Permeconomy - A primer on a sustainable, healthy, fair and forever economy
The idea of sustainability, especially “economic sustainability,“ has become the centre of a debate as great as global warming was over the latter half of the Twentieth Century. Permeconomy addresses the question, “What makes a sustainable financial system work for a person, a community, or a planet, and what does not?” It also presents tangible ways for the transition from our current systems. More
Over the next few decades, the idea of sustainability, especially “economic sustainability,“ will become the centre of a debate as great as global warming has been over the latter half of the Twentieth Century. While there have been valuable efforts to explore the vast topic of a sustainable future for the human race, what has yet to be addressed broadly is how our world financial structures must be sustainable systems to start with as well. Our society has focused on this pillar of sustainability (economics) far less than on the social or environmental aspects. This book jumps into this debate with both feet by reviewing the economic and financial systems that are a part of our everyday lives. It explores those that are sustainable and those that are not. It also endeavors to offer new insights and open up a dialogue that gets the mainstream population conversing about the future. It addresses the question, “What makes a sustainable financial system work for a person, a community, or a planet, and what does not?” It also presents tangible ways to make the transition from our current systems to more sustainable ones.
Early on, I define sustainable as “allowing an ongoing quality of life for human beings on this planet, effectively forever, as long as social and environmental pillars are sustainable alongside.” Look later in the book for a more fully detailed description of “sustainability.” Early research indicates that real choices exist for sustainable ways we can work together and do business. It is in our ability to change the system from within. But even as environmentalists and social activists around the globe work towards sustainability, economic systems and structures are running directly counterproductive to their efforts – to any kind of real environmental and social change. Our world is full of financial systems that work against sustainability – systems to which we are so accustomed that we don’t think to question them. Alternative systems exist but go relatively unnoticed. This work will focus on many of them. Once we discover the strengths and benefits of these optional business models, which are working in limited areas around the world, we can build on them towards a working and sustainable Permeconomy.