Donnie Maclurcan is co-founder of the Post Growth Institute – an international group exploring and inspiring paths to global prosperity that don’t rely on economic growth. He's passionate about innovative yet simple approaches to social change and likes to build on what's already working, whilst retaining a critical lens by which to make such observations.
A Distinguished Fellow at the Schumacher Institute, Donnie's PhD was a comprehensive assessment of nanotechnology’s possible consequences for global inequity, resulting in over 20 translations of his work and two books: Nanotechnology and Global Equality and Nanotechnology and Global Sustainability. His next books: How, on Earth: Flourishing in a Not-For-Profit World by 2050 and Not-for-Profit 2.0: How to start, Scale and Sustain Community Initiatives in a Changing Australia are due for publication in 2014.
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© 2012 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. The book places nanotechnology's emergence within a broad historical and contemporary global context while developing and testing an interpretive framework through which to assess nanotechnology's claims. It clarifies the nature of global engagement with nanotechnology research and development, revealing surprising scenarios, unacknowledged by most mainstream commentators. The book concludes by exploring a range of perspectives from Thailand and Australia about nanotechnology's foreseen implications for global inequity.
This book is the world's first comprehensive assessment of nanotechnology's foreseen implications for global development and provides important groundwork for subsequent research. The book places nanotechnology's emergence within a broad historical and contemporary global context, while developing and testing an interpretive framework through which to assess nanotechnology's claims. It establishes great clarity about the nature of global engagement with nanotechnology research and development, revealing surprising scenarios, unacknowledged by most mainstream commentators. The book concludes by exploring a range of perspectives from Thailand and Australia about nanotechnology's foreseen implications for global inequity, thereby providing important ground for reflection. © 2012 by Pan Stanford Publishing Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved.
Maclurcan, D & Radywyl, N 2011, Nanotechnology and global sustainability.
© 2011 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved. The rise of collaborative consumption, peer-to-peer systems, and not-for-profit social enterprise heralds the emergence of a new era of human collectivity. Increasingly, this consolidation stems from an understanding that big-banner issues-such as climate change-are not the root causes of our present global predicament. There is a growing and collective view that issues such as this are actually symptoms of a much more vicious, seemingly insurmountable condition: our addiction to economic, consumption, and population growth in a world of finite resources. Nanotechnology and Global Sustainability uses nanotechnology-the product of applied scientific knowledge to control and utilize matter at atomic and molecular scales-as a lens through which to explore the interrelationship between innovation, politics, economy, and sustainability. This groundbreaking book addresses how stakeholders can actively reshape agendas to create positive and sustainable futures through this latest controversial, cross-sectoral technology. It moves beyond issues of efficiency, productivity, and utility, exploring the insights of 22 contributors from around the world, whose work spans the disciplines of science and the humanities. Their combined knowledge, reinforced with various case studies, introduces an exciting prospect-how we can innovate without economic growth. This new volume in the Perspectives in Nanotechnology series is edited by Dr. Donald Maclurcan and Dr. Natalia Radywyl. Dr. Maclurcan is a social innovator and Honorary Research Fellow with the Institute for Nanoscale Technology at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Dr. Radywyl is a social researcher and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She is also an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Faculty of Life and Social Sciences at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. This boo...
Szymanski, A & Maclurcan, D 2018, 'What is Holding Back the Development of Comprehensive Businesses Services in US Credit Unions?', SSRN.
The credit union movement has experienced rapid growth across the United States in recent years. After the financial crisis of 2007-2008, US credit unions emerged more resolutely as trusted financial partners, able to maintain lending during the credit crunch and offering better loan and deposit rates, greater investment security and superior customer service. Credit unions are known for their focus on consumer banking. Yet this has obscured their changing relationship with businesses.
This paper seeks to discover the state of US credit union capabilities with respect to business banking services. After creating a classification for the level of US credit union business banking capabilities, we conducted informal, semi-structured interviews with a small sample of key stakeholders from the US credit union industry in order to provide insights into the nature of existing US credit union business banking capabilities.
Since US credit unions have been shown to provide direct economic benefits from consumer banking, along with a positive track record for small businesses, we are interested in credit unions' potential to serve larger businesses beyond the provision of loans. Given that businesses have higher average deposits than consumers, there is potential for shifting significant resources from banks to credit unions.
Our findings suggest that while many US credit unions offer Basic Business Services, and some US credit unions offer Semi-comprehensive Business Services, no US credit union offers Comprehensive Business Services. We discovered three main factors holding back the development of these commercial capabilities: mission constraints; lack of apparent business demand; and lack of a strong business case according to a cost-benefit risk analysis. These factors appear to reinforce each other in a vicious cycle.
However, these factors may also present points of leverage for those seeking to expand business service capabilities within the US credit union sys...
Hinton, J & Maclurcan, D 2017, 'A not-for-profit world beyond capitalism and economic growth?', Ephemera : Theory and Politics in Organization, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 147-166.
Maclurcan, D 2014, 'The Emerging Not-for-Profit World Economy', New Community Quarterly, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 18-20.
Maclurcan, D 2009, 'Southern Roles in Global Nanotechnology Innovation: Perspectives from Thailand and Australia', Journal of Nanoethics, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 137-156.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
The term `nano-divide has become a catch-phrase for describing various kinds of global nanotechnology inequities. However, there has been little in-depth exploration as to what the global nano-divide really means, and limited commentary on its early nature. Furthermore, the literature often presents countries from the Global South as `passive agents in global nanotechnology innovationwithout the ability to develop endogenous nanotechnology capabilities. Yet others point to nanotechnology providing opportunities for the South to play new roles in the global research and development process. In this paper I report on the findings of a qualitative study that involved the perspectives of 31 Thai and Australian key informants, from a broad range of fields. The study was supplemented by a survey of approximately 10% of the Thai nanotechnology research community at the time. I first explore how the global nano-divide is understood and the implication of the divides constructs in terms of the roles to be played by various countries in global nanotechnology innovation. I then explore the potential nature of Southern passivity and barriers and challenges facing Southern endogenous innovation, as well as an in-depth consideration of the proposition that Southern countries could be `active agents in the nanotechnology process. I argue that it is the nano-divide relating to nanotechnology research and development capabilities that is considered fundamental to nanotechnologys Southern outcomes. The research suggests that Southern countries will encounter many of the traditional barriers to engaging with emerging technology as well as some new barriers relating to the nature of nanotechnology itself. Finally, the research suggests that nanotechnology may offer new opportunities for Southern countries to enter the global research and development picture.
Maclurcan, D. 2008, 'The Change Starts Here', Social Alternatives, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 64-64.
Invernizzi, N, Foladori, G & Maclurcan, D 2008, 'Nanotechnology's Controversial Role for the South', Science, Technology and Society, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 123-148.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
The possibility that nanotechnology will turn into an instrument to aid development or alleviate poverty has been discussed explicitly in academic circles, at meetings held by international bodies, and in non-governmental organisations since 1997. The different positions on the role that it can play in the process reflect particular interpretations of the relationship between science, technology and society. We divide the arguments expressed in this discussion in two broad groups. One can be identified as the instrumental position, which emphasises the technical capacity of nanotechnologies to solve poverty problems and spur development. The other group of arguments can be identified as the contextual position by emphasising the social context wherein technology is produced, used and adapted. We summarise and analyse the main arguments in the debate on nanotechnologies, development and poverty. We consider the most influent opinions from organisations, institutions and meetings, presenting their main ideas in chronological order. The outline covers the period from 1997 to late 2007, and reviews the documents that most directly address the issue. Afterwards, we highlight and analyse the main issues at stake in this controversy.
Invernizzi, N., Foladori, G. & Maclurcan, D. 2007, 'The role of nanotechnologies in development and poverty alleviation: a matter of controversy', Journal of Nanotechnology Online, vol. N/A.
Maclurcan, D. & Phelps, B. 2006, 'Not-So-Magic Nano', New Matilda, vol. 87, no. 26.
In recent times, nanotechnology has been included in a number of the debates considering emerging technology anddeveloping countries. However, the literature considering nanotechnology's application to the developing world has often varied in its interpretation of what nanotechnology really is. Furthermore, despite a wide range of perspectives as to the relevance, appropriateness and potential impact of nanotechnology for developing countries, the key debates have often remained disengaged. This paper attempts to clarify understandings of nanotechnology and synthesize discussions on issues of relevance, appropriateness and distribution with respect to developing countries. In support, recent developments in nanotechnology and healthcare are provided.
Maclurcan, D. 2006, 'NanoTechnology in Developing Countries', Nanotechnology Newsletter, vol. 103, pp. 8-15.
Maclurcan, D. 2006, 'NanoTechnology in Developing Countries', Iranian Nanotechnology Initiative Newsletter, vol. 102, pp. 16-24.
There is a degree of uncertainty in the public mind concerning the exact subject matter of nanotechnology. Novels such as Michael Crichtons Prey and the movie Agent Codie Banks have primed many to believe that nanotechnology is about tiny (and rather dangerous) nano-robots. Of course, most technically savvy individuals know better, but because this misconception exists there is an obligation on researchers in this field to communicate a more accurate understanding of the topic to the wider community. The Institute for Nanoscale Technology at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) has sought to bridge this gap in understanding.
Maclurcan, D. 2005, 'Experiencing the United Nations in Different Forms', World Citizens Association (Australia) Bulletin, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 3-5.
Maclurcan, D & Radywyl, N 2011, 'Nanotechnology and limits to growth' in Nanotechnology and Global Sustainability, pp. 3-19.
Maclurcan, D & Radywyl, N 2011, 'Nanotechnology without growth' in Nanotechnology and Global Sustainability, pp. 281-298.
Maclurcan, D 2009, 'Nanotechnology and the Global South: Exploratory Views on Characteristics, Perceptions and Paradigms' in Arnaldi, S, Lorenzet, A & Russo, F (eds), Technologies in Progress: Managing the Uncertainty of Nanotechnology, IOS Press, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 97-112.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
In the Global North, confusion, hype and disagreement plague nanotechnology debates. In the meantime, the debate about the Global South's engagement with nanotechnology has forged ahead, assuming common understandings about what nanotechnology is and what it is not, as well as the general irrelevance of definitional debates. This despite evidence that nanotechnology is being presented in a conflicting manner in the literature, through mixed terminology and imagery, and that little has been documented about Southern understandings. Given the importance of understandings in the genetically-modified foods debate, the way nanotechnology is understood holds serious repercussions for the framing of its ethical, legal and social implications. This chapter reports on the perspectives of Thai and Australian key informants, from a broad range of fields. It seeks to explore and clarify how nanotechnology might be defined, perceived and framed in terms of the South. The results suggest that nanotechnology may be conceptualized in similar ways, focussing on near-term nanotechnology that is defined by a common set of characteristics. Yet, when it comes to the way these conceptualisations translate into applications, there may be large differences in nanotechnology's perceived scope, sophistication and complexity. This holds interesting ramifications for global nanotechnology discourse, particularly in terms of the assumed costs and infrastructure required to conduct nanotechnology research and development and the more general role the South will play in the global nanotechnology picture.