The world of business in the Anthropocene Earth (12.30 – 15.30, 12th September, 2019)

How is the natural world changing as a result of human intervention? How does constant economic growth, changing market forces, ever-expanding construction and the algorithm-driven trade of today influence the fundamental underpinning of our planet, and in-turn influence the nature of geological strata forming on Earth? Have we reached a point of no-return in terms of emissions of CO2 and other pollutants – or can we engineer a ‘soft landing’ for the dramatic current trajectory of the Earth’s Systems? Which political infrastructures and processes can be put in place to decrease our collective impact on the environment?

The Anthropocene, a term created by Nobel Prize winner Paul Crutzen, describes the period of time during which human actions have had a drastic effect on the Earth and its ecosystem, on climate and on the very evolution of the geological strata. We are no longer living in the Holocene – that time of relative stability following the last glaciation during which human civilization was able to develop. As the noted philosopher Bruno Latour has said, ‘in the Antropocene the Earth is becoming sensitive to our actions and we humans are becoming, to some extent, geology’.

While researchers in the Anthropocene working group are still working to characterize and define the Anthropocene, they have demonstrated clear and fundamental human-driven changes to the Earth System, including the perturbation of the carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycles, to the landscape, and to the biosphere, with long-term geological consequences.

Exploring the Anthropocene phenomenon is a matter not just for science. Participation by  economics, the social sciences and humanities is critical not only to analyse the causes of changes – that strongly reflect evolving socioeconomic patterns – but also to take meaningful actions to mitigate harmful trends. As the Anthropocene state of the planet intensifies, sparking wider political issues, public debate is ever more crucial. 

In this event we will present researches on the Anthropocene, actions inspired by slow design that have been adopted in Vietnam, and if fintech could be a solution to climate change problems. 

Programme (12.30 – 15.30, 12th September, 2019)

Arrival, registration and refreshments 12.30 at main lobby, Campus A, University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, 59C Nguyen Dinh Chieu, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

Room : A.103, Campus A, University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City

13.00: Start 

Welcome by Prof Su Dinh Thanh (JABES, UEH)

  • Prof Mark William (UoL, Geology): The human impact on the biosphere
  • Dr Marta Gasparin (UoL, ULSB): Slow design Driven Innovation
  • Prof Christopher Schinckus (Taylor’s University, Malaysia): Fintech and Anthropocene
  • Provocative reflections on the Anthropocene, Prof Steve D. Brown (Open University, UK)

15.00: Q&A

15.30: Ends