With the planet reaching its biophysical limits on what it can provide us, a growing number of economists and environmentalists say we need to switch focus from economic growth to human and ecological wellbeing.

At the Cyclonomia bike kitchen in Budapest, all tools and equipment are communally owned. The around 300 members drop in to the basement workshop to not only fix up their rides, but also to build them – cargo bikes in particular. It’s part of an experiment in “new ways of re-localizing the economy,” says co-founder Adrien Despoisse. Re-localization, Despoisse explains, is about reducing the energy needed for transport – but also about nurturing grassroots cooperation, … continue reading

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