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Economies of Life

International Futures Forum (IFF), 2010

Economies of Life argues cogently that there is a "default assumption that there is only one economy in our lives the economy which is the one based on money. The position is that there are many economies, of which the one based on money is just one, and that they all contribute to the health and sustainability of our shared lives". To extend this thinking, money is the currency of trade, and art is the currency of experience.

In his collection of five essays, Bill Sharpe uses the principles of ecological thinking to redefine our hitherto narrow understanding of terms like economy and value. The essays consider with poetic sensitivity and intellectual clarity what keeps each economy healthy, what sort of wealth each one accumulates and what sort of policies are most supportive of innovation and sustainability in a changing world.

The publication is illustrated by Jennifer Williams, member of the International Futures Forum (IFF).

You are invited to join in the discussion that will be generated by this book and share it with your friends and colleagues. The text is available for download from www.internationalfuturesforum.com/product.php?idx&ss=iff.

Contact: Jennifer Williams, tel.: +44 (0) 7801 414 964; e-mail: creativecommunities@talktalk.net; www.internationalfuturesforum.com