Our Greatest Common Factor

If we only have one thing in common, it's that we all need a planet that can support life.

Discussion Inspired by the Post ‘Why only sustainocracy can save the human world from disaster’ by Jean-Paul Close

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We’re having a very interesting discussion with Jean-Paul Close in the comment section of this post of his.

Sustainocracy, the new democracy

The current economic structure of our global society is based on consuming goods rather than using them. What is the difference? And why would the consumer type of economy be obsolete? And why should it be replaced by  a user type of economy? What consequences does it have for our daily lives? And what consequences will we suffer if we do not change?

Throughout the explanation I will fall back on a useful example: mobility.

Sustainocracy is such a purpose driven economy based on usage. But first…

Consumer economy

In this type of economy we simply purchase whatever we need for a living. This means that we take ownership of the goods. Consumer economy has evolved ever since the start of industrialization. In order to make products available to the consumers around the world we need to install an infrastructure for manufacturing the supplies, retail outlets, waste management of packaging…

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