30 Sep '11, 9am

“Anyone who believes that exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.”

“Anyone who believes that exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.”

Growth, mad men and economists: Why we need an intergenerational and interconnected economy 30 Sep 2011 – Kyra Choucroun Copyright (c) Kyra Choucroun Despite years of thinking about the traditional model of economic growth, it wasn’t until I drove through rural Ghana that it truly hit me just how spectacularly it has failed to deliver on the promise of global prosperity. In my last blog I challenged the widely held belief that infinite growth is both necessary and viable. That piece generated a flood of responses, from howls of protest at one extreme to speaking invitations at the other. And it was one of those invitations that led me to Ghana in the first place, to share my views on how Africa can play a part in tackling the world’s most complex challenges at a youth-led conference in Kumasi. As I travelled across the country, the scenes of debilitating deprivation and in...

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