The message from the President of IISES
Social and Economic Studies – what are we aiming at? The world, and in particular Europe, has suffered a lot from various economic and financial crises with enormous social repercussions. Big companies that disappeared because of the crises are well known. But who speaks about the hundred thousands of small and medium enterprises that did not survive a crisis that they were not responsible for? What about the millions who lost their job? And the millions who lost their financial investment recommended before by banks and other financial institutions?
The last crisis started in 2007. Everybody remembers the key words of the still ongoing debate about this crisis, subprime mortgage, housing bubble, Lehman Brothers ….
Allegedly this crisis is over, is it really? If not, how long will it still last? And how it will end? By itself, or can and will it be terminated by which economic forces. And when it will end, when and why will the next crisis come? There are questions after questions? There are no simple answers. We may look into the economic sciences and find no convincing explanations, only theories that are very often contradictory. The conventional or traditional economic sciences teach us that crisis would come and go in cycles. In a retro perspective view that may look to be proved despite evident differences in the cycles and the time between the cycles of the past. But it does not help to predict or even prevent new crises.
For the real world and the repercussions of economic crisis on daily life everything that is said afterwards is obviously in vain. As we have seen in the lessons allegedly learned in the past did neither prevent nor moderate the next crisis. The only thing that we certainly know so far is that economic crises are coming and going. One could assume that there is a “Darwinian” built-in mechanism in Adam Smith’s market economy to clean-up the economy and let only the strong ones survive. Are crises just to apply the law of the jungle in our economy? Are those who do not want to accept such an assessment condemned to fail?
Or is there a chance by using new models, e.g. dynamic modeling instruments, In creating a mathematical model of socioeconomic processes, not only to predict emerging crises but by providing the macro-economic data for governments and international financial institutions to enable them to take the right measures to escape from the silently ongoing “old” crisis and to avoid a new one. Social and economic studies are not an end in itself but should serve the people. The International Institute for Social and Economic Studies (IISES) is a platform for such attempts. It is open for new and unconventional approaches in social and economic science.
INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC STUDIES
1. The future of the world economy. Crisis and possibilities of overcoming the structural imbalances
2. The problems of the middle class in the coming crisis and its social consequences
3. An estimate of the total magnitude of the crisis and its duration
4. Possible regional monetary and economic systems as the consequences of the collapse of the global dollar system
5. Regional financial systems and the potential for future economic growth
The Sustainable State: The Future of Government, Economy, and Society by Chandran Nair
The free-market, limited-government development model has been an ecological and social disaster for the developing world. Sustainable and equitable development is possible only with the active involvement of a strong central state that can guide the economy, protect the environment, and prioritize meeting its people's basic needs.
In this sure-to-be-controversial book, Chandran Nair shows that the market-dominated model followed by the industrialized West is simply not scalable. The United States alone, with less than 5 percent of the world's population, consumes nearly a quarter of its resources. If countries in Asia, where 60 percent of the world's population lives, try to follow the Western lead, the results will be calamitous.
Noopolitics - Philosophy of History, World Order and Intercivilizational Relations by Dr. Nicolas Laos
Νοοπολιτική - Φιλοσοφία της Ιστορίας, Παγκόσμια Τάξη και Διαπολιτισμικές Σχέσεις
The Third Dimension
A “3D” rainforest produces 200 tons of biomass per acre per year. The best harvests from our “2D” flatland farms yield 4 tons per acre per year. That’s the promise of The Third Dimension. If we use the space, and resources available, we can grow an abundance of food and fuel. It is possible to feed 10, or even 12 billion people on planet earth with healthy and tasty food without destroying the environment. In fact, in the process, we can restore much damage done, put nature back on its evolutionary path, generate millions of jobs, and rebuild communities.