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Video: Tim Jackson’s TED Talk: An economic reality check

[Tim Jackson, 2010] As the world faces recession, climate change, inequity and more, Tim Jackson delivers a piercing challenge to established economic principles, explaining how we might stop feeding the crises and start investing in our future. Of the credit and debt cycle, he says: “This is a strange, rather perverse story. It’s a story about us, people, being persuaded to spend money we don’t have on things … Continue reading Video: Tim Jackson’s TED Talk: An economic reality check

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Escaping the ‘iron cage’ of consumerism

[Tim Jackson] Society is faced with a profound dilemma. To resist economic growth is to court economic and social collapse. To pursue it relentlessly is to endanger the ecosystems on which we depend for long-term survival. For the most part, this dilemma goes unrecognised in government policy. It is only marginally more visible as a public debate. When reality begins to impinge on the collective … Continue reading Escaping the ‘iron cage’ of consumerism

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Prosperity without growth?

[Tim Jackson]  Economic growth is supposed to deliver prosperity. Higher incomes should mean better choices, richer lives, an improved quality of life for us all. That at least is the conventional wisdom. But things haven’t always turned out that way. Summary Economic growth is supposed to deliver prosperity. Higher incomes should mean better choices, richer lives, an improved quality of life for us all. That … Continue reading Prosperity without growth?