Adapting to Scarcity: Are There Positive Opportunities?

ismal news about the economy continues to pile up. Just yesterday, Bank of America announced it was cutting 35,000 jobs. Unemployment claims last week were even worse than economists – the purveyors of the dismal science – predicted.

    Living on less is becoming our fate. Are there any positive opportunities as we adapt to scarcity?
This week on we’ve been discussing values priorities in tough times.
    Next week, we’ll continue this theme by examining ways that adjustments in our lifestyles can actually improve the quality of life.
    To guide us, I’ve invited an expert on environmental economics and sociology, Allan Schnaiberg, to be our guest author. With a background in the natural sciences, Allan has spent 35 years at Northwestern University trying to understand the roots of environmental degradation and the frustration of ecological protection efforts. In the 1980s, he published an influential book in which he coined the phrase “treadmill of production.” Just this year, he teamed up with fellow sociologists Ken Gould and David Pellow to publish a book by that title.

PLEASE, feel free to weigh in on any of the questions we’ve raised this week. Scroll down on this page to read earlier stories. I really do appreciate your comments, even if you have only a few words to share.
    What do you think?
    How are you making decisions in these difficult economic times?
    What values shape your decisions?

COME BACK on Monday for Allan’s first piece. He’s going to tell you about an experiment you can try wherever you live.

MONDAY ALSO is the last chance you will have to take our post-election survey. You can still sign up for it now by entering your email address at the top left of the screen.

    Here’s a list of Allan’s many publications through the years.
    Find out about Ken Gould’s work at Brooklyn College.
    Here’s background on David Pellow.


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