Open Invitation to Submit a Viewpoint

Individuals and representatives from societal organizations (business sector, social and environmental movements,  associations, NGOs, etc.) are invited to give input, and/or report on practices and innovations that have already proven their value as ingredients of the economy of the future.

What Can I / We Submit?

You can write a viewpoint on any topic that is of relevance to the consultation, see our page on the background of & topics addressed in the consultation. We prefer to receive viewpoints that do not just analyze the current situation, but also suggest ways to move forward.

  • The length of your viewpoint should be at most 2,500 words (including notes and references). Of course it is possible to refer to existing studies and reports that provide further details.
  • If you have expertise or ideas on topics that are clearly distinct from one another, it is possible to submit multiple viewpoints: at most 2 per individual and 5 per organization.
  • Viewpoints should be submitted in English (plus a Dutch version if you have one).

 

What Will You Do with My / Our Viewpoint?

This is what we will do:

  • All viewpoints received will be read and taken into account as input for the final report of the Future Markets Consultation.
  • We will also – provided you give permission, see the submission form further down this page – list you as having provided input for the consultation on this website and/or in the final consultation report.
  • Your viewpoint may also be selected – provided again that you give permission – for publication on both this consultation website and on the Moral Markets portal. In this way, it can contribute to public debate beyond the consultation process / report. In deciding which viewpoints to publish, we aim to cover a wide variety of topics and perspectives.

 

Will I / We Get a Response?

You will be notified if your viewpoint has been selected for publication. As we may receive a lot of viewpoints and have limited means, it may very well be the case that we are not able to personally respond to your viewpoint. Again, we ask for your understanding.

Please know that even if we do not respond or if your viewpoint is not selected for publication on our site, it is still very much appreciated and always taken into account while writing the final report of the Future Markets Consultation.

 

How Can A Viewpoint Be Submitted?

To submit your viewpoint:

  1. download the submission form below and fill it out
  2. add it as the first page of your viewpoint (by combining PDFs)
  3. send your viewpoint to Eefje de Gelder at consultationviewpoint@moralmarkets.org.

The deadline for submission is 3 January 2021.

Selection of Recent Submissions

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.

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.

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.

Think Companies Can Save the World? Think Again!

Environmental concerns were dominating many conversations at the business meetings Davos in 2019, but with climate-sceptic leaders ruling some of the world’s biggest economies, should we rely on companies to make the world a better place? Marieke Blom, chief economist of the Dutch bank ING, thinks not. A viewpoint submitted to the Future Markets Consultation.

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