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THE WORLD AROUND US IS CHANGING FAST.

WHEN ARE WE GOING TO CHANGE?

THE VERY BRIEF

After becoming the richest humans in history during the 20th century, we have begun to see shrinking incomes during the past 10-15 years, and younger people experience more difficulties finding good jobs and building a nest egg.

And: everyone is blaming everyone.

This is not happening because we have elected the wrong politicians or someone has made a specific mistake, it is because our planet is no longer supporting economic growth as we know it. We have to find ways to live better with less.

These ways do exist.

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PLEASE READ OUR COVER STORY

1
After decades of growth, most people today have less available income than 10-15 years ago, and nobody has a good explanation.

After we had become the richest people of all times by the end of the 20th century, inflation-adjusted incomes have since shrunk for over 90% of U.S. households, despite many attempts to bring back growth.

Equally, prospects for young people are becoming bleaker, and many are struggling to find jobs matching their expensive educations, to buy a house or build a nest egg.

read more
3
Given our experience, we are hard-wired to believe that growth is bound to continue, but we have reached the limits of our planet.

For the first time in 250 years, energy and natural resources have become limiting factors for further growth. Extracting more of them is becoming increasingly difficult, making it hard to expand the economy further.

This is hard to grasp for all of us, as our brains work best when they extrapolate past experiences. If that fails, we are getting confused.

read more
5
As far as we can see, there is no way out. Recognizing that we don’t need more growth and accepting this new reality will be a huge relief.

Unfortunately, there is no simple solution in sight. If we don’t want to go down fighting, there is no choice but to embrace a life with less. There is enough evidence from around the world that happiness isn't tied to high incomes as long as our true needs are covered.

This means we have to give up our bad feelings and be happy about the fact that we can and will still be the richest humans of all times if we do things right.

read more
2
Behind this change is a long-forgotten truth: More economic activity needs more energy and natural resources.

When trying to understand the reasons for our recent problems to maintain growth, we have to re-discover an old truth: More economic activity means more energy and resource use.

Photosynthetic plant growth has always been the driver of our prosperity, but since the beginning of the industrial revolution we are tapping into fossil fuels (equaling prehistoric solar power) at breathtaking speed.

read more
4
Economists built their theories based on the same past experience; and now are as surprised as we all are.

Economic science teaches that energy and natural resources play no role and that growth will continue as long as there is more labor and capital, supported by increasing productivity.

For over two centuries, this was true, but now, we've reached the limit, and our plans no longer work. We need new economic theories, or more precisely, return to older ones.

read more
6
More material wealth is not required for a happy life, once we accept that we have enough. We show you how to get ready for the future.

There are so many things in life that can make you happier than "shopping therapy." We simply have to re-learn them. Once we embrace that and find ways to leave the struggle for "more" behind, we can live a great life with much less material wealth.

This website is providing you with many ideas and practical examples to make it happen in your personal life.

read more
1
After decades of growth, most people today have less available income than 10-15 years ago, and nobody has a good explanation.

After we had become the richest people of all times by the end of the 20th century, inflation-adjusted incomes have since shrunk for over 90% of U.S. households, despite many attempts to bring back growth.

Equally, prospects for young people are becoming bleaker, and many are struggling to find jobs matching their expensive educations, to buy a house or build a nest egg.

read more
2
Behind this change is a long-forgotten truth: More economic activity needs more energy and natural resources.

When trying to understand the reasons for our recent problems to maintain growth, we have to re-discover an old truth: More economic activity means more energy and resource use.

Photosynthetic plant growth has always been the driver of our prosperity, but since the beginning of the industrial revolution we are tapping into fossil fuels (equaling prehistoric solar power) at breathtaking speed.

read more
3
Given our experience, we are hard-wired to believe that growth is bound to continue, but we have reached the limits of our planet.

For the first time in 250 years, energy and natural resources have become limiting factors for further growth. Extracting more of them is becoming increasingly difficult, making it hard to expand the economy further.

This is hard to grasp for all of us, as our brains work best when they extrapolate past experiences. If that fails, we are getting confused.

read more
4
Economists built their theories based on the same past experience; and now are as surprised as we all are.

Economic science teaches that energy and natural resources play no role and that growth will continue as long as there is more labor and capital, supported by increasing productivity.

For over two centuries, this was true, but now, we've reached the limit, and our plans no longer work. We need new economic theories, or more precisely, return to older ones.

read more
5
As far as we can see, there is no way out. Recognizing that we don’t need more growth and accepting this new reality will be a huge relief.

Unfortunately, there is no simple solution in sight. If we don’t want to go down fighting, there is no choice but to embrace a life with less. There is enough evidence from around the world that happiness isn't tied to high incomes as long as our true needs are covered.

This means we have to give up our bad feelings and be happy about the fact that we can and will still be the richest humans of all times if we do things right.

read more
6
More material wealth is not required for a happy life, once we accept that we have enough. We show you how to get ready for the future.

There are so many things in life that can make you happier than "shopping therapy." We simply have to re-learn them. Once we embrace that and find ways to leave the struggle for "more" behind, we can live a great life with much less material wealth.

This website is providing you with many ideas and practical examples to make it happen in your personal life.

read more

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