The only way to arrive at a safe, sustainable, steady state economy is with substantial behavioral and political reform.
But it is also evident that youth everywhere, forced to deal with a much more insecure and uncertain future, are also more open to creative approaches to change that recognize and seek to address various inequalities and injustices. I find evidence of such creative thinking among my own students, for example, along with a willingness to think beyond the immediate future to the medium term for change. That thinking and willingness gives me hope for the emergence of a Great Transition.
Development professionals do their work under the assumption that the developing world will some day look a lot like the developed world.
As Rob Hopkins explained to a small NYC audience, the Transition movement is increasingly focused on local economic development. Reports on localizing food production, energy conservation and renewable energy capacity set out next steps toward a new green economy.