There is a way our economy can work for everyone. It involves profits circulating continuously through our economic system, rather than accumulating at the top.
Imagine there was a simple way our economy could serve all people and the planet. Imagine we could evolve beyond capitalism to a system that inherently promotes individual health, community wealth and planetary well-being, while maintaining the best aspects of our existing market economy.
Not only is such an evolution possible, it’s already on its way.
How on Earth is a forthcoming book that documents the rapid rise of not-for-profit forms of business in our economy and the foreseeable end to the profit motive in our lifetimes. The scholarly work reveals an emerging future of purpose-driven companies that naturally promote financial circulation, social well-being, and environmental regeneration. Indeed, some of the world’s most profitable companies operate as not-for-profits, deliver important social outcomes and are outperforming their for-profit competitors. A realistic market-based alternative to capitalism exists, and is already taking hold across multiple sectors.
We came to these ideas, outlined in our forthcoming book How on Earth, through years of researching, analyzing and testing the Not-for-Profit World model.
We collected data about trends in both the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. We drew on the latest insights from cognitive science, evolutionary biology, systems thinking, social psychology and behavioral economics. We databased hundreds of existing not-for-profit businesses in order to map the scope of the emerging Not-for-Profit World, and to have a suite of case studies to learn from.
Our analysis allowed us to see how the shifts that are already underway are catalyzing other changes – from worldviews and values to collective action and individual behavior. This is opening up space for new ways of organizing the economy to emerge. In this light, the Not-for-Profit World model beautifully coalesces with other growing social trends like collaborative consumption, peer-to-peer production, and crowdfunding.
To test our conclusions, we went through a multi-stage feedback process. We presented our ideas at conferences, public talks, in the media, via social media, at workshops, and had in-depth conversations with experts in a wide range of fields, including business, economics, finance and sociology. Finally, we started a not-for-profit business incubator in the U.S., giving us more hands-on experience and grounding our ideas.
It has been an incredible journey, and now we invite you to join us for the most important phase!
Set to be published in 2020, pre-publication orders can be made here. Updates on the book's progress may be read here.
Hi. I’m Donnie Maclurcan, co-author with Jennifer Hinton of the forthcoming book, How on Earth: Our Future is Not for Profit. Along with our team at the Post Growth Institute, we can’t wait to share this book with you. Despite our previous projections and hopes, we’re still unable to provide a...
Welcome to 2017! What an important year. In these turbulent times, we know you and so many others are seeking a new economic model to make sense of the world and complement the many things you’re already doing to create a brighter future. When we last wrote, we shared that we had “a little...
Having finished reading through the editors suggested changes, as well as comments from economists and others on our economic model, we couldn't be happier with the feedback! We have a little more work to do in shaping and refining some of the content and sections, but for the first time, Jen,...
Add As we get close to sharing our work of the past six years with you, we wanted to provide you with a penultimate update! How on Earth is currently with an editor – the wonderful Melissa Michaels. Once the manuscript is returned, we’ll have quite a few revisions to make. So while we won’t get...
Happy 2016! This is the year we launch the How on Earth book and introduce the Not-for-Profit World model to the wider population. With so many amazing things happening across the globe, we’re confident that the economic system we’ve outlined will provide you and others with a vital missing...
Here’s one of the last updates on the How on Earth book before we publish. First things first, we will not be able to get the book out in early November, as we had hoped. Some unexpected things came up in our personal lives and, as a result, we need more time before we can publish. We are now...
As one of this book’s key supporters, we wanted you to be the first to know that we have completed an entire first draft! There is still a lot of work to be done before we can publish: editing, adding in more examples, refining graphics and diagrams, finalizing references, proofreading,...
image credit: Blake Richard Verdoorn Here is another update from the co-creative front-lines of the How on Earth book project.
We have been extremely busy since our last update email to you, in January. We have essentially kicked our writing into full-gear, after having been mostly focused on...
image credit: Saul Cuellar Dear How on Earth supporters,
Happy New Year! We hope that 2015 is off to a great start for all of you.
A lot has happened since our last update, in August. We apologize for not sending out another update until now, but we’re sure that in reading all of the...
image credit: Michael Baird Dear Patient Supporters,
As promised, here is another exclusive update on the How on Earth book project.
We’d like to explain a little more about what we’re actually doing with How on Earth and how we’re doing it, in order to give you a bird’s...
A social systems designer, Jennifer Hinton is a Marie Curie PhD Fellow studying the social dynamics of the biophysical resource economy. Her work has included projects on China’s circular economy, ethanol production in Brazil and Sweden, renewable energy job creation in Uzbekistan, and lowering the ecological footprint of Greek public schools.
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The strength of this book project is rooted in the power of people.
Research, and assistance with the book has been provided by: Sarah Reibstein, Tegan Tallulah, Simon Spire, Sharon Ede, Chiara Aliotta, Gudrun Freese, Chris Hehn, Kristen Murphy, Theoharis Tziovaras and Dorothy Filiotis.
The $20,845 we received through our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign has made the development of How on Earth possible.
Special thanks to our major backers: the Just Pax Foundation; Flora Family Foundation; Whole Systems Foundation; Dick Smith; Malcolm Lovell; and Matthew Byrne.
And to all our other contributors, a huge thanks!
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