7 episodes

How do we live abundantly? Philosopher Karim Benammar explores the shift from a world of scarcity to a world of abundance. From a world of lack to a world of plenty, from surviving to living, and from struggle to possibility and freedom. Each episode, recorded on a walk, explores a concept in economics, ecology, psychology or philosophy.

Cornucopia Karim Benammar

    • Society & Culture

How do we live abundantly? Philosopher Karim Benammar explores the shift from a world of scarcity to a world of abundance. From a world of lack to a world of plenty, from surviving to living, and from struggle to possibility and freedom. Each episode, recorded on a walk, explores a concept in economics, ecology, psychology or philosophy.

    10 Climate Positivity

    10 Climate Positivity

    Climate Positivity is a way to approach our current climate crisis from an abundance mindset. The challenge we are facing is enormous: we need to start paying back a carbon debt that we have accumulated over centuries. Furthermore, everything that we do produces too many greenhouse gases: our energy use, our agriculture, our production system, our transportation, and our built environment. So, the key is not to produce less, but to produce differently: we need to reinvent everything. We can apply a simple carbon calculus to prioritize the most effective measures. What can you contribute as an individual, as a global citizen, with your organisation and your profession?

    • 32 min
    07 Shame or Pride

    07 Shame or Pride

    What story do we tell ourselves about humanity? A pessimistic story of shame at our shortcomings, or a story of pride at our achievements? We are faced with a paradox: while the world is objectively getting better all the time, we seem to have lost faith in ourselves and in humanity's progress. In unpacking this paradox, we examine the strange power of negative news, humanity as a clumsy but well-meaning adolescent, the surprising idealism of those who argue that humanity is failing, and the power of an aspirational narrative.

    • 35 min
    05 Only growth can save the world

    05 Only growth can save the world

    We need rapid economic growth for a thriving humanity on a thriving planet. Proposals for degrowth are understandable but dangerous. The best solutions for human well-being and ecological health all require and create economic growth.

    • 25 min
    04 Scarcity and abundance in a pandemic

    04 Scarcity and abundance in a pandemic

    The coronavirus pandemic confronted us with life-threatening scarcity of equipment and vaccines. It brought out the best - our science - and the worst - our lack of solidarity - in us. How can we shift to an abundance mindset to provide the best vaccines for all of humanity?

    • 25 min
    03 What is scarcity?

    03 What is scarcity?

    Scarcity is a formula between needs and resources, but it leads to powerful emotions of fear and to struggle. We feel it in our lives and on a global ecological scale. How can we recognize and overcome our scarcity mindset?

    • 22 min
    02 The surplus

    02 The surplus

    The surplus - all the energy we have in excess of what we require to stay alive - is the driving force of human progress and civilisations, of all life on this planet, and of our vast universe. How can we understand and use the surplus?

    • 28 min

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