Is this the best use for our best minds?

Cole Wilson for the NY Times

Cole Wilson for the NY Times

It is time to prioritize the use of our best minds to solve some of the most pressing problems — that of converting the world’s economies from consumption/growth models into those driven to ultimately generate prosperity without growth.  The Kenneth Boulding quote starts the argument, “The only person who believes in perpetual economic growth on a finite planet is either a madman or an economist.”

Getting our hands around the details of our future economic challenges is the endeavor for the best of our minds if we wish to challenge the unsettling pressure of our planet’s huge and bourgeoning demands for prosperity.   Reading today of how some our best minds are being used in financial speculation  rather than intelligent speculation as to how we might solve much larger and inevitable economic challenges with our limited resources.

 

 

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