Economic growth socially counter-productive: BBSN talk
Baw Baw News Baw Baw What's On By William PJ Kulich // 13:39, Wednesday 21 October 2015
SIMPLICITY Institute co-director and University of Melbourne lecturer Samuel Alexander will argue economic growth is not the “most direct path to progress” in Yarragon next week.
Above: Dr Samuel Alexander. Source: Entropia website.
Dr Alexander will speak at a public Baw Baw Sustainability Network event on Thursday 29 October about the alternatives to economic growth as a measure of success.
A BBSN spokesperson said Dr Alexander would be familiar to many as the author of sustainability articles on The Conversation‘s website.
“Sam Alexander directly challenges the widely held view that economic growth is the most direct path to progress,” the spokesperson said in a media release.
“In this talk he will review various counterarguments to this view, which suggest that the growth model is… unsustainable and even socially counter-productive.
“In an age of ecological overshoot and climate change, we actually need to be thinking about planned “degrowth.” Samuel Alexander explores the possibility of turning the overlapping crises of our times into opportunities for cultural and economic renewal.”
Dr Alexander will speak at 19:30 at REstore, 79 Princes Highway, Yarragon. Entry: $9 members, $12 non-members including a light supper.
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