Citizen Action Monitor

What to do when demand stagnates, unemployment rises, and social instability follows?

Jackson suggests a transition to services offers a more ‘holistic’ solution to unemployment in a low-growth economy. No 2119 Posted by fw, December 10, 2017 To access all other synopses … Continue reading

December 10, 2017

A shift towards the services sector of the economy heralds a considerably slower rate of economic growth

In fact, says Tim Jackson, “we may already be heading towards a stationary or quasi-stationary state” of growth. No 2118 Posted by fw, December 9, 2017 To access all other … Continue reading

December 9, 2017

“Does sustainable investment increase or diminish growth?” asks Tim Jackson

But does his burst of “economese” muddy the waters of Jackson’s answer? No 2117 Posted by fw, December 8, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, click … Continue reading

December 8, 2017

Two givens: First, “We must reduce in absolute terms the material throughput of the economy”

Second: “Some things within the economy must continue to grow.” No 2116 Posted by fw, December 7, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, click on the … Continue reading

December 7, 2017

Can eco-modernists provide an escape route from the “dilemma of growth?”

Tim Jackson critiques their proposed decoupling solution and concludes it would only work for angels. No 2115 Posted by fw, December 6, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity … Continue reading

December 6, 2017

Can the degrowth movement provide an escape route from the “dilemma of growth”?

Tim Jackson critiques degrowth and finds “it gives us too little to go on in building a post-growth macroeconomics.” No 2114 Posted by fw, December 5, 2017 To access all … Continue reading

December 5, 2017

Tim Jackson finds “something distinctly odd about our contemporary refusal to question economic growth”

He sets out to correct that oversight with a “convincing macroeconomics for a ‘post-growth’ society.” No 2113 Posted by fw, December 4, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity … Continue reading

December 4, 2017

Foundations for the economy of tomorrow derive from four simple first principles cited in Chapter 8 —  

Enterprise as service; Work as participation; Investment as commitment; and Money as a social good. No 2101 Posted by fw, November 17, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity … Continue reading

November 17, 2017

Our debt-based money system is the biggest challenge facing sustainable investment financing

Find out what our “debt-based” money system is, and why, if not changed, it could be a transition show-stopper. No 2100 Posted by fw, November 16, 2017 To access all … Continue reading

November 16, 2017

Jackson assesses the massive investment demands of a transition to a “Prosperity without Growth” economy

The impact of a transition of this scale on our ongoing economic performance is unclear, but the benefits of a new vision of prosperity are indisputable. No 2099 Posted by … Continue reading

November 15, 2017

Work in the employment-rich service sector is not only more fulfilling, it’s material-light

Service-based vocations “have the potential to restore the value of decent work to its rightful place at the heart of society.” No 2098 Posted by fw, November 13, 2017 To … Continue reading

November 13, 2017

Thinking in terms of services reveals new ways to decarbonize, dematerialize economic activity

Services-based enterprise features “non-polluting energy sources, selling non-material services, not polluting products.” No 2097 Posted by fw, November 11, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, click … Continue reading

November 11, 2017

To avert dangerous global climate change, we must downscale economies of rich nations 4-6% per year

Costa Rica proves its high level of wellbeing, minimal ecological impact, has little to do with GDP growth. No 2093 Posted by fw, November 08, 2017 “In the coming decades, … Continue reading

November 8, 2017

Tim Jackson calls for a systematic re-construction of economics capable of delivering a lasting prosperity

Ironically, rampant consumerism provides an opportunity to recalibrate our capitalist economic system. No 2092 Posted by fw, November 07, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, click … Continue reading

November 7, 2017

Proof of genetically inherited altruistic behaviour means we can move beyond the selfish gene

Societies structured to cultivate long-term vision, altruism, and self-transcending behaviours, while penalizing selfish behaviours, will flourish. No 2091 Posted by fw, November 5, 2017 To access all other synopses from … Continue reading

November 5, 2017

Over centuries, a borrowed concept of “self-interest” evolved to become a credible tenet of modern economics

Of late, this “borrowed credibility”, unbridled in a capitalist system, has become “the nastiest motive of nasty people.” No 2090 Posted by fw, November 4, 2017 To access all other … Continue reading

November 4, 2017

It’s past time for us to shift away from consumer desires towards “an alternative hedonism”

An alternative hedonism leading to a more ecologically sustainable, satisfying, happier life. No 2089 Posted by fw, November 3, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, click … Continue reading

November 3, 2017

Fear of social shame drives our relentless pursuit of stuff, threatens promise of a life of true prosperity

The language of goods has failed us, leaving no escape from this social trap in pursuit of a life without shame. No 2088 Posted by fw, November 2, 2017 To … Continue reading

November 2, 2017

Why do rich societies with lots of material goods, show few signs of meaningful social participation?

Given weak evidence of our ability to flourish, it is even more puzzling why rich societies pursue material growth. No 2087 Posted by fw, October 30, 2017 To access all … Continue reading

October 30, 2017