Encouraging greater maintenance of wetlands for migrating birds, with an AirBnB model

Migratory dunlins flying over a field flooded as part of the Nature Conservancy’s BirdReturns program.CreditGreg Golet/The Nature Conservancy As the world’s population grows, so does demand for land. One upshot is that setting aside big tracts to protect endangered species and carbon-rich forests is increasingly expensive. Enter the Airbnb economic model. While it’s not a panacea, it provides attractive solutions …

Tech may be the cure for collisions between buses and people biking and walking

By Kelley Coyner – October 3, 2017 – A Mobility Lab top article from 2017 Uri Tamir of Intel’s Mobileye and Mobility Momma last discussed how vehicle cameras can now eliminate blind spots, warn drivers about bikers and walkers, and map bike and pedestrian hot spots.While the brains of automated vehicles may not be able to predict cyclist behavior, Tamir said that Mobileye’s Shield+ technology can still help …

Nobel economist says bad inequality is a symptom of policies that can and should be reversed

A Nobel Prize-winning economist thinks we’re asking all the wrong questions about inequality, on Quartz.com 31 Dec 2017 Nobel thinking. (Reuters/Dominick Reuter) SHARE WRITTEN BY Preeti Varathan December 27, 2017 America is trying to come to terms with its economic inequality. Does inequality spur growth or kill it? Is it a necessary evil—or necessarily bad? Angus Deaton, an economics professor …

Slavery through debt

28 Dec 2017 Common Dreams by Ellen Brown “Slavery by debt has continued to this day, and it is particularly evident in the plight of students.” (Photo: Michael Fleshman/cc) The advantages of slavery by debt over “chattel” slavery – ownership of humans as a property right – were set out in an infamous document called the Hazard Circular, reportedly circulated by British banking interests among their American banking counterparts during …

Shifting ownership from the 1% to the 99%: Initiative seeks for employee owned companies to be 20-25% of the workforce by 2050, adding security, recirculating money locally 3x more

By Fran Korten in Yes! Magazine, Oct 26, 2017 For decades Marjorie Kelly has looked for ways that businesses can better contribute to the good of society. In 1987, after getting a master’s degree in journalism, she founded Business Ethics magazine to showcase socially responsible corporations. But after 20 years as president and publisher, she sold the magazine. She had come to an …

Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

By Kate RaworthHow would you explain 21st century economics in just a minute? I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the world’s best stop-motion animators to bring new economic thinking to life on screen. Please feel free to show them in the classroom, in workshops, in public talks, and to share them widely on social media. And if …

Design global, manufacture local: a new industrial revolution?

P2P Foundation and The Conversation, October 18, 2017  By Vasilis Kostakis  Vasilis Kostakis and Jose Ramos: What if globally designed products could radically change how we work, produce and consume? Several examples across continents show the way we are producing and consuming goods could be improved by relying on globally shared digital resources, such as design, knowledge and software. Imagine a prosthetic hand designed …

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 …

GHG cuts being cancelled out by economic growth, but there’s another, better, happier, healthier path forward

The Guardian, 7 Oct 2017 Earlier this summer, a paper published in the journal Nature captured headlines with a rather bleak forecast. Our chances of keeping global warming below the 2C danger threshold are very, very small: only about 5%. The reason, according to the paper’s authors, is that the cuts we’re making to greenhouse gas emissions are being cancelled out by economic …

Debts That Cannot Be Paid Will Not Be – Is Capitalism Insolvent?

By T. Sabri Öncü  Prime Economics and The New Weather Institute 20 July 2017 Debts That Cannot Be Paid Will Not Be  International & World, Private Debt Total global debt has increased, growth has been slowing down since the onset of the global financial crisis in 2007 and has been rapidly decelerating after 2012. This may be a sign that the world has arrived at …