Fireside 2.1 ( Post-Growth Australia Podcast Blog Sat, 26 Sep 2020 14:00:00 +1000 Post-Growth Australia Podcast Blog en-us Kate Raworth on Doughnut Economics Sat, 26 Sep 2020 14:00:00 +1000 9a7b4115-d652-48fa-8259-5fa40a00609e Kate Raworth at TED conference - a healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? "Like a doughnut," says Oxford economist Kate Raworth. In a stellar, eye-opening talk, she explains how we can move countries out of the hole -- where people are falling short on life's essentials -- and create regenerative, distributive economies that work within the planet's ecological limits.

(Kate Waworth)

Link to the talk can be found here

World Contraception Day - Why 26th September Matters Sat, 26 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +1000 2dd7c372-0540-4c7b-baf9-2ffa3c22754f PGAP Host Michael Bayliss wrote an article detailing why family planning an contraception services are more critical than ever as the world braces for further waves of COVID and recession. Since the pandemic hit, 2 million fewer women received essential family planning services across 37 countries. This means 900 000 unintended pregnancies, 1.5 million unsafe abortions and more than 3,000 maternal deaths.

Meanwhile, populist right wing governments such as the Trump administration have declared war on family planning and sexual health services. Year by year, Australia's foreign aid budget dwindles


This simply cannot continue.

Please feel free to read the article in full here. If, like me, you just cannot bear to see this trend worsen, then consider giving generously to organisatins such as CHASE Africa, IPPF, Marie Stopes, WPF, UNFPA or Plan International.

Post Growth Institute Free Money Day Media Release Tue, 15 Sep 2020 21:00:00 +1000 692af8dc-7bf7-4b39-8f2f-0c6924fc591f Free Money Day 2020 - A global social experiment aims to show that a more generous world is possible. (This media release courtesy of Post Growth Institute - to find out more visit the media release website here

This September 15th, a unique social experiment aims to show that a more generous world is possible. On Free Money Day, now in its 10th year, people around the world hand out money, virtually or in person, asking recipients to pass half on to someone else.

Organized by the Post Growth Institute, the global event encourages conversations about the benefits of economies based on sharing. It offers an opportunity to inspire more critical and creative thinking about our relationships with money and how we can have new types of economic activity.

“Free Money Day is a chance to get money flowing more readily in our society and to inspire greater generosity, rather than shaming people into action. It’s a chance for people to experience how good it can feel to give, and a moving reminder that we’re all in this together,” said Donnie Maclurcan, Executive Director of the Post Growth Institute and Global Organizer of Free Money Day.

“It is time we asked ourselves again: how much is enough? Do we really need to grow on like this? This event is about much more than money, it is about co-creating the futures we truly desire by building on what we know works: sharing.

“Free Money Day is designed to help people connect with the complex issue of monetary circulation in a simple way, and inspire them to take action. It is a gateway to thinking about wider issues like the power of moving money to credit unions, the problems of for-profit banking, and the importance of debt forgiveness and universal basic income in creating a more fair world.“

With the Covid-19 situation varying across regions, people have three options to take part in Free Money Day 2020: 1) leave two banknotes as a surprise for someone in a public space, with a note asking the finder to pass one on, 2) share money in person by giving out two coins or notes at a time (while observing local health and safety measures), and 3) send money to someone via a digital payment platform.

Participants are encouraged to share their stories, photos, and videos online using the hashtag #freemoneyday, tag Free Money Day on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and share their experiences with the media and the Free Money Day team.

Free Money Day is an annual, global event held since 2011 to promote sharing and alternative economic ideas. The day is held each year on September 15th, the anniversary of the Lehman Brothers’ 2008 filing for bankruptcy. Since its inception, 324 events have been organised in 218 locations in 35 countries.

The Post Growth Institute (PGI) is an international, not-for-profit organisation facilitating the shift to a world where people, companies, and nature thrive together within ecological limits. The world’s first group to integrate macro, micro, and community economy perspectives into a holistic vision for a sustainable future, the PGI strives to reimagine economics, from extractive accumulation to regenerative circulation; reorient organisations, from bloated, profit-maximisation to lean, purpose-driven approaches; and reconnect communities, from systemic isolation to strengths-based belonging.

For more information about Free Money Day 2020, visit

For more information about the Post Growth Institute, visit

For media enquiries about Free Money Day 2020 or the Post Growth Institute, contact Natalie Holmes (+491601439827) and Donnie Maclurcan (+15416318680) on

A media kit with images, logo, and a ‘How to Participate’ one-pager are available to download here. Quotes and further media info are available here.

5 Existential Songs Art Rockers Shock Octopus Love Thu, 06 Aug 2020 15:00:00 +1000 846bf34f-1916-496a-b50a-1323c4edd14f In the 04th episode of PGAP, we played 'Life on a Pier' from Shock Octopus The song was penned by your ever faithful host, Michael Bayliss.

Shock Octopus have released a new EP 'Enter The Exit' that explores the themes of existentialism and environmental/climate grief.

The publication Scenstr recently interviewed Michael on his favourite 5 existential environmnetal themed songs.

Although it was tempting to include hoary chestnuts like 'Big Yellow Taxi' and 'Little Boxes' (both of which deal with overdevlopment and population - sort of), Michael dug some of the more obscure depths to include numbers from Lou Reed, Pixies, Bruce Cockburn, Martha Wainwright and Anohni

The full interview can be found here

Find Our More about the New Economy Network Australia (NENA) Thu, 06 Aug 2020 15:00:00 +1000 ee9e4fa6-a530-4e95-b692-9ec04af4ea97 Would you like to find out more about Australia’s largest, multi-sectoral network of innovators, change makers and advocates working for an ecologically sound and socially just economy? We know you want to.

Whether you just want to browse the website, say hello, find out about the hubs, campaigns and webinars, and to become a MEMBER -

do visit NENA's website. They are doing many, many promosing things!

Find out more at their website here and be part of a brave new post-growth world.

The Chase behind CHASE Africa Sat, 18 Jul 2020 14:00:00 +1000 ff31b65c-9769-4042-ae52-85d149b54b33 Want to find out more about CHASE Africa? *As someone who has lived in Kenya, I have personally witnessed the impact of rapid population growth not only on the beautiful local environment but also the compounding struggles to the lives of women, children, local communities and public health.

When I was living near Kisumu on the shores of Lake Victoria, I noticed such a difference between villages that had empowered women's cooperatives, accessible healthcare, and family planning services compared to the communities that did not. When these were not in place, people had only their local church groups to turn to. Unfortunately, in many cases, religion was not an adequate substitue, particularly in traditionally patriachal communities. Poverty, mental health issues, substance abuse and HIV were just some of the unfortunate outcomes.

This is why it is so crticial that organisations such as CHASE Africa exist. One can see, hear, feel the difference in the air when women have agency and control over their reproductive lives and the size of their families. The feeling is that of a weight being lifted in the air, a feeling of levity accross the whole community - it is really palpable!

Of all the charities out there, CHASE Africa is one of the most important (outside of Sustainable Population Australia - of course!) I'm going to be so bold as to put a link directly to their donation site here. Please visit - right now if possible, and consider donating generously. You really will make a difference.

Also, this (very) short video introduced me to the work of CHASE and I thoroughly recommend giving it a gander.

Counting Backwards - The End Of History Sat, 04 Jul 2020 13:00:00 +1000 bd8a3ba4-9e9a-4cb0-8df0-3c40dfd47068 The track that we played on episode 1 was a single released by the Melbourne group in January 2020 as a fundraiser for Extinction Rebellion According to their bandcamp page:

"Counting Backwards was formed in Melbourne and Adelaide in 2018 to bring together like minded musicians to collaborate and raise awareness on the climate and ecological emergency. We are about rocking out to the revolution..."

About the song 'The End Of History':

"_A song about about impermanence, the repetition of history, being bogged down in the matrix and the need to dance.

Come the post-growth revolution, we will still need music in our lives! So it is important to get in the habit of supporting local bands and artists - we won't have Spotify and stadium nostalgica concerts forever you know!

To find our more about Counting Backwards, click here

Jonathan Miller interviewed as part of a short video on small families Sat, 04 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +1000 9b2ba803-a7a1-4a18-a777-8ad810929d1e In 2019, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) undertook a project to find out why people decide to have small or child free families. SPA interviewed people from all around Australia with diverse backgrounds, ages, occupations and countries of birth. What united them all was their love of the natural environment and a sense of responsibility to the planet when deciding on whether or not to have children.

They were also united on their challenges in discussing population sustainability in wider society, which still remains a controversial and misunderstood subject matter.

Here is a talking heads compilation of six of our favourite interviews

This video is part of SPA's Stop At 2 Campaign. We are encouraging a more open discussing around normalising choice around small or child free families. We are supporting a global movement that empowers people worldwide to be empowered and make informed decisions around family planning.

A link to the video can be found here

The CASSE petition for a steady state economy Sat, 04 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +1000 1431a640-0bae-4aab-93a1-8bac1a37b203 If there is only one thing we ask you to do after listening to our first episode, sign the CASSE petition... Our special guest Martin Tye discussed the CASSE petition for a steady state economy in his interview.

In our - hopefully not too biased opinion - this is perhaps one of the most important petitions you could ever sign.

A link to the petition can be found here

In the words of CASSE itself:

The CASSE position sets the record straight on the conflict between economic growth and environmental protection. Climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution are just three powerful examples. And how will the next generation find jobs when the planet can’t support our overgrown economy? The CASSE position calls for a desirable solution – a steady state economy with stabilized population and consumption – beginning in the wealthiest nations and not with extremist tactics. Join the likes of E. O. Wilson, Jane Goodall, and David Suzuki; fill in the information below to sign the position and support a healthy, sustainable economy.