Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.

 John Kenneth Galbraith

Dr. Kennedy Graham was a recent guest on Voices from the North The complete interview can be listened to below:

Ken teaches international politics and international law at the School of Law, Canterbury and Victoria University, and has previously worked for NGOs, the UN and as a diplomat. He was involved in negotiating the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone, defending the policy as a NZ diplomat before the UN in Geneva and New York and was also Director of a UN programme in the Middle East. Having returned to New Zealand he now aspires to contribute his experience and perspectives to helping the country tackle the global problems we face.

Ken is now a Green Party MP and he was touring the Far North in order to share his perspectives on sustainable economic principles. He also enunciated some of the details of his Private Members’ Bill to augment the economic indicators (like inflation, GNP and GDP) that economists and politicians presently use when forming or justifying policy.

In economics, the majority is always wrong.

John Kenneth Galbraith

One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know.

John Kenneth Galbraith

 

Some of the ground covered in our talk included:

The ‘growth’ philosophy

The greatest myth of the age – that we will be better off if everything grows. The impact on the environment is becoming unsustainable. 

Population growth

We know world population now is nearing 7 billion and the prediction is that we will reach 9 billion by mid century.  Some claim that a sustainable world population is much lower than this. How can we cope with this rise in population and still maintain fair standards of living for all people?

The growing gap between rich and poor

Success is often measured in the amount of ‘stuff’ we have.   How can we create a more ‘holistic’ way of life that brings in social, environmental and spiritual aspects to balance the economic side?

Again the complete interview can be found here:

Find out more about Dr. Kennedy Graham here:

http://www.greens.org.nz/people/kennedygraham

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Growing your own food in the suburbs is recession proof. This is an inspiring true story of getting back to nature in the city. These people make their own power, their own fuel, and sell excess food to the neighbors and restaurants. Even their entertainment is home grown. It’s worth a watch. Admittedly, it’s not for everyone. But there may be elements you can incorporate in your own lifestyle.

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Downtown. Small, owner-managed shops. Friendly, safe places with people on foot who have time for each other. A nostalgic glimpse of the past or a whimsical wish for the future? Warren Snow of Envision New Zealand would like to see it as an enduring icon of the present.

 I first met Warren when he helped bring Micha Peled and his award-winning documentary to Kaitaia. You can read more on that here.  It was my pleasure to interview him on Voices from the North.

 Warren is passionate about waste reduction and sustainability and retaining and restoring vibrancy and resiliency to downtowns and small towns. He has worked with Stephen Tindall of the Warehouse and sees that model of retailing (based on the Walmart-model) as counterproductive to local foot-based retailing. Have you seen the revealing documentary, Store Wars: When Walmart Comes to Town? We discussed the detrimental impact megastores can have on small local manufacturing  as well as retailing. I See Red is a book describing one instance where The Warehouse spelled the demise of a local business that supplied quality products and created many jobs.

 Perhaps Warren’s easiest suggestion to improve our local communities is for each of us to spend just $5 a week more locally—at farmers markets or local shops. This single act can make a significant difference.

The music is We Are One by Dan Seals with vocals by Dan Seaforth. 

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