Robert Biel

Towards a 'green wave'

Robert Biel
| 13th July 2018
We are surrounded by systems - the economic system, our social system and the ecological system in which they are both situated. So if systems have distinct patterns and phases, how will we experience this as a community. Dr ROBERT BIEL investigates

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Limits to Growth

For an anti-colonial, anti-racist environmentalism

Robert Biel
| 14th May 2018
General Systems Theory can be a useful tool for understanding nature, and how society can exist in harmony of nature. The seminal book Limits to Growth used a systemic analysis - but was itself limited. Dr ROBERT BIEL examines how the systemic view can shed light on the colonial history of the North / West and the role it plays in the world's extractive present

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What is wrong with a system of laissez-faire economics?

Robert Biel
| 11th April 2018
Adam Smith, the author of The Wealth of Nations, is sometimes credited as the first political economist and many of his followers today advocate free market, laissez-faire, policy. Here Dr ROBERT BIEL argues that Smith was also an early systems theorist - but also sets out why Smith's theory and the system he described are a threat to our ecology

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How systems theory can help us reflect on the world

Robert Biel
| 6th March 2018
The Ecologist was an early adopter of systems theory after its launch in 1971. The way of thinking has come to influence a range of disciplines, from ecology to change management. In the first in a series of articles on systems theory, Dr ROBERT BIEL argues that its application can be effective in healing the rift between society and nature

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