The Cold War is over

A while back I got a mail that told me that, because I don’t believe in an infinite growth and globalization as an overall answer, I was a communist.

There are a lot of people who lived through the cold war and believe there are only 2 ways to run an economy (and the world): capitalism vs. communism. As long as we keep thinking black and white (and thereby denying all other colors of the spectrum), we’ll never have big breakthroughs in our system.

Communism didn’t work, but neither does capitalism really (unless keeping Africa and South-america poor on purpose while destroying all resources for next generations sounds like a perfect system to you). In this post I would like to present briefly some other types of economical systems people are already trying. I think in the end, it’s not about choosing 1 system and ignore all side-effects, but to create an open vision where all these systems (capitalism and communism included) can work together.

  • Participatory Economy: Citizens are directly involved in decisions about production and consumption. More influence and control from the ethical side of consumption.
  • Economic Cooperation: Cooperation and reciprocity are the starting point. There are self-management responsibilities which are evenly distributed among participants.
  • Solidarity economy: Man and nature are central in this model. Mutual support and respect for nature and environment are key elements.
  • Care Economy: The basic principle here is equality between people. It’s about human dignity and equal opportunities for all.
  • Ecological Economics: Sustainability is the key concept. The economic subsystem is part of the ecological system. There is a fair distribution of resources and everyone should have basic ecological rights.

There’s a nice overview on different types of economics on wikipedia. This post was inspired by this post on


About leyssensjan

Jan Leyssens is a designer and entrepreneur who strongly believes you can’t turn sustainability into a positive story if your main focus is on negative impact. When designing, he is always looking for the overlap between activism and entrepreneurship, technology and community. His main expertise lies in strategic business model development, Circular Economy, the makermovement, and social innovation. With a background in Industrial Design, Jan quickly shifted his focus towards business design and using the design process in strategic management. Jan is the father of two kids and founder & CEO of Regenerative Design, co-founder of Full Circle, ImpactBoost, and the Circular Design map, podcaster, storyteller, and changemaker.
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One Response to The Cold War is over

  1. Pingback: Beyond growth or Beyond capitalism? | Keep the game, change the rules

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