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Cooperative economics

A new chapter for AIME
by
October 2023, no. 458

Hoodie Economics: Changing our systems to value what matters by Jack Manning Bancroft

Hardie Grant Books, $34.99 pb, 203 pp

Cooperative economics

A new chapter for AIME
by
October 2023, no. 458

In Hoodie Economics, Jack Manning Bancroft, the founder of the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), offers an outline of the organisation’s next chapter. AIME, established in 2005, paired Indigenous secondary school students with university mentors. Since 2015, AIME has begun to transition, in collaboration with PwC’s Indigenous Consulting and alliance partner Salesforce, into a learning and mentoring resource network. As the organisation’s website puts it, AIME’s latest incarnation, the IMAGI-NATION [University], is a ‘global community of problem-solvers and change-makers’ earmarked to end – intentionally – in 2033, leaving behind ‘a legacy of tools, case studies, and a healthier system for all species on earth’. In the meantime, the ‘innovative platform is set to revolutionize how we solve global challenges, fostering a community of thinkers, dreamers, and doers’. In other words, AIME has entered the economies of algorithmic data, decentralisation, and gamification.

Like Nigerian alternative jazz singer muva of Earth singing, in ‘Feed My Mind’, ‘Dnt talk 2 me / If u ain’t gonna help me grow / Dnt talk 2 me / If u ain’t gonna help me evolve’, Bancroft, by his own admission, is not interested in small talk; he likes to talk about big ideas. An example of such thinking occurs in the ‘Potential’ section of Hoodie Economics, which comprises nine chapters: ‘Note from a Platypus’, ‘Processes of Emergence’, ‘An Invitation’, ‘Small Big Talk’, ‘Inheritance’, ‘Potential’, ‘Relations’, ‘Imagi-nation’, ‘Death’.

Hoodie Economics: Changing our systems to value what matters

Hoodie Economics: Changing our systems to value what matters

by Jack Manning Bancroft

Hardie Grant Books, $34.99 pb, 203 pp

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