Surviving progress

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  • Technological advancement, economic development, population increase - are they signs of a thriving society, or too much of a good thing? Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, 'Surviving Progress' is a provocative documentary that explores the concept of progress in the modern world, guiding through the major 'progress traps' facing civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption, and the environment.


  • Documentary.
  • "Inspired from the best-seller A short history of progress by Ronald Wright"--Container.
  • Originally released as a motion picture in 2011.
  • Bonus materials: Introduction by Martin Scorsese at New York Premiere; Extended interviews with Jane Goodall, Ronald Wright, Michael Hudson and Jim Thomas; Round table discussion with filmmakers at Montreal Int. Documentary Festival.
  • DVD; NTSC; widescreen presentation.
  • Closed captioned.


  • What is progress? -- Progress traps -- Humans in the lab of evolution -- Earth's carrying capacity -- China takes the capitalist road -- Living off our natural capital -- A history of debt -- Debt, resources, and global finance -- Economics for a sustainable future -- Synthetic biology and scarcity -- Recognizing limits -- Moral progress or technological fixes
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