Technological sustainabilty and industrial progress [Bill Shireman, ISSS 1998 Plenary Session, July 20/98]

Bill Shireman First ISSS conference. Founded Global Futures 10 years ago. Had a diverse group: of business people, environmentalists, scientists. Have developed a curriculum in industrial ecology. Systems thinking is poised to take off, just as 30 years ago computers were poised to take off. Stories:
  1. Bill Coors
  2. Mitsubishi
  3. Silicon Valley
Bill Coors: Succession and Sustainability: Natural ecosystems rely on soft capital and hard capital: Soft and hard capital show difference with use. Story #2: Silicon Valley: Story #3: Tachi Kiuchi at Mitsubishi: ISSS co-sponsored conference: Industrial ecology 3.

Work can be more than just an instrument.


Does industrial ecology do the whole job, or do we need government to take care of some of this? Has there been a change in business ethics, from just profitability to other concerns?

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