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Winners Essay Contest Future Markets Consultation: Camila Posada (Master Students) & Fausto Corvino (Young Scholars)

The jury read all the submissions for the essay contest of the Future Markets Consultation with great interest. We would like to cordially thank all participants for sharing their ideas and views on the future of the market economy in Europe. The essays provide great input for our final consultation report, which we will publish later this year. The winner in the category master students is Camila Posada, with her essay ‘A New RuleBook for a New Transition‘. In the category young scholars Fausto Corvino is the winner, with his essay ‘A Fair Allocation of the Costs of Precarious Employment‘.

The Reset of Capitalism (in Europe)

We need a ‘Great Reset’ or ‘Great Reallocation’ of capitalism in which European capital is being invested in European companies, and vice versa, European companies being financed with European capital; these investment decisions resulting from a dialogue between the European wealthy and European entrepreneurs; and this process being maximally supported and promoted by national and European laws and regulations. This idea was not born from gloomy nationalism or anti-globalism, but from the conviction that a better balance is needed between global and local, between place of production and place of consumption, between mobile wealth and immobile labor, between large-scale politics and small communities, between freedom and responsibility, between short- and long-term. A viewpoint for the Future Markets Consultation submitted by Dutch think tank Socires.

Perspectives and Elections – Towards a Future-Proof and Valuable Society

With its recently published manifesto, Springtij wants to give a significant push to the shift towards a future-proof Netherlands. It is a political manifesto that is meant to be apolitical; Springtij points to ideas “that transcend party political positions. Ideas and solutions that do not divide society but strengthen it.” The Springtij manifesto is built around four ‘environments’: living & working environment, agricultural & natural environment, industrial environment, and great waters & sea. The changes described in the manifesto require a number of economic and social changes. A viewpoint submitted to the Future Market Consultation.

Transparency in the Value Chain Is a Must for Every Company!

Transparency in the chain, for some companies this is their mission, but for many companies it is a complicated matter. While in developing countries, where many raw materials and/or products come from, there is a high risk of human rights violations. Understanding the chain is an important step towards transparency. To achieve this, legislation is necessary, argue Jacob van der Duijn Schouten and Jacoline de Kruijf in a viewpoint submitted to the Future Market Consultation.

COVID-19, Technology, and Surveillance Capitalism

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, shopping, entertainment, and communication have moved online, and tech firms’ share prices have soared. In the latest installment of CoronaNomics, PS contributor J. Bradford DeLong and NYU professor Scott Galloway join The Independent’s Ben Chu and The Telegraph’s Lizzy Burden to discuss whether we are entering an era of higher productivity, or one of surveillance capitalism, monopoly power, and spiraling inequality.”

Cooperative Finance for a Faster Transition to Sustainability

This viewpoint is a call to let a parallel economy come into existence that empowers people and connects companies with a commitment sustainability (including social sustainability). An economy where money is only a means, not an end in itself. A parallel economy that is provided with the necessary financial resources through cooperative finance, with the aim of a powerful acceleration of the sustainable transition. A viewpoint submitted to the Future Markets Consultation by Dutch NGO United Economy.

Structural Change and the Green New Deal with Ann Pettifor

Economist Ann Pettifor outlines her take on the need to press for structural change within the financial and economic systems to tackle the climate crisis, rather than allowing the responsibility to be piled on to individuals and their communities“; fragment from an RSA event in December 2019. Upcoming Monday Pettifor is one of our guests in the next online dialogue of the Future Markets Consultation, this time on the topic of reconciling markets and ecology.

Work: Democratize, Decommodify, Remediate

“Left to their own devices, most capital investors will not care for the dignity of labor investors; nor will they lead the fight against environmental catastrophe. Another option is available. Democratize firms; decommodify work; stop treating human beings as resources so that we can focus together on sustaining life on this planet”, says a recent manifesto that has meanwhile been signed by more than 3.000 scholars / scientists and that was now also submitted as a viewpoint for the Future Markets Consultation.

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