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How might we design Garden Cities in the 21st century to support regional areas? How will new technologies, particularly the internet and renewable energy, influence future settlement patterns? Can circular economy principles enable economic activity that has a positive impact on the land and on people?

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We have become accustomed in recent years to talk about economic disruptions: of the taxi industry by Uber and of the hotel industry by Airbnb. Before that we had the disappearance of film processing stores and music record stores with the arrival of digital photography and music.

With digital technology…

recent contributions to the degrowth debate by Anitra Nelson and co-editors. Food for Degrowth co-edited by Ferne Edwards
Edited books on degrowth by Anitra Nelson and co-authors. ‘Food for Degrowth’ edited by Anitra Nelson and Ferne Edwards (cover images provided by Anitra Nelson)

Food for Degrowth: Perspectives and Practices, edited by Anitra Nelson and Ferne Edwards is an important contribution not just to debates, but to the practices required for the necessary social and economic transitions towards global environmental sustainability.

Nelson suggests that the term ‘degrowth’ is deliberately provocative and is intended to…

Image: Michelangelo Buonarroti — Hands of God and Adam, detail from The Creation of Adam, from the Sistine Chapel ceiling, 1511

Throughout human history there have been many ways in which societies have conceived of their god or gods. The idea of god that a society develops offers a deep insight into the character of the people in that society. In modern Western society, where we are encouraged to be individuals…

Ancient Greek symposium on vase by Marie-Lan Nguyen via Wikipedia

“The problem is unemployment; only growth can create the jobs. Schools and hospitals are underfunded; the answer is faster growth. We can’t afford to protect the environment; the solution is more growth. Poverty is entrenched; growth will rescue the poor. Income distribution is unequal; the answer is more growth.

If…

A virtually connected network of circular economy villages

In 1930, at the onset of the Great Depression, the economist John Maynard Keynes addressed what he called “a bad attack of economic pessimism” by imagining the distant future. In his essay, “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren” Keynes imagined that by 2030 the standard of living would be so high…

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“No. Look, if housing were unaffordable in Sydney, no one would be buying it…” ~Treasurer Joe Hockey (Sydney Morning Herald, 9 June 2015)

It is difficult to believe such a statement could come from a Federal Treasurer. Is the government comfortable with the fact that only a small proportion of…

Steven Liaros

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