Proposals for economic democracy and shaping tech for the common good are gaining ground: people, workers should share in the benefits of automation and technological progress

This story was first published at Jacobin, June 2017 So much about the 2017 Labour election campaign has been heartening: the energy, the conviction, the full-throated embrace of remaking government in the service of the many. All of the main campaign pledges — from free tuition to thousands of new homes to a stronger National Health Service — will change …

From Ego to Eco: Designing Regenerative Cultures

By Daniel Wahl, author of Designing Regenerative Cultures.  This post originally appeared on Medium.com The optimization of resource-sharing and processing in order to (re)generate and share abundance and systemic health, rather than competition for scarce resources, is the basis of life’s way of doing economics!  We have to evolve wise societies characterized by empathy, solidarity and collaboration. Wise cultures are …

Lighting/Lumens as a Service – can it help unlock investment in building energy efficiency retrofits?

RMI, May 2017 Lighting represents about 10 percent of commercial electricity consumption, as reported by the U.S. Energy Information Administration in 2016. A 2012 report by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Deutsche Bank Group found that $279 billion of investment in building energy-efficiency retrofits could yield more than $1 trillion of energy savings over 10 years, not to mention an …

Next System Project Comparative Framework

By The Next System Project.  These questions were developed to guide authors in our “New Systems: Possibilities and Proposals” series. Core Goals. Briefly, what are the principal, core goals your model or system seeks to realize? [Partly, this is a question about the scope of the conceptualization you have developed, so be sure to note whether it speaks to economic, …

95% of U.S. Car Miles Will Be Traveled in Self-Driving, Electric, Shared Vehicles by 2030

Business Wire, May 4, 2017 LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A historic revolution in transportation will end over 100 years of individual vehicle ownership and reshape the world’s energy economy in the process. That’s according to a groundbreaking new research report, Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030: The Disruption of Transportation and the Collapse of the ICE Vehicle and Oil Industries.   Assuming existing …

Transforming the economy

By Hunter Lovins – May 2017 The Regenerative Future Summit and the Leading for Well-Being Consortium are working on a regenerative path to an economy in service to life:  a world that works for 100% of humanity.  The doors have been thrown open to anyone who wants to participate, starting tomorrow.  The meeting will be 15 – 17 May 2017 in Boulder, …

Leading for Well-being: it’s time to become leaders ourselves! To dream (and organize) bigger: to address climate change and inequality on a deeper, structural level

By L. Hunter Lovins, Spring 2017.  It’s time to become leaders ourselves, to dream (and organize) bigger: to address climate change and inequality on a deeper, structural level. It’s time to re-think work and security and the value of life. To reject blind pursuit of growth. It is time to build an economy that provides well-being to all—people and species—rather than …

When the land values rise, productive capacity of the economy is unchanged, but those who don’t own land get poorer, people spend less and people, demand and the economy suffer

Alice Martin, in The Guardian, May 2017 It is a strange kind of economy where land and property routinely earn more than people do. But that is what we have – and the amount of wealth tied up in these areas has increased dramatically over the past few decades. Today the value of property in the UK stands at over …

Providing jobs with justice as we transition the economy and our energy system

Clean Technica, May 2017 US solar and wind power jobs grew approximately 12 times faster than the US economy as a whole in recent years. In 2015, it was reported that wind turbine technician had become the #1 fastest-growing job in the United States. Worth noting is that this is an ideal blue-collar job for moderately educated people, and mostly in …