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Redefining Progress

Forward this video to Ben Bernanke!

Has growth become uneconomical? It's a question worth considering. Historically, growth has been held as the axiomatic goal of the global economy – with the production/consumption cycle churning as its engine of progress. But as our fossil-fueled society steps further into the era of peak-everything, has it not become increasingly evident that many of the assumptions upon which we have based our societal goals are bound for disaster? Degrowth is an idea predicated upon equity, balance and simplicity; things that have been all but lost in our era of economic meltdown. In the spirit of thinking experimentally rather than rushing toward immediate, end-all solutions, we'll be toying with the idea of degrowth more and more in the coming months. For in looking for ideas that support people and communities in the long term, what could be more worthwhile than reconsidering positions that equate to suicide in a sordid political landscape?

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Anonymous

Great message - great video - however you are preaching to the choir. I tried to watch this with my 6 year old son and while he got some of it - most went over his head. A children's version of this video, with all its clarity, intelligence and flow would be a great tool to inform the next generation of the concept of degrowth.

Anonymous

Great message - great video - however you are preaching to the choir. I tried to watch this with my 6 year old son and while he got some of it - most went over his head. A children's version of this video, with all its clarity, intelligence and flow would be a great tool to inform the next generation of the concept of degrowth.

Anonymous

I think that 6 year olds don't need to comprehend anything that is "beyond" their comprehension. I think that the parent/adult is the best tool for informing the next generation, ie. leading by example, and it is an exercise in this type of personal accountability that the child will learn the most from, ultimately. Responsibility begins at home.

Fantastic piece.

Haide James

Anonymous

I think that 6 year olds don't need to comprehend anything that is "beyond" their comprehension. I think that the parent/adult is the best tool for informing the next generation, ie. leading by example, and it is an exercise in this type of personal accountability that the child will learn the most from, ultimately. Responsibility begins at home.

Fantastic piece.

Haide James

Global SoulJah

Good work - nice ideas, well expressed. I'm quitting my job and taking a siesta now, oooh that's better...

Global SoulJah

Good work - nice ideas, well expressed. I'm quitting my job and taking a siesta now, oooh that's better...

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