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Economics of the Anthropocene

January 9, 2015

Post Carbon Fellow Joshua Farley was one of 45 leading scholars, authors and activists who convened at The Great Hall of Cooper Union, New York City, on October 25-26, 2014, for the public presentation: “Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth.” Speakers discussed the profound impacts—environmental, economic and social—of runaway technological expansionism and cyber immersion; the tendency to see technology as the savior for all problems.

Joshua Farley is an ecological economist and Associate Professor in Community Development & Applied Economics and Public Administration at the University of Vermont. Josh holds degrees in biology, international affairs and economics. He has previously served as program director at the School for Field Studies, Centre for Rainforest Studies, as Executive Director of the University of Maryland International Institute for Ecological Economics, and as adjunct faculty and licensed examiner at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. He recently returned from a Fulbright fellowship in Brazil, where he served as visiting professor at the Federal Universities of Santa Catarina (UFSC) and Bahia (UFBA).

His broad research interests focus on the design of an economy capable of balancing what is biophysically possible with what is socially, psychologically and ethically desirable. More specifically, his research focuses on mechanisms for allocating resources under local control and national sovereignty that generate global public goods, developing transdisciplinary case study approaches to environmental problem solving as an educational tool, ecological restoration of rainforest ecosystems, economic globalization, and the valuation and finance of restoring natural capital.

Recorded October 2014

  • Theedrich

    Interesting presentation. However, there are enormously strong headwinds against solutions involving cooperation, and those headwinds include political factors and groups, both right and left. My guess is that acceptance of cooperation will not emerge from “loving your neighbor as yourself, but only after we are far into the process of collapse – and even then, only in a few communities. Mankind loves war and despoiling others far too much to change. Mix in religiously based mass murder, and the future looks bleak indeed.

  • sbean

    I agree about those headwinds. That’s why I think ending the game might be the only viable option. I’ve proposed that we end the global use of money and the belief in the concept of exchange on October 15, 2015. See “The Money Choice” FB page for more.