I've been glancing over the Aspen Ideas Festival site. The Poverty link drew my attention right away. I know that the lifestyle that Mikey and I shifted to 5 years ago has totally rearranged my view of wealth and value. I glance over the topics. Under Economy I found topics such as, "The Bottom Billion in a Fast Changing World, How Market Forces Can Resolve Poverty, The Challenge of Development," to name a few. Competition, Entrepreneurship, Jobs, Innovation and American are additional topics. Clicking Competition lead me to, "America in the Global Marketplace" and "Does Globalization Undermine Democracy?" And there's "Rebuilding the Global Financial System."
I clicked to Environment wondering if somewhere in the festival there was the inclusion of nature, the world outside of man and his creation (money). What I found was a line up of folks talking about ways to fuel and power this world to support the hefty habits of humans. The earth it seems remains just a resource, a commodity, objectified and somehow separate from the master. And this planet is just not keeping up with our demands! The rest of life on earth is without advocate.
I'm not really wanting to be sour on the festival, the topics are interesting, timely and relevant. I'm a big fan of think tanks, we ought to be talking to one another. But there does seem to be a presupposition that all must be brought into the fold of globalization. Poverty seems to be measured by how one fits into a global market in which everything is commodified.
Who is standing the ground for the living of a life outside of commerce and industry, free of it's energy demands, and needs for fuel and power? Does their any longer exist a birthright to live simply on the earth free of commodification and man made systems? Not long ago acreage was given up to provide a one man uncontacted tribe in Brazil with space to live. This is certainly an unreasonable practice given population growth. What are the choices of those born today and in the future with a wish to live an indigenous lifestyle?
I'm going to dig in deeper over the coming days, listen to some of the talks and see where they go. Maybe you'd like to join me in discussing them. Here's the link for those who are inclined.