Ecological Civilisation: Beyond Consumerism and the Growth Economy (Introduction)

February 4, 2022

This is the introduction to the Ecological Civilisation series, written and presented by Dr Samuel Alexander, co-director of the Simplicity Institute. This series will be grappling with the problems of consumerism and the growth economy; envisioning alternative, post-carbon ways of life; and considering what action can be taken, both personally and politically, to help build an ecological civilisation.

New presentations will be added to the playlist over time: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…

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Paperbacks are available here: https://au.permacultureprinciples.com…

Samuel Alexander’s work is available here: http://samuelalexander.info

The Simplicity Institute website is here: https://simplicityinstitute.org

We’d like to thank Andrew Doodson, Jordan Osmond, and Antoinette Wilson for offering invaluable production advice.

The video opening image is kindly provided by Melissa Davis.

Other image references are available here: http://samuelalexander.info/image-ref…

The music is provided by Mortimer’s Method: https://mortimersmethod.bandcamp.com

Teaser Photo by Vladislav Babienko on Unsplash

Samuel Alexander

Dr. Samuel Alexander, co-director of the Simplicity Institute, is a lecturer at the Office for Environmental Programs, University of Melbourne, Australia, teaching a course called 'Consumerism and the Growth Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives' into the Masters of Environment. He is also a Research Fellow with the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. He is author of Prosperous Descent: Crisis as Opportunity in an Age of Limits (2015),Sufficiency Economy: Enough, for Everyone, Forever (2015), and Entropia: Life Beyond Industrial Civilisation (2013), and editor of Voluntary Simplicity: The Poetic Alternative to Consumer Culture (2009) and co-editor of Simple Living in History: Pioneers of the Deep Future (2014).

Tags: building resilient societies, ecological civilizatiion