Doughnut Economics

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/04/the-new-economic-model-that-could-end-inequality-doughnut/ They say a picture speaks a thousand words, so here’s the state of humanity in a single image. It’s the “Doughnut” of social and planetary boundaries and it could just turn out to be the compass we need for creating a safe and just 21st century. Image: Kate Raworth and Christian Guthier/The Lancet Planetary Health The hole at the …

Promoting a federal jobs guarantee program and more: ask about impacts instead of budgets and deficits. Policymakers must learn that the deficit is not an excuse to ignore inequality

By Stephanie Kelton, 5 Jan 2018 Budget deficits can be a very powerful weapon in the battle against poverty, inequality, economic environmental and social justice. I worry very much about the vilifying of budget deficits and the use and reliance and dependence on questions of how social spending will impact budget deficits, to the complete disregard for the impact of programs …

Rights of Nature and Community Rights movement in corporate crosshairs

Excerpt from Inside Climate News Since the dawn of the environmental movement, polluters have faced resistance from local residents and environmental advocates. But as industry encroached deeper into the natural world, a new legal movement emerged to end the centuries-old American legal tradition that defined nature as property. Most community activism has focused on trying to influence environmental agency decision-making, and …

Major corporations are planning to spend more than 30x what they are putting in the wallets of employees on buying back their own stock, benefiting wealthy shareholders

Washington Post By Rick Wartzman and William Lazonick, February 6, 2018  Rick Wartzman, director of the KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society at the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University, is author of “The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America.” William Lazonick is an economics professor at UMass Lowell and president of the Academic-Industry Research Network. Don’t …

Weather is now a primary consideration when designing and implementing cities’ technologies.

  Smart Cities Dive, Feb 2018 When temperatures dip, tech advisers frequently offer users tips for keeping devices functioning properly — not to mention Apple’s suggestion that iPhones are meant to operate at temperatures above 32 degrees. Cold weather can weaken the integrity of device materials and cause them to shatter more easily, but more commonly addressed problems are unresponsiveness, shortened battery life …

Getting the Right Urban Indicator Shifting from the Proximity of Transport to the Accessibility of Opportunities

By Tatiana Peralta-Quirós, November 5, 2015, This is note #25 in the Connections series. You can download the PDF version of this note through this link.  Most urban transport projects have focused on improving the ability of citizens to move freely and swiftly about the city. Typically, that ability has been measured by the share of the population living within, say, 0.5 kilometer of a transit stop, or …

California move to free college by restoring a state inheritance tax on Californians with wealth over $3.5 million and couples with over $7 million

Published on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by OtherWords, A California Trend Worth Catching: College for All: America’s left coast is showing how to break up concentrated wealth and fund higher education for all. By Chuck Collins, Common Dreams The University of California-Berkeley (Photo: Mike Procario / Flickr) California can be an annoyingly trendy state. Think avocado toast, In-N-Out Burger, Hollywood fashion, even legal …

What these early-20th-century scholars got right about 21st-century politics: Unlike many economists today, they questioned fundamental social structure

What advantages do the writers of the turn of the 20th century offer? The main difference and prime advantage, I think, lies in their holistic approach to economic and political analysis. It was holistic in the sense that they discussed the structural features of capitalism: social relations between capital owners and wage workers, distribution of national income between capital and …

Hope with the next generation

By Josh Hoxie, 10 Jan 2018 on Inequality.org “Move Along, Baby Boomers. You’ve Done Enough. In the face of countless crises, it’s time for the next generation to lead” Historians won’t look fondly on 2017. The news cycle was dominated by sexual assault, widespread anxiety, the unedited musings of a mentally unstable president, rising economic inequality, and an opioid epidemic. …

On social license to operate: Blackrock $6 tn investment manager says “Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose. To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society. Companies must benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, and the communities in which they operate.”

By Steve Hanley on Clean Technica, Jan 2018 Laurence D. Fink may not be a household name, but he is a very influential person. When Mr. Fink speaks, others listen. Why? Because as the founder and CEO of BlackRock, he controls more than $6 trillion in assets. That’s the kind of clout that gets a person noticed. On January 16, …