Positive Steps to a Steady State Economy

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Dear CASSE members and friends,

Here is our update on our book Positive Steps to a Steady State Economy. Our first production copy of the finished book is in front of us, and it is looking pretty good, all 444 pages! First of all, our sincere thanks to all of you who supported the Kickstarter program to finance our initial production costs, including the cartoons by ‘Polyp’. In an exciting development, a very generous CASSE NSW member has made a major donation so that we can send a Special Parliamentary Edition to members of Parliament. This will have a message in front from famous ecological economists Herman Daly, Brian Czech, Joshua Farley, Dan O’Neill and Peter Victor. That is a great start but we want to go further to get the book ‘out there’.

We have drawn up a list of groups and people to whom we will give free copies. So far we have on this list:

  • Selected key media personnel if they will come to our launch evening (see below) or mention it in their media outlet (or both);
  • Key people in environmental and conservation groups;
  • Key people in unions or political parties (other than Parliamentarians)
  • Key people in the fields of education and academia
  • Any other people whom we really want to get thinking and talking about this issue.

The book will be launched at 6.30 pm on July 17th at the UTS Loft Room, 15 Broadway, Ultimo (books for sale at $20 each). There will also be a Brisbane launch at a date to be determined (check here for updates: https://neweconomy.org.au/events/). The book is also availbale for $17.78 plus $8 postage via: http://www.lulu.com/shop/haydn-washington/positive-steps-to-a-steady-state-economy/paperback/product-23210442.html but books will be available at the UTS launch for just $20.

Will you join with us in three ways to make our book known? Firstly, suggest to us particular environmentalists, media people, others, to whom we should definitely send a complimentary copy. Secondly, come join us at our Sydney launch. Thirdly, could you donate $25 to cover the posted cost one of our free copies (as above) — and if you like, you can nominate the name of the recipient and we will ensure that person gets a free copy. Get in touch with us at steadystate.nsw@gmail.com

Finally, talk about the book, show your copy to others, and also: tell us of any other things you can think of that we can be doing as well. Let’s make a real positive impact!

Haydn, Anna, and the CASSE NSW Committee.

If you can’t wait to see the book you can download a low resolution copy.


Addicted to Growth? A vision for a Steady State Economy in Australia

You can download a free copy of the draft of “Addicted to Growth? A vision for a Steady State Economy in Australia” written by Haydn Washington for CASSE NSW here: AddictedtoGrowthDoc(14).

The final version of this book will be published later this year (but before the October 2nd and 3rd Fenner Conference “Addicted to Growth? How to move to a Steady State Economy in Australia”).


‘Human Dependence on Nature’ book launch

The book launch for ‘Human Dependence on Nature’ By Dr Haydn Washington will be on Sunday Oct 21st, 4.30 pm at the NSW Writers Centre, Callan Park, Rozelle.

The book will be launched by John Seed, philosopher and activist.

RSVP to haydnwashington(at)bigpond.com

‘If high-schoolers could not graduate without having  read this book, our chances of survival would begreatly enhanced.’

Dr Mathis Wackernagel, President, Global Footprint Network

‘When you’ve finished Human Dependence onNature you’ll be impressed too – and want to givea copy to everyone you know.’

Professor Paul R. Ehrlich, Stanford University, California

 ‘Read this book! Enable posterity to respect us,their ancestors, for our wisdom, instead of loathingus for our obstinate fantasies.’

Professor William R. Catton, Jr., Washington State University

Location of NSW Writers Centre is in Callan Park off Balmain Rd, Rozelle. Enter via Park Drive (opposite Cecily St) and walk along South Crescent. Transport: Lots of parking available or buses are 500502, 504508 from Town Hall to Darling St, Rozelle.

Richard Heinberg talks about The End of Growth

Is our growth-based economic system leading us to a future of prosperity and plenty for all? US author and speaker Richard Heinberg argues that the opposite is true and that perpetual growth in the economy and population is taking humanity toward a future of scarcity, hardship and dangerous environmental decline. Why are our leaders and media commentators so determined to persist with an economic system that defies the most basic laws of mathematics and physics? What can we do to wrestle the future direction of human-ity onto a more sustainable trajectory? Come and hear Richard Heinberg explore some of the most profound questions confronting human civilisation. Introduced by, and in conversation with, Dick Smith at 6.30pm Tuesday 18 September, Guthrie Theatre, University of Technology Sydney, 702-730 Harris Street, Ultimo. Optional donation ($5-10 suggested) Inquiries: 02 9680 3245 nsw@population.org.au

Richard speaks in Sydney again at 2pm, Saturday 29 September, Sydney Opera House, Festival of Dangerous Ideas. He is also speaking in Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.