Posts Tagged ‘resilience’

Vermont Works Towards Sustainable Local Economies

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: September 29th, 2014

Farmers Market During the second annual New Economy Week, communities across Vermont will celebrate new approaches to food, energy, business, and finance that strive for wellbeing over growth. Vermont has emerged as a national leader in the New Economy movement, a people-driven approach to achieving prosperous communities, successful businesses, and healthy environments. Whereas the traditional economy strives for profits and material growth, the [...]

Last Call: The complicated story of a study’s simple findings

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: April 8th, 2014

Dennis Meadows presenting By Sarah Parkinson Challenging the Existing Paradigm— The message of Limits to Growth is disarmingly simple: we cannot have infinite growth on a finite planet. Earth’s supplies of habitable land, fresh water, arable soil, mineral resources, and more will not be able to continuously satisfy the needs of a rapidly expanding global population and its increasing material demands. Dennis Meadows addresses the audience [...]

A Genuine Talk on Progress and the GPI

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: March 11th, 2014

A woman speaks to a group about the Genuine Progress Idicator “When we hear that the Gross National Product has grown, instead of cheering, we should ask exactly what has grown, for whom, at what cost, and at whose expense. Even better, we should work to develop indicators of national progress that reflect more accurately our real value and our real welfare.” —Donella Meadows, 1988 Elizabeth Courtney, author of Greening Vermont, takes [...]

Vertical Veg: Growing Food, Sharing Knowledge, Building Community

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: October 29th, 2013

By Sarah Parkinson

Mark Ridsdill Smith at work on his garden balcony(Image credit: Miki Yamanouchi, Vertical Veg) Most people looking at his Camden flat might have seen a cozy brick apartment packed in tightly against its neighbors, the sort of building that fits in well with London’s historic urban architecture. But Mark Ridsdill Smith saw an opportunity for agriculture. In 2009, Mark started growing food [...]

Our New Publication on the New Economy in Vermont!

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: October 14th, 2013

report cover with image of people enjoying an outdoor market We’re excited to announce that we just released Vermont’s New Economy: A look at the New Economy by the numbers. This new publication is all about injecting new ideas and a “sense of the possible” into our notions of what an economy can be. It envisions an economy that serves our communities, environment, and values—not the other way around. Already, this New Economy [...]

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