Women in small communities across the world are building resilient economic systems that nurture solidarity, equity, and trust. A project in Toronto aims to bring their wisdom to the public realm.
I do not look forward to the future like I used to. I do not sit and dream about the life I will lead or the things I will do. In fact, these days, I have to force myself to think about it. Dreaming is effort. Imagination is work. Hope is complicated.
While it may be clear that the wager on endless growth is a bad one, a more difficult question arises: “what would be the characteristics of an economy that does not grow?”. In his book “Macroeconomics Without Growth1” Steffen Lange attempts to construct a framework for answering this question
The hope of green growth is embedded everywhere, from the majority of domestic economic plans to major international policy schemes like the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. By uncritically supporting these policies, we are unwittingly perpetuating the neoliberal fantasy of infinite growth on a finite planet.
When our book Post-Growth Society was published in 2010 in German, the term was entirely unheard of.
Our high priests now take the peculiar form of neoclassical economists, bankers, and national treasurers.
We are on the verge of a major tipping point in the way civilization works.
Progress acts as a kind of meta-narrative, an incredibly potent and pervasive trope that is woven through stories ancient and contemporary, and forms a core part of our culture.
If rational arguments were primary catalysts for social change, perhaps a steady state economy would already be a reality.
One thing everyone I met has in common is a desire to create a new world order, a new way of creating, connecting and being which is beyond the market, beyond ownership, growth and capitalism.
We need to talk a lot more about sharing as a way to radically reframe the post-growth debate, argues a recent report from the Green House.
No respectable person in American politics dares to question the virtue of economic growth even though it is increasingly clear that life on Earth will collapse if current patterns of extraction and consumption continue. So what is the responsible path forward?