Post-Growth Transformations Stockholm

The association serves three main purposes.

Firstly, to create a platform for students and other societal actors to discuss with, engage with, and learn from one other, focusing on the themes of post-growth and transformative change for sustainability. The motivation to discuss these themes originates from current challenges emerging in increasingly complex societies around the world, particularly those issues concerning sustainable development and environmental degradation. Many different areas of scientific research show us comprehensively that we are undermining the ability of the Earth to support further human development. The imperatives of sustainable development will necessitate transformative and redistributive projects in the centuries ahead. Therefore, to change the current state of affairs and to navigate towards sustainable stewardship of the planet, societal transformations are a necessity. One significant transformation for sustainable stewardship entails changing the current unsustainable economic growth paradigm. We think that a truly sustainable society, draws on an economy that works for all. This means that distribution of wealth and well-being needs to be organized differently. Besides, the economy needs be regenerative for ecosystem processes on which we all rely. A society with an economic paradigm based on growth is unsustainable, whereas a pre-distributive and regenerative society is the most preferable future worth striving to achieve. Therefore, the main purpose of this association is to consider and debate the potential for transformations towards post growth societies, based on inclusive and sustainable economic paradigms.

The second purpose of this association is to help its members to develop professional skills: literacy, communication, active listening, organization and leadership, with a focus on transdisciplinary collaboration (i.e., between academics and non-academics). A key part if this is to enable members to develop responses and concise counter arguments to the growth based economic model. Understanding complexity and building a transdisciplinary skill-set is critical in order to cope with the social and ecological challenges of the twenty first century; therefore, the second purpose is to provide a platform to practice these skills.

The third purpose is bridging this theoretical understanding into practice. This can involve finding practices in the local Stockholm urban area, such as sharing economy initiatives, by reaching out to and engaging with relevant actors and stakeholders in local communities outside academia. Additionally, we will continue to promote the association as a transformative space.