Tim Jackson: Prosperity without Growth

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Keynote speech in the Growth in Transition Conference, Helsinki, 24th September 2010,
http://www.degrowthfinland.fi/konferenssi/briefly-in-english/

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  • Governmentality makes sense of and unifies the less v more state positions ? Why? Because the pursuit of and necessity for distributed structures of administration and power is a direct effect from the hollowing out of state. Neo-liberal governmentality relies on a quite specific social conversation about the good life. Questioning that strikes at the fault lines of the ‘fractured’ state and represents a direct threat to governmentality. And hence elicits viscerality The potential to re-structure economic stability is key to escaping the dilemma of governance
  • Governmentality makes sense of and unifies the less v more state positions ? Why? Because the pursuit of and necessity for distributed structures of administration and power is a direct effect from the hollowing out of state. Neo-liberal governmentality relies on a quite specific social conversation about the good life. Questioning that strikes at the fault lines of the ‘fractured’ state and represents a direct threat to governmentality. And hence elicits viscerality The potential to re-structure economic stability is key to escaping the dilemma of governance
  • Tim Jackson: Prosperity without Growth

    1. 1. Prosperity without Growth Tim Jackson 24 th September 2010 Helsinki
    2. 2. The Dilemma of Growth <ul><li>Growth is unsustainable </li></ul>Rockstrom et al, Nature 461, Sept 2009
    3. 3. The Dilemma of Growth <ul><li>Growth is unsustainable </li></ul><ul><li>De-growth is unstable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the pursuit of labour productivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the structure of debt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the means of creation of money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the pursuit of profit </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. The Myth of Decoupling x 130 improvement CO2/$ < zero by 2100? Source: Prosperity without growth , Tim Jackson (London, Earthscan 2009)
    5. 5. The Engine of Growth Income Investment Novelty Price Spending Increasing productivity <ul><li>shareholder value </li></ul><ul><li>creative destruction </li></ul><ul><li>status consumption </li></ul><ul><li>a life without shame </li></ul>Households Firms Credit
    6. 6. A Better Nature? Tradition Novelty Self Other
    7. 7. <ul><li>Prosperity consists in our ability to flourish as human beings – within the ecological limits of a finite planet </li></ul><ul><li>material conditions: food , clothing, shelter </li></ul><ul><li>social and psychological flourishing: identity, meaning </li></ul><ul><li>the role of social goods and public spaces </li></ul>Another Prosperity
    8. 8. A Different Economy <ul><li>Ecological Investment </li></ul><ul><li>Ecological Enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>Ecological Macroeconomics </li></ul>
    9. 9. Ecological Investment <ul><li>low carbon transition </li></ul><ul><li>ecological assets </li></ul><ul><li>social goods </li></ul><ul><li>decent livelihoods </li></ul>
    10. 10. Ecological Enterprise <ul><li>providing services </li></ul><ul><li>building capabilities </li></ul><ul><li>supporting communities </li></ul><ul><li>treading lightly </li></ul>
    11. 11. The Productivity Dilemma Ecological Enterprise Low-carbon, resource efficient economic activities that provide employment, support communities and contribute to human flourishing Productivity growth in Europe 1985 - 2005
    12. 12. Each free web search saves about 2.4 yd² of rainforest. We have already protected 13,690,860 yd² Every search saves rainforest!
    13. 13. Ecological enterprise People Ecosystems Ecological investment Ecosystem services Participation Capabilities ecological productivity improved flourishing Ecological Macroeconomics
    14. 14. Ecological Footsteps <ul><li>Establish the limits </li></ul><ul><li>Fix the economics </li></ul><ul><li>Change the social logic </li></ul>
    15. 15. Ecological Footsteps <ul><li>Establish the Limits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Establishing clearly defined resource/emissions caps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. Fiscal Reform for Sustainability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3. Promoting Technology Transfer and Ecosystem Protection </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fix the Economics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4. Developing the macro-economics of sustainability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5. Investing in public assets and infrastructures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6. Increasing financial and fiscal prudence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7. Improving macro-economic accounting </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Change the social logic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>8. Sharing the work and improving the work-life balance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>9. Tackling systemic inequality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10 Measuring capabilities and flourishing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11 Strengthening human and social capital </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>12 Reversing the culture of consumerism </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. http://www.earthscan.co.uk/pwg ‘ The crisis doesn’t only make us free to imagine other models, another future, another world. It obliges us to do so.’ President Sarkozy, September 2009

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