Green Growth vs Postgrowth – Where the Twain Can Meet

In the discussions on the future of economic growth, business as usual is not an option. That alone can be regarded as good news. When the modern narrative of growth is evoked in policy debates, it is always green growth that is summoned. Green growth is sought to be resource-efficient, low-carbon and socially inclusive. Green growth is the […]

Village Vancouver – Increasing Economic Literacy

Economic issues have taken a dominant place in our society. In general, the economy is the main focus of most governments; a large majority of citizens assess and elect their politicians based on their impact on the economy; and everyday conversations and newscasts are peppered with talk of the economy, jobs and growth. Conventional thinking […]

An Economy That Serves People and Nature

On 26 September 2012, Christine Milne, the leader of The Australian Greens political party stepped out ahead of the flock. With a rousing speech she critiqued the current economic system, the growth paradigm, and spoke out about the challenges that Australia, and the world is facing. Here is an excerpt from that speech, which can be […]

Looking Beyond Rio, Towards Degrowth

You know folks, I’m a bit worried about my 16-year-old son, Jimi. When he was 13, he grew three inches. When he was 14, he grew five inches. When he was 15 his growth slowed to three inches, and no matter how much I feed him, now he isn’t growing at all past his current […]

Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth

The virtual omnipresence of the internet (no pun intended) has altered the way humanity interacts in absolutely unbelievable ways. Two years ago I was working hard in my nine-to-five job, trying to pay down my school debt and keep up with the grind, when I started writing on a virtually unheard of topic in mainstream […]