New Economic Thinking: Towards a Sustainable World
In 1972, the Club of Rome shared concerns about climate change and environmental degradation in the Limits to Growth report. They raised considerable public attention, but what happened after that? It seems like nothing changed. Economic growth is still high on the agenda. We measure our welfare by our GDP, and after the financial crisis we did everything possible to get back on the track of growth. The crash was not the expected final blow to capitalism. Economics is still reduced to a theory of monetary exchange. There is a strong believe that exponential growth will lead to a better world: no worries, the financial crisis is over, we are back on track, the economy is growing again. How long can we keep on going when it is clear that ecological and social limits have been reached?
In this lecture series, we want to look at alternatives and to address new economic thinking.
The individual lectures
1. Beyond the Economic Growth Paradigm: Sufficiency (Rijnhout / 11 Apr)
2. A Job Guarantee as a Sustainable Alternative to Basic Income (Muysken / 18 Apr)
3. Block Chain and Social Entrepreneurship (Meens / 25 Apr)
4. Why Central Banks should Worry about Climate Change (Sleijpen / 2 May)
5. Sustainable Real Estate: Green and Healthy Buildings (Palacios / 9 May)
Wednesdays 11, 18 and 25 April, 2 and 9 May – 7.30 to 9.30 pm
Costs whole series
UM students €10
UM employees and students from other schools €25
This lecture series is fully booked.
You can register here for the reserve list.
About the speakers
Programme Coordinator Resource Justice and Sustainability, Friends of the Earth Europe, Brussels
Prof. Joan Muysken
Em. Prof. of Macro and Labour Economics, UM
Block Chain Entrepreneur Techruption, Brightlands
PhD-candidate Real Estate, UM
Prof. Olaf Sleijpen
Director of the Supervision Policy Division of De Nederlandsche Bank and Prof. European Economic Policy, UM