Changing To An Ecological Way Of Valuing National Economies
The Global South is adversely impacted by the many crises that exist in this world – the climate crisis, pandemic, recession, war to name a few. Although the Global South is wealthy in terms of culture, biodiversity, knowledge and more, the way the Global North defines what is valuable contributes to economic inequality between the North and South and exploitation of peoples and the planet. Now, my guests Arnie Saiki and Chanzo Greenidge are challenging that paradigm with a new concept of intemerate accounting. The idea is receiving growing support by Pacific Island nations. They explain what it is and how social movements can adopt it to transition to a more ecological economic system.
Ecological-Economic Accounts: Towards Intemerate Values:
PIF Secretary-General Dame Meg Taylor keynote speech (and video)
Arnie presentation (5 min)
Arnie Saiki has been broadly focusing on regional economic and geopolitical themes in the Asia and Pacific regions. He was the coordinator of the Moana Nui conferences, a partnership between the International Forum on Globalization and Pua Mohala I Ka Po, and has been researching and writing on issues around trade and globalization for many years. He has been vigorously researching national accounting systems and his publication, “Ecological-Economic Accounts: Towards Intemerate Values,” addresses the intersections between trade, globalization and national accounting. He is from Hawai’i and resides in Los Angeles with his wife and children.
Chanzo Greenidge is an International Political Economy specialist with a focus on Critical Territorialities, Identities and Mobilities. A graduate of UWI-IIR and the University of Toronto, he has taught advanced methodology, international politics and history, international migration and development, diaspora theory, world dance forms, global cultural literacy and social science theory at undergraduate, professional training and graduate programmes at the University of the West Indies, Miriam College (Philippines) and the University of Trinidad and Tobago, using tools of Critical Journalism and Critical Realism to develop theory, strategic thinking, and practical frameworks as a scholar and consultant. As a migration expert, he has contributed to the development of Trinidad and Tobago’s labour migration policy, Haiti’s national migration policy (2015-2030) and regional policy frameworks for skills mobility in Southeastern Africa. He has worked as co-facilitator for Migration and Mobilities at the 2016 World Social Forum and continues to lead cross-cultural dialogue around migration, technology, innovation and network identities as a cross-cultural consultant (Cartus, Dean Foster). His academic background in IR-IPE, Hispanic Literature, and International Political Economy allows him to share his research interests in global history, science and technology studies, media studies, migration studies, trade and competition policy, cultural studies and ethnography. His current research touches on migration and geopolitics, media and structural power, global sport, and national accounting methods as part of the Working Group on Data and Statistics. A third-generation entrepreneur, he runs two small businesses, Bravo Language Services (2000-) and 50 Stories Publishing (2012-), and serves as Co-Chairman at game design and development firm Coded Arts Limited (2015-). A father of three and resident of Nunavik, QC since 2016, he also works in the area of monitoring and evaluation design, early-childhood education, physical and health education and leadership training as a volunteer coach, coordinator and educator. He enjoys working with educators, organizers and scholars who are committed to community development and entrepreneurship in North America and the Global South.