Christian Felber is founder of the The Economy For The Common Good based in Austria, a movement uniting over 10,000 supporters in 40 nations and backed by 2,000 companies whose mission is to eliminate the fundamental contradiction between business’ values and social well-being. The 2013 Guardian Review has a nice review of the The Economy For The Common Good concept. He is the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Change Everything: Creating an Economy For The Common Good (Zed Books-UK, 2015; distributed in the U.S. by the University of Chicago Press) which gives real world case studies of business and economic activity that can thrive based on cooperation:
1. Mondragon - The World's Largest Cooperative (in the Basque Region of Spain)
2. Sekem - Organic Farming in the Desert (Egypt)
3. Gottin Des Glucks ("Goddess of Fortune" and Craft Aid - Eco-Fair Textiles (Mauritius/Austria)
4. Fair Trade - Appreciating the People Behind the Products (58 Producing Countries)
5. Semco- "Industrial Democracy" (Brazil)
6. Community-Supported Agriculture (USA and Worldwide)
7. Regionalwert AG - Regional Equity Capital (Germany)
8. Ethical Banks in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, The Netherlands, and Austria
9. John Lewis - A Role Model For Employee Ownership (UK)
10. Open Source - Global
An internationally renowned speaker, Christian has given TEDx talks in Brussels and Vienna, and has addressed the European Economic and Social Committee as well as the U.K.’s Royal Society For the Arts. He is an adjunct lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.
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