Posts tagged “the approaching great transformation”
March 20, 2013
Joel Magnuson, author of The Approaching Great Transformation will be at Seattle Town Hall as part of the Town Hall’s Civic Series on Wednesday, March 20 at 7:30pm, to discuss his new book.
With vision and deliberate action communities around the world can break out of habitual ways of producing and consuming things and move optimistically toward something better. The Approaching Great Transformation: Toward a Liveable Post Carbon Economy, Magnuson’s follow-up to Mindful Economics, discusses this idea and many other timely issues of economy, energy, and consumption. in time, these institutional developments will lead to the positive evolution of economic systems and human culture. This book documents examples and stories of this work that is already being done.
Joel Magnuson is an internationally recognized economist specializing in non-orthodox approaches to political economy. He is currently a professor of economics in Portland, Oregon; a visiting fellow at the Ashcroft International Business School at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, England; and is an international advisor to the editorial board of Anglia’s journal Interconnections.
March 12, 2013
Economist and author of The Approaching Great Transformation: Toward a Livable Post Carbon Economy spoke at at Powell’s Books in Portland to a full house yesterday. We are standing on the brink of a momentous time in history, when the natural resources that the global economy has relied upon for the past century are drying up. There is a necessity for change, but what will that change look like and will it come soon enough? Economist Joel Magnuson explains that the choices we make today as we adapt to mounting scarcity may be the most important historical events of the 21st century.
As Magnuson makes clear, an economy so deeply reliant on fast-disappearing resources has no future. Economists have been cautioning us for decades that the approaching decline in oil will seriously impair food production, along with almost every other major industry.
Magnuson takes an uplifting approach of looking beyond corporate globalization to alternative systems such as localization.