How the Six-Hour Workday Actually Saves Money

By Rebecca Greenfield, Bloomberg, 17 April 2017 In February, after almost two years worth of six-hour workdays, nurses at the Svartedalens elderly care facility in Gothenburg, Sweden went back to eight hour shifts—despite recently published research showing the benefits of the shortened workdays. The City of Gothenburg didn’t extend the experiment in part because funding ran out. It cost about 12 million krona …

Shining a Light on Smarter Development Policies in India

A new study uses night sky satellite images to measure urban development patterns in India. The results can help guide smarter growth. By Todd Litman, Originally published on Planetizen, 6 Jan 2017 Francisco Anzola Flickr A few years ago I was commissioned by the World Resources Institute to develop a framework for measuring the costs of sprawl and, therefore, the benefits …

America has witnessed a similar cycle of oligarchic corruption starting in the 1760s, 1850s, 1920s, and 2000s

America has witnessed a similar cycle of oligarchic corruption[1] starting in the 1760s, 1850s, 1920s, and 2000s: Economic Royalists infiltrate critical institutions and rig political and economic systems to favor elites. 1760s: Royal governors run roughshod over colonial farmers; The East India Company, whose investors were primarily wealthy aristocrats, is given monopoly trading rights in the colonies. (The Tea Act …

Real solutions to housing unaffordability make housing and transport more affordable, accessible for all

Todd Litman | 21 February 2017 on Planetizen Many households spend more than they can afford on housing and transportation, but the latest International Housing Affordability Survey is wrong to recommend sprawl as the best solution. Real solutions must reduce both housing and transport costs. Many hard-working families spend more than they can afford on housing and transportation, leaving them …

An Economy in Service to Life

Published on People-Centered Economic Development, 03/03/2016 by admin This is the title of an article on Natural Capitalism Solutions offering an accurate account of how our current economy developed post war to create the asymmetry of wealth we know to day as the 1% vs the 99% “Natural Capitalism Solutions is convening an international team of business people, thought leaders, scholars, …

Electric cars and cheap solar ‘could halt fossil fuel growth by 2020’

The Guardian, 17 Feb 2017:  Solar power and clean cars are ‘gamechangers’ consistently underestimated by big energy, says Imperial College and Carbon Tracker report  By 2035, electric vehicles could make up 35% of the road transport market, and two-thirds by 2050. Photograph: Miles Willis/Getty Images for Go Ultra Low Falling costs of electric vehicles and solar panels could halt worldwide …

Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation: How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030 by Tony Seba

Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation: How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030 by Tony Seba.  The following notes and references are from the kindle edition. Transitions in technology markets can be swift. It took twelve years to reach 50 million laptops, seven years to reach 50 million smartphones, but …