Democracy thrives on the fact that citizens have a say. To do so, they must be able to understand what is going on. Especially when it is about topics that determine their own lives and those of entire societies – even more in times of crisis. Economy affects everyone, and yet many people do not understand it. But it can be made understandable.
That is the aim of this two-year project. To this end, economists from different ‘schools’ and adult educators from Austria, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, Spain and Germany are working on a learning platform on socio-economic issues.
We focus on these topics:
- Different perspectives: schools of economic thinking,
- Money and how does it come into the world,
- The state-market relationship,
- Inequality, justice, diversity,
- Economic growth,
- Economic strategies for crisis management: austerity policy or more government investment?
- Future of Europe: competition or/and cooperation?
- Debt in an economy and the case of the Irish debt crisis,
- Effects of tax evasion on the global South,
- Public goods and social welfare,
- Climate Change,
- Feminist economy,
- Empowering women through coaching and entrepreneurial skills,
- Migration and economy: Do refugees take away the work of others?
The information are written in easy language for beginners. For deep searchers are background information provided in detailed versions. In addition, adult educators will find didactic suggestions. They may stimulate to take up economic issues in their educational work.
First parts of the learning platform will be published in autumn 2020. Until then, we offer inspirations on our website for current economic topics.