On June 3 F&CG board member Arnoud Boot presented 8 recommendations for a sustainable recovery after the corona virus. Amongst those ‘Invest in the involvement , responsibility and countervailing power of citizens’. In line with the relational thinking of Finance and the Common Good professor Boot and his fellow members of the Sustainable Finance Lab recommend to stimulate local initiatives which are self-organizations of citizens outside of government and the market. For example: citizens who generate their own energy in an energy cooperative or who make use of mutual disability support (‘broodfonds’).
At the presentation most of the politicians, including three of the four governing parties, supported the idea to organize citizen influence in those private sectors where major public interests are at stake. To establish social advisory councils at banks, comparable to the client councils in healthcare institutions, i.e. with a legal status. A proposal that will this month be discussed at the Dutch parliament.
The presentation can be found here.
The open letter can be found here.