Waiting to meet Filka Sekulova at the station one misty evening in Barcelona, I gainfully employ five minutes to send some messages via my smartphone. When Filka finds me, I feel a little embarrassed. She is a member of the local Research and Degrowth (R&D) group, and I’m fairly sure that smartphones are not part of the lifestyle they are striving for.

Filka’s organisation is a radical think tank for the 21st century, whose very name sounds its challenge to the economic status quo, the ‘growth’ model. It’s harsh, it’s uncompromising, it is somehow absolute and therefore unnerving. Perhaps ...


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