What is Degrowth?
We will entertain the notion that less economic production could lead to a vastly better world, especially in the wealthy countries of the global North.
Life in a ‘degrowth’ economy, and why you might actually enjoy it
Riccardo Mastini, “Work in a World without Growth” (June 6, 2018), https://www.resilience.org/stories/2018-06-06/work-in- a-world-without-growth/
Jonathan Rutherford, “How Do You Degrow an Economy, Without Causing Chaos?” (May 15, 2017), http://www.resilience.org/stories/2017-05-15/how-do-you- degrow-an-economy-without-causing-chaos/
Transition Towns from Totnes to Toledo
We will introduce the concept of a Just Transition and explore one set of alternative models for the future: the local visions of sustainable transition towns and resilient eco-villages found all over the world.
Please take at least 10-15 minutes to explore these websites: Transition United States –
Common Transition Primer website:
Global Ecovillage Network –
Ester Alloun and Samuel Alexander, “The Transition Movement: Questions of Diversity, Power, and Affluence,” Simplicity Institute (August 2014), http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-08-18/the- transition-movement-questions-of-diversity-power-and-affluence/
Naresh Giangrande, “Seven Lessons on Starting a Worldwide Movement for Change” (February 9, 2018), http://www.resilience.org/stories/2018-02-09/seven-lessons-on- starting-a-worldwide-movement-for-change/
Rob Hopkins and Ted Trainer, “Always the Same, Always Different” (June 14, 2018), https://www.resilience.org/stories/2018-06- 14/always-the-same-always-different-a-response-to-ted-trainer/
Stephanie Van Hook, “What is Transition?” (March 14, 2017),
Please explore the movie’s website, which is rich in content, solutions, and ideas for this class:
Rob Hopkins, “The unstoppable rise of ‘Demain’” (February 5, 2016), http://www.resilience.org/stories/2016-02-05/the-unstoppable-rise-of- demain