Civilizing the Economy A New Economics of Provision

Disagreement, Dialogue and Creativity

Posted Jul 18, 2013 by Marvin Brown in The Civic, Uncategorized, No Comments

Has there ever been a greater need for creative ideas than today?  If you have been paying attention, you know that the current global economic system is already an unsustainable burden on the earth.  One indication among many:  The biosphere can handle 350 parts of carbon per million, in 2011 we were at 392, and in 2013, at 400.  The gradual destruction of the planet, of course, is not the whole story.  We are also flooded with a multitude of ideas and experiments in developing sustainable communities.  Still, when we look at global economic trends, too often we see those in power using these good ideas to improve things, but not to change them.  Maybe it is naïve to expect much more from people in positions of privilege.  Still, using creative ideas to improve current systems is like adding gasoline to a fire.  We have had about as much “creative destruction” as we can take.  We need some creative transformation. Perhaps we can better grasp the necessary conditions for such transformation by thinking about the relationship between creativity and disagreement.

Marvin T. Brown, Ph.D teaches business and organizational ethics at the University of San Francisco and Saybrook University in San Francisco.

This book is the culmination of 30 years of teaching and writing on business and society from a communicative perspective. Visit for more information.

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