Ten NV Economic Principles

In developing different local livelihood programs, income generating schemes or microenterprises, we refer to these nonviolent economic principles in our work. They are:

  • To look at the whole chain of production and consumption and minimizing violence at each stage.
  • To reduce one’s needs to what is necessary, (not limitless) and to ensure economic activities are empowering of the disadvantaged communities.
  • To reduce distance between production and consumption. (by removing the middle-man)
    To use appropriate technologies that are within people’s control. (Schumacher’s “Small is Beautiful” as a guide)
  • To redefine trusteeship as collective ownership over resources wherever possible to offset one person’s domination.
  • To prioritize wages that meet minimum standard of living over profit-making.
  • To create a society free from credit and userious interest.
  • To have non-exploitative relations to nature. Protecting sources of material existence within development planning. For example seeing the rich biota in soil, fresh water resources and clean air as integral to regenerative human development.
  • To use a nonviolence lens in determining the degree to which a development intervention or enterprise program is acceptable. (Similar to social or environmental audit.)
  • To measure human development with a well-being or happiness index.

Different Economic Initiatives Being Looked into in the next two years

  • Rural Tourism and Exchange:
  • Organic Agriculture, Kitchen Gardens
  • Honey Bee Production and other minor forest products
  • Khadi Cotton, Silk, Wool
  • Tailoring