Many signs in today’s world lead us to be pessimistic about the future. They point to a world threatened by poverty, exclusion, hunger, and disease. The Latin American World Model, prepared by the Bariloche Foundation between 1972 and 1975 and published more than 30 years ago, laid out a possible road to a better world, one that was more equitable, in which there was full participation and less consumerism.
This model was a response of a group of thinkers to the message contained in the model proposed at MIT in "The Limits to Growth" (1972), which held that the limits to growth were physical, and that the only way to avoid future disaster was to reduce population expansion and to restrict the growth of the world economy.
This new edition, the result of an initiative of IIED-AL supported by IDRC, starts with an introduction in which three of the authors examine the model from a historical perspective. The second part reproduces the original edition in Spanish. This book should be read by every young person beginning university studies, as well as by politicians, academics, and technicians responsible for strategic planning, whether at the national, regional, or world level.