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Next Systems Meet-Up

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Location: Big Time Brewery,  4133 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Time: 5:30 pm to 7 pm, Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

RSVP:  RVSP Facebook or if you don’t use Facebook here.

Food and drink specials for purchase

Join us at the Rethinking Prosperity’s first “Next Systems Meet-up”!

Building a strong local intellectual community is important to all of us at Rethinking Prosperity. To continue the conversation from our Next Systems Teach-in this past Spring we hope to bring visionaries, academics and peers who share our passion for for sustainable and equitable economy.   What better ways to start than to read an article and meet-up to share our thoughts and ideas during happy hour.

Topic of the Meetup:  

Only a break with corporate capitalism can avert climate catastrophe

Brought to us by Next System Project. This new working paper from The Next System Project was prepared as an invited contribution to the “After Fossil Fuels: The New Economy” conference that took place in Oberlin, Ohio from October 6-8, 2016.   Please take a look in advance of joining us, here’s a quick summary:

Gar Alperovitz, James Gustave Speth, Ted Howard, and Joe Guinan explore the mounting pressures on current American economic, political, and environmental systems. With the understanding that our current system is incompatible with a sustainable future, they identify 5 key catalysts behind our climate crisis: 1) the growth imperative, 2) consumerism, 3) extractivism, 4) corporate power, and 5) political control. A future that is “ecologically sustainable, equitable, and socially responsible” is possible only through a separation from the traditional American values of corporate capitalism. In this new system, we must place an emphasis on human and environmental well-being, along with a politically engaged citizen body if we are to reverse (or even slow) the existential threat of climate change.

This will be a lightly facilitated conversation, we look forward to seeing all of you at our first mixer and hearing your thoughts!

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