Ethonomics is about putting ethics into economic decision-making (see detail here) and we have created this website as part of our ongoing project to:
  • acknowledge the environmental and social costs that the economy generates, the unsustainability of this and the unfairness of those costs being borne by those not benefiting from the economic processes concerned;

  • analyse these costs and identify the historical, structural and behavioural reasons why they exist; and

  • propose solutions tailored to the reasons identified.
We have spent time exploring and analysing this ground, focusing in on four key ideas.  These have led us to new solutions.  We believe that these solutions for repairing environmental and social ills will enrich people's lives, enabling them to bring back ethics into their work and other economic interactions in a way that is not now possible. 

Our work is fundamentally about capitalism, where capitalism is defined to be the situation where people's decision-making behaviour in the economy and society is based narrowly upon financial priorities, rather than upon a broader set of values including financial and ethical dimensions. Note that this narrow financial focus can either be because of deliberate intent, or because no other choices are available: this crucial distinction runs through our work (see behaviour vs structure).

We believe capitalism (as defined here) is an societal illness and that our ideas are necessary (although not sufficient - not least because ideas are nothing without implementation) for finding a cure.  We propose ways of adapting free markets or of opening them up to adaptation by ethically-motivated market participants. 

A few notes

Please view this site as an impressionistic sketch by us of the general landscape in this field.
Please contact us for greater detail in any area or with any questions, comments or suggestions for improving the site: we very much value your input and time in corresponding with us.