Journal of Futures Studies

The Collapse and Transformation of Our World

by Duncan M. Taylor & Graeme M. Taylor

ABSTRACT

The global economy is unsustainable because it promotes constant growth on a finite planet. Driving the expansionist economy is an unsustainable consumer culture. Because technological advances cannot solve social problems, within a few decades increasing resource shortages and degrading ecosystems will collapse the world system. Sustainability requires social and environmental resilience, health and wholeness. A consumer society cannot transform into a conserver society without cultural and structural change. The key factor for transformation is the emergence of an integral worldview capable of organizing sustainable social structures and economic processes.

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Journal of Futures Studies

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ISSN 1027-6084