- Greg Worden
- Camden, ME
- United States
Entrepreneur and Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Business, Worden Associates
What's beyond sustainability? A resilient economy?
When we think about the term sustainability it often connotes doing less with less. It's a feel-good approach to climate change (and change in general) that we can simplify our lives, pollute less, and have less of a negative impact on the environment; hence live more sustainably. As Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger note in their book, Breakthrough, that vision fails to inspire. It also fails to take into account the massive potential we as a society have.
Why is it that some cultures can remain virtually unchanged for nearly 10,000 years while others land people on the Moon and send robots to Mars? One answer is due to stimuli. If our environment (cultural as well as physical) remains the same why should we change? But clearly our environment is indeed changing. We need to be ready to act proactively as well as reactively.
Does that mean we need to be "resilient?"
What does resilient mean in this context?
What would a resilient economy look like? How should our businesses change?
What would a resilient political body look like?
How should our education system change to promote resilience?
You can see my bias. I see climate change as the greatest challenge we have ever faced. The word challenge was chosen carefully. People like to rise to challenges rather than merely live with them. So how can we push beyond our business and politics as usual and usher in the next age whatever that looks like?