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The Dancing Economist | 06/Spring 2020

For me, the Corona-related cancellations reach until October! Some hurt a lot - for example, the invitation of the EU Commission to the European Economic Forum in Brussels, a series of book presentations at the Universities of Mannheim, Karlsruhe, Siegen or an ARD programme for a millions audience. Mega events such as in the Berlin Olympic Stadium on June 12, the ISBEE conference in Bilbao or the Social Future congress in Dortmund will also be cancelled.

In part, I am relocating my activities to the Internet: vlogs, webinars, but: I no longer zoom! Fortunately, the City of Vienna Round Table with ECG pioneer companies will take place online. And just before the crisis, the interview with Tilo Jung went out (Jung & Naiv episode 459, in German).

  1. Corona crisis: vlog series, webinars, GreenCommunication
  2. Academics: ECG conference, zfwu, IASS research project, Schader foundation, Lüneburg university, HfWU advisory board
  3. Books: Trading for Good, Si può fare, This is not economy
  4. Common Good Cooperative: Crisis action, Common Good Accounts
  5. Economy for the Common Good: Economic promotion agencies, cooperations, new website
  6. Media firework
  7. Action!
I. Corona crisis

"vlog" series

After a brief shock and "immersion" - the lucky ones in large apartments or in the countryside could reinterpret the lockdown as a "retreat" - I decided to start a video blog alias "vlog" on various aspects of the crisis. I ventured into new territory on this occasion and became a little bit familiar with the format. Now I understand how much effort a well-made blog means and why some “Youtubers” can make a living from it. I primarily wanted to fill the gap created by dozens of cancelled lectures and public appearances. The idea remained, to start a permanent blog/vlog and to use the internet more for my work in the public. This is favorable for my personal ecological footprint, and instead of a regional audience, I can reach out to an international one - digitization does have its advantages!

→ vlogFrom Corona to Common Good (German with subtitles in English and Spanish)

Webinars & Co

While some unfinished work could finally come to an end or books were finally read, my email traffic swelled to a level that was dangerous to health - countless people came to me with their thoughts of crisis, organizations started webinars, luckily also very exciting inquiries, such as for an internal webinar for Greenpeace Europe. Here are some available examples:

Ocean. Now!
Pioneers of Change Online Summit (German)
FFF Austria: Schule des politischen Mutes (German)


“Zooming” (formerly: skyping) has replaced “videoconferencing” as the verb. But the privacy concerns made me look for an alternative - and I would find it. The Viennese company "Green Webspace" has been a member of the Common Good Economy since 2012 and, among other products, offers an appropriate video conference tool that I have been using for some time now.

Green Webspace (German)

II. Academics

Scientific congress of ECG in Bremen

The Science Hub of the ECG movement and the Austrian ECG research association organized together with the City University of Applied Sciences of Bremen the 1st three days-long scientific conference on ECG in English. The organization team was flooded with presentation offers and had to choose strictly. The atmosphere was just as positive as the motivation: The fact that science can generate so much joy shows how important it is to share a meaningful goal: to solve the major ecological, social and human problems together. The contributions came from a wide variety of disciplines and social sectors: science, politics and practice, and combined organically: A new milestone in the development of the ECG movement!
→ Photo gallery one and two
→ Report on RIFF-Reporter (German)

Special edition of zfwu
Shortly after the congress, issue 3/2019 of the Review of Economic and Business Ethics appeared under the title “Economy and Common Good” and is entirely dedicated to the Economy for the Common Good. The main article was written by one of my role models, the emeritus of Business Ethics of the University of St. Gallen, Peter Ulrich, who is by the way also an ECG advocate. On 24 pages, he explores the question whether "there is enough meat on the conceptual bone of the ECG". He is particularly skeptical: "These are the rightly sought, but only occasionally found institutional enabling conditions for what is at the heart of the ECG, namely the realignment of individual business activities." And: "However, in the foreseeable future legal liability cannot be expected at national or even international level, until further notice the pioneering companies must voluntarily assess the common good and hope that a "first mover advantage" will emerge from them." It remains to be seen in an exciting way if through our courageous commitment we will be able to lead this to a positive end.

IASS research project is progressing

At the end of phase I of my research project "unification of NFI reporting frameworks to a legal standard” I organized a stakeholder workshop at the IASS in Potsdam with around 25 experts, including researchers, representatives of other standards, business associations as well as CSR and common good officers from companies. The operative B.A.U.M. GmbH team moderated, and we received valuable feedback on our "exogenous parameters", which should be met by the future legal standard. In early 2020, the IASS directorate approved the continuation of the project. Part II - the merging of the existing standards into a "super standard" - requires a broader support, which I am currently forging together.
blog article on IASS website

Full house in the Schader Foundation Darmstadt

The universities are calling - most recently Amsterdam, Valencia, Fulda, Ingoldstadt, Landshut, Alanus, Buxtehude and: Darmstadt. From the latter, Prof. Thomas Döring had published an article on ECG in the journal “Wirtschaftsdienst”. The conversation that resulted from this led to an invitation to the University of Applied Sciences of Darmstadt in which the local Schader Foundation also participated - once again. The topic hit the nerve of the times: More than 300 guests flocked to the public event after an exciting preliminary round among experts. The next day, Götz Rehn welcomed 20 people from the local ECG chapter to breakfast in the new Alnatura building.
→ Report by Hochschule Darmstadt (German)

Full house at the University of Lüneburg

The "conference week" at the University of Lüneburg has a good reputation, as first-year students can try out a wide range of courses. I used the invitation to meet Prof. Patrick Velte, who also participated at the IASS workshop, and we happened to have lunch with the University's president. As there were exciting researchers on site, I took the opportunity to listen to some colleagues who had also dived deeper into the original meaning of "oikonomia" and Adam Smith's "Theory of Moral Sentiments" (which preceded "The Wealth of Nations". In the evening I gave a key note speech on the ECG to 900 guests.
Leuphana conference week (great teaser video!)

Advisory board member for MBA at the HfUW

Prof. Klaus Gourgé from the Nürtlingen-Geißlingen University of Economics and Environment (HfWU) appointed me to the advisory board of the MBA program "Trend and Sustainability Management", which also includes luminaries such as Prof. Birger Priddat from the University of Witten-Herdecke or Prof. André Reichel from the International School of Management in Stuttgart. The first session in the pretty Swabian town was very exciting because very different perspectives flowed together to shape the further development of the MBA holistically.
University press release (German)

III. Books

Trading for Good & Si può fare

In autumn, the English edition of "Ethischer Welthandel" – Trading for Good – was published at the same publishing cooperative as was "Change everything" – ZED Books – which in the meantime was absorbed by Bloomsbury. This milestone completes the triology of an alternative economic system (Economy for the Common Good), alternative money and financial system (Money. The New Rules of the Game) and alternative trading order (Trading for Good).
And, the Italian edition has just been published by Aboca Edizioni and - rocketed: Major reviews appeared e.g. in Corriere de la Serra, La Stampa, affariitaliani.it, Avvenire.it etc
Trading for Good
Si può fare! 

„This is not economy“

The book presentations in autumn in Bremen (invitation from Prof. Müller-Christ), Hamburg (Prof. Frank Adloff, with Prof. Arne Heise) and at the Humboldt University Berlin (invitation from Cornelia Kühn, with Steffen Lange and Ulrich Petschow) were very gratifying. There are still very different reactions in the media. While Toni Innauer recommends the book as "clever and entertaining" in DiePresse’s weekend supplement "Spectrum", Ursula Weidenfeld said in a Deutschlandfunk review conversation with a colleague that I was "in an incredibly bad mood". In the Tagesspiegel, Oliver Rottmann from the University of Leipzig used the word "esoterical" - without any specific reference, I suspect that he means my quote from Goethe :) The debate on derStandard’s article underwent several twists: After neither the operators of derStandard’s economics online "Ökonomieblog" (the Department of Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business) nor the print edition of Der Standard allowed a replica on the reviews by Ulrich Berger (professor at the WU) and Fred Luks (long-time WU economist), I offered a text myself in early December of last year: “Post-growth virus Corona” appeared on April 16th! On this occasion I also updated my replica to Prof. Berger's original “review”. The reports in the Augsburger Allgemeine, the Salzburger Nachrichten, in the Tyrolean daily newspaper, ProZukunft, the Xing blog by Alexandra Hildebrandt and Oliver Tanzer's review in the "Furche" are very gratifying.
I am heartbroken about the Corona-related cancellations (partly at the universities) Mannheim, Karlsruhe, Siegen, Pforzheim and Regensburg - here I hope for an autumn miracle!
All media coverage on This is not economy (German)

IV. Common Good Cooperative 

Corona aid action

The Gooperative for the Common Good reacted creatively and in solidarity to the economic downturn in early April. The approximately 5,000 members were called on to donate to members in urgent need. In a short time, almost 25,000 euros came together, a wonderful sign of solidarity and trust. At the end of April, 18 members received between 300 and 1000 euros each. A second call is planned for May. If you are not yet a member, you can
join here (German)

Common Good Account develops

The common good account (Gemeinwohlkonto), created and offered in cooperation with the Environment Center of the Raiba Gunskirchen in Upper Austria, is developing slowly: By the end of 2019, more than 300 accounts had been opened. Since many customers would like to have an account with a nearby bank, we are currently in the process of developing further account offers. For now, nothing prevents you from changing your account!
  → Gemeinwohlkonto (German)

V. Economy for the Common Good

Development agencies are interested

After more and more municipalities and cities have approached the ECG in the past year, the interest of economic promotion agencies is increasing. Public events have recently taken place in Stuttgart, Dortmund and Buxtehude. The Stuttgart Region's agency created its own ECG website. And the business promotion agency of the city of Bornheim near Bonn is the first to draw up a common good report itself - it is moving ahead!
ECG website of development agency in Stuttgart (German)
→ Report by Gewerbeforum Buxtehude (German)

Cooperation in the crisis

The corona quarantine has triggered a veritable tsunami of cooperation requests, networking initiatives and calls to sign petitions. Even before Corona, the ECG counted 39 collaborations in the internal wiki - from the Humanistic Management Network to the Wellbeing Economy Alliance, from Entrepreneurs for Future to Greenpeace. In Germany, I have been working with other alternative economic initiatives for years to establish the “Network Economic Change”, now the time has come: We went online with a joint call.
ECG petitions on 12062020.de
Wellbeing Economy Alliance
Netzwerk Ökonomischer Wandel (NOW) (German)

New international website

The international ECG movement used the crisis to create a new international website. A team of volunteers – partly IT experts – manufactured the new jewel of which we are very proud! Details will be finetuned over the next weeks. From the homepage, you can switch to your country's specific website just klicking on the globe in the top menu. Enjoy and share!
→ New ECG website

VI. Media fireworks
(all coverage is in German, if not indicated otherwise)

Own texts

→ Opinion piece on alternatives to GDP in Die Presse (10.11.)
→ Opinion piece on Basic Income in Kleine Zeitung (10.11.)
→ Article on ECG on Publikum.net (15.12.)
→ Replica "Postwachstumsvirus Corona" in Online-Standard (16.4.)
→ Review on Maja Göpel's current book in Standard-Album (19.4.)


→ on „This is not economy“ in Luxemburger Wort (24. 10.)
→ on ECG in „Der Tag“ by Deutschen Welle (19. 12.)
→ ORF-ZiB Nacht by Christiane Wassertheurer (20. 3.)
→ on Corona and Common Good in 17goals Magazin (6. 4.)
→ From Corona crisis to Common Good Economy in Euractiv (16. 4.) EN
→ „El confinamiento nos demuestra que sí somos capaces de vivir con menos“ in La Marea (24. 4.) ES
→ „Avanza la Economía del Bien Común“ auf rtp Bolivia (28. 4.) ES

Reports on ECG and my work

→ Intro of ECG in Periódico de México (7. 11.) ES
→ Fullpage report in Salzburger Nachrichten (9. 11.)
→ Long report on ECG in Perspective Daily (27.11.)
→ Book review in Augsburger Allgemeinen „Die Fehler des Systems“ (6. 12.)
→ Discussion „Brauchen wir eine neue Wirtschaftsordnung“ on Deutschlandfunk Kultur (8.12.)
→ Big report in Tiroler Tageszeitung „Märkte sind soziale Konstrukte“ (17. 12.)
WDR Markt „Wirtschaften fürs Gemeinwohl“ (18. 12.)
→ Interview with Helmut Lind (Sparda Munich) on horizont.net (19. 12.)
→ Article on ECG in Portugese Jornal de Tornado (28. 12.) PT
→ Article by ECG Prof. in Valencia Joan Ramon Sanchis on Nueva Revolución (28. 12.) ES
→ Katharina Mau in bento on "Ökologische Menschenrechte" auf (1. 1.)
→ Interview with ECG Hotelier Michil Costa on Südtirolnews (10. 1.)
→ Report in Süddeutschen Zeitung about an ECG talk by Andrea Behm (16. 1.)
→ Interview with Ralf Nacke (ECG Switzerland) in Luzerner Zeitung (3. 2.)
→ Report on inequality in El Confidencial (6. 2.) ES
→ Breakfast with Eckart von Hirschhausen (11. 2.)
→ Report on re-certification of ECG municipality Mäder on vol.at (18. 2.)
→ Report on ECG certifications in Hannover in Neuen Presse (26. 2.)
→ Essay on Homo oeconomicus in Falter (4. 3.)
→ Article on ECG in NDR-Kulturjournal (9. 3.)
→ Article on ECG region Höxter in Deutschlandfunk (10. 4.)
→ Extensive report on ECG vrij nederland (11. 4.) NL
→ ECG consultant Thomas Mönius on STB Web (23. 4.)
→ Review on Si può fare! in Corriere de la Serra (4. 5.) IT

IX. Action!

Become a member of the Common Good Cooperative now!
In times of crisis, the common good cooperative is particularly happy about new members and newly opened banking accounts.

Genossenschafter*in werden (German)

Gemeinwohlkonto eröffnen (German)

Become a member of ECG now!
The ECG is also going through a difficult time due to the crisis. Memberships and, of course, donations now help.



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