Table of Contents for IC#36

Toward a Sustainable World Order

Governance and trade in a sustainable 21st century

Originally published in Fall 1993
Copyright (c)1993, 1996 by Context Institute

About This Issue
by Sarah van Gelder

What Time Is It? by Robert Gilman
Converging historic shifts provide a dynamic setting in which human culture can move, either gracefully or with reluctance, into a new era.

Ecological Limits by Robert Goodland
An environmental number-cruncher describes how the human race is close to running out of biomass, land, ozone, and the other stuff of life.

Coming Back to Life by ANGOG, IRED Asia, and the PCD Forum
Asian culture and spiritual traditions and a rooting in community and place can form the basis for a new economics of community.

Community Economics by Mark Worth
Started by Japanese housewives, the Seikatsu cooperative built a food buying club into a network of collectives and cooperatives with more than a hundred thousand members.

Co-ops and Cooperation by David Thompson
Keys to a healthy cooperative economy, plus Japan’s Cooperative Movement

A Globe of Villages an interview with David Morris, by Sarah van Gelder
A world of self-reliant but interconnected communities, rather than a huge, homogenized global culture, holds the most promise.

Global Integration; Global Rule by David Korten
International trade agreements like GATT and NAFTA are opening the world to unrestrained global commerce at the expense of democratic institutions and laws.

Sister Islands by David Mitchell
Sister islanders in the US and in Nicaragua share the joys and challenges of their divergent lifestyles.

Finding a Balance an interview with Ricardo Navarro, by Sarah van Gelder
Sustainability cannot be achieved until extreme poverty and wealth have ended, says this Salvadoran appropriate-technology activist, plus a sidebar on Appropriate Technology in El Salvador.

Our Fair Share by Manus van Brakel and Maria Buitenkamp
Estimates on our share of ecological space.

The Evolution of Governance by Elisabet Sahtouris
Our bacterial ancestors averted ecological catastrophe by learning cooperation – and we can, too!

What Works and Why by Harlan Cleveland
Here’s what’s already working in the world of global governance.

Global Networks by Hazel Henderson
Citizens’ organizations are banding together around the Earth and becoming a grassroots form of global governance.

Preparing for Peace by Michael Renner
The end of the Cold War has transformed the nature of conflict and opened new opportunities for peace, plus sidebars on What Price Peace and UN Peacekeeping?

A Path to Global Disarmament by Sarah van Gelder
An international group of legal experts is working to make the arms trade as illegal – and as unacceptable – as the slave trade.

Planetary Democracy an interview with Jack Yost, by Sarah van Gelder
Global democracy could be an important key to realizing the human potential for building a sustainable world.

Looking Back from 2003 by Robert Gilman
In just 10 short years, the industrialized world shifted to a sustainable, cooperative-based economy. Here’s how it happened.

Planetary Pulse * Former East Germany’s urban ecology movement * Restorative justice * Sustainable forestry * Sustainable architecture