News from the Advisory Board: Susan George

 Susan George is author of several books, honorary president of Attac France and a Committee member of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam.

At the heart of her newest book is the current crisis and she’s asking: „Whose Crisis Whose Future?“, a question which today is more relevant than ever. „Whose Crisis? Whose Future? contrasts the stark realities of multiple crises facing human society, during a period of growing poverty, insecurity and austerity, with the vast amount of wealth that has been concentrated in a few hands, and asks what kind of policy going forward can address this inbalance.“ The books discusses the paradox between the growing wealth of knowledge and understanding and the declining ability to create a world for everyone.

Who is that woman who writes a book so close to the core issues of Barcelona Consensus? Besides being part of the Barcelona Consensus advisory board, Susan George is currently president of the Board of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam and honorary president of ATTAC France where she is also member of the scientific council. She is an outspoken antiwar activist and a strong voice against corporate greed. From 1990-95 Susan George served on the Board of Greenpeace International as well as Greenpeace France.

Susan George has a doctorate in Political Studies from the University of Paris. Her core interests as a scholar are:

  • European Union reform
  • European trade policy
  • Debt and International Financial Institutions
  • Alternatives to Corporate Globalisation
  • Currency Transaction Tax
  • Food Security
  • International Trade

Susan George writes about the work of scientist:

“I believe that the forces of wealth, power and control are invariably at the root of any problem of social and political economy. The job of the responsible social scientist is first to uncover these forces, second to write about them clearly, without jargon, in order to give ordinary people the right tools for action; and finally–recognising that scholarly neutrality is an illusion–to take an advocacy position in favour of the disadvantaged, the underdogs, the victims of injustice.”

The Transnational Institute in Amsterdam is a decentralised fellowship of scholars and active civil society members from all over the planet. At the heart of its interests lies social justice. It has throughout its 40 years history, TNI has always tackled structures of power – leading to the assassination of its first director Orlando Letelier. TNI keeps a strong relationship with grassroots movements and works on alternatives proposals for a juster world.

Learn more about Susan George in the following video:

This series of posts introduces you to our advisory board members and updates you about their latest activities and publications.