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The New Economy Card Deck is intended to allow everyone, regardless of prior expertise or familiarity, to play with the kinds of thinking that is going on between transformational economists who are looking closely and critically at our existing economic paradigm and exploring both small tweaks and wholesale alternatives.

Description of New Economy Card Deck Edit

Each card in the deck describes an economic concept in simple terms. The cards make economic design elements tangible and accessible in order to facilitate games and "what if" questions -- such as "what if the world actually worked like would it change my professional practice, my life, my world?" The intention is for people to begin to see the economy as a design problem we can solve rather than an unquestioned paradigm that we simply have to accept and attempt to survive within -- and then move beyond that into thinking how we can, in our lives, begin to shift into the new patterns we now see as possible and preferable.

This is intended as a collaborative process, with plenty of room for dialogue, development of new cards and alternative starter decks for specific audiences, along with deeper data and resources, and exploration of real world efforts to implement some aspect of this new economy. Again, the Deck is meant to make economic concepts accessible to all, not provide a final answer as to what such a new economy looks like or is called. Whether seeking a "Local Economy", a "Sustainable Economy," a "Living Economy," a "Slow Economy," a "Sacred Economy," or something else, the more we talk about these concepts and try them out in practice the more we all can begin to make an economy that supports the things we care about.


NOTE 1 CREATIVE COMMONS LICENCE: The text, images, and form of the New Economy Card Deck are under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike Licence. Feel free to download, modify, and use the cards and decks as desired, with reference to this initiative. Feel free to add additional cards and create your own aggregated sets; however under the terms of the CC Licence, these too must be freely available for others to use and modify.

NOTE 2: CARDS AND PROCESS UNDER DEVELOPMENT: Thus far (Fall 2011 to 3/3/13) this card deck and website has been primarily a labor of love by Jennifer Atlee with insight/edits from Marko Packard, Tom Atlee, as well as 'Kristen Sheeran, Lindsay James, Richard Piacentini in prep for a Living Future conference session, Living Economies for a Living Future. The draft deck & concept has excited many others. It is an open inquiry how to help this project become the vibrant collaborative effort it clearly wants to be. If you'd like to be involved in figuring that out, the page NewEconomyCardDeckProcess is the place for that conversation. Thank you!

<update 3/1/2015 - edited cards in physical version recently shared may not have yet been reflected in the wiki text here. Updates online coming soon. Feel free to add thoughts anyway! - JA>



  1. The StarterDeck is a great way to get your bearings
  2. The CardTemplate will help if you are itching to make your own card — just click edit and cut-and-paste the entire template into a new page.
  3. Feel free to comment on any card, or add to the card's Deeper Dive content (but check with original author on suggested edits)
  4. The full set of cards, along with a list of any aggregated sets are listed below (please add to the list if you make a new card or set)

New Economy CardsEdit

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Cards Under Development:

New Economy Card Deck IdeasEdit

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  • edit Make the Polluter Pay
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    Edited the section: Detailed Description
  • edit Make the Polluter Pay
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    Edited the section: Idea Family
  • edit NewEconomyCardDeck Wiki
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    Summary: Welcome to the NewEconomyCardDeck Wiki:
  • edit NewEconomyCardDeck Wiki
    edited by Tomatlee diff
    Summary: Noted that "Steady-State Economy" was changed for the Mar 2015 cards to "Create a Thriving No-Growth Economy"
  • edit Steady-State Economy
    edited by Tomatlee diff
    Summary: Posted the Mar 2015 version while preserving the prior version for comparison. Noted that the title in the Mar 2015 card is "Create a Thriving No-Growth Economy"
  • edit Share the Pie
    edited by Tomatlee diff
    Summary: Posted Mar 2015 card text (there was no earlier version posted) and the Mar 2015 "Instead of" section (slightly revised from the previous version).
  • edit Institute a Social Dividend
    edited by Tomatlee diff
    Summary: Posted Mar 2015 card text while preserving prior versions
  • edit Put Corporations in Their Place
    edited by Tomatlee diff
    Summary: Posted Mar 2015 card text while leaving the significantly different prior version available.
  • new page Public Control of Natural Monopolies
    created by Tomatlee
    New page: Contents[show] Public Control of Natural Monopolies Edit [Need description] Instead of increasing polarization of wealth as those who already own...
    Summary: Pasted in the template with Mar 2015 "Instead of" text which is the same as on the "No Profit from Ownership" card.
  • new page Invest in the Commons
    created by Tomatlee
    New page: Contents[show] Invest in the Commons Edit [description needed] Instead of banks that don't make loans in a down economy as interest rates approach...
    Summary: posted Mar 2015 "Instead of" section (which is the same as the "Currency for Trade, not Hoarding" card) and the rest of the template

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