About This Blog

This is a collaborative blogspace dedicated to reviewing and rethinking the notion of prosperity and economic models that serve it. Here you’ll find original writing, sourced articles, videos and other information focused on innovative ideas on contemporary economics, the environment, inequality, energy, business, politics, news media, and more. This site is maintained by the Rethinking Prosperity learning community at the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement at the University of Washington.

Send us a Blog Pitch

Do you have an idea you would like to pass along to Rethinking Prosperity? Click on “contact us” and send in a proposal or query (rather than a full submission).  Send us an idea, a resource, or a blog post proposal. We are always looking for new bloggers to add to our community, and we will read and consider any submissions we receive.

Rethinking Prosperity promotes communications for sustainable societies. CCCE understands “sustainable societies” as the ability to thrive equitably and democratically within planetary boundaries. We are excited to collaborate with Guest Contributors and have a few suggestions to consider when writing your post:

Posts that fit the the Rethinking Prosperity scope:
  1. Challenge the dominant understanding or communication of prosperity, associated economic models, or their implications for people and planet.


  1. Advance understanding or communications of different concepts of prosperity, associated economic models, or transition strategies fit for planetary boundaries.
What we Need From You:
  1.     A 200-800 draft in word
  2.     A one sentence title or bio
  3.     A featured image or video with the photo credit (link) and short description of the photo (for alternate text). If you cannot find a suitable photo we are happy to help pick one
  4.     A short, pithy title with maximum intrigue.  If you cannot find a suitable photo we are happy to help pick one.
  5.     Embedded links to supporting evidence for claims within your post, links to current to associated items of interest
Some key questions to interest readers:
  1.   Consider makes a topic into a story?
    • Posts should be specific, not broad
    • Posts should be researched, not assumed
    • The topic should be active, not static
    • Don’t bury the lead, start with a hook move into background info
  2.  Consider who the issue/topic impacts?
  3.  Consider who and what is impacting the issue?

Blog Standards

Commitment to Academic Freedom

Academic freedom is an integral part of inspiring progress in society. The university setting is a unique environment in that it is possible for individuals to actively pursue new ideas and think critically about the direction of society. Freedom of thought and opinion are necessary to break boundaries and to ensure that we point ourselves in the right direction as we progress toward a more sustainable society and planet.

Intellectual Standards for Authors

The primary goal of this project is to engage in a thoughtful and meaningful discussion—to think in innovative and unconventional ways. In pursuit of these goals, the posts and comments on this blog must be professional, thought provoking, and abide by the following intellectual standards:

  • Posts and comments must be supported by sources that are both reliable and identifiable (and cited)
  • When posts are the author’s own opinion, that must be stated within the post and supported by evidence
  • Authors of posts and comments must refrain from personally attacking other authors—a conflict of ideas is permitted, but a conflict between people is not
  • When posts, comments, links, articles, videos, and/or graphics contain material or language that might be offensive to some readers, a disclaimer that includes the nature of the potentially offensive material must be placed in the post or comment.

While this learning community wishes to avoid censorship of ideas, language, and material that might be offensive to some, we also want to create a space that is open to all. We recognize the need to allow readers to make informed choices about which material they wish to engage with on the blog.

If any post or comment does not meet the above standards, it is subject to removal by the administrators of the blog, and the author of the post may be blocked from creating further posts.


Some of the materials on this blog may contain offensive language.  The views of the individual blogger are not representative of the blog as a whole.  Our goals with this blog are to explore, question, and learn from one another, never to offend.