Three Cities Seeking Hope in the Anthropocene: London Inspiration
This extract is Part 2, section 6 of Rod Oram’s Three Cities: Seeking Hope in the Anthropocene, BWB Texts Series, Bridget Williams Books Ltd., Wellington, New Zealand, 2016.
Rod Oram, 2016
‘If ten billion people are going to live well on this planet in 2050, we have to fundamentally change the way we do things’. Acclaimed New Zealand business journalist, Rod Oram examines what fundamental changes need to be made –and how– at the onset of ‘the Anthropocene, the first geological era in which humankind is the dominant driver of planetary change’: ‘We thought we knew how we make economics, politics and technology work for us. But increasingly, they are failing to run by the rules and systems we’ve honed over recent decades. Boom–bust economies, fractured and destructive politics, and a deeply degraded ecosystem are just some of the symptoms.’ Walking about in Beijing, London and Chicago, Road Oram, interviews intellectuals, academics, journalists, … and records the most interesting and innovative ideas bringing in a dynamics of change. In Chapter number 2 of his book, that we reproduce here thanks to the courtesy of the author and the publisher, Rod Oram presents his discussions with young economists seeking answers to current challenges, and hope.
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