Rethinking Prosperity’s weekly roundup of news on the topic of economy, environment and democracy
Beyond Economism: The Prospect of the Commons — Grassroots Economic Organizing (November 14, 2016)
The dominant logic of economic hegemony over the political is being internalized by society. The most common way of life, as we can observe it in every contemporary capitalist state, is based on mindless consumption and alienation of labour time from so-called “free time”. And resistance towards the dominant order, since it emerges from the midst of this very culture, remains entrapped in this economically-centered way of thinking.
Type/tags: article, economy, society/politics, environment, consumption, growth, commons
Jay Forrester: the man who saw the future — Cassandra’s Legacy (November 18, 2016)
Jay Forrester, one of the great minds of the 20th century, died at 98, a few days ago. His career was long and fruitful, and we can say that his work changed the intellectual story of humankind in various ways, in particular for the role he had in the birth of the Club of Rome’s report “The Limits to Growth”.
Type/tags: article (news), economy, environment, Jay Forrester, growth, future, humankind
Sustainable Consumption in Poland: an Oxymoron? — Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (November 18, 2016)
Consumer society continues its relentless march across the globe. I do not know how it can be stopped or slowed down. But it seems to me that the place to start is to come up with a different and compelling vision of good life, one in which community ties, more leisure time and less personal debt are truly irresistible aspirations.
Type/tags: article (blog), sustainability, consumption, economy, leisure, Poland
More sharing than caring: The problems and potential of sustainability in the sharing economy — Eco-Business (November 17, 2016)
The sharing economy has given society access to underutilised resources through technology, but how does it hold up as a model of sustainability? Paia Consulting’s Nicolas Heath says it’s more sharing than caring.
Type/tags: article, environment, economy, sustainability, society, sharing economy, business, consumption
Lovins calls for industry, politics to embrace sustainability — The Miscellany News (November 16, 2016)
Environmentalism and industry do not often go hand in hand in political discussions. President and Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions and Professor of Sustainable Management at Bard College Hunter Lovins, who gave a lecture on campus on Nov. 14, proposes that sustainability and business can, and should, work in concert to create a financially and environmentally secure future for the world.
Type/tags: article, environment, economy, sustainability, politics, election, business