The Cuban experience now looks to me like an even more impressive success story, showing purely human intelligence coping with a seriously life-threatening situation at nation-state scale.
Human societies the world over are confronted with a growing number and range of difficult and compounding problems and crises, which they are increasingly struggling to address and failing to solve, and which are slowly but surely eroding their ability to function effectively and undermining their capacity to coexist peacefully.
Citizens in the US and Canada use over 300GJ per capita, so there is lots of room to simplify. We can reduce our energy demands without significantly reducing the general well-being of humanity.
I still fundamentally believe in the emergent human response to collective challenges – but to do that, more people need to see the systems synthesis of what we face – which was the initial thrust of this platform.
What is degrowth, and how will it help define our future?
Parrique explains how the path to societal degrowth might unfold and the social and physical obstacles we may encounter on our way there.
Vicki Robin unpacks how the machine of community begins. How does being vulnerable, sharing, and being obligated to others create a system that allows everyone to contribute? Why do we need to learn to begin asking for help?
This 32 minute animation -in 4 Acts – describes the backdrop for The Great Simplification – an economic/cultural transition on our near term horizon.