This site will serve a gathering place to process post-growth economic and social change. Our online conversations will be rooted in ecological economics and feature a rotation of experts from around the world.
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Processing elements of a life-affirming economy + society
Ecological economics is a trans-disciplinary field that acts as a bridge across not only ecology and economics but also psychology, anthropology, and history. The field considers how economics is embedded in the broader ecosystem that supports all human activity. The limits to economic growth are considered along with opportunities to improve the well-being of the human and the non-human.
For decades, it has been challenging to consider how society can simultaneously consume less but improve overall well-being. The term "post-growth" is an umbrella for various approaches to this unifying emphasis on well-being: degrowth, steady-state economics, political ecology, voluntary simplicity, among others. Each of these approaches is an attempt to animate sustainability and social-ecological resilience. At their best, these ideas support one another.
In practice: the transition to well-being over income
Today, the world is suddenly experiencing a slower pace of life. While the conditions are less-than-ideal, this moment presents us with an opportunity to put life in perspective:
While responsible business practices, policies, and appropriate technology may all serve to address contemporary constraints, we've also proven that we can shift our behaviour when life is at stake. How can this shift in behaviour and culture be sustained in ways that maintain peace and transcend old political divides?
The transition will not be easy, but it may be the best way forward.
PhD researcher (McGill University) and instructor (Canadian Mennonite University) in the fields of ecological economics and social entrepreneurship.