Overcoming Addiction to Economic Growth Top 10 trends towards floating cities: 4 months ago   15:50

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Challenging the current economic model which the world has become addicted to.

Marjan loves to make change and broker complex dialogues. Her work at Victoria University as assistant vice-chancellor (sustainability) allows her to facilitate a transition towards a more sustainable future.

Life has been an international adventure and included co-founding an eco-village in the USA, running a Research Centre for Ecological Economics in New Zealand, founding consultancies on ‘Mediated Modelling’ in the USA, on waste reduction in Sweden and advising a sustainability- oriented start-up hedge fund in the Netherlands. She earned a Master’s of business economics in the Netherlands and a PhD in marine, estuarine and environmental science in the USA.

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Editors (Philosophy Now)
Good stuff. I say the same sort of thing in my book The Metarevolution. We can't keep on growing forever in a closed system. We need to reconfigure the global economic system or they'll be an explosion! I've got a model of how it could be done, too. But it's unrealistic, since it requires unselfishness, in other words a rational solution to the prisoner's dilemma, or more specifically, the global tragedy of the commons which is consumer capitalism. So I give global civilisation until the end of the century, at best.
Elrond Burrell
Great to see the talk online, it was excellent to see live. Thanks Marjan van den Belt for your contribution.
Sam Moore
I understand and respect the sentiments and moral ideals she is promoting in this talk, but the solutions she focused on were terrible!
Legal personhood for rivers!!? That creates a need for legal representation. Who's going to pay for that? You guessed it, the taxpayer.
Because if some lawyer has an opinion about what pollution is then they'll sue anyone that they can. We've already seen this with the EPA in the US labeling people's ponds and even wet leaves on their lands as protected wet lands. She is following her moral compass but what she's proposing is actually evil. More power in the hands of human beings that will have incentives to create more and more bogus reasons for their jobs to exist when in fact society has no need for their services. She wants us to let go of addiction to economic growth and I can understand that, sometimes we need contraction, correction and deflation. But instead she wants to replace it with government growth which is, again, evil. People treat land the best when they own it. When government owns it they sell rights to pollute to high bidding corporations, squish that corporation's competition through needless regulation, and take even let the corporations write the laws. But if government was reoriented to protect the rights of people and not things and fictitious people/ corporations, then land owning people would regulate pollution and we'd have needful economic trends. This isn't hard to figure out. Read a few books.

Simplistic explanation, I know but I'm not going to type what has already been written in books about how powerful this can be legally. If anyone wants some reading suggestions just ask.
Wolfger Schneider
Thank you Marjan for featuring your former, my present, community in Vermont. It's so important that your message of hope be heard and repeated by other leaders of our educational and faith communities. The entrenched politicians on corporate doles won't create the urgently needed change. Time is of the essence.
After much thinking about making a sign for the recently held Climate March the following words came to me:
Global Warming:
We CANNOT GROW or
TECHNOLOGIZE
ourselves out of it.
We must reduce
our numbers and our lifestyle:
REDUCE AND SIMPLIFY
Vitabrick Snailslime
How long have I waited to hear this in a public forum. We are enslaved to these damned economists and their abstractions which are taken for reality. Having said that, even with the most ecologically sound policies, the growth of human population will still lead to disaster.
DaztheDuke
Absolutely right
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Top 10 trends towards floating cities: Overcoming Addiction to Economic Growth 4 months ago   16:11

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Koen Olthuis studied Architecture and Industrial Design at the Delft University of Technology. In his vision today's designers are an essential part of the climate change generation and should start to enhance their perspective on urban components to become dynamic instead of static. His solution called City Apps, are floating urban components that add a certain function to the existing static grid of a city. More info on www.tedxvilnius.com.

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