Martin Parker writes in the Guardian about “Why we should bulldoze the business school”.

This is an important idea, and recommended way of action. The business case, or the philosophy case, rather, for scrapping all business schools is clear. In their present form, they are (a very big) part of the problem, and not part of the solution any longer. To replace them, a new type of business school is needed: The business of sustenance school. These schools will train people to master the business of sustenance (that is living within limits, in other words). We need MoBoSs instead of MBAs.

“The sort of world that is being produced by the market managerialism that the business school sells is not a pleasant one. It’s a sort of utopia for the wealthy and powerful, a group that the students are encouraged to imagine themselves joining, but such privilege is bought at a very high cost, resulting in environmental catastrophe, resource wars and forced migration, inequality within and between countries, the encouragement of hyper-consumption as well as persistently anti-democratic practices at work.”


Now ready to try to answer the question posed in this posting, “what kind of solutions should we be promoting and selling to people”. The answer is: the kind of solutions that improve the efficient use of resources GREATLY ENOUGH to more than offset the one-time and irreversible damage done by using non-renewable resources.

For example, a new building that uses up 100 units of non-renewables, should not be built UNLESS its life-cycle operating costs will be more than 100 units LOWER than in any existing alternative buildings. In addition, the savings should NOT be used to further consume non-renewables but to develop further solutions, that meet the same criteria.

So these are very tough terms under which businesses can operate at all, and it’s clear most if not all current infrastructure projects and other investments do not meet them. It’s equally clear, that the promotion and sales of most solutions and investment projects today should stop until they are re-designed to meet the tough sustainability criteria. Not to mention any overconsumption of non-critical consumer items.

As an exception to the rule, a small amount of unsustainable experimental projects and R&D should be allowed each year to keep the possibilities open for finding breakthrough technologies that, if and when implemented, would radically change the economic and ecologic boundaries within which we must live.

The math: If one person uses up a number X amount of non-renewable resources while alive, and we are now 7 billion, calculate X so that the current level of aspired consumption can be maintained for all 7 billion and their children and grandchildren. For our great grandchildren, we’ll just have to find a great excuse.