Imagine a New Society

science, technology and innovation in a post-growth world

Imagining Post-Growth Societies

What would Science, Technology and Innovation look like in a world that is not dominated  by the pursuit of endless economic growth? What futures would begin to unfold in front of us if we  refocused technoscientific practices away from growth? What new worlds would be possible to build by placing a concern for human wellbeing and the natural environment at the centre of innovation?

The purpose of our work is precisely to answer these and other important questions concerning the role of Science, Technology and Innovation in a post-growth world. Innovating without growth means to image a future created by science and technology that care about people and things.

Our latest events

ESEE 2022 Conference Pisa 14-17 June

We will organise a Special Session titled “Innovation without growth: science, technology and innovation in a post-growth era” at the 14th Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics

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Seminar Research: Unthinking «Capital»: a teratologic approach to concept formation

Dr Gennaro Ascione (Department of Human and Social Sciences, University of Naples L’Orientale)

27 October. Campus de Vigo

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Seminar Research: A look at the conflictive wind development in Galicia: past, present and future

Prof Xavier Simon will talk about impact and conflicts of Wind farms in Galicia and will present the Galician Windpower Observatory

23 Setember. Pontevedra (Casa das Campás)

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EADI ISS Conference 2021:
Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice

Panel SP065 – Critically examining frugal innovation: Frugal Innovation Should Be Convivial, or it won’t be… Towards a post-growth reframing of Innovation

5th – 8th July . The Hague

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Politics of Innovation
Responsible Innovation
Grassroots Movements
Post-Growth & Degrowth

A snail, after adding a number of widening rings to the delicate structure of its shell, suddenly brings its accustomed building activities to a stop. A single additional ring would increase the size of the shell sixteen times. Instead of contributing to the welfare of the snail, it would burden the creature with such an excess of weight that any increase in its productivity would henceforth be literally outweighed by the task of coping with the difficulties created by enlarging the shell beyond the limits set by its purpose. At that point, the problems of overgrowth begin to multiply geometrically, while the snail’s biological capacity can at best be extended arithmetically.

Ivan Illich