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Sustainability should not be consigned to history by Shared Value

Sustainability should not be consigned to history by Shared Value | Geoflorestas | Scoop.it
If Shared Value is to offer real, long term transformation it must address the flaws of capitalism, look beyond incrementalism and not just align commercial and societal goals, says John Elkington...

 

Good critique by sustainable business expert Elkington of the Shared Value approach developed by Michael Porter and Mark Kramer. But Elkington's own "triple bottom line" is as flawed as Porter's. Both of them do not put "ecological limits" at the heart of the transformational agenda.


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Let's all grow sustainably! Hedegaard's rain dance for growth

Let's all grow sustainably! Hedegaard's rain dance for growth | Geoflorestas | Scoop.it
We cannot set limits for growth. But which kind of growth do we need? An economic growth at any cost? Growth in itself is neither our enemy, nor our problem. It is the way we have grown, and the way we continue to grow that is our common challenge.

 

This article by EU climate commissioner Hedegaard is symptomatic of political leaders' stubborn denial of biophysical limits to growth. Of course, we "cannot set limits". It is our planet's operating system which sets them and we need to re-engineer our way of life accordingly.


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Tim Jackson: Let’s Be Less Productive

Tim Jackson: Let’s Be Less Productive | Geoflorestas | Scoop.it
The relentless drive for productivity may have some limits; if our economies don’t continue to expand, we risk putting people out of work.

 

Excellent article by Tim Jackson ("Prosperity without growth") pleading for less productivity and more quality of life to deal with our growth crisis.


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Will Markets Survive the End of Growth?

Will Markets Survive the End of Growth? | Geoflorestas | Scoop.it

"Is the end of growth the end of markets? The end of capitalism? Most definitely not. We will still need competition, we will still want ideas and innovation to flourish and we will want capital allocated as efficiently as possible. Markets are good at all those things."

 

New article by Paul Gilding ("The Great Disruption") which shows that post-oil and post-growth thinking is still struggling big time with the question of the balance between "state" and "market". Phrases like: we need to accept the earth's limits "as absolute boundaries of the market system" are unhelpful. We need much more sophisticated blueprints of how a just society could produce and consume within ecological and energy limits.


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