HBR: The downside of resilience

HBR excerpt, The Dark Side of Resilience, August 2017 could too much resilience be a bad thing, just like too much muscle mass can be a bad thing — i.e., putting a strain on the heart? Large-scale scientific studies suggest that even adaptive competencies become maladaptive if taken to the extreme. As Rob Kaiser’s research on leadership versatility indicates, overused strengths become weaknesses. In …

Asian typhoons becoming more intense, have grown 50% stronger in the past 40 years due to warming seas

By Damian Carrington in The Guardian, 2016  On 7 July 2015, satellite images showed the Pacific Ocean with two typhoons, one tropical storm, one formation alert and one large area of increased convection. Photograph: JMA MTSAT-2/NOAA The destructive power of the typhoons that wreak havoc across China, Japan, Korea and the Philippines has intensified by 50% in the past 40 years due …

Rising seas could result in 2 billion refugees by 2100

Cornell University, 26 June 2017, Science Daily Street under flood waters, Bangkok, Thailand. In the year 2100, 2 billion people — about one-fifth of the world’s population — could become climate change refugees due to rising ocean levels. Those who once lived on coastlines will face displacement and resettlement bottlenecks as they seek habitable places inland, according to Cornell University …

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, …

Kate Raworth offers reasoned, illustrated, and documented debunking of the fatally flawed theory behind economic policies that drive financial instability, environmental collapse, poverty, and extreme inequality

David Korten on Kate Raworth, in Yes! Magazine, 3 May 2017.  Kate Raworth will be at the Regenerative Future workshop in Boulder, CO next week. I see a lot of books presuming to explain what’s wrong with the economy and what to do about it. Rarely do I come across one with the consistent new paradigm frame, historical depth, practical …

Freshwater & renewable energy storage for drought striken regions? Areas for integrated pumped hydro reverse osmosis (IPHRO) system identified

Combined energy and water system could provide for millions: Analysis shows system could economically bring fresh water and renewable energy storage to drought-stricken coastal regions worldwide. Introduction by Kelley Travers | MIT Energy Initiative, 18 April 2017.  Full copy of the article is available at the link and below the overview. The team’s analysis determined that in Southern California, all power …

Health and wellbeing, economy and society, infrastructure and ecosystems, affordability of transport, amount of green space add up to resilience in 156 questions

By Nick Van Mead, Originally posted in The Guardian The Rockefeller Foundation launched the City Resilience Index (CRI) today, by engineering consultancy Arup.  For example, “Concepción had done all the things you’d expect an earthquake-prone city to do in terms of building codes and emergency management, but the weakness that emerged [from the CRI assessment] was that their telecommunications systems were all …

Building the commons, new ways of structuring the economy and society that are empowering and more just and sustainable

This article initially appeared in the book “Moving Beyond Capitalism,” published in September 2016 by Ashgate Publishing Limited. The book was edited by Cliff DuRand of the Center for Global Justice. We participated in a week-long conference in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico during the summer of 2014. The book came out of that conference. We thought it would be …

Global movement promises to fight inequality

Press release from GreenPeace and Fight Inequality Alliance, The Philippines and SE Asia, 22 February 2017 Manila, Philippines – Civil society and grassroots organizations from across Asia gathered in Manila on February 21-22 for a strategy meeting to discuss a global campaign against inequality. Calling themselves the Fight Inequality Alliance, the group believes that a global movement is needed to address …