Life after Growth: Economics for Everyone

Directed, Written, Shot, and Edited by Leah Temper and Claudia Medina


The economic crash of 2008 revealed not only the frailty and vulnerability of the economic system, it also showed the false basis that the growth economy is built on – the financial bubble grows bigger and crashes bigger, but we don’t seem to be getting any happier. To the contrary, we suffer from greater job insecurity and environmental chaos threatens.

The prescription from the mainstream economists is more growth – but is this just taking more of what ails us?

Has growth become uneconomic?

Is there another way?

This film is part of an ongoing project to document the rise of a new movement – calling not for more economic growth, but LESS. The degrowth movement, or “mouvement por le decroissance”, argues that through a voluntary reduction of the economy we can work less, consume less and live better, fuller lives.

Many have been pointing out that our current economic system is leading us to an environmental
and social catastrophe. “Life After Growth” begins to point to the people and communities who are looking for ways out. These are the pioneers who are rethinking the role of economics in our lives, and are engaging in different types of economic activity, right now.

The D word is still taboo in many circles – politicians are loath to go against the growth orthodoxy that our society is based on. But everywhere people are engaging in degrowth type activity – the beginning of a wave that is laying the groundwork for a post-capitalist future…

Because it’s not the size of the economy that counts, it’s how you use it!


This film was made with the support of the Fundació Autònoma Solidària,
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Plants for Healing – Berries! … a workshop. 6/10/2012, 10am-4pm

A day exploring the medicinal properties of the plants that surround us with a practical session in their application.

Following on from the success of our previous courses at The Garth Hillside Organic Garden, Glyn Ceiriog, Pip Waller will be holding her third workshop at the garden on Saturday, 6th October, 10.00-16.00. This will cover an exploration of the medicinal properties of the garden and the surrounding area, plant spirit medicine and practical sessions in appropriate means of utilising these herbal properties.  There will be a particular focus on all of the wonderful berries that are available to us at this time of year.   Pip’s courses are really popular and places are limited so we recommend booking early!!

Organic dinner and drinks included. Cost £35* discount available to Garth Hillside members

Ring Jude on 01691 718127 or Charlotte on 01691 770628 or email to secure your place