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CASSE’s YouTube channel provides an assortment of videos about economic growth and the steady state economy. Below are additional videos from CASSE and other sources.


Brian Czech presents the “trophic theory of money” to the Royal Society of New South Wales, November 29, 2018.


Brian Czech presents a keynote address at the 2018 American Renewable Energy Institute’s
AREDay Conference.

Brian Czech presents the keynote address at the 2014 Australian Academy of Science Fenner Conference on the Environment.

Brian Czech discusses the trophic theory of money at our Boston Chapter’s Conference, “Investing in a Sustainable Future: Economic Growth and Environmental Constraints.”

Brian Czech moderates a panel (which includes CASSE board member Joshua Farley) on “Harmony with Nature” at the UN General Assembly in 2012.

Brian Czech provides an overview of steady state economics and population stabilization in part 1 and part 2 of a presentation at the Writer’s Workshop of the Social Contract.

Actress Alexandra Paul gives a TED talk about overpopulation at the personal and the global levels.

Life After Growth highlights the downsides of economic growth and suggests a better way to run the economy.

Ecological Economics is the subject of an episode of the program Emerging Science on Vermont Public Television.

The Eleventh Hour is a documentary about life on Earth and the conflict between economic activities and ecological systems.

The Happy Life is an animated short that exposes the unfulfilled dreams of consumer culture.

Robert F. Kennedy’s impassioned speech tells it like it was then and is now: perpetually increasing GNP does not equate to increasing wellbeing.


Scripted Powerpoint Slideshows

Feel free to download scripted CASSE slideshows and use them for informational purposes or to deliver your own presentations in the classroom, town hall, or state house. To read the script, view the notes pages in Powerpoint.

Better Not Bigger

Makes the case for a steady state economy that strives to be better rather than bigger.

What is a Steady State Economy? Why do we need one? How do we achieve it?

Describes why perpetual economic growth is neither possible nor desirable, describes a positive alternative to economic growth (i.e. a steady state economy), and discusses the policies that would be needed to achieve such an economy.

Changing the Paradigm: The Transition from Uneconomic Growth to Sustainability

Calls for a new economic paradigm and provides the theoretical basis and empirical evidence in support of it.

GDP and Quality of Life: Measuring What We Care About

Critiques GDP as a measure of progress, reviews alternative measures and initiatives to supplement GDP, describes barriers to overhauling national accounts, and outlines a path forward.

The Fundamental Conflict Between Economic Growth and Wildlife Conservation, Including Considerations of Technological Progress Gives basic arguments for the limits to growth, especially with regard to conservation of wildlife and ecosystems.


Audio/Radio Programs

Brian Czech live on REALTalk with Susan McCabe, Voice of Vashon, KVSH (101.9 FM, Vashon Island Public Radio), 3:00 p.m. EST, 12:00 noon PST, December 17, 2019.

The Missing Links with Brian Czech. Hosted by Eli Weiss of Wildize on March 26, 2018. In this one-hour interview, host and guest discuss limits to growth, the conflict between economic growth and biodiversity conservation, the need for a steady state economy, political forces behind economic growth, and policy reforms for a steady state economy.

In Non Consuming Passion, BBC World Service presenter Peter Day interviews Chandran Nair, author of the book Consumptionomics: Asia’s Role in Reshaping Capitalism and Saving the Planet. (Feb 7, 2011)

Marketplace radio produced an engaging series called Consumed in 2007. Collectively, the programs in the series ask the question, “Is our consumer society sustainable?”

This BBC World radio segment asks the question, “Is Growth Good?” Ecological economists, Herman Daly and Robert Costanza, provide their take on this question. You can also hear the misinterpretation of the landmark book, Limits to Growth, by an economist from the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Earth and Sky Radio interviews Mathis Wackernagel about the ecological footprint and overshoot.