Chapter 15: The sharing cosmopolis: prosperity without growth
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Because of the accelerating impacts of climate change, it is imperative to find ways to achieve prosperity without economic growth, or better yet, to achieve edgrowth. In the meantime, society needs to provide both individual and collective prosperity and happiness to satisfy human desires and needs. Because the future of humanity is urban, society needs to promote sharing of resources, goods, services, experiences, and capabilities. Sharing offers a sustainable platform for participatory urban democracy. An enhanced public realm or urban commons enables sharing. Open, equitable and sharing cities will not come easily or quickly in commercialized, materialist societies. Whether a reformed version of capitalism or a fundamentally new economy, the sharing city and no growth ethic form a large, profound, and open question. In any case, from an energy and emissions point of view, technological efficiency or doubling the intensity of asset use though sharing has the same impact - whether its cars, transit, homes, equipment, offices, or workshops. This realization opens up a huge new opportunity for reforming or replacing neoliberal capitalism with longer-term thinking and more humane economics.

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