About the organisation

This organisation is campaigning for the reform of economics curricula, but at the same time aims to democratize economics. According to the organisation rethinking economics matters  as it will “benefit the discipline”, “combat climate change and poverty” and “improve democracy.” From their site:

Rethinking Economics is an international network of students, academics and professionals building a better economics in society and the classroom.

Through a mixture of campaigning, events and engaging projects, Rethinking Economics connects people globally to discuss and enact the change needed for the future of economics, and to propel the vital debate on what economics is today.

What you can find on their site

The site contains information on a number of projects that members worldwide contribute to. These are:

  • A ‘curriculum project‘, which is “looking to do two things: (1) Provide educational resources that can supplement and broaden existing teaching, (2)2. Demonstrate the viability of pluralist approaches to economic teaching.
  • The ‘re-think reader‘, a textbook-in-development which “introduces the reader to an alternative approach to studying economics”, “from feminist to ecological, Marxian to behavioural, and development to post-keynesian economics”
  • A program to deliver workshops in schools, meant to “broaden students’ perspectives on the meaning of the term economics”, “ignite an interest for economics in students who previously only associated the term
    with banking and finance”, and “foster critical thinking about the discipline of economics.”
  • The ‘community crash course‘, “participatory courses [which’] will empower participants to learn about economic concepts they may have found daunting, and will encourage them to think critically about economic reporting or policies.”
  • The ‘bust the jargon project‘, that aims to produce a booklet that takes “the most commonly used economics ‘jargon’ words that are used in the news, and figure out a really simple, accessible way to explain them. That could be through a diagram, a poem, a comic strip, or just a short and simple sentence.”
  • A fund for projects which engage people in re-thinking economics. Economics, the organization says, is “a place for writers, filmmakers, musicians, poets, comedians, illustrators, animators, or anyone with a creative take on the lives we lead, the choices we make, the things we love, and everything in between.”
  • The ‘employers report‘, which is going to “provide further evidence for our argument that economics graduates must be better prepared to deal with the challenges of the 21st century, and that the reforms we propose will result in better educated students.

It is a pity that the (draft) materials produced by these project cannot be found on the website. Perhaps though such resources become available to people who have officially joined the network.

In addition the site contains:

  • An event calendar, which is unfortunately not working at the moment of writing this blog post.
  • And of course the site contains ample of information on how to get involved, which can take the form of joining one of the local chapter/groups (“re-groups”).

Sneak preview

The Re-thinking Economics network has a YouTube channel with videos from events they organized in the past:

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