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The Real World Beyond Sustainability Futurized – thought leadership on the future

In episode 158 of the Futurized podcast, the topic is: The Real World Beyond Sustainability. Our guest is Dr. John R. Ehrenfeld, industrial ecology pioneer, ex-MIT researcher, and author. Futurized is a bi-weekly show, preparing YOU to think about how to deal with the next decade's disruption, so you can succeed and thrive no matter what happens. Make sure you are subscribed to our newsletter on Futurized.org, where you can find hundreds of episodes of conversations that matter to the future. Futurized—conversations that matter. In this conversation, we talk about how reducing unsustainability still does not create whatever it is we agree should be sustained and how the significant problems must be attacked at the roots, not merely at the level of symptom, by taking up a normative worldview he calls flourishing. We discuss his recent book, The Right Way to Flourish: Reconnecting with the Real World, Routledge, 2019, which deserves a wide audience for its deeply considered vision of a new paradigm beyond the eco-efficiency implicit in how most of us currently understand sustainability. We discuss a number of thought leaders, including philosophers such as Martin Heidegger, and neuroscientist and psychiatrist Ian McGilchrist.   Trond's takeaway After it gained prominence with the Brundtland report in the late 1980s, Sustainability quickly became defined and operationalized as eco-efficiency without considering the important question of what it is that we want to sustain in the first place. That was convenient both for policy makers and for corporations, and was alluring to consumers, too, but it is ultimately misguided. Instead, we need to embrace a different, more ambitious paradigm which contains within it a normative vision for a better future, not just a form of managed ecological decline. Thanks for listening. If you liked the show, subscribe at Futurized.org or in your preferred podcast player, and rate us with five stars. If you like this topic, you may enjoy other episodes of Futurized, such as episode 52, The Future of Peer-to-Peer, episode 14, Post-pandemic Tech, or episode 3, The Remaking of Transportation. Hopefully, you'll find something awesome in these or other episodes. If so, do let us know by messaging us, we would love to share your thoughts with other listeners. Futurized is created in association with Yegii, the insight network. Yegii lets clients create multidisciplinary dream teams consisting of a subject matter experts, academics, consultants, data scientists, and generalists as team leaders. Yegii's services include speeches, briefings, seminars, reports and ongoing monitoring. You can find Yegii at Yegii.org. Please share this show with those you care about. To find us on social media is easy, we are Futurized on LinkedIn and YouTube and Futurized2 on Instagram and Twitter: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/futurized2/ Twitter (@Futurized2): https://twitter.com/Futurized2 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Futurized-102998138625787 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/futurized YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/Futurized Podcast RSS: https://feed.podbean.com/www.futurized.co/feed.xml See you next time. Futurized—conversations that matter.
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  2. Energy System Transformation
  3. Managing Remote Work Presence
  4. The Rise of Empathy
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About Futurized

Futurized goes beneath the trends, tracking the underlying forces of disruption in tech, policy, business models, social dynamics, and the environment. Join Trond Arne Undheim, futurist, author, and serial entrepreneur as he tracks the societal impact of deep tech such as AI, blockchain, IoT, life science and robotics. On the show, he interviews smart people with a soul: founders, authors, activists, academics, executives, and emerging thought leaders. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity and insight — told by the people behind some of the world’s top emerging and established talent.

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show notes

This is the list of transcribed shows in descending order. You may instead wish to consult the alphabetical guest list or the topic list based on the disruptive forces each episode covers. For a more comprehensive, updated list, see Futurized.org

The quest for general artificial intelligence: Futurized #30

The future of K-12 education: Futurized #28

The future of enterprise blockchain: Futurized #25

The Future of Inclusion and DIversity: Futurized #23

What’s next in battery storage: Futurized #21

Digital Health in Future Pandemics: Futurized #19

The future of industrial operations: Futurized #18

The Future of Pre-seed Investing: Futurized #15

The Future of Decentralized Finance: Futurized #5

The Remaking of Transportation: Futurized #3

The Future of Beverages: Futurized #2

How can Corporates Reignite the Entrepreneurial Spirit: Futurized #1

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