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Sustainable Consumption and the Technology of Sustainability | Huffington Post

Sustainable Consumption and the Technology of Sustainability | Huffington Post | Sustainable provisioning | Scoop.it

One of the consistent themes of many environmentalists is that we must reduce consumption and live more modest lives in tune with nature, if we are to promote a sustainable economic future. I do not believe that a frugal sustainability is either feasible or necessary. It's not feasible because with over seven billion people on the planet and a growing majority of them living in cities, it is too late to get back to the land and live as one with nature. There's too many of us, and not enough "nature" to go around. Sitting alone in the dark and eating bread and water doesn't sound too desirable either. I am not arguing that our goal should be excessive consumption and wanton waste, but that it's too late to turn back the clock and live without technology.

 

Instead, we need to use technology and human ingenuity to develop a new form of urban sustainability. This new form of urban sustainability will enable us to live spiritually and intellectually rich, meaningful and interesting lives, in cities that have learned to reduce their ecological and carbon impacts. The economic value of our consumption will grow as the material base of it will be reduced and be made more renewable and less toxic. This will require a shift in patterns of consumption and methods of producing goods and services, but it will not require a reduction in production and consumption.

 

It is reasonable to see this vision as an unrealistic delusion. It may be a dream, but the idea that people will willingly reduce their consumption of electronic toys, food, travel, entertainment and everything else is an even deeper delusion. Moreover, the process of losing what people now have, or preventing developing nations from growing, would be politically destabilizing. In this age of terror and the rapid "advance" of the technology of destruction, mass economic deprivation could be extraordinarily dangerous.

 

In my view, our only chance is a technological fix. Fortunately, that is something we spent most of the 19th and 20th centuries learning how to do. The economic opportunities and threats of the last two centuries were nearly all the result of technological advances, along with technological solutions to problems created by other technologies.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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The sustainability of human life isn't (merely) a technical problem with technological fixes. It is political and social - we can't solve our problems with the same thinking that creates them! Read Gustaf Speth, Paul Raskin, Lester Milbrath, and many others. The social learning necessary is on values.

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Samuel Mann - Sustainability as transformation (in style... | Facebook

Sustainability as transformation (in style of Agile Manifesto). Thoughts?
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Why we shouldn’t judge a country by its GDP

Why we shouldn’t judge a country by its GDP | Sustainable provisioning | Scoop.it
Analysts love to talk about GDP, now the yardstick by which we measure a country’s success. But, argues Michael Green, it's also misleading.
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New Zealand currently ranks 5th on the Social Progress Index, with GDP per capita only half that of Norway.
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Sustainable Human - Timeline | Facebook

Sustainable Human, San Francisco, CA. 1,517,776 likes · 122,228 talking about this. The mission of Sustainable Human is to assist in creatin
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Patterns of Commoning - The Commons Strategies Group

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Patterns of Commoning: The Commons Strategies Group
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It could be otherwise: contingency and social transformation

There’s no such thing as a permanent present or a
future that is fixed.
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Neoliberalism: Oversold? -- Finance & Development, June 2016

Neoliberalism: Oversold? -- Finance & Development, June 2016 | Sustainable provisioning | Scoop.it
Jonathan D. Ostry, Prakash Loungani, and Davide Furceri - Instead of delivering growth, some neoliberal policies have increased inequality, in turn jeopardizing durable expansion
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Darwin's Wedge & Dumb Competition

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“Competition creates efficiency,” is preached as if it were a law of nature. But nature itself teaches a different lesson.
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Why We Consume: Neural Design and Sustainability

Why We Consume: Neural Design and Sustainability | Sustainable provisioning | Scoop.it
Neuroscience suggests that the roots of consumerism lie in our neural circuits for reward learning. Contemporary capitalism truncates this diversity of satisfactions.
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Why Capitalism Creates Pointless Jobs - Evonomics

Why Capitalism Creates Pointless Jobs - Evonomics | Sustainable provisioning | Scoop.it
It’s as if someone were out there making up pointless jobs just for the sake of keeping us all working.
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Alternatives to Big Capitalism

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I think there are alternatives to authoritarian 'Big Capitalism' that don't move us into some authoritarian - and therefore equally dysfunctional - type of 'communist' state.
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Goodbye Democracy And Capitalism – It Was Fun

Goodbye Democracy And Capitalism – It Was Fun | Sustainable provisioning | Scoop.it
Shifting to new paradigms to replace dysfunctional ones. This is an attempt to look at current global problems from a perspective digging deeper into the root of the system.
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A majority of millennials now reject capitalism, poll shows

A majority of millennials now reject capitalism, poll shows | Sustainable provisioning | Scoop.it
The results are startling but line up with previous research on this subject.
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Is there life after capitalism?

What’s the point of living
longer if we face more years of isolation, poverty and neglect?
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Fracketeering: how capitalism is power-hosing the last drops of value out of us all

Fracketeering: how capitalism is power-hosing the last drops of value out of us all | Sustainable provisioning | Scoop.it
Once you’ve mined the earth and milked the service industries, what is there left to frack?
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Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems

Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems | Sustainable provisioning | Scoop.it
Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them all. Why has the left failed to come up with an alternative?
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You’re witnessing the death of neoliberalism – from within - Aditya Chakrabortty

You’re witnessing the death of neoliberalism – from within - Aditya Chakrabortty | Sustainable provisioning | Scoop.it
IMF economists have published a remarkable paper admitting that the ideology was oversold
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