FROM CONSUMERISM TO SUSTAINABILITY

NEW FRONTIERS – FOUR

Resource depletion, mounting waste and climate change – more and more people are coming to realize that unfettered consumerism is neither sustainable nor a pathway to joy and meaning in life. From de-cluttering closets to imagining alternative models of running an economy, there is a wealth of interesting ideas out there on how to modify our unsustainable consumerist habits.

FEATURE
Saving the World Through Business
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Saving the World Through Business

Patagonia’s founder Yvon Chouinard led his company down the road less traveled and became a model for businesses to do well while doing good. 

IN CONVERSATION
“The Focus is ‘Enough’ Rather Than ‘More’”
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“The Focus is ‘Enough’ Rather Than ‘More’”

The mainstream economics notion that unfettered growth accompanied by greater consumption and productivity benefits society is false, argues Rob Dietz, Program Director at the Post Carbon Institute.

“Lack of Competition Generates Hubris…”
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“Lack of Competition Generates Hubris…”

…and unfortunately, this also applies to the economic system the world largely adopted and is now relying on: capitalism. The world’s leading inequality scholar, Branko Milanović talks about global income disparities, resurgent ideologies and the most promising strategies for dealing with both.

FEATURED SUMMARIES
Image of: Can We Have Prosperity Without Growth?
John Cassidy

Can We Have Prosperity Without Growth?

Slowing down without falling over...can it be done?

The New Yorker
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Branko Milanović

Capitalism, Alone

Global convergence has now made it a capitalist’s world, but political approaches differ.

Belknap Press
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William McDonough and Michael Braungart

The Upcycle

Thoughtful innovation can fuel a quantum leap in environmental solutions.

North Point Press
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Klaus Schwab

Davos Manifesto 2020

It’s high time for companies to adopt a stakeholder-centric business model.

World Economic Forum
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Tatiana Schlossberg

Inconspicuous Consumption

Your choices as an informed consumer and voter can make a difference and help restore the environment.

Grand Central
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David Biello

The Unnatural World

How can humanity best thrive in a world it has permanently changed?

Scribner
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FEATURES

SUPPLY CHAINS

Where’s My Stuff?
Where’s My Stuff?
Where’s My Stuff?

It’s not just about toilet paper anymore. Perhaps you can’t get your prescription filled. Or you may wonder why your garage extension project ended up being so expensive. What’s going on? 

POLLINATORS

The Buzz On Bees
The Buzz On Bees
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The Buzz On Bees

Bees and other pollinators are vital to the food chain.

SCIENCE

“We Lead the World in Science, and We Also Lead the World in Opposition to Science”
“We Lead the World in Science, and We Also Lead the World in Opposition to Science”
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“We Lead the World in Science, and We Also Lead the World in Opposition to Science”

Jared Diamond, world-famous historian of societal crises and collapses, on why “denial” was and is one of America’s society’s biggest problems.

FUTURE LIFE

Smart and Smarter Cities
Smart and Smarter Cities
This 14 min. read saves you up to 25 hours
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Smart and Smarter Cities

What Makes a Place Smart? It’s All About Infrastructure

CLIMATE

Climate Change Solutions Gone Wild
Climate Change Solutions Gone Wild
This 7 min. read saves you up to 17 hours
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Climate Change Solutions Gone Wild

Rewilding – a low-tech solution to reducing carbon emissions – revitalizes ecosystems and protects biodiversity.

TRANSFORMATION

What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
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What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

A convergence of technologies is swiftly transforming the world. Are you ready for its perils and opportunities?

REVIEW

Stop Burning Coal and Start Pricing Carbon
Stop Burning Coal and Start Pricing Carbon
Stop Burning Coal and Start Pricing Carbon

Nobel Prize winner William D. Nordhaus details the complexity of the political and economic responses to climate change.

POLITICS

How to Deal with Political Discussions in the Workplace
How to Deal with Political Discussions in the Workplace
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How to Deal with Political Discussions in the Workplace

In functional democracies, political discussions among citizens are a regular part of interpersonal exchange. That this causes problems in the workplace is a topic as old as democracy itself. But how about solutions?

FOCUS

FOCUS: Climate Change
FOCUS: Climate Change
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FOCUS: Climate Change

Perhaps this year, after all the attention garnered by climate strikes in 2019, will be the year of practicable proposals for climate solutions. The effects of lockdowns, such as hugely improved air quality in many…

RESILIENCE

“Burnout Is Insidious: It Sneaks Up on You, Gradually Gnawing Away at You Over Time.”
“Burnout Is Insidious: It Sneaks Up on You, Gradually Gnawing Away at You Over Time.”
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“Burnout Is Insidious: It Sneaks Up on You, Gradually Gnawing Away at You Over Time.”

Jacinta Jiménez, author of The Burnout Fix, on prevention, treatment and reintegration in case of burnout – a topic that still too few people talk about or act on.

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