Public Banking coalitions growing on both coasts

June 21, 2018 Winsome Pendergrass, New York Communities for Change, at the June 5 rally in front of the New York Stock Exchange. Members of the California Public Banking Alliance. The launch of the #PublicBankNYC campaign earlier this month and the ongoing campaigns in California have generated several excellent articles. Aaron Fernando writes in The Progressive, “The rally on June 5 …

Solar PV shows a record learning rate: 28.5% reduction in cost per Watt for every doubling of cumulative capacity

Kees van der Leun‏ @Sustainable2050 Latest learning curve for solar PV modules, by @BloombergNEF, shows a record learning rate: 28.5% reduction in cost per Watt for every doubling of cumulative capacity, 1976-2018e! Includes the spectacular 35% drop, forecast for this year. 2:38 PM – 20 Jun 2018Kees van der Leun‏ @Sustainable2050 24h24 hours ago The sustained dramatic improvement in solar PV costs, already …

IPCC 2018 report notes accelerated path to 1.5 C threshold, calls for “rapid and far-reaching” changes in the world economy

A final draft report from the United Nations‘ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says only “rapid and far-reaching” changes in the world economy can keep global warming below the internationally agreed target barrier. “If emissions continue at their present rate, human-induced warming will exceed 1.5°C by around 2040,” the draft states, according to Reuters, which obtained a copy of the report. …

White people are discovering whiteness and losing the luxury of non-self-awareness

Excerpt from Discovering Whiteness – NY Magazine, June 2018 Early uses of the word “white” in American law were, unsurprisingly, about slavery — in particular, sparing white indentured servants from the prohibitions that barred black slaves from owning property or weapons or learning to read and write. (“The slave codes created whiteness in the United States,” Lee Bebout, an English professor …

Recognizing the emergent Solidarity Economy

By Matt Noyes mn@rollingearth.org, Matt Noyes is a social movement educator based in Colorado Springs, Colorado who writes on horizontal education, union democracy and reform, workers cooperatives, and solidarity economy. He extends thanks to Leire Uriarte Zabala, Yurie Kubo, Charley MacMartin, and Cheyenna Weber. Introduction This strange movement, nameless, untethered, taking place here and now in multiple forms, scarcely visible, barely sketched out, …

Smart city quality of life indicators fall short of city-happiness research

Report: Smart city technology could dramatically improve quality-of-life indicators, Smart City Dive, by Chris Teale@chris_teale, June 12, 2018 A new McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report has found smart city technology can improve various indicators of residents’ quality of life by a noticeable amount. The research by MGI, the business and economics research arm of McKinsey&Company, found smart cities can save between 30 and 300 lives per year …

The Hidden Forces That Shape Cities

By Feargus O’Sullivan in City Lab, 6 June 2018 Why is London’s public transit thriving while New York City’s is struggling? It might be tempting to ascribe the difference between the two cities as one of social and political culture—high European public spending versus American agnosticism about the state. According to Ricky Burdett, professor of urban studies at the London School …

Last year, U.S. corporate outlays for stock buybacks totaled $800 billion. In May this year, corporate CEOs bought back $174 billion worth of their shares – not one making America’s companies more creative or productive

Last year, U.S. corporate outlays for stock buybacks totaled $800 billion. The buyback pace this year has quickened, as top execs rush to “invest” the savings they’re realizing from the GOP corporate tax cut enacted last December. In May alone, corporate CEOs bought back $174 billion worth of their shares, “an all-time record” for a single month. None of these buyback billions will …

I can’t create positive change without recognizing and naming my own participation in the oppressive systems that I’m trying to undo.

  1. The Revolution Is a Relationship Something that worries me about social justice communities is that we tend to conceptualize “revolution” as a product, as a place and time that we expend all of our energy and anger to create – often without regard to the toll this takes on individuals and our relationships. In this way, “The Revolution” …

How Canada created the world’s best libraries

Risotto, robotics and virtual reality: how Canada created the world’s best libraries: As libraries across the world battle for survival, one system has embraced the digital age – and in Toronto, books take a backseat.  In The Guardian.  By Linda Besner, Fri 15 Jun 2018  Toronto Reference Library is the largest public reference library in Canada and one of the three largest …