Transitioning From Maximizing Profits to Sustaining Life –Will Only Occur With The Right to Science Freedom
Owning Our Future: What kind of economy is consistent with living inside a living being? This question is being answered in experiments across the globe, from community forests in Mexico to “industrial symbiosis” in Denmark.
Owning Our Future, must Include The Right to Science Freedom
An evolving civilization CANNOT stay stupid in the science of energy evolution and expect to survive
Owning Our Future
About the author: Marjorie Kelly is a Fellow at Tellus Institute in Boston, Mass., Director of Ownership Strategy with Cutting Edge Capital, and author of The Divine Right of Capital (2001) and Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution(2012), both published by Berrett-Koehler. Seewww.MarjorieKelly.com
I’d come to Schumacher to share my learnings from four years as cofounder ofCorporation 20/20 at Tellus Institute in Boston, where I’d helped lead hundreds of experts in business, law, government, labor, and civil society to explore a critical question: How could corporations be redesigned to incorporate social and ecological aims as deeply as financial aims? Over 20 years as co-founder and publisher of Business Ethics magazine, I’d seen how corporations and financial markets had come to be the dominant institutions of society, how their profit-maximizing operating system had become the operating system of the planet. That design lay at the root of many major ills facing our society. But Stephan’s talk helped me understand why redesigning corporations did not quite hit the mark as the solution: You don’t start with the corporation and ask how to redesign it. You start with life, with human life and the life of the planet, and ask, how do we generate the conditions for life’s flourishing?
If you stand inside a large corporation and ask how to make a sustainable economy, the conversation has to fit itself into the frame of profit maximization. (“Here’s how you can make more money through sustainability practices.”) Asking corporations to change their fundamental frame is like asking a bear to change its DNA and become a swan.
A better place to start – as the founding generation of America did – is by articulating truths we hold to be self-evident. That’s what Stephan did in the forest, saying simply: “A thing is right when it enhances the stability and beauty of the total ecosystem. It is wrong when it damages it.”[i] The sustainability of the larger system comes first. Everything else must fit itself within that frame.
We must never disconnect energy evolution from economic progress
New Economy, New Rules, New Energy Science.
As an aside: there are some who have pointed out that Tesla’s experimentation with the ionosphere very well could have caused the massive explosion over Tunguska, Siberia in 1908, which leveled an estimated 60 million trees over 2,150 square kilometers, and may even have led to the much maligned HAARP technology. I submit that we would do well to remember that technology is never the true enemy; it is the misuse of technology that can enslave rather than free mankind from its animal-level survivalism.
Here is a video that offers an essential alternative view of ancient Egypt and other cultures that employed pyramidal structures, which suggests the staggering outer limits of what Tesla was attempting to harness and offer to humanity: