At its core, economics is about the means we use to get our needs met. In our culture, that is primarily through dollars and credit, and a healthy economy is defined as an ever expanding one. The economic dimension teaches about the past, present and future of getting our needs met through reduced consumption, localization, direct exchange and creative cooperation. We look at business within the context of community and the natural world, rather than as a shaper of them.
Bill McKibben’s Deep Economy is our economics book for the course – although he does a great job of integrating all four dimensions, which is part of why we love him so much!