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GovInn Director Prof. Lorenzo Fioramonti

GovInn Director, Lorenzo Fioramonti, elected to Italian Parliament

GovInn’s Director, Lorenzo Fioramonti, was elected to the Italian Parliament under the Five Star Movement Party (M5S) in the country’s recent elections. Lorenzo, who is also Professor in the University of Pretoria’s Department of Political Sciences is a well-known academic in South Africa and globally. He has long advised many political parties on sustainable development policies and on innovative concepts such as the ‘wellbeing economy’, which is also the title of his most recent book, published in South Africa.

GovInn Director Prof. Lorenzo Fioramonti

 

Lorenzo had this to say about his election, “I’m honoured that my research is now given a chance to become policy in one of the world’s leading economies. I’m fully aware of the need to change the world’s development strategy to achieve sustainability and shared wellbeing. I hope that my experience may become an example to students in South Africa and globally, that bold ideas can have a profound impact on policy-making.”

 

Read the full article here: http://www.up.ac.za/en/news/post_2649596-up-professor-elected-to-italian-parliament

‘Food sovereignty: shifting debates on democratic food governance’, by Koen Dekeyser and Lorenzo Fioramonti, 26.01.2018

GovInn’s fellow Koen Dekeyser and Director Lorenzo Fioramonti published, together with Lise Korsten, the article ‘Food sovereignty: shifting debates on democratic food governance‘ in the journal Food Security.

This article develops the concept of food sovereignty while it critically reflects on its present status and future trajectories. The concept of food sovereignty provides an alternative framework for solutions to the human and ecological consequences of industrial food systems. While the concept of food sovereignty gains traction at international levels, including at the United Nations, its lack of conceptual clarity contributes to a variety of often diverging interpretations. This frequently constrains practical implementation and weakens its potential as an alternative paradigm to food governance. At the same time, food sovereignty thought is shifting beyond its initial agrarian focus to embrace whole food systems, which includes the role of consumers and urban areas.

Read the full article here: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12571-017-0763-2

Fees Commission’s report and the Presidency include Director Fioramonti’s take on Fees Must Fall, 13.11.2017

The Presidency acknowledges the contributions of GovInn’s Director Lorenzo Fioramonti in the Fees Commission’s report through a press release this Monday 13th of November. In his contribution, Prof. Fioramonti proposes a model for student’s loans.

 

Read the press release here.

Read the report here.

‘Twenty years of ecosystem services: How far have we come and how far do we still need to go?’, by Lorenzo Fioramonti et al in Ecosystem Services

 

GovInn’s Director Lorenzo Fioramonti published together with others such as Robert Costanza the article ‘Twenty years of ecosystem services: How far have we come and how far do we still need to go?‘ in the journal Ecosystem Services

It has been 20 years since two seminal publications about ecosystem services came out: an edited book by Gretchen Daily and an article in Nature by a group of ecologists and economists on the value of the world’s ecosystem services. Both of these have been very highly cited and kicked off an explosion of research, policy, and applications of the idea, including the establishment of this journal. This article traces the history leading up to these publications and the subsequent debates, research, institutions, policies, on-the-ground actions, and controversies they triggered. It also explores what we have learned during this period about the key issues: from definitions to classification to valuation, from integrated modelling to public participation and communication, and the evolution of institutions and governance innovation. Finally, it provides recommendations for the future. In particular, it points to the weakness of the mainstream economic approaches to valuation, growth, and development. It concludes that the substantial contributions of ecosystem services to the sustainable wellbeing of humans and the rest of nature should be at the core of the fundamental change needed in economic theory and practice if we are to achieve a societal transformation to a sustainable and desirable future.

Read the full article here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212041617304060#!

Economic growth is a constant mantra of economists, politicians and media commentators, by Lorenzo Fioramonti at eNCA, 15.09.2017

GovInn’s Director Lorenzo Fioramonti gave an interview for eNCA concerning the economic growth focus of economists, politicians and media commentators.

Book presentation: ‘Wellbeing Economy-Success in a world without Growth’, by Lorenzo Fioramonti at UJ library, 29.08.2017

GovInn’s Director Lorenzo Fioramonti presents his book ‘Wellbeing Economy – Success in a world without growth‘ at the University of Johannesburg.

Date: Friday, 29 August 2017
Time:  17:00
Venue: Chinua Achebe Auditorium (6th Floor) Auckland Park Campus Library, University of Johannesburg (corner Kingsway and University Road, Auckland Park)
RSVP  by Friday 25 August 2017 to Molefi Nyofane on molefin@uj.ac.za

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Book presentation ‘Wellbeing economy-Why civil society is the real driver of development in South Africa and beyond’, by Lorenzo Fioramonti, 25.08.2017

GovInn’s Director Lorenzo Fioramonti presents his book ‘Wellbeing Economy – Success in a world without growth‘ at the Centre for Contextual Ministries at the University of Pretoria.

Date: Friday, 25 August 2017
Time: 10:00 – 13:00
Venue: Conference Centre – Function Hall, University of Pretoria

 

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‘How boosting small businesses will help soften disruptive effect of machines’, by Lorenzo Fioramonti, 15.08.2017

GovInn’s Director Lorenzo Fioramonti published ‘How boosting small businesses will help soften disruptive effect of machines‘ in the Business Day.

In the award-winning book Rise of the Robots, futurist Martin Ford argues that automation will lead to widespread job losses, not only in the traditional blue-collar sectors, but also among white-collar workers. Conventional production chains and large industries have indeed invested massively in automation in the past few years. A study by McKinsey shows that many companies recovering from the 2008 financial crisis have replaced retrenched workers with machines, thus leading to “jobless” recoveries.

Read the full article here: https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/opinion/2017-08-15-how-boosting-small-businesses-will-help-soften-disruptive-effect-of-machines/

‘Smart redistribution’ can make life better for everyone (including The Rich)’, by Lorenzo Fioramonti on 702, 01.08.2017

 

GovInn’s Director Lorenzo Fioramonti was interviewed by Radio 702 on ‘Smart redistribution’ can make life better for everyone (including The Rich)’.

It’s hard to have a rational discussion about redistribution in South Africa. So says Lorenzo Fioramonti, Professor of Political Economy and Director of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation at University of Pretoria. More often than not, frank debate is tainted by ideology, political score settling and, perhaps, a bit of racism.

If we are serious about building a bright future for South Africa, says Fioramonti, we need to bridge cultural and ideological divides.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Fioramonti for his weekly “The Science Of” feature.

Listen to the full interview here: http://www.702.co.za/articles/266784/smart-redistribution-can-make-life-better-for-everyone-including-the-rich

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