Guy Dauncey: Practical Solutions to Big Issues

 
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Thank you to Guy and all who attended January 17th’ inspiring talk with Guy Dauncey. Guy packed the house at SAP LABS with his progressive, innovative, and truly brilliant ideas and insights.

Guy’s Book “A Journey to the Future: A better World is Possible” is available here.

Some of his big ideas are described in the article below by Jenny Tan.

Guy Dauncey Believes We Can.

At January 17th’s Board of Change event, featured speaker Guy Dauncey introduced his new book, Journey to the Future, with practical solutions for solving the world’s largest issues.

And not too soon. The world saw a troubled 2016. But let us be clear: Dauncey is an optimist. The founder of the BC Sustainable Energy Association and honourary member of the Planning Institute of British Columbia thinks the future can be bright with a mindset change and by taking several specific steps. Firstly, the ‘rational dominator culture’ mindset we govern society by is not rational, said Dauncey. The mainstream belief that Company A can only benefit if Company B loses by the same amount is false, he emphasised. It erodes other forms of wealth such as trust, cultural wealth, and faith, said Dauncey, and we all lose if we cannot trust each other. Sounds idealistic? Dauncey highlights studies which show humans are inherently cooperative — and show the economic concept of the ‘rational’, solely profit-seeking human may be rooted more in history than in science.

Dauncey’s ideas are ambitious, but plausible. Last Tuesday, Dauncey made the audience sit up with his proposal to make banking a public function. After 2008, he noted, governments created money (through quantitative easing) to bail out banks after they crashed due to recklessness. Why not create money to build affordable housing instead? Public banking can sound like an abstract, utopian concept, he acknowledges, but public banks do exist — and one such bank earned record profits in 2008.

In Journey to the Future, 24-year-old Patrick Wu explores Vancouver in year 2032 and finds a city of hope and innovation. But the shift did not occur by chance. Residents hashed out practical solutions together, took bold but feasible actions, and held responsibility for the world in their own hands. A better world is within reach.

For more information about Guy Dauncey’s latest book, Journey to the Future, visit http://www.journeytothefuture.ca/.

Article by Jenny Tan
Food and climate journalist

@thejennytan
Podcast: The Canadian Diaries

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