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The Schumacher Lectures

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The 1st Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures of October 1981 emphasized the importance of vibrant regional economies at a time when the focus of the nation was on an expanding global economy. Much has happened since then. The promise of the global economy has faded in face of ever greater wealth disparity and environmental degradation. There is growing interest in building a new economy that is just and recognizes planetary limits. The speakers of the Schumacher Lecture Series continue to be at ...
 
Welcome to the podcast 'Advancing Sustainable Solutions', produced by the IIIEE at Lund University. The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) is an interdisciplinary research and education institute located in Lund, Sweden with activities focusing on the transition to low-carbon and resource efficient economies. In this podcast, we will share ongoing research and activities through engaging conversation that is relatable and applicable to our daily lives. In ...
 
This podcast is organized on behalf of SPIDERS, the Seoul Platform for Initiating Discourses on Equitable and Resilient Society, and funded by the Seoul Institute. The talks complement a series of original papers published on the SPIDERS platform, dedicated to outlining the building blocks of post-capitalist political economies and societies, not oriented around growth and profit, but rather autonomy, interdependence, good lives and a flourishing web of life in times of profound planetary ch ...
 
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Degrowth is a critique of infinite economic growth, recognising continued consumption of scarce resources will inevitably result in exhausting them completely. In this episode, we present the challenges of living within an economic system governed by infinite growth on a planet with finite resources. We discuss key vocabulary to understand degrowth…
 
Julian Aguon is an activist lawyer and writer from Guam and the author of the acclaimed new book, The Properties of Perpetual Light. He is the visionary behind Blue Ocean Law, a progressive firm that works at the intersection of Indigenous rights and environmental justice. He serves on the Council of Progressive International—a global collective th…
 
Anxiety is a natural emotional response to stress, fear, or danger. Then, it is no wonder why some are experiencing anxiety in the face of the climate crisis. Although not a clinical diagnosis, climate anxiety – and related terms like eco-anxiety, ecological grief, and solastalgia – describes the distress, grief, or anger caused by environmental de…
 
The sharing economy is not sustainable by default – search for images of bikesharing graveyards. But, with careful design of the business models that facilitate access over ownership, the sharing economy can increase intensity of use and material efficiency, contributing to sustainable consumption. In this episode, co-host Steven Curtis shares with…
 
Episode Notes Links: Decoupling Debunked, report on the impossibility of Sustainable Development:https://eeb.org/library/decoupling-debunked/Research&Degrowth Network, based in Barcelona:https://degrowth.org/International Degrowth Network:https://www.degrowth.info/en/Degrowth in Movement(s), about the connections between degrowth and othermovements…
 
All kinds of public policies are being proposed to address our climate and sustainability challenges, for example, emission standards, substance bans, aviation taxes, energy efficiency labels, and even communication campaigns. However, global carbon dioxide emissions keep going up! Are these policies working? Under what circumstance? And, at what c…
 
What happens when you take a bunch of people from different cultural and geographical backgrounds, ask them to integrate under one discipline or department, and share a profound and life-changing experience? In this episode, we unpack some of these stories as we look at the journey of a PhD Student at Lund University. We interview our colleagues Em…
 
In this talk, Jacques Richard and Sebastian Berger introduce us to models of accounting, rooted in scientific knowledge regarding conditions for sustainability and satisfaction of basic human needs within specific social and natural environments and with available resources. Based on such knowledge, calculations in kind serve the purposes of normat…
 
In this talk, Thomas and Marjorie walk us through the history, basic principles and theory of change behind Community Wealth Building (CWB) institutions and strategies. Further down the line, we discuss several related topics, including the generative economy, platform cooperatives and the UBI versus Universal Basic Services debate. Excerpt from th…
 
In this talk, Pavlina R. Tcherneva helped us understand the Job Guarantee (JG) and associated policy proposals, diving into modern monetary theory, critiques of status quo arguments for continued unemployment, and the macroeconomic implications of the job guarantee system. She also helped us understand the timeliness of the job guarantee in light o…
 
Cosmolocalism represents an emerging body of theory and practice. At its heart it envisions a planetary mutualization of knowledge, in which localities benefit from and contribute to all other localities through open design, open hardware, open medicine and open knowledge, all of which supports and accelerates human wellbeing and a transition to lo…
 
Humanity’s most pressing need is to learn how to live within our planet’s boundaries — something that likely means doing without economic growth. How, then, can we create a non-growth society that is both just and equitable? Blair Fix attempts to address this question by looking at an aspect of sustainability (and equity) that is not often discusse…
 
In this talk, Mary Mellor helped us understand critiques of neoliberal theories of money, as well as radical alternative thinking on the subject, making the case for the democratisation of money as a route to socially just and ecologically sustainable systems of human provisioning, oriented around sufficiency. In the discussion, we delved deeper in…
 
In this talk, we discuss Claudia’s paper introducing the notion and roots of Buen Vivir and her work at the Multitrueke Mixiuhca Network on prosumer communities and local social-ecological currency. Follow-up topics include hegemony, cooptation, and the need to go beyond both bottom-up and top-down thinking, towards a ‘mesoeconomics’. From the pape…
 
In this talk, David Ames Curtis helps us in engaging with the work of Cornelius Castoriadis, imaginaries, his “project of autonomy”, and the rising tide of insignificancy, a key theme explored in depth in his paper, The Theme of “The Rising Tide of Insignificancy” in the Work of Cornelius Castoriadis. He also shares with us his experience in workin…
 
In this talk, John Boswell Cobb Jr. helped us understand the work of Alfred North Whitehead and process philosophy. We delved into the ideas of world loyalty, ecological civilization and community, as well as religious pluralism and interfaith dialogues. Rev. Dongwoo Lee helped us place these reflections in the Korean cultural, spiritual and econom…
 
Sustainable finance, non-financial disclosures, ESG, oh my! The world of sustainable finance may seem dark and scary. But, in this episode, we introduce many key concepts through dialogue as well as discuss how sustainable finance contributes to wider sustainability objectives. The finance sector is playing an ever growing role in supporting the tr…
 
Winona LaDuke—an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) member of the White Earth Nation—is an environmentalist, economist, author, and prominent Native American activist working to restore and preserve indigenous cultures and lands. She graduated from Harvard University in 1982 with a B.A. in economics (rural economic development) and from Antioch University wit…
 
Since the early 1980’s Hazel Henderson’s name has been synonymous with impact investing. Probably more than any other person, Henderson has been responsible for creating and promoting a set of social and environmental indicators by which to judge the real health of an economic system including the well-being of its citizens and its ecosystem. These…
 
Neva Goodwin is co-founder and co-director of the Global Development And Environment Institute at Tufts University, where her projects have included editing a six-volume series, Frontier Issues in Economic Thought (published by Island Press) and a Michigan Press series, Evolving Values for a Capitalist World. She has edited more than a dozen books,…
 
Otto Scharmer understands the stages of consciousness that are necessary to achieve transformation – whether that be transformation of the self, transformation of a group initiative, transformation of a business, or systemic change. His Theory U training is a step by step exploration of these stages in different settings. An economist by training, …
 
Mary Berry is the Executive Director of The Berry Center and a leader in the movement for sustainable agriculture. A well-known advocate for the preservation of rural culture and agriculture, she is currently working to reconnect cities with landscapes around them. Founded in 2011, The Berry Center advocates for small farmers, land conservation, an…
 
Nwamaka Agbo is a nationally respected voice for impacted communities, working to ensure they are not left behind with the growing New Economy movement. Her approach, which she names Restorative Economics, is strategically focused on community-owned and community-governed projects to bring residents together to create shared prosperity and self-det…
 
Wes Jackson is one of the foremost figures in the international sustainable agriculture movement. In addition to being a world-renowned plant geneticist, he is a farmer, author, and professor emeritus of biology. He was a professor of biology at Kansas Wesleyan University, and a tenured full professor at California State University, Sacramento. The…
 
John and Nancy Todd and a group of scientist friends established the New Alchemy Institute on a twelve-acre site in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Greg Watson joined the staff in 1980. He was inspired to apply New Alchemy's strategies and solutions to urban areas. He and John Todd have remained life-long friends making it a point to lunch together each w…
 
John McKnight’s approach to community development is to turn attention to the assets of a neighborhood rather than elaborate on its problems. For instance, he would suggest that the primary wealth in a neighborhood is the power generated by the investment of the capacities of the residents and their associations. Called Asset Based Community Develo…
 
Heinberg and Norberg-Hodge are experts on climate change, localization, and sustainability. Their past lectures have been almost prophetic in their accuracy, and their ideas are more relevant now than ever. Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, is regarded as one of the world’s foremost advocates for a shift away from our cu…
 
Every year during the first decade of the twenty-first century, the Business Alliance for a Local Living Economy (BALLE) would hold its annual conference. Those conferences were a celebration of local economies and the small businesses that built those economies. Judy Wicks, Michael Shuman, David Korten, Laury Hammel, Don Shaffer, Michelle Long, an…
 
If we want to imagine a more sustainable future, we need to be emotionally connected with that vision. Providing the latest facts and figures alone won’t do the trick. We suggest storytelling can be a great way to convey these facts in a compelling way to envision and connect with a possible future. Stories are an effective narrative device, becaus…
 
We use energy in almost every aspect of our lives. Yet, often, we do not know the source of electricity that powers our homes or heats our food. In this episode, we explore energy communities as a form of decentralised and democratic energy production. Community energy sees people coming together to take control of their energy needs, by finding al…
 
George Monbiot is an author, Guardian columnist and environmental campaigner. His best-selling books include Feral: Rewilding the land, sea and human life and Heat: how to stop the planet burning; his latest is Out of the Wreckage: a new politics for an age of crisis. George cowrote the concept album Breaking the Spell of Loneliness with musician E…
 
Missions are being discussed widely within the European Union and beyond as a tool to steer policy, innovation, and research. Similar to other missions – to the moon, to cure cancer, and to eradicate smallpox – the missions-oriented approach seeks to set bold and radical goals to tackle our pressing environmental and social challenges. In this epis…
 
Episode Notes Paul Taylor, Executive Director of FoodshareTO (foodshare.net) talks food insecurity, poverty, and possible solutions like a basic income. Intro music is Stealth Groover by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Find out more at https://citycrumpets.pineca…
 
Episode Notes Tim Gray (@CanadaGray) joins the podcast to talk about urban sprawl in the context of the GTHA and Canada. We discuss the causes and incentives for sprawl and what it means for the environment, health, and quality of life. You can read more of Tim's work at environmentaldefence.ca. Intro music is Stealth Groover by Kevin MacLeod. Lice…
 
Episode Notes I talk to David Kuperman about the King St Transit Priority Corridor (www.toronto.ca/kingstreetpilot). We discuss the history of the pilot, its initial reception, the results, and lessons we can take from the pilot towards transit policy elsewhere. Intro music is Stealth Groover by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under Creative Commons: By At…
 
Episode Notes Host Hikmat Jamal sits down with author, journalist, and lecturer Shawn Micallef to discuss the cancellation of Sidewalk Labs' Toronto Waterfront project. We talk the future of private cities and the accompanying issues of accessibility and equity they raise. Intro music is Stealth Groover by Kevin MacLeod.Licensed under Creative Comm…
 
Working from home? We have you covered with several tips and tools for teleworking and virtual meetings. Building on decades worth of research and experience in teleworking for sustainability, we share with you some suggestions to make the sudden transition working from home easier. We discuss with Peter Arnfalk and Charlotte Leire their experience…
 
Our economic systems are shaken as a result of COVID-19 and the global impact the virus will have on individuals, organisations, and economies. Prior to the global pandemic, we recorded this episode to discuss ongoing research at Lund University about our economic systems to support the Sustainable Development Goals. In this episode, we collaborate…
 
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