Economics and Technologies

Community-based alternatives for production, consumption, and exchange

This section features stories of initiatives that help to create an alternative to the dominant neo-liberal or state-dominated economy. These include: localisation of economic activity with democratic control, producer and consumer collectives, local currencies and trade, non-monetised exchage and the gift economy, ecologically sensitive products and processes, macro-economic concepts that respect ecological limits, and approaches to human well-being that go beyond growth, GDP and other narrow measures and indicators.

What we do not feature are superficial and false solutions, such as market and technological fixes for problems that are deeply social and political, or more generally, ‘green growth’ kind of approaches that only tinker around with the existing system.

Digital tool to monitor groundwater

Women can lead the efforts to strengthen resilience during drought-like situations

Delhi Govt schools monetise solar power, expect to earn Rs 8.5 crore and save Rs 8.8 crore on bills!

Delhi schools are taking up this opportunity to generate green energy and improve their finances.

Farm to Systems – Where is our measuring tape?

Measuring the impacts of agro-ecology, farmers realize the various benefits of diversifying their farm enterprises.

Removing forest dwellers from areas to protect biodiversity costs more than involving them: report

"... Such examples of realising economic benefits have a direct positive impact on forest growth,”

Vikalp Varta – Farmers Market and other Vartas from other locations

Online dialogue series on alternatives for India during the covid times and beyond.

Solar power to give 150 city schools Rs 17 crore per year

The best part is that none of the schools had to invest any money. The entire project cost was borne by the developers.

Reviving the Thar Desert’s Camel Culture

Protecting the camel is synonymous to protecting its habitat—large, open, desert areas used by villages as commons

Goonj Initiative Helps Bihar Villagers Build Bamboo Bridge Amid Floods

With 250 pieces of bamboo sticks, the determined locals toiled for five days to build a 400-metre-long and 1.5-metre-wide bridge.

Handmade collective goes online

... to help farmers, weavers, spinners and dyers, who are all part of the cotton value chain and were affected by the pandemic