Climate Social

Economy for the Common Good

Carried by the wide waves of the sea, along endless sandy beaches of the economy, we passed through many hot sandy deserts full of social differences and injustice. Our feet ached and our heads burned – not just from the sun. Our thoughts went in circles: how much longer should we look the other way? If we can change something today, let’s do it now.

We thought the limit is exceeded. We can’t do it. We need to keep our planet fertile, because we don’t want to leave behind more scorched earth. We would like to see Klima-Kontor flourish like a little green plant. Also many companions we met had burned feet and were at the end of their philosophy with the equitable treatment of people. Some we met on our long way told us about inhumane living conditions. Our project of looking for alternatives began: Do we go to the right, to the left, or inevitably the way everyone goes? No, that was out of question.

And finally – the search came to an end. We found what helps us and others to understand each other better: to be there for the common good. Without further ado, we decided to do even more, and to lead by example. Everything we hear and see, we want to incorporate into our daily work, to at least try to co-create a better world. A world with more transparency, a world for more justice and a world that can become a green world for us. Creating a new social order is not possible, but we have found our way to work not only for the sake of money, but also to give back to everyone in a sustainable way. Common good has always been part of our lives, both as children and as adults. That’s how we were taught at home. It was the year 2020; it was an almost unreal year for all of us, and yet we have wanted to go down the path of the common good economy nonetheless. We thought: What does that mean for us? Even more constraints or simply the new green life of the seventies in the digital future? Many questions arose for us and we quickly realized that the core values of the common good economy are also our life values – values like environmental sustainability, solidarity, transparency and participatory decision-making.

We already live these values, but we also want to make them transparent to everyone on the outside. We want everyone to see how we work, where our money goes, and where and how we get involved. Through our common good economy certification, we have found additional tasks and opportunities. To ensure that we always keep our values in mind and also to continue working on the implementation of our common good goals, we have written them down in our „climate common good book“ in 2021. We are going along with the common good economy movement and hope to take many companies and people on this journey – our journey.

The core values of the common good economy are also our life values – values like environmental sustainability, solidarity, transparency and participatory decision- making.

— Anne-Catharina Nasri-Graage and Ralf Garber —