as a pattern for evaluation of the available knowledge about systems and their performance. In particular the decision-making process for the selection of the system under consideration must be based on the available knowledge. The link between knowledge and sustainability makes it possible for us to visualise that the sustainability paradigm is the essential frame for the knowledge society.
    • Transforming Finance Group’s Call Recognizes Finance as a Global Commons

      Hazel Henderson (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2010-10-01)
    • CADMUS: The Personality of a Journal

      T. Natarajan (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2010-10-01)
    • Introductory Paper for a Programme on The Wealth of Nations Revisited

      Ivo Šlaus; Bernard Lietaer; Orio Giarini; Garry Jacobs (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2010-10-01)
    • Indicators of Economic Progress: The Power of Measurement and Human Welfare

      Garry Jacobs; Ivo Slaus (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2010-10-01)
      Right measurement is a powerful instrument for social progress; wrong or imprecise measurement a source of hazard and even havoc. The essential purpose of economic activity is the promotion of human development, welfare and well-being in a sustainable manner, and not growth for growth’s sake, yet we lack effective measures to monitor progress toward these objectives. Advances in understanding, theory and measurement must necessarily proceed hand in hand. A companion article in this publication sets forth the urgent need for new theory in economics. This article sets forth the complementary need for new measures. The stakes are high and the choice is ours. On one side, rising social tensions, recurring financial crises and ecological disaster; on the other, the progressive unfolding and development of human capacity in harmony with Nature. The deficiencies of GDP as a measure are well-documented by leading economists Kuznets, Tobin, Tinbergen and many others; but, unfortunately, decision-making still remains largely based on GDP, valid during 1930-70 perhaps, but certainly inappropriate today. The challenge is to derive more appropriate indicators to reflect real, sustainable economic welfare, social development and human wellbeing. The attributes that have made GDP so successful are often overlooked — it provides clear objectives for policy and decision-making. We propose new composite indicator, HEWI, which can be used to guide decision-making, which retains the strengths associated with GDP, while substantially enhancing its value as a measure of human economic development. HEWI monitors progress on factors that contribute prominently to present economic welfare — household consumption, government welfare-related expenditure, income inequality and unemployment — as well as factors that have the potential to significantly enhance long term sustainability — education, fossil fuel energy efficiency and net household savings. The index is applied to assess the economic performance of select countries from 1985-2005.
    • Theory & Strategies for Full Employment

      Ashok Natarajan (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2010-10-01)
    • Theory & Strategies for Full Employment

      Ashok Natarajan (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2010-10-01)
    • Human Rights and Employment

      Winston P. Nagan (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2010-10-01)
    • The World Academy of Art and Science: History and Manifesto

      Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2010-10-01
    • Thoughts and Prayers for our Japanese Friends

      Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2011-04-01
    • Governance

      T. Natarajan (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2011-04-01)
    • Revolution in Human Affairs: The Root of Societal Violence

      Jasjit Singh (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2011-04-01)
    • Policy for Full Employment

      Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2011-04-01
    • Universal Nuclear Disarmament

      Manpreet Sethi (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2011-04-01)
    • Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

      Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2011-04-01
    • Grossly Distorted Picture: GDP Still Misleading

      Hazel Henderson (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2011-04-01)
    • Call for United Action

      Heitor Gurgulino de Souza (Risk Institute, Trieste- Geneva, 2011-04-01)