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The Frugal Future

Date: 11/09/2011

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location: R380 - IonE Seminar Room Vocational-Technical Education

Cost: Free


The Frugal Future
Frontiers in the Environment seminar by
Chris Farrell, Economics Editor, "Marketplace Money," American Public Media

Yogi Berra famously quipped, "It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future." But Farrell is willing to predict that, over the coming decade, the rise of the mobile Internet and the push for sustainability will transform the economy, driving the next wave of creative destruction (economist Joseph Schumpeter's phrase for the process by which new technologies, markets, and organizations supplant the old). For too long society equated living better with owning lots of stuff, much of it bought on credit. We always knew that wasn’t quite right—that what gives us real joy are experiences, learning, creativity, spirituality, friends and family. The promise of the new economy is the opportunity for a life made better not by ownership but by greater flexibility and meaning.

Watch live via UMConnect: http://umconnect.umn.edu/IonEFrontiers


The Institute on the Environment is breathing new life into the old lecture series. Frontiers in the Environment explores the frontiers of knowledge in climate change, renewable energy, land use, food security and many other environmental hot topics. Our speakers go easy on the PowerPoint slides and heavy on the big ideas. They provide the audience with a true understanding of the issue, its global significance and breakthroughs on the horizon. Join us Wednesdays for a presentation and Q&A session, followed by a casual get-together in the IonE Commons. The lectures also air live on the Web and are archived for future viewing.


  • Name: Stephanie Szurek
  • E-mail: sjszurek@umn.edu
  • Sponsored by: Institute on the Environment

More information: http://environment.umn.edu/news_events/events/frontiers.html

Disability Options:

Room is accessible.

Event Recording: http://umconnect.umn.edu/IonEFrontiers

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