The purpose of this book is to create the vision of a life lived differently, a life where economic growth, competition and material consumption are replaced as the central objectives of society by a renewed sense of spiritual meaning, and social and environmental harmony. In short, the bioregional economy as described offers a life in which quality replaces quantity as the driving force of the economic system. As described by Dobson, this is an ecologically focused alternative to the technoscientific future as currently conceived:

While most post-industrial futures revolve around high-growth, high-technology, expanding services, greater leisure, and satisfaction conceived in material terms, ecologism’s post-industrial society questions growth and technology, and suggests that the Good Life will involve more work and fewer material objects.