How inequality creates the social and political divisions that isolate us from each other, eroding our mental health

By Kate Pickett, Richard Wilkinson on Common Dreams and OpenDemocracy.net, 14 Aug 2018 We’ve known for a long time that inequality causes a wide range of health and social problems, including everything from reduced life expectancy and higher infant mortality to poor educational attainment, lower social mobility and increased levels of violence.(Photo: Flickr/mSeattle. CC BY 2.0.) When people are asked what matters most for their …

The U.S. Spends Far Too Little on Social Welfare

By Nathaniel Lewis March 26, 2018 at the People’s Policy Project.  See how to directly support at the link below! Alexander Rabb / Flickr The US government has a spending problem. Given the country’s level of wealth, the government spends far too little — at least $1.6 trillion a year too little — on social welfare. This exacerbates problems like poverty and inequality, …

The 1.5 Generation: My generation is radically remaking climate activism. Will it be enough?

https://grist.org/article/courage-and-bolt-cutters-meet-the-next-generation-of-climate-activists/ Eric Holthaus on Aug 22, 2018, at Grist.com My generation, the millennials, will never know a time when climate change wasn’t a grave threat. Back in 1988, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere crossed the 350 parts per million level when I was still watching Sesame Street and digging up worms in the backyard. Scientists consider that mark the maximum threshold …

Change the World, Not Yourself, or How Arendt Called Out Thoreau: collective spirit that ought to guide acts of public refusal

By Katie Fitzpatrick, Thursday, August 23, 2018 on Common Dreams, originally in Aeon. Dr Martin Luther King, Dr Ralph David Abernathy, their families, and others leading the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965. (Photo: Courtesy Wikipedia) It is not often that a neighborhood squabble is remembered as a world-historical event. In the summer of 1846, Henry David Thoreau spent a single night in …

A window into substantive, material economic weakness and risk

By Gil Friend in GreenBiz, May 2018 “If you extrapolate from these documents and case law and the COP21 agreement, then some 90 percent of the world’s business models must be transformed to net-zero GHG business models by 2050.”  First in a two-part series on business risk and strategic duty. My sustainability work over the past several decades has focused …

Democracy, public schools and charter schools

Charter schools are at heart a less democratic system than public schools. By Steven Singer on Common Dreams.org, May 2018 Charter schools have turned our children into the products of businesspeople. Enough. (Photo: AgainstAusterity.org) There are good charter schools. I admit that. There are bad public schools. I admit that, too. But if one had to choose between the worst public school and the …

Emerging from the last five decades, tailspin

http://time.com/5280446/baby-boomer-generation-america-steve-brill/ May 17, 2018, Time Magazine Brill, the author of Tailspin, is the founder of Court TV and the American Lawyer ONE Lately, most Americans, regardless of their political leanings, have been asking themselves some version of the same question: How did we get here? How did the world’s greatest democracy and economy become a land of crumbling roads, galloping income …

The Next System: The Joyful Economy, by Gus Speth

This paper by Gus Speth, published alongside three others, is one of many proposals for a systemic alternative we have published or will be publishing here at the Next System Project. You can read it below, or download thePDF. We have commissioned these papers in order to facilitate an informed and comprehensive discussion of “new systems,” and as part of this effort we …

Next System Project Comparative Framework

March 1st, 2016 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, social, political, and environmental …