Presenter Information

William ToweyFollow

Degree Name

Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (MA)

Department

Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Streaming Media

Location

Carwein Auditorium (KEY 102), UW Tacoma

Event Website

http://guides.lib.uw.edu/tactalks

Start Date

19-5-2016 6:50 PM

End Date

19-5-2016 6:55 PM

Abstract

My research examines the premise that global climate change and ever-increasing inequality represent the “coming home to roost” of massive long-term externalized costs resulting from the unnatural distortion of the global economy by the effects of unregulated predatory and racist capitalism. The future costs and burdens of global climate change will not be shared equally or equitably.

My research considers the likelihood of a shift in the landscape of local economy and markets toward a new post-capitalist reality as the natural market forces of localized production and community values transcend the current unnatural market distortions of a global economy.

Using a Cultural Studies and Critical Theory framework of analysis, I research the question through the lens of four main models of community development: Immigrant Communities, New 'Green' Sustainable Economy, Social Services/Nonprofit Efforts, and Business Development & Entrepreneurial Initiatives to examine core universal elements of community “spirit” and self-sustaining systems that act as a mechanism of binding agency with the formation process.

These new systems of self-sustaining natural economy will rebalance the shape and daily life of communities economically, socially, and spiritually as systems of localized economy increasingly emerge to ameliorate the failures of consumer driven neoliberal globalization and massively scaled unregulated capitalism. People will find renewed purpose, meaning and fulfillment in their lives through activity that contains the intrinsic value and well-being that is often missed in today's modern world.

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May 19th, 6:50 PM May 19th, 6:55 PM

Natural Economy in an Unnatural World

Carwein Auditorium (KEY 102), UW Tacoma

My research examines the premise that global climate change and ever-increasing inequality represent the “coming home to roost” of massive long-term externalized costs resulting from the unnatural distortion of the global economy by the effects of unregulated predatory and racist capitalism. The future costs and burdens of global climate change will not be shared equally or equitably.

My research considers the likelihood of a shift in the landscape of local economy and markets toward a new post-capitalist reality as the natural market forces of localized production and community values transcend the current unnatural market distortions of a global economy.

Using a Cultural Studies and Critical Theory framework of analysis, I research the question through the lens of four main models of community development: Immigrant Communities, New 'Green' Sustainable Economy, Social Services/Nonprofit Efforts, and Business Development & Entrepreneurial Initiatives to examine core universal elements of community “spirit” and self-sustaining systems that act as a mechanism of binding agency with the formation process.

These new systems of self-sustaining natural economy will rebalance the shape and daily life of communities economically, socially, and spiritually as systems of localized economy increasingly emerge to ameliorate the failures of consumer driven neoliberal globalization and massively scaled unregulated capitalism. People will find renewed purpose, meaning and fulfillment in their lives through activity that contains the intrinsic value and well-being that is often missed in today's modern world.

http://digitalcommons.tacoma.uw.edu/tactalks/2016/spring/4