Culture & Behavior

From the ancient Sumerian story of Gilgamesh to recent practices like mountaintop removal, history is full of examples of societies consuming resources (and competing for those resources) like there's no tomorrow. But there are also many examples of societies — both prehistoric and more recent — living in relative sustainability.

Whether or not humans are simply unsustainable by nature, one thing is clear: the way we organize ourselves socially matters deeply. How does human evolution impact our behavior? What kinds of cultural norms encourage overconsumption and how can we change these? How do our political institutions shape the kinds of sustainability decisions that can —and cannot— be made by businesses and governments?


The Converging Environmental and Economic Crises

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PCI Board Member Nate Hagens made this presentation at Minneapolis College of Art and Design on July 10, 2014.

Nate is a well-known speaker on the big picture issues facing human society. Nate's presentations address the opportunities and constraints we face after the coming end of economic growth. His talk, The Converging Environmental and Economic Crises: A Pep Talk For Those Paying Attention offered suggestions on how society might better adapt, physically and psychologically, to what's ahead.

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