Work in progress…
Ecopreneurial Descent economics:
This is the kind of economics we need for the coming resource-use Descent, when scarcity of natural resources and other factors will mean that relocalising our cultures and communities will be absolutely necessary, to a greater or lesser degree. This will include increasing food and energy production by communities for themselves.
Ultimately, diverse local and regional (substate) solutions and strategies will include many that are so advanced beyond current capitalist models as to be termed ‘post-capitalist’. In some areas we can expect to see limits on private ownership, but not in the way of centralised communist models.
For more on the Descent, look out for my posts on the subject.
eDe is a kind of economics that will be structured to allow the transition (Descent) from a highly centralised, corporate society, to a less centralised and less corporate one, relying increasingly on the creativity and innovation of ecopreneurs who are starting and /or adapting small to medium-sized businesses. These businesses must:
a) be conceived and run in a way which aligns with the Descent and so is supportive of it;
b) if for-profit, must redistribute the profit to further ease and support the Descent, (‘for impact’);
c) fully utilise ‘permission marketing’ i.e. targeted creative story-telling to willing audiences, in order to facilitate the Descent and the end of global corporate capitalism.
In fact, I think we need many for-profit as well as ‘for impact’ only businesses; all businesses must work together for social and cultural cohesion and justice, as well as the redistribution of economic wealth to support these aims; before, during and after Descent.
Internet-facilitated global human culture is emergent. In its chaotic and malleable emergent state, it can be a global culture that accelerates capitalist modernity towards the end point of civilisational collapse, or it can be a new civilisational form of ‘democratic modernity’ (to quote Abdullah Ocalan) characterised by an online and offline network of de-centralised nodes of productivity, culture and governance, including the re-integration, the interweaving, of all human and non-human narratives into a coherent whole. This network would transcend and eventually dissolve nation states. ‘Peak fossil fuel’ theory contends convincingly that within the next few decades, the relocalisation of global culture is inevitable, either by managed Descent or unmanageable collapse from the consumerist peak of the status quo. This is a time of great opportunity. It is up to us to define the emergent culture. Ecopreneurial Descent economics (eDe) can help.