In 1971 Mike Nickerson founded the Institute for the Study of Cultural Evolution to look into how change takes place in societies. The study focused on the problems and solutions that motivated voluntary and non-profit organizations. That study resulted in the eight point outline of sustainability featured here:
To clarify the resulting vision and how it might become society’s new goal Mike has written three books:
Change the World I Want to Stay On (1977)
Planning for Seven Generations (1990) and
Life Money & Illusion Living on Earth as if we want to stay (2006) second edition (2009), French edition 2017.
Since “Life, Money and Illusion” was published he has been touring the country introducing the Question of Direction. The program encourages people to think and talk about how we might adapt now that we touch planetary limits and the expansion of human activity is becoming ever more problematic.
Nickerson contends that when we collectively acknowledge that our planet has limits and accept responsibility for living within them we are fully capable of redirecting our efforts and securing well-being for the next seven generations and beyond.
To support his study and writing habit Mike designs and builds custom furniture.
His talk is titled “Living on Earth as if we want to stay.”
With the human family pressing against planetary limits, perpetual growth is no longer a viable goal.
Mike Nickerson, author of “Life, Money & Illusion”, explains how our changed relationships with the Earth requires a different approach to mutual provision (the economy).
He describes time tested biological processes and how re-integrating with them can secure long-term well-being.
Children grow; adults, not so much. The human family has reached physical maturity and, as with individual maturity, accepting responsibility for our strength is accompanied by the vast opportunities of adult life.
By adapting society’s economic metabolism to our new situation, many problems can be solved. Humans are capable of great things. Join us for a look at how a shared vision of the new goal can lead to a sustainable future.
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