Devaluing human beings and displacing the work force – big impending problems even leaders of finance acknowledge

Bloomberg Markets, Wall Street Visionaries Provide Chilling Views on Next Big Risk. We asked three executives who’ve spent their careers on the cutting edge of the financial industry what they see coming in 5 to 10 years. Here are their answers. By Sonali Basak January 12, 2021 Few predicted—and most were unprepared for—the enormous challenges that have kicked off this decade: …

Street Moves initiative allows local communities to become co-architects of their own streets’ layouts, space used for parking and other public uses

January 5, 2021 Bloomberg – The Street Moves initiative allows local communities to become co-architects of their own streets’ layouts. Via workshops and consultations, residents can control how much street space is used for parking, or for other public uses. It’s already rolled out experimentally at four sites in Stockholm, with three more cities about to join up. The ultimate goal is hugely …

Cities adding scores of miles of new bikelanes and protected areas

The pandemic pushed cities to take back their streets from cars. Will they keep them in 2021? Across the world, as COVID-19 reshaped people’s routines, cities quickly converted streets to bike lanes, pedestrian areas, and places for outdoor dining. As the pandemic ends, it will require a lot of political will to prevent the status quo from returning. By Adele …

Peace of Mind, Democracy at Work: ‘We have the philosophy of not firing people. We want people to not have too many worries.’

By Peter S. Goodman Dec. 29, 2020 NYTimes.com Co-ops in Spain’s Basque Region Soften Capitalism’s Rough Edges: A group of worker-owned businesses may present an alternative model to economies dominated by the interests of shareholders. Over the decades, scores of other cooperatives took root, dominating the town’s economy. Each business is autonomous, but they operate under shared principles, especially the understanding …

What Would Providing Every City with High-Quality, Zero-Emissions Public Transportation Look Like? Also first USDOT Ped Safety Plan

A major investment in transit would be pricey but would drastically improve access and quality. Improving transit quality in every urban area to, at minimum, conditions in the Dallas region would cost an additional $2.2 billion annually. This would be a 4.5 percent increase nationally in operating budgets but would expand per capita transit service by 30.3 percent for the …

Colorado and California temperature and wildfire extremes

Colorado has warmed 2 degrees F on average in the last 30 years. Colorado’s recent average summer temperatures are even higher than the extreme heat of the 1930s Dust Bowl. Peak runoff has been coming 1 to 4 weeks earlier. Warming temperatures and drier soils increase the likelihood of larger wildfires. Colorado broke its average-temperature record for August, when the …

Reality is a Commons

Our greater understanding of the Earth as alive and interconnected At the beginning of 2020, David Bollier published a blog post on “The rise of a New Animism” (read it here). Recognising the historical problems of animism as a Western-centric concept, Bollier suggests that ‘New Animism’ which “sees the experience of life as a dynamic conversation among the creatures and natural systems of …

The New Economy Will Be Built by Movements

Dec 2020: Over 250 of the nation’s largest union, racial-justice, climate, and other grassroots groups joined forces in September with over 100 members of Congress to urge the creation of a new institution as part of the THRIVE Agenda. THRIVE offers a bold and cohesive economic-renewal plan—backed by a movement of movements and a strong majority of voters—to put 16 million people back …

It’s time to consider an electricity customer Bill of Rights

Let the people choose their source and type of power. Let them buy more modern, greener electric services and help transform the grid. Let them choose among vibrant, competitive service offerings just as consumers enjoy in telecommunication, broadband, cable, transportation, and virtually every other formerly exclusive public utility service.  Allow electric power suppliers to compete, innovate, and develop services more responsive to …