You may never have heard of associative economics – I had not until recently.
There are seminars and a journal on the subject run by someone here locally (not surprisingly).
At a local Steiner school this week there is a talk for parents on economics by Christopher Haughton Budd entitled “Economics – a guide for the living today”.
My immediate thought was “not a guide for the dead, then.”
But we don’t know – as always with the topic of Steiner, you have to be cautious. What are we to understand from this title?
“A guide for living today” – that would make sense – especially as Mr Haughton Budd will be teaching the main lesson on that day to some pupils. Or perhaps “a guide for making a living today”?
Perhaps there will be some useful tips on budgeting for when they leave school?
For anthroposophists, economics and associative economics appear to be as one.
Looking up Associative Economics I found it is another offshoot from anthroposophy. According to some blurb it “places human beings at the centre of all economic processes”, and is based on “social threefolding” which is another idea based on anthroposophy.
Mr Haughton Budd has been a member of the School of spiritual science since 1979 and this year hosted a conference for those who take “in earnest the indications of Rudolf Steiner and the work of the School of Spiritual Science as regards modern economic life.”
Here is something on his latest book; 2013_March_Towards_2023_Abstract. He is a founding member of the Associative Economics Network.
According to this book ” Buoyant finances are the outer sign of a buoyant spirit.”
I think it is interesting to know who visits Steiner schools to take lessons. And I would like to know why the title refers to “the living”.