These methods are aimed at anyone working with adolescents and (young) adults in an educational setting. They are particularly suited to working with schoolchildren aged 15 and above, young people attending training programmes or vocational courses, volunteers in their home country or abroad, youth groups (political and otherwise), students, and so on.
The methods are arranged into five chapters comprising a wide range of activities. Each chapter focusses on a particular aspect.
The first, “What grows when the economy grows?” examines the economic basics. It introduces crucial concepts, provides some historical background, and presents the most common arguments for and against economic growth.
The second chapter, “Unlimited growth on a limited planet?”, offers a selection of methods devoted to the ecological limits of growth. This chapter raises the question of whether economic growth can offer a credible strategy for the future in light of climate change, biodiversity loss and resource scarcity.
The third chapter, “Does growth live up to its promise?” explores the social dimension of economic growth in the Global North. Here the focus is on a discussion of our own needs and values from the perspective of “good living”, and an examination of the indicators used to measure prosperity and quality of life. The issues of work and consumption are also investigated.
The question of global justice is explicitly addressed again in chapter four, “Worldwide growth?”. Is it fair that global resource consumption and value creation are concentrated in the industrialised nations of the Global North, while large numbers of people in the Global South are unable to meet even their most basic needs? The debate on economic growth is also – or perhaps especially – active in the Global South, where solutions are being developed and alternatives put to the test. These too are examined in this chapter.
The fifth and final chapter, “A different economy?” looks at alternatives and prospects beyond growth. The activities in this chapter serve to elicit the participants’ own views on how to improve the economic system, present existing counter-models, and prompt an exploration of individual possibilities for action.