Ecological Economics is about the interaction between humans and the environment via the economy. It starts from the premise that the economy is limited by the constraint of our planet's finite resources. It rejects the mainstream economics goal of continued economic growth and proposes instead a steady state economy.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The Power of Community. How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

This is a powerful film describing the transition of Cuba to a low carbon economy. It is remarkable what is possible when change is a necessity! The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil is a project of the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions, a non-profit organization that designs and teaches low-energy solutions to the current unsustainable, fossil fuel based, industrialized, and centralized way of living

Monday, 13 October 2014

Live Rich - A spoken word film about the true meaning of wealth.

Spend less, Live Rich. Following on from Story of stuff and planned obsolescence this is a wonderful poem for us all. Sent to me by a student. Thank you James.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

A "crash course" in Ecological Economics

This is a great summary of the main issues that Ecological Economics tries to tackle and the approach it takes. Jon Erickson is based at the Gund Institute of Ecological Economics, University of Vermont and the co-author of the Problem based learning text that we will base Year 2 workshops on.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Conversation with Annie Leonard (Story of Stuff)

This is a very insightful interview with the creator of the Story of Stuff 'movement'. She answers her critics! Highly recommended.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The Overview Effect

Ecological economics takes a big picture approach to consider how our society, economy and the environment are all interconnected. This 19 minute film gives a beautiful explanation of that interconnectedness by describing the overview effect experienced by astronauts as they look back at our planet from space. Enjoy it. I found it very inspiring.

OVERVIEW from Planetary Collective on Vimeo.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

What is wrong with our cutlure?

Another very thought provoking video related to Ecological economics. Alan Watts was a philosopher and writer who wrote numerous books which helped to explain Eastern philosophies to western audiences. Thank you Carlos for sending this to me.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Debate about the role of markets. Michael Sandel and Michael Porter

A very interesting debate about the role of markets in our society between two Harvard Professors - one a Political philospher and one a Business professor. It is worth watching the talks by each of the professors given before this debate. Michael Sandel: Why we shouldn't trust markets with our civic life. Michael Porter: Why business can be good at solving social problems. Watch out for the comment about businesses creating resources!!