The Book

Foreword

Christian Felber thinks big. Not content with marginal change, he proposes a thorough overhaul of our capitalist system. In his world, companies still earn profits. But they are driven not by revenues and costs, but by their Common Good balance sheet, which evaluates them on how cooperative they are with other companies, whether their products and services satisfy human needs, and how humane their working conditions are. A company is awarded Common Good points accordingly, and its score is published, so that customers know whom they are dealing with. A good score also entitles the company to favorable government treatment: lower taxes, better borrowing terms, and more public contracts.

Could this world actually come about? I honestly don’t know. But I have encountered such a society on a smaller scale. Thirteen years ago, I was introduced to the Camphill movement, which builds communities where disabled people live together with their caregivers (my son lived at a Camphill school for six years). Like Christian’s utopia, these communities place the highest value on cooperation, dignity, and service. If they can do it, perhaps Christian’s vision is not so far-fetched. Eric Maskin

 

Reviews

Christian Felber shows the path to an economy where money and markets are at the service of humans, not the other way round.Jakob von Uexküll, the founder of the World Future Council (2007) and the Right Livelihood Award (1980)

Economy for the Common Good has demonstrated an ability to draw together a partnership of companies, consumers and communities ... by offering a fresh alternative.Bruce Watson, Guardian

Christian Felber’s Economy for the Common Good offers a clear analysis that combines pragmatic designs for some of the potential institutions of the next system with a strategy for building a movement that can bring these institutions into being. His accessible articulation of a genuine alternative is an important contribution to an essential global conversation.Gar Alperovitz, author, historian, political economist

Christian Felber shows a pathway that leads to an economy based on love instead of profit, a society based on solidarity instead of greed, and a life based on joy instead of fear. We can all become involved.Kosha Joubert, president of the Global Ecovillage Network