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The factors driving & necessitating the emergence of a new operating model for tourism
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The Great Dereliction

The Great Dereliction | Conscious Travel | Scoop.it

"What we've got, then, is a great dereliction: leaders who are incapable of fixing the broken institutions that are creating a lost generation, a planetary meltdown, a never-ending series of financial crises, mass unemployment, and a(t least another) lost decade. You'd think with all those icons blinking in the heads-up display, our leaders would act at least a little, well, concerned. But mostly, they seem to be clueless."


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Willy De Backer's curator insight, June 25, 2013 1:21 AM

Umair Haque's indictment of today's so-called 'leaders' is spot on.

David Hain's curator insight, June 25, 2013 1:27 AM

As usual passionate and well argued input from Umair Hacque.

Antoine Moore's comment, July 3, 2013 9:55 PM
I agree there is a problem with leadership. I think, in particular, many leaders (especially political leaders) do not want to be bold and risk stepping in front of public opinion. On the other hand, the article is too simplistic for me. I think that individuals' actions are also shaped by larger institional structures and forces. And I think our culture has shifted quite a bit too. People are a lot more self-righteous and a lot less willing to compromise and accomodate or even LISTEN to alternative points of view. Our "followers" have become more balkanized and I think, in this contex,t leading is so much harder to do.
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PwC: Supply Chains Threatened by Six-Degree Global Warming

PwC: Supply Chains Threatened by Six-Degree Global Warming | Conscious Travel | Scoop.it
Some 85 percent of companies have more complex supply chains as a result of globalization, and adjusted climate forecasts mean businesses should expect climate change to have an even more destructive effect than previously assumed on supply ...

 

Two new remarkable reports by PricewaterhouseCoopers paint a scary 6-degrees climate future and economic turmoil for global business. High time one of the big consultancies goes beyond the usual "let's keep it positive" approach and starts talking reality.


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Young People Tire of Old Economic Models

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Young people press for approaches to pursuing progress that can fit on a finite planet.

 

Interesting post by Andrew Revkin on the frustration of young economy students about their economic studies and professors.


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Will New Zealand be the first developed country to evolve a steady-state economy?

Will New Zealand be the first developed country to evolve a steady-state economy? | Conscious Travel | Scoop.it

"New Zealand will inevitably make a transition to a steady-state economy. The onset of energy descent — having less and less energy to use with each passing decade — will push it to do so sooner rather than later. The critical question is whether the transition to a steady-state economy will be by design or disaster."

 

Must-read article from the always inspiring Fleeing Vesuvius web site


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Toward a generative economy

Toward a generative economy | Conscious Travel | Scoop.it

"If you stand inside a large corporation and ask how to make a sustainable economy, the conversation has to fit itself into the frame of profit maximization. (“Here’s how you can make more money through sustainability practices.”) Asking corporations to change their fundamental frame is like asking a bear to change its DNA and become a swan."


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Willy De Backer's curator insight, June 2, 2013 11:08 AM

very interesting article by Marjorie Kelly in Open Democracy.

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How much oil growth do we need to support world GDP growth?

How much oil growth do we need to support world GDP growth? | Conscious Travel | Scoop.it

If we want the world economy to grow by 4% per year, world oil supply will need to grow by close to 3% per year. This is more than world oil supply has grown per year since the 1970s–giving a clue as to why the world is having so much problem with economic growth now.

 

Another must-read article by Gail Tverberg explaining the energy limits to economic growth, a factor not taken into consideration by any of the "expert" economists trying to work out solutions for the global economic and debt crisis.


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Clinging to economic growth suffocates the imagination

Clinging to economic growth suffocates the imagination | Conscious Travel | Scoop.it
Clinging to growth, however, suffocates the imagination needed to devise more convivial ways to share a finite planet. At the very least, and with so much evidence to the contrary, the burden of proof now lies heavily on those who reject the original message of the Limits report, for them to demonstrate how, and under what circumstances, we could possibly enjoy "growth forever" in a finite world. Kenneth Boulding, the founder of general systems theory, thought this to be a view held only by "madmen and economists".

 

Great article from New Economics Foundation's Andrew Simms. Explains why the left also has difficulties accepting that we have reached limits to growth.


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