The Moral Economy Project

What is right relationship? A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, resilience, and beauty of the commonwealth of life. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.

The Quaker Institute of the Future launched the Moral Economy Project (MEP) in 2005 to address Friends’ concerns about the human prospect in a world of unbridled growth and increasing ecological degradation. The central effort of MEP has been the drafting of a book, Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy, on how to work toward a moral economy. The book, published in February 2009, is already in its second printing and is now available from Berrett-Koehler Publishers; click here to order it on-line. The MEP team is now focusing on book promotion and outreach with a view to stimulating an evolving dialogue and action plan that build from the book and its message.

The QIF/MEP symposium, “Bringing the Economy in Line with Ecology”, held in Montreal on May 15-16, 2009, brought together concerned Friends, members of other faith communities, scientists, environmental activists, and many others to attempt to discern a way forward. Both the online and print versions of the symposium report will soon be available. In the meantime, videos, discussion papers and other material from the symposiuum can be found here.

You can follow MEP on Twitter, or visit the project’s blog.

For information about the Moral Economy workshop, Social Fairness and Ecological Integrity: A Workshop on Strategy and Action For a Moral Economy, March 4-6, 2011, please click here.