SIXWAKING UPFrom Maximizing Profits to Sustaining Life

I once taught a course at Schumacher College in southern England titled “Can the Earth Survive Capitalism?” I began the class by talking about problems with the current design of our economic system—particularly financialization and extractive ownership design (though I wasn’t yet using that language)—and I planned next to move to solutions about the redesign of corporations. But I found the class wasn’t ready for that next step.

Their minds were on “collapse.” That was the word I heard bandied about in hallways and over dinner, as I came to realize that many of these students—schooled as they were in deep ecology—were convinced that what lay ahead was total ecological collapse, after which ...

Get Owning Our Future now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience books, live events, courses curated by job role, and more from O’Reilly and nearly 200 top publishers.