The Next System Project

Growing inequality, political stalemate, and climate disruption prompt an important insight. When the old ways no longer produce the outcomes we are looking for, something deeper is occurring. It is time to explore genuine alternatives and new models—“the next system.”

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Trump Wins: Next Steps for Environmentalists

(NOTE: A version of this post was earlier published in the Huffington Post) Friends, Yesterday’s election was frightening in many respects. But from an ecological perspective, it is an unimaginable disaster. The United States had recently signed on to the Paris agreement ― the successor conference to which is occurring in Marrakesh as I write…

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Ecological Civilization in China

Institute for Postmodern Development of China Introducing the Institute for Postmodern Development of China Ecological Civilization – A national strategy for innovative, concerted, green, open and inclusive development The Ecological Civilization Debate in China Green is Gold – the Strategy and Actions of China’s Ecological Civilization China’s New Blueprint for an ‘Ecological Civilization’ Interpreting Ecological…

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Transitioning To An Ecological Civilization: Dialogues East And West

A collaboration between Schumacher College and the Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Southwest University in China, this program will explore what is wrong with the current economic system, in east and west, and why it is not delivering well-being for people and planet.  It will look at the seeds of new possibilities towards growing an ecological…

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2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress: Planet at the Crossroads

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress 2016 was hosted by the US government in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, from 1 to 10 September. The theme of the Congress, “Planet at the Crossroads,” focused on the recently agreed collective challenge of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the next 15 years, which…

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California Economic Summit

The 2016 California Economic Summit will take place in Sacramento on December 13-14, 2016 marking the fifth annual gathering of private, public and civic leaders from across California’s diverse regions. Participating in the Summit’s year-round process with the goal of expanding opportunity for all, the network of business, equity, environmental, and civic organizations will come together…

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Real Economy Lab

The Real Economy Lab provides an interactive platform where the cumulative knowledge, aims, and resources of the new economy movement can be drawn together in order to seek common ground and drive coordinated action. For more details, click here.

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Zero Carbon Britain

Zero Carbon Britain is the flagship research project from the Centre for Alternative Technology, showing that a modern, zero-emissions society is possible using technology available today. The research project has produced the following reports: Zero Carbon: Making it Happen (2015) (Download report here (PDF)) Who’s Getting Ready for Zero? (2015) (Download report here (PDF)) People,…

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Growth isn’t Possible – New Economics Foundation

Four years on from New Economics Foundation‘s Growth isn’t Working, this new report goes one step further and tests that thesis in detail in the context of climate change and energy. It argues that indefinite global economic growth is unsustainable. Just as the laws of thermodynamics constrain the maximum efficiency of a heat engine, economic growth…

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What Is Education For? by David Orr

We are accustomed to thinking of learning as good in and of itself. But as environmental educator David Orr reminds us, our education up until now has in some ways created a monster. This essay is adapted from his commencement address to the graduating class of 1990 at Arkansas College. Read the entire essay here.

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