Civil Power and the Partner State – Keynote Address, Good Economy Conference, Zagreb

Posted by John Restakis on March 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

I want to speak today about a crisis that has gripped Europe, and the western democracies, over the last 30 years. I describe the crisis as the inability of our governments to protect the interests of their citizens. It is a crisis of legitimacy that is undermining the foundations of liberal democracy. Its most recent […]


Civil Power and the Path Forward for Greece

Posted by John Restakis on February 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

John Restakis, January 2015 With Syriza’s historic rise to power, everyone is wondering what the future holds for Greece. Whether disaster or deliverance, or just the normal chaos, it is hard to ignore the potential for game-changing repercussions from a Syriza government. On the street however, embittered by the failures of governments in the past […]


Imagining Utopia – Ecuador’s Gamble on a Social Knowledge Economy

Posted by John Restakis on January 7, 2014 in Uncategorized |

It is now six weeks since I arrived in Ecuador as part of an international team of researchers and activists that are working with the government to radically transform the nation’s economic model. In what may be one of the most innovative change programs in Latin America, the administration of Rafael Correa is proposing to […]


Bio Me – A Co-operative Response to the Greek Crisis

Posted by John Restakis on November 14, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Three years have now passed since the Greek debt crisis exploded in Europe. By now, the “rescue” imposed by the International Monetary Fund was to have triggered a growth in the economy of 2.8 per cent. Greece was to be basking in a  “heightened sense of confidence”, new access to markets, and a declining ratio […]

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