Bellowing out in the songs of eco-village choirs and reverberating down city streets through the chants of the 99 percent, the call for a new economy echoes out over the dying gasps of late capitalism.

From energy co-operatives in Spain that are literally bringing power to the local level, to a small school hidden deep in the English moors that is redesigning the study of economics, to a vast coalition in North America that is challenging domination by the one percent, this episode of Upstream explores the movement for a new economy.

Our story begins in 1984, just outside of the G7 World Economic Summit in London, where a small group convened a counter summit to challenge the ideas and theories that dominated mainstream economics. We follow the ripples of this seminal event as they radiate out through the world and on into our current era of Trump & Brexit.

This lineage traces back to the work of the renegade economist E. F. Schumacher (1911-1977). You'll hear from him, as well as many of the other people and organizations on the cutting-edge of this broad movement that is working to revolutionize the way we think about what the economy is, the way economics is taught, and the way we embody new economics in practice.


  • Tim Crabtree — Senior Lecturer at Schumacher College
  • Aniol Esteban — Program Director of The New Economics Foundation
  • E. F. Schumacher — From the archives of the Schumacher Center for New Economics
  • Satish Kumar — Founder of Schumacher College & Editor of Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine
  • Jonathan Dawson — Coordinator of the Economics for Transition M. A. Program at Schumacher College
  • Kate Raworth — Author of Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist
  • Katherine Trebeck — Senior Researcher at Oxfam
  • Eli Feghali — Director of Communications and Online Organizing for the New Economy Coalition
  • Andres Montesinos — Coordinator at Som Energia
  • Isabel Benitez — Coordinator of the New Economy & Social Innovation Forum

Music by:

  • Lanterns (theme music)
  • Amonie
  • Tapes and Topographies
  • Owu Kou Woo 
  • Haunted Haus

This episode is presented in partnership with The New Economy and Social Innovation Forum (NESI), taking place in Malaga, Spain in April 2017. For more information visit neweconomyforum.org.

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