Re-imaging Politics through the Lens of the Commons

By David Bollier, P2P Foundation.  This essay of mine appeared on September 21 at journal-e, published by the 21st Century Global Dynamics website, UC Santa Barbara. The rise of so many right-wing nationalist movements around the world—Brexit, Donald Trump, the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, anti-immigrant protests throughout Europe—have their own distinctive origins and contexts, to be sure. But in the aggregate, they are evidence …

Learning from early adopters in smart mobility: ID your city’s unique needs, be bold, focus on broad scale deployment

25 Sept 2017 Smart Cities Dive, Excerpt Getting started with lessons learned from early adopters Lesson 1: Identify your city’s unique needs Different cities, states and local municipalities will have different needs and goals when it comes to digitizing their transportation systems. Therefore, no one approach can be considered a panacea for all cities. For example, cities that only became …

How Big Corporations Game Our Democracy into Their Plutocracy. Also, notes from “The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class” by Sam Pizzigati

When public institutions are governed by private interests. By Ralph Nader, 4 Oct 2017 on Common Dreams A major chapter in American history – rarely taught in our schools – is how ever larger corporations have moved to game, neutralize and undermine the people’s continual efforts to protect our touted democratic society. It is a fascinating story of the relentless exercise …

How Benchmarking Data Can Help Cities Meet Climate Goals

By Amy Egerter, RMI September 12, 2017   Cities have set aggressive greenhouse gas reduction targets over the past few years. One of the most aggressive is Fort Collins, Colorado, which is targeting up to an 80 percent reduction by 2030, with interim benchmarks along the way. As deadlines draw nearer and the climate risks to urban centers grow, city leaders are …

Setting mid-range goals – one example

An Indian government’s think tank and the agency responsible for long-term planning has set a milestone of 100 gigawatts by 2020 for the country’s ambitious renewable energy targets.  According to a document released by the agency, the think tank has stated that the country must achieve at least 100 gigawatts of installed renewable energy capacity by March 2020 in order to achieve …

Locating solar, locally – making recommendations on how and where renewable energy projects fit into your county

Long Island – County creates task force aimed at placing renewables, Story By: TARA SMITH 8/31/2017 In July, county legislators and renewable energy experts joined for the first meeting of the newly formed Renewable Energy Construction Task Force, charged with making recommendations on how and where renewable energy projects fit into Suffolk County. The 14-member task force includes insight from many …

Solar may reach 30% of global share by 2035. Underestimation has been a persistent problem thus far.

By Chelsea Harvey, Washington Post, 25 Aug 2017 Felix Creutzig and his colleagues created an updated version of a commonly used integrated assessment model as an example of how addressing some of the faulty assumptions can make a difference. Updates include more accurate cost assumptions and a better representation of the options available for addressing grid integration challenges. Underestimation is a problem. …