Archive for May, 2009

Introduction

Hi everyone! My name is Grace, and this is the blog of the Moral Economy Project, a program of the Quaker Institute for the Future. We’re a Montreal-based Quaker environmental group, focused on ways to divert the economic system from its current, ruinous course into one that works for humanity and the rest of the planet alike.

One of our main guiding tenets is taken from Aldo Leopold: “A thing is right when it tends to increase the integrity, resilience and beauty of the commonwealth of life. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”

So far, the Moral Economy Project has focused on two main efforts. The first was the writing of a book, Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy, by Peter G. Brown and Geoffrey Garver. This book describes some basic principles of a “whole earth economy”, poses some questions about how such an economy should operate, and makes suggestions for global institutions to support it. You can see reviews of the book on Amazon, or on the Moral Economy Project website.

Our second major project was hosting a symposium on the topic of “Bringing the Economy in Line with Ecology”, in Montreal on May 15-16, 2009. It was very well attended, and we thank all our presenters and participants. We will shortly be posting video clips both here and on our website.

We plan to update regularly in the next few months with video footage, radio interviews with Geoff and Peter and the other authors of Right Relationship, and other items as we get them. Stick around for the next exciting phase of this project!