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The economy depends a lot on the concept of growth. Infinite growth on a finite planet isn’t going to work. This is why humanity’s been trying to decouple growth from resource consumption. Reducing Carbon Emissions While Growing GDP — World Resources Institute So the million-dollar question is: Can we have an economy which grows infinitely, but does so without actually expanding and consuming all the world’s resources? Enter the Shephard Tone. You might recognise the Shepard Tone from…

Capitalism, like nuclear power, has been one of our most successful ideas for creating order from chaos, but left unchecked it will swiftly create chaos from order. It demands our constant vigilance in order not to fail catastrophically. It can go wrong very quickly – and costs for a fortune to clean up when it does – creating decades of horribly unnecessary conditions for those caught in the fallout. — Photo by Pablo Garcia Saldaña is just some…

When thinking through new ways of configuring society’s organisational models (ie how together we can work, live, trade, and agree goals and values most effectively) it’s useful to reflect on the characteristics of the most successful models humanity has used thus far. Amongst these are the village, guilds, armies, and religions. These have independently evolved / emerged across the world at different times in history. They offer predictable operating conditions. And they work to get…

This film is full of ridiculous utopian ideas which are completely possible and utterly workable. And even if we could do them, it would take only years to bring them into existence! Don’t waste your time.

You’re only allowed to stay if you were on the guest list we wrote 18 years ago. You are to clean up after your dog. You will work harder, longer, and when you die you’ll be able to know exactly how your privatised hospital is failing. We acknowledge that prison is a crap solution, so have invented Prison-Lite. Failing to acknowledge trends and desires, we’ve made full-time employment cheaper and part-time employment harder. We’re building…