Willi Kiefel is originally from Germany but has been living in Ireland for the last 30 years (his wife is Irish). He is an electronics engineer and has worked in various positions in information and communication technology industries as well as the automotive Industry. He is retired now. His concern for the environment goes back to his student days in Munich and the publication of the Club of Rome report "Limits to Growth". His first contact with Feasta goes back to a meeting in Dublin in which Richard Douthwaite introduced his book "The Growth Illusion". Willi is increasingly concerned about democratic governance becoming too much influenced / dependent on markets and global market players. He doubts whether our current (democratic) governance models are suitable or even capable to initiate the necessary changes to our economic and societal models in the very short time left. He has been studying alternative governance models based on Commons.Willi Kiefel has written 5 articles so far, you can find them below.
About Willi Kiefel
Willi Kiefel identifies some of the main causes of the ecological “downward spiral” we are currently trapped in, and makes six propositions for a transformation process to help us escape from it.
To usher in the New Year, here's a paper by Willi Kiefel on Feasta co-founder Richard Douthwaite's profound and lasting impact on the green movement in Ireland.
Sustainability "must be pursued with as much humility as commitment, as much diversity as direction and as much creative experimentation as resolute protection", write Rene Kempp, Saeed Parto and Robert Gibson in an article in the International Journal of Sustainable Development. Willi Kiefel summarizes their views.
What is the relationship between democracy and capitalism? Willi Kiefel summarizes Peter Wagner's views on the subject.
Feasta member Willi Kiefel attended this event and was impressed by the high standard of research and presentations. Converting the hard work done by researchers into political reality is a challenge however. He comments "I got the feeling again and again when I talked to researchers or other participants that there seems to be a serious lack of awareness as to the responsibility towards future generations amongst public representatives."