What's the Economy For, Anyway?

The Book

An exciting new book from John de Graaf and David Batker, President and Co-Founder of Earth Economics.

“This is the news that everyone needs: you don’t have to live in exactly the world you grew up in. What’s the Economy for, Anyway? shows that there are other possibilities, and they’re well worth considering. It’s completely great!”
— Bill McKibben, visiting professor at Middlebury College, Author of Deep Economy and The End of Nature

The Film

What’s the Economy for, Anyway? is available for rent or purchase from Bullfrog Films. 
  
In this review of the American economy, film host and Earth Economics President David Batker takes viewers on a sobering yet humorous journey, using numerous statistics and facts to compare the well-being of Americans to that of citizens in other industrialized nations. By introducing progressive economic ideas that build on our own economic history, the film effectively educates lay audiences, students and decision-makers alike. The film also points the direction toward economic solutions and policies (e.g. health care, fair trade, cap and auction, minimum paid vacation, etc.) and cites the Great Depression and subsequent New Deal as examples of how Americans have created new models and measures to pull through even more difficult times. The viewer is left with the understanding that systemic change is not only absolutely necessary but completely possible—in fact, it has happened before.

Reviews

 
Gripping...Watching Batker’s film, I learned a lot. Is the US really the only Western country that doesn’t have a law guaranteeing paid vacation time? Yes. Is the US really one of four nations in the world that has no federally mandated paid maternity leave? Yes. Are Americans more likely to be depressed and/or suicidal than Europeans? Yes.
— Kathy Newman, Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies, Carnegie Mellon University, Working-Class Perspectives
“Smart and funny, right up the alley of today’s students. I recommend it as an introduction to any discussion of the use of time and a balanced life.”
— Cathy O'Keefe, Professor of Leisure and Therapeutic Recreation, University of South Alabama
This is a well argued and clearly written work that will appeal to a wide variety of readers with a broad spectrum of interests (previous knowledge of economics is not a prerequisite). The book makes eminent sense. It ought to be required reading. And even better, it is desirable reading.
— New York Journal of Books
Important, complex economic and social realities demystified! What’s the Economy for, Anyway? presents them in clear, simple language with plenty of humor. After a screening at my church, everyone stayed to talk for over an hour, well longer than either my expectation, or the film’s running time! The evening precipitated just the kind of community conversation I had hoped for.
— Reverend Carla Pryne, Episcopal priest, Church of the Ascension, Seattle

KEY STUDIES

From the United Nations to the Prince of Wales, organizations are recognizing nature's value and working hard to ensure that natural capital is taken into account. This collection represents some key studies that show how government, non-government agencies, academic institutions and industries recognize nature's value.

 Ecosystems and Human Well-Being

Ecosystems and Human Well-Being

 The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity

 Natural Capital Protocol Principles and Framework

Natural Capital Protocol Principles and Framework

 Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability

Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability

 Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability

Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability

 Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability

Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability

 Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability

Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability