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roles for state institutions and for citizens in shaping the way capitalism operates and how it delivers. It also requires a role for other kinds of values which are not those of the market and which are not necessarily those of capitalist dynamics around profit. It makes space for ideas of sufficiency, of “enough”, of solidarity, for a view of development that is progressive, for social change as well as economic change, for a change that actually seeks to reduce inequalities and finally for more inclusive and safe societies for people at the same time as addressing sustainability. Ultimately we need to find solutions to environmental problems in the way people and production and consumption systems relate to nature, not just by market fixes to move them around. Can you “design” the kinds of alternatives you support? Or will it come from a change in people behaviours or from how people relate to each other, meaning that you might not find answers in more top-down designed policies? Bram Büscher was also invited to IOB as a guest lecturer. He currently serves as Professor and Chair at the Sociology of Development and Change group at Wageningen University. His main concerns are around the links between neoliberalism, conservation and development, the politics of energy and the current ‘green econom x