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Maharishi Universityof Management

Economic Sustainability

How can we meet the needs of all in the present without diminishing opportunities for the future?

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The pursuit of economic growth has been allowed to take priority over the economic necessity for ecological and social integrity. The result is an unsustainable economy within an unsustainable society. The future of humanity is in peril. The defining question of the 21st Century is: “How can we meet the needs of all in the present without diminishing opportunities for those of the future?” How can we create a sustainable economy?

There is only one basic course for “the essentials” of economic sustainability. It is relevant to all levels – high school through Ph.D. and beyond. Personal applications will be different but the basic principles are unchanging. Students will gain the understanding they need to challenge the neoclassical economic thinking that provides the rationale for the current unsustainable global economy. More important, they will be challenged to explore the new worldview, paradigms, and principles essential for creating a new sustainable economy.

Course Structure

Each lesson has 3 or 4 videos approximately 15 to 20 minutes each. Once you register, you have access to the course for six months to one year.

  • Module 1: Neoclassical Economics, Part 1
  • Module 2: Neoclassical Economics, Part 2
  • Module 3: Principles of Economic Sustainability Part 1
  • Module 4: Principles of Economic Sustainability, Part 2



John E. Ikerd

John Ikerd's Bio

John E. Ikerd, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri Columbia. He writes and speaks out on issues related to sustainable agriculture with an emphasis on the economics of sustainability.He was educated at the University of Missouri with BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Agricultural Economics.

He worked in Extension Agricultural Economics positions at North Carolina State University, 1970-76 and Oklahoma State University, 1976-84 and was Head of Extension Agricultural Economics, University of Georgia, 1984-89.In 1989 he returned to the University of Missouri 1989, under a cooperative agreement with U.S.D.A, to provide state and national leadership for research and education programs related to sustainable agriculture.

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