Vancouver's Leader in Transition toward Strong, Resilient, Complete Communities
This ongoing Village study group and think tank collaborates to develop a new economic development model for Vancouver and BC focussed around balancing economic development, ecology, and social equity. A formal applied course in Ecological Economics launched in the fall of 2012, with the expectation of lobbying governments at all levels for specific policy or new bylaw support.
This is part of the Economics and Livelihoods Group.
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Latest Activity: Aug 15, 2012
In collaboration with leaders from the International Society for Ecological Economics, and people working in the field of New Economics, Village Vancouver (VV) seeks to further research on sustainability through developing and implementing a new economic model for all of humanity through proper stewardship of the natural resources upon which we depend. Steady State Economics is a significant discipline which merits careful study and analysis, in particular with regard to the cultural and political barriers to its adoption.
With its deep roots in building resilient and complete communities at the grassroots level, VV is developing the sensitivity, understanding, and expertise to critique and improve upon the economic model that lies at the heart of our current global crises. We believe that only through a practical and open exploration of the economic model at the basis of our social and political structure can we build anew.
Tyranny in the 18th century in the West was not toppled by democratic forces ignorant of monarchy, and so we follow a well-tested pattern analysis to guide our work in leading the full democratization of economic theory and practice. Our aim is no less than establishing a new economic order: a rational, open, and accountable system of economic relationships that provides predictability, certainty, stability, safety, and social justice for all, from the homeless and destitute to our captains of industry. Anything less than freedom from the economic shackles of tyranny is a crime against both humanity and sanctity of the individual.
To this end, Village Vancouver has launched it's own Masters-level course in Applied Ecological Economics, based on the text book Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications, by Herman E. Daly and Joshua Farley. The first session began on 28 November 2012 and the course is being facilitated by Michael Barkusky, MBA CGA ISEE. The course syllabus is here.
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