Presentation on theme: "Green Work, Wealth & Community Development Work: how can we be of service? Wealth: whats the purpose of work?"— Presentation transcript:
Green Work, Wealth & Community Development Work: how can we be of service? Wealth: whats the purpose of work?
Related Questions What is greenwhat is sustainability? What is money, finance, democracy? Markets? Regulation? etc.
Context Structural crisis of the economic system. Long-held assumptions challenged. Issue of the POTENTIALS of economic development
Key Theme: Redefining Wealth Phantom/Casino vs. Real Economy Quantitative: Money & Material Accumulation Qualitative: Well-being Regeneration
Work & the Real Economy What is work & its trajectory of evolution? What is Green Work? Whats a Job? How are jobs and work remunerated?
The Purpose of Social & Economic Change Reform? –mainstream view of sustainability as limiting excess –redistribution of (quantitative) wealth Restructuring / Revisioning? –reshaping the purpose of the economy –redefining as well as redistributing wealth
What is Green Work? Cleanup? Efficiency? Blue-collar? White-collar? Should all work be green?
Issues Raised the nature of work & green work the purpose & structure of economic life the role of money the role of human & environmental need the role of labour the role of business cutting-edge alternative perspectives
Whats the Real Economy? simply material production? Complicated by the rise of cultural production/consumption Raises questions about the purpose of production
My Perspective Green as Postindustrial –authentic knowledge-based development –key role of culture in the economy Strategic importance of positive alternatives in making change Holistic definition of a Green Economy Importance of work not simply jobs
The Economy in Loops
A Green Economy-1 1.From products to services: culture-based production as People Production; focus on end-use & human need. 2.Ecosystem-based economy: decentralization, distribution, participation
A Green Economy-2 Substitutes human creativity for resources & energy: shift in labour/resources balance. –Human development should be the primary strategy for sustainability Eco-production: high eyes to acres ratio. Efficiency depends on participation.
Industrialism: The Divided Economy Invisible Visible Use-value Exchange-value Consumption Production People Things Unpaid Paid Women Men Informal Formal Private Public
Issues Automation of blue-collar work. Degradation & outsourcing of blue- collar work: globalization. Undervaluing of Resources: labour- vs. resource-productivity Automation of white-collar work De-marketization of production & the Commons. A crisis of jobs or a Crisis of Remuneration? Is Fordist-era manufacturing the solution?
Remuneration & Qualitative Wealth Sever work and income? Wages: tied to certain kinds of production & markets. Public goods not so well served by markets. Economic insecurity: closely related to environmental destruction.