By April 9, 2012

Video: Cécile Demailly – Prosperity without growth

“Every society clings to a myth by which it lives. Ours is the myth of economic growth. For the last five decades the pursuit of growth has been the single most important policy goal across the world. The global economy is almost five times the size it was half a century ago. If it continues to grow at the same rate the economy will be 80 times that size by the year 2100. This extraordinary ramping up of global economic activity has no historical precedent. It’s totally at odds with our scientific knowledge of the finite resource base and the fragile ecology on which we depend for survival.” This is the forewords of a report published by the Sustainable Development Commission (UK Government’s independent adviser) in March 2009. It seems prophetic in the light of the actual Debt Crisis.

Why is so little done to address such an issue? Is it because our society runs on short term or because of our poor governance of the commons generally? Have we lost sight that our society too is a ‘common’? Is it because we think that science and technology will solve all problems, even though evidences each day tend to demonstrate the opposite? Should we acknowledge that our society needs to find ways for prosperity without growth, and what might be our action, as Change Leaders? What thinking can we rely on to help our clients prepare a transition that otherwise might be critical, and build a sustainable future? We will explore these questions as a community of change agents.

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