Good Growth and Other Paths to Congruence
The Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and Environmental Change Institute (ECI) co-hosted a series of four seminars during the Michaelmas Term 2010 on the theme of Incongruence: Climate change and business’ challenge – an in-depth look. This is the last in the series.
Summary: What social and economic alternatives are being posited for the climate change-affected future? How well developed and tested are they? What transformation pathways would take us from where we are to any of those futures? What is the role of business within these futures? In Seminar 4 we explored the different visions of society that are offered for the climate change era, and asked which of these might be achievable, and what the journeys towards realising them might look like. We examined the empirical evidence to support concepts such as ‘good growth’ and economies of sufficiency, and whether they are feasible or desirable. Finally, we asked again what business will look like in a climate-change affected era, and whether that era is an opportunity or a threat for free enterprise.