Did you know that the cooperative movement is at work in more than 100 countries, and that it has more than 800 million members? Would you be surprised to hear that four out of every ten Canadians belong to at least one co-op? In Quebec, actually, co-op membership includes 70% of the population. The cooperative movement is a reality that accounts for approximately 100 million jobs world-wide. So how come the mainstream press is so quiet about it? The United Nations tried removing this cloak of silence by naming 1012 The International Year of Cooperatives.
This issue of Open Space introduces the umbrella theme of degrowth - an awkward word, but one that might begin to capture the imagination as it becomes more known.
There is much talk these days about a major shift in our economic paradigm or methodology since the financial and debt fiasco that started on Wall Street but eventually spread globally. This issue of Open Space explores what a few thought leaders say about this.
No, you can't have faith without justice, so you can't keep faith out of politics. This issue of Open Space highlights the fortieth anniversary of the ground-breaking document, Justice in the World, and also asks why this anniversary has not been more celebrated.
This issue of Open Space puts a focus on nuclear power, following the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident which struck Japan last March. Excerpts from the historic letter on climate change, signed by many different faith leaders are also included.
This edition of Open Space looks at the growing gap between rich and poor and the damage this causes for everyone in all sectors of society. Open Space also pays tribute to Bishop Samuel Ruíz García, a great champion of the poor and the indigenous people, especially in Mexico, who died January 24 2011.
2010 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of the Italian Jesuit, Matteo Ricci, who died in Beijing in 1610. His approach of immersing himself in Chinese language and culture and building friendship opened China's door to Europe at the time. His anniversary may well carry an important legacy to be remembered, not only by Christians, but also by the superpowers of our day.
In recent years, serious thinkers have increasingly been emphasizing the need to enhance social consciousness in the world - indeed, to achieve a global transformation of consciousness. This issue of Open Space explores the content of three books, with more focus on The Tao of Liberation: Exploring the Ecology of Transformation, by Mark Hathaway and Leonardo Boff.
This is an overview of the papal encyclical, Caritas in Veritate.
Caritas is not only a teaching about social ethics in the age of globalization. It is also a spiritual and theological treatise on the primacy of love in God's whole creation. It's about how divine love thirsts to transform the world, through converted human hearts, into God's healing kingdom of justice and peace, for the sake of every living human being; for the life, and the growth into full humanity, of every human being.
There was once a time when we talked about ‘just’ prices and “the common good.” The idea behind “just price”, or the related idea of the “just wage”, came out of a healthy pre-modern sense of social stability and inclusion: the price you pay to a grower, a sewer or an artisan for his or her products must recognize the real cost of living for that worker and his or her family; it can’t reflect only the usefulness of the product to the purchaser. “Price” had to include solidarity: the acceptance of ongoing responsibility for all the members of the community.