Politics, they say, is the art of the possible. But the possible is not fixed. What we believe is possible depends on our knowledge and beliefs about the world. Ideas can change the world, and Green House is about challenging the ideas that have created the world we live in now, and offering positive alternatives.
The problems we face are systemic, and so the changes we need to make are complex and interconnected. Many of the critical analyses and policy prescriptions that will be part of the new paradigm are already out there. Our aim is to communicate them more clearly, and more widely.
Green House founder member Molly Scott Cato was elected to the European Parliament in May as a Green Party Member representing the South West of England and Gibraltar. While this is good news for Molly, and for the citizens of Europe, it is bad news for Green House, as she will have less time to write for us. Nevertheless, she is remaining on the team (as a member of our Advisory Group) and will continue to take part in GH events and to contribute in other ways, parliamentary commitments permitting.
Other internal news: thanks to a grant from the Polden Puckham Charitable Foundation, Green House now boasts a Coordinator in the shape of Ray Cunningham, formerly Chair. Ray will be seeking to increase our impact in the media and elewhere, as well as keeping the website more up to date than has been possible in the past. Rupert Read returns to the role of Chair. Most of the team gathered in Weymouth in the summer (see above) to plan the next strategic steps.
Our Post-Growth Project is approaching its next major milestone, with the publication of the book containing all the Reports that have emerged to date - 'The Post-Growth Project: How the End of Economic Growth Could Bring a Fairer and Happier Society' - now confirmed for 22 October. Copies can be ordered (postage free) here.
Further points to note from the Project:
The final Report from this phase of the project is now available for download from this website, or to order as a printed report. It is 'How to Make Do and Mend our Economy: Rethinking Investment Strategies for Construction and Industry to meet the Challenge of Sustainability', by Jonathan Essex. You can download it, together with the other Reports that make up the book, and all our earlier publications, from our Publications pages.
To keep the debate lively we are also publishing a provocative Green House Gas by Bill Blackwater on the question ‘Why do capitalist economies need to grow?’ which argues that growth is essential to capitalism and that therefore anybody who believes we need to abandon growth must accept that this means we need to abandon capitalism; and we invite responses from anybody sufficiently provoked. Our Gases can also be downloaded from our Publications pages.
You can download copies of our most recent reports on the Recent Publications page or find out who is involved on the Green House People page. Please also see who is supporting us on the page about our Advisory Group or check out our influences at Find Out More.
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The first Green House book will be published on 22 October! See main page for details.
Green House is holding its first event in Norwich - 'What Comes After Capitalism?' Join Donnie Maclurcan from the Post Growth Institute and Rupert Read from Green House Think Tank for a glimpse into the Not-for-Profit global economy' - on Sunday 21 September. Click here for more details.
And we hope to be setting off intellectual fireworks on 5 November. More details to follow.
The Green House stall and reception at the Autumn Conference of the Green Party of England and Wales at Aston University, Birmingham were a great success, stimulating much discussion and bringing in over 50 new followers. They will all be receiving a newsletter shortly to being them up to date on our activities. If you want to join that number, simply add your email address to the mailing list above.