1st Edition

Omniconomics The Re-Creation of Economics for a Sustainable Future

By Niko Roorda Copyright 2023
    308 Pages 77 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    308 Pages 77 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Omniconomics shows how we can make human society intrinsically sustainable, harmonically embedded in nature, with the help of a completely new approach in which traditional economics is transformed.

    Citing the fallacies of existing economic approaches as directly responsible for many of the environmental and social threats faced by society today, Niko Roorda presents a new, interdisciplinary science: omniconomics. This framework has its foundations in an innovative, joined-up approach, in which all aspects of the natural and social sciences are inextricably linked. It will better allow for new solutions to tackling urgent issues, including climate change, deforestation, environmental and economic inequality, dehumanization, and crumbling social cohesion.

    Inspiring new thinking, this book aims to:

    1. Inspire a public, scientific and political debate about the role of present-day economics, its status as no more than a protoscience, and the consequences for (inter)national policies and developments
    2. Stimulate independent, out-of-the-box thinking of students, graduates, politicians, leaders of society, and any member of the public who worries about the major present-day problems and the future
    3. Stimulate interdisciplinary research within universities towards the creation of an omniconomic science that will replace the discipline of economics and will become a genuine, mature science
    4. Challenge the readers to go beyond short- or middle-to-long term solutions such as the Sustainable Development Goals and circular economy: Omniconomics starts where Doughnut economics ends

    Encouraging the reader to rethink accepted economic approaches to deal with the present-day threats of global catastrophes, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of sustainable development, sustainability economics and policies, as well as any practitioners working in related fields.

    1. The Problem and the Plan Part I: The Problem: Economics is not Science 2. Towards the Roots 3. Four Spheres 4. Intrinsic Sustainability 5. Impetus Words 6. Protoscience 7. Myths 8. The Unsustainable Success of Economics 9. Homo Solitarius, the Lonesome Human 10. Collapse 11. Proto-economics Part II: The Plan: Omniconomics, the New Science 12. Buying Time 13. Understanding 14. Science Creation 15. The Eightfold Path to Science 16. Characteristics of Omniconomic Science 17. The Complex Omniconomic World 18. Tegular Unification 19. On the Road to Success: Evolution towards Sustainability 20. Participatory Democracy: Society directs Science


    Niko Roorda has been working for more than thirty years on integrating sustainable development into education, businesses, and society: as a lecturer, curriculum developer, program manager, project manager, auditor, consultant and teacher trainer. A theoretical physicist and philosopher of science by origin, he had his PhD on the topic of sustainability, higher education and organizational change. His academic textbook, Fundamentals of Sustainable Development, has been published in three editions in three different languages. In 2001, Roorda received the Dutch National Award for Innovation and Sustainable Development for his achievements and in 2018, he was selected as the Sustainable Lecturer of the Year in the Netherlands.

    Author website: https://niko.roorda.nu

    Omniconomics downloads: https://niko.roorda.nu/books/omniconomics/#Downloadlinks

    "This is an important contribution to thoughtful engagement with sustainability in a context of major economic reformation. The author presents a breakthrough concept, underlined with engaging pedagogy, that identifies sustainability fault lines while suggesting comprehensive ideas to address systemic shortcomings. Omniconomics is a very current and truly innovative book!"

    Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education towards Sustainability, York University, Canada

    "It is no longer difficult to analyze the shortcomings of economics as a protoscience. One only has to look at the environmental destruction, cultural devastation, economic inequality, and social agony it has wrought. The challenge is to imagine what can replace it and guide us to deep intrinsic sustainability in balance with nature. Niko Rooda has done it again— given us a theoretical and imaginative update on sustainable development and provided us a much-needed critique of economics at the same time! May this sustainability narrative of new systematics help to replace the old thinking."

    Peter Blaze Corcoran, Professor Emeritus, Environmental Studies and Environmental Education, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida