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Co-emerging economies interview #4: Godelieve Spaas

In this interview, Godelieve Spaas shares her view on the Co-emerging Futures model. According to her, economy should enable us to care of our household, however the current economic model lacks above all, diversity. There is only one governing model which is not just exploiting the earth, it is also exploiting ourselves. A new economy isn’t possible without rethinking the way we conduct research and organise democracy, Godelieve argues. New forms of organization could support the development of alternative (economic) models. We can learn from decision making process and ways of sharing values in some African indigenous cultures.

Godelieve Spaas is a professor in new economy at Avans University of applied science. She is researcher, practitioner and creator of new ways of entrepreneurial organizing where ecology, society, economy all benefit from and interact seamlessly with each other. By sharing yet unheard stories and walking untrodden paths, she invites new economic systems to unfold, to be identified and interpreted and to become a platform for action in everyday organizational reality.

Co-emerging Economies is a research trajectory initiated by Philips and Baltan Laboratories. For this trajectory, Reon Brand and Olga Mink are interrogating different points of view on future economic change. In the research, they reflect on three economic future directions; the Techno-centric Economy; The Resource centric economy and the eco-entangled economy.

Please see the full interview here.

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