Magazine article Alternatives Journal

The Future We Want

Magazine article Alternatives Journal

The Future We Want

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NEOPHOBIA" is the fear of novelty. While this condition is pervasive in the hallowed halls of Parliament Hill, nowhere is it found amongst the contributors to this issue of Alternatives. From crisis comes new ideas, and our current economic and environmental conditions have shot the creativity metre among our authors to the stars. Before us is a window of opportunity to transform our economy so that it places a fitting value on the wealth inherent in a healthy environment and robust communities.

A jobless recovery. We've heard it before, but what if this time it really is a jobless recovery? What if there isn't enough full-time, fair-paying work to go around? This is where Sally Lerner weighs in. Lerner, a professor emeritus at the University of Waterloo, describes how Canada could cope with too many people and not enough full-time jobs--without becoming a welfare state.

"It's been a long time since anyone has given serious thought to building a modern and affluent economy on the basis of agriculture," begins the Toronto Food Policy Council's Wayne Roberts. "Yet the economic life cycle of food offers opportunities for just such transformative change due to the number and positioning of green-collar jobs." With a breathtakingly novel approach, Roberts lays out the job-creation possibilities of the agriculture and food sector.

These are just two of six articles comprising our newest issue, "Work." We also examine the opportunities that await Canadians if our leaders were to embrace the future with less focus on the Cross Domestic Product and more on our well-being.

Mark Anielski, author of the popular book The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth, describes how happiness is determined by our friends and meaningful relationships, rather than being driven by how much money we make. …

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