food for thought
Our global and complex world is a place of great innovations, multiple forms of progress and nearly boundless possibilities. If nothing else, it's our economic system which drives further this prosperous development by promoting endless economic growth and perfect competition. Unfortunately, this world-shaping system of neoliberal economic globalization is biased in many ways. The most severe critics attack its dominant way of reproducing structural inequality and poverty - most notably in the developing countries. Recently, another negative effect of the system's error has become more and more definite and thus increasingly threatening. Climate change is no longer a solely theoretical consideration but a real threat to our secured life on earth and that of future generations. Besides this, our current way of live is put into question by the forthcoming exhaustion of finite natural resources - especially of fossil fuels. It's a matter of fact that the functioning of our global society relies heavily on the increasing and constant supply with cheap oil. And at the moment our society is fairly ill-prepared for coping with the shock of peak oil.
However, it's definitely in our own interest to reform the world's system in a way that it supports global justice more effectively, treats our environment more carefully, and is better primed for external shocks. But before we can develop a positive transition vision we have to reveal the weaknesses of the current system. Therefore, we firstly have to argue what the four above mentioned single components are all about and secondly, how their complex interrelations shape the structure of our today's global society.