So we’ve entered the epoch of the Anthropocene, where humankind increasingly exceeds a sustainable level of affecting its surroundings. We built our world on the paradigm of perpetual growth, reducing our planet and everything on it to a P&L-sheet. Only recently we’ve started to acknowledge what devastating effects this disruptive worldview has had on the Earth’s ecosystems (social, biological, chemical and geological) on a local, regional and global level. We need to redefine the growth paradigm and explore new foundations for our economy, our society and our personal lives.
Among (young) consumers and citizens, this awareness is starting to sink in. It has resulted in a growing number of new companies and citizen initiatives that are based on alternative value systems. Slowly this new way of thinking also gains traction with large, traditional and powerful companies that take drastic measures to sincerely incorporate sustainable practices and social responsibility.
But one does not change one’s core foundations in life overnight. So what does it take to re-define growth on a scale that really matters?
This session is part of the GLOBAL INNOVATION GATHERING programme.