Respectfully disagreeing over growth's future

Jason Hickel and Sam Fankhauser debate degrowth vs green growth, moderated by Kate Raworth

On September 02, 2022, a critical discussion took place at Oxford University’s School of Geography and Environment on one of the biggest questions we face on a warming planet: what is the role of economic growth in the transformation needed to secure a thriving future for humanity and the rest of the living world? 

The 90-minute must-watch discussion took place between Jason Hickel, a leading academic on degrowth, and Sam Fankhauser, a leading academic on green growth, moderated by Kate Raworth, DEAL's co-founder and Conceptual Lead. 

Kate hosted the session in a spirit of respectful disagreement, acknowledging the privileged position of universities to hold a space for this type of open, reflective debate. In particular, she invited the speakers and the audience to aim to appreciate the deeper perspective of whichever side of the degrowth/green growth debate they disagree with, and to consider what it would take to change their minds.

Watch the wide-ranging and deeply instructive discussion below (starts at 5m05s). 


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    Rodolfo Pereira

    Bilbao, Euskadi, Spain

    Life is too short and the Doughnut is the way to go ;)

    Eva Marina Valencia Leñero

    Mexico City, Mexico

    Building sustainability transitions, by downscaling the doughnut with new methodological tools and implementation projects.

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    Rodolfo Pereira 6 days ago

    Beautiful discussion. Well done to everyone involved. 
    Like I usually say, debating with those who agree with us is important because it validates what we think, but debating with those who disagree is extremely important because it helps us either to better argue our opinion or helps us discover a new path.

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