The presentation was entitled "The Other Invisible Hand: Misplaced Faith in Self-Organising Ecosystems". In the session we explored the impact of the nature and scientific origins of self-organising ecosystems and possible consequences for developing sustainable accounting. Within parts of sustainability policy arenas and accounting literature there is a faith in the self-organising properties of ecosystems and nature, which is translated into laissez faire solutions requiring no human governance, assuming nature has her own invisible hand to rectify the follies of humanity. However, self governance can be an equation to make a mathematic model work rather than based on observable natural phenomena.
A major motivation for this session is a recent documentary series by Adam Curtis, called All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace. If you missed it, check it out here: