I’m about 1/4 of the way through America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy, by Gustave Spethe (trying to take good notes, so I’m going a little slow), and this quote from a section on altering national culture struck me: Whether they are heads of a nation or senior officials of the United Nations, leaders…have … Continue reading Updates from the Day: Leadership and Storytelling
Going further, is economic growth in the context of pure, unregulated capitalism even a path to prosperity? Sure, it has made some countries prosperous. But it hasn’t been a neutral force in the areas outside its bubbles of prosperity. Progress has been build on the backs and the graves of the poorest and darkest of … Continue reading Post-Growth: Is Economic Growth the Only Way to Prosperity?
97% of the country’s exports are in oil and gas, but popular protests against the environment-destroying economy are growing in the south. Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/26/world/shale-gas-project-encounters-determined-foes-deep-in-algerian-sahara.html?_r=0 Continue reading Growing Pressure in Algeria Over Climate-Harming Fracking
This comes a little late for global divestment day, but if you’re still on the fence, read these articles. I tried to find reasonable perspectives from both sides of the debate that also provide a larger economic perspective. The Logic of Divestment: Why We Have to Kiss Off Big Carbon Now Divestment Is An Honored … Continue reading Perspectives on Divestment
My alarm clock buzzes me into the waking world. I reach to the bedside table, ready to swipe it away and retreat to a more comfortable place, when something catches in my mind. My alarm doesn’t buzz, it rings. And my phone doesn’t ring, it buzzes. I open my eyes fully and see it’s a call from … Continue reading “What meeting?”, Hot Pot, and a View on the state of US Politics
First, a little Victor Jara to soothe your soul and get you in the revolutionary spirit: Alright. Feel free to leave that going in the background. This week, a start of a discussion of the following article: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/moral-dilemma-we-face-age-of-humans-180952909/ Rick Potts gives what I think is a good framework for a discussion on how our thinking needs … Continue reading Our (re)action, now: a framework