Episode 30: A systems perspective on sustainable economics

In my conversation with Peter Victor Phd., who´s a professor in environmental studies at York University in Canada, we engage in some of the pressing issues regarding economic growth and the hazardas effects perpetual growth has on our environment. Knowing that humans rely on the biosphere in multiple ways, how can we can actually change the current trajectory? Peter Victor makes a case for seeing the issue from a systems perspective, pointing to the complex relationships between individuals, societal structures and the collective outcomes we all create.

If you feel inspired or provoked by our conversation feel free to add your comments after the interview. You can also send in a written piece of work and get it published together with this episode. Further details can be found here.

Episode Links:

Peter Victor
Herman Daly
Managing Without Growth (book by Peter Victor)
“The Great Moderation” (speech by Ben Bernanke in 2004)
Systems Thinking
Prosperity Without Growth (book by Tim Jackson)


James Alexander Arnfinsen (redaktør)
James Alexander Arnfinsen (33) er lærer og arbeider ved Åsvang Skole i Trondheim. Han har i tillegg en variert opplæring innenfor dialogbasert prosessledelse, nærværstrening og konflikthåndtering. I fritiden trener og instruerer han aikido. Han er oppvokst i Oslo, men har studert og arbeidet i Trondheim siden 2005. Ta kontakt med James på følgende adresse: james.arnfinsen @ gmail.com
James Alexander Arnfinsen (redaktør)
James Alexander Arnfinsen (33) is a teacher, his subjects being geography, religious studies and sports science. He is currently working as a teacher in primary school. In his free time he practices Aikido, a Japanese martial art that in it´s essence is about creating a healing relationship towards oneself and others. James lives in Trondheim, Norway.
  • James Arnfinsen

    Here is a recent dialogue between Peter Senge and Otto Sharmer (3.11.14), where they tap into perspective pertaining to systems science, philosophy, neuroscience and more, and how it ties into leadership and transformation of self and society. If I was to pull out one gem it’s Senge’s comment that the “collective needs to see the collective”.