Lecture: "Oikos — A New Economic Story"

Monday, September 27, 2021 7:00pm

520 N. Main St., Meadville, PA 16335

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Economics (derived from the ancient Greek word for household, Oikos) has become the principal way we define ourselves in the modern era. Much of humanity is now a generation of consumers taught to “think like an economist” in school, the workplace, and our public spaces. In this talk, Jon Erickson charts the rise of an economic worldview in education, management, and policy, and its infiltration in our daily lives as a theory of everything, with the future of life in the balance. Erickson exposes the enduring myths of economics, animates an age-old call for the study of economy as ecosystem, and makes the case for abandoning an economic worldview in our communities, schools, workplace, and legislatures in order to build an enduring and prosperous future.

 

This lecture is free and open to the public. Masks are required for all audience members, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

 

About the Speaker

Jon Erickson is the Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and Fellow of the Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont. He has published widely on energy & climate change policy, land conservation, watershed planning, environmental public health, and the theory and practice of ecological economics. His books include Sustainable Wellbeing Futures (2020), The Great Experiment in Conservation: Voices from the Adirondack Park (2009), Frontiers in Ecological Economic Theory and Application (2007), Ecological Economics of Sustainable Watershed Management (2007), and Ecological Economics: a Workbook for Problem-Based Learning (2005). Erickson is past President of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics, past editor of the Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies, and serves on the board or advisory committee of numerous nongovernmental organizations.

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