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Our chance to change the world

The following is an article we spotted in thelondonpaper this month that we really like and that's very much in line with our thinking at Swapaskill. We hope you enjoy reading it!

Recession = bad. Right? Well, that’s what we’re being told. Our current economic ­situation is being depicted as a crisis – a ­negative occurrence from which we need to recover quickly and get back to “business as usual”. ­Essentially, we’re being asked to continue as cogs in the wheel. The Government is urging us to spend, spend, spend – to stay on the treadmill and keep the treadmill going at all costs. What happens if the wheel stops turning, if the treadmill halts?

In all honesty, with hand on heart, how was “business as usual” working out for us? Perhaps it felt secure, ­familiar, comfortable. We knew how to get ahead, the rules of the game, and perhaps the system had ­rewarded us with money, status and a glow of achievement.

How about happiness? Have we been radically happy? Deeply fulfilled? Full of energy in the mornings, basking in wholesome contentment in the evenings?

You see, I’m not sure it was working out so well for us pre-recession. If we look to our consciences, we know that grave atrocities were being done in the name of progress – unfair trade, exploitation, ­irrevocable damage to environments and species.

And I wonder if the situation here was that great. Corporations got fatter, we worked harder – all to maintain perpetual economic growth.

The good news is: we’re finally being offered a way out of the earn-spend-earn-spend cycle. It’s like we’ve come down on Christmas Eve night and seen our dad wolfing down the mince pies and sherry. Suddenly, the truth has been exposed. We won’t be fooled.

Change can be scary. But let’s allow ourselves to ­imagine, for a moment, that the new ways could be ­preferable. Imagine an economy which feels equitable at local, national and international levels. One which ­involves creative, innovative ways of sharing and trading with each other. An economy which is based on respect for our planet and which honours our common essential needs as human beings.

I’m not an economist but I know I want something different. I see this recession as an opportunity to choose, as a society, a new model. Would the new economists please step forward...

This article was written by Corrina Gordon-Barnes, who is 29, from Cambridge, and is a business coach

As a Swapaskill member you are a pioneer of the new economy - please invite your friends and spread the word!

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