Making sense of change
This is a gathering place to share ideas and stories about different ways of thriving under conditions of global change. Subscribe to podcast >>>
Our globalized and highly networked industrial society is confronting the limits to growth in materials and energy use, with the health and wellbeing of humans imperiled by the destruction of nonhuman life. As change accelerates, our highly complex global society will likely find itself less networked, less wealthy, and less secure.
But many of us are also discovering more joyful, life-affirming paths along the way.
We feel slow-burning ecological distress in our bodies. The complex emotions we carry about phenomena like climate change and the pandemic produce a collective nervous system experience, influencing our daily decisions, life choices, politics, and dreams. How we process these feelings will determine what kind of society we make together.
Learning to co-regulate our nervous systems by processing this slow burn together is important political work. To that end, each guest answers the question: what are you feeling as we approach tipping points? Hopeful? Fearful? Courageous? How does your vision of the next few decades inform your decisions today? How can we process complex emotions without inflaming social divisions?
We'll explore how people and communities sense, name, and get ahead of slow-burning change.
James writes online commentary on a range of topics related to post growth economics and political thought for The Post Carbon Institute and CASSE (steadystate.org). Here are some favourites:
New Zealand Deprioritizes Growth to Improve Health & Wellbeing
Social Solidarity Requires a Universal Basic Income
Outbreaks in the Anthropocene: Growth Isn't the Cure
Ecological Existential Dread: We Need to Talk About our Feelings
Distinguishing Capitalism From Growth
Guess What Trudeau Said About Growth?
What Kind of Future Does Your Degree Prepare You For?
What About Innovating Beyond the Growth Trap?
Peace, Love, and the Gift
Hedonism, Survivalism, and the Burden of Knowledge
Are We Hard-Wired to Think We Can Grow Forever?
Piketty Acknowledges a Limit to Inequality–What About Limits to Growth?
Do We Need a Steady State Economy? One Politician’s Surprising Answer