Post-Capitalism by Design not Disaster: A Grassroots Theory of Change

Ecological Civilisation - Part Five (Free Course)

Capitalism has various growth imperatives that are inconsistent with environmental limits. That is, capitalism must grow for stability but cannot grow limitlessly on a finite planet.

It follows that the future will be post-capitalist – by design or disaster.

In this presentation Samuel Alexander explores a grassroots theory of change that he argues is the most coherent way to help drive a post-capitalist transition by design.

This is Part V of the Ecological Civilisation series.


Other video’s in this series include:


Home Biogas – Part 1

An Introduction to the life and ideas of Henry David Thoreau, philosopher of sufficiency – Part 2

A Real Green New Deal – Policies for a Post-Growth Economy – Part 3

Life in ‘Degrowth’ Economy: Envisioning a Prosperous Descent

The series is grappling with the problems of consumerism and the growth economy; envisioning alternative, post-carbon ways of life; and considering what action can be taken, both personally and politically, to help build an ecological civilisation.

You can support this work by purchasing an e-book from the Simplicity Institute, available on a ‘pay what you can’ basis (edit the price as you choose for a donation)  Paperbacks are also available

Find out more about Samuel Alexander’s work  and the Simplicity Institute.


Samuel Alexander

Dr Samuel Alexander is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Melbourne, Australia, teaching a course called ‘Consumerism and the Growth Economy: Critical Interdisciplinary Perspectives’ as part of the Master of Environment.

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