What we call 'the economy' takes up an ever larger portion of our lives. The consequences of economic growth and development are also beginning to threaten the foundation of our lives. Questions about purpose and direction of economic activities are thus more important than ever. What do we value? Where do we want to go? And what do we want to leave behind for future generations?
Smart Economics for the Environment and human Development (SEED) is a multi-disciplinary project, involving community members of all backgrounds, both young and old, and from business, politics, education, and NGO's in an effort to formulate smarter goals for economic activity and to lay the groundwork for the design of economic performance indicators that actually promote sustainable and equitable development.
As part of growth-based economies, we may find ourselves passengers on a train racing toward the cliff (rising inequality; resource depletion; climate change; species extinction, etc.). Train conductors, meanwhile, maintain that the primary solution to all of our problems is speeding up the train (or growing GDP).
We invite submissions of artistic renderings of the central dilemma of our time – the economic imperative to grow; the survival imperative to stop growing.
Submissions are due at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, for awards totalling $6,000. This competition is open to everyone.
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This project is currently funded by a Kenan Creative Collaboratory, with support from the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, the Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise at the University of Chapel Hill, the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Science and Technology at North Carolina State University, and the Kenan Institute for the Arts at the UNC.