The world over, ecosystems are collapsing and resources are diminishing because of humanity’s poorly thought out approach to STUFF. We grab and use materials at ever increasing rates and the waste of our technological systems ends up clogging the flows of life on land and in the oceans.
James Moody, best known for his work in a number of high-ranking roles with the CSIRO and for his influential book The Sixth Wave, thinks he knows what the problem is. It’s all about how we think about stuff, and accordingly, how we treat it. We need to learn from natural systems and create more circular flows in our own human systems. We need to get the hang of reuse and create new social and industrial infrastructure that maximises the investment of energy and materials in stuff we use. We need to move on from a disposable society where convenience is synonymous with single-use items.
The good news is, there is an alternative world emerging, in the form of collaborative consumption and circular economy. James, whose affable presence and formidable intellect never fail to delight, sets the scene for some of the big topics of the evening.