Progress for whom, and 7 critical graphs showing why Steven Pinker is wrong

Progress for whom, and other critical questions Pope Francis insists we ask line up with points by and data from Jeremy Lent… In Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, published last year, Steven Pinker argues that the human race has never had it so good as a result of values he attributes to the European Enlightenment of …

Short book highlights from Concrete Economics, a New Consensus recommendation

Central to Hamilton’s view was protecting America’s infant industries, so up went the tariff, about 25% in 1816  Given the huge costs of shipping in the early 1800s, this was a formidable exercise in protectionism as well as a major source of federal government revenues.  And up it stayed, over the opposition of agriculturalists who were buyers, not producers, of …

3 key traits of good climate policy, tackling the problems we have and making a large, meaningful impact on carbon emissions and climate change

Good climate policy has 3 key traits: It has a large, meaningful impact on carbon emissions and climate change. It specifically tackles the problems that aren’t already being tackled by the market. It actually gets passed into law. All of that is compatible with a Green New Deal.  In just the past decade, solar power has gone from being uneconomical anywhere on …

Capitalism rewards extractive activities, but has a great structural difficulty in financing generative impacts

Michel Bauwens: I very strongly believe this is one of the key solutions for climate change mitigation, and more generally, about creating ‘circular finance’ mechanisms, i.e. rewarding generative, rather than extractive activity. Capitalism rewards extractive activities, but has a great structural difficulty in financing generative impacts. One of the potential solutions are ‘circular finance’ mechanisms, in which positive and generative …

Creating conditions conducive to life: Why sustainability is no longer enough, yet still very important on the road to regeneration

Daniel Wahl: “We need to learn to design as nature, engage in regenerative design and development, and create diverse regenerative cultures elegantly adapted to the bio-cultural uniqueness of place. Such cultures would design as nature understanding themselves as healers of local ecosystems and humble caretakers of the community of life — biodiversity — that shares a unique place with us.” “Allied with the community of life …

Clean Energy Through Urban Action – PUSH Buffalo

Clean Energy Through Urban Action – PUSH Buffalo, by Carolyn Fortuna in Clean Technica, February 23rd, 2019  “It’s an interesting time to be alive,” Rahwa Ghirmatzion, PUSH Buffalo‘s executive director, began during a recent interview with us at CleanTechnica. Mobilizing residents into vibrant neighborhoods with safe, reasonably-priced housing and local hiring opportunities, the organization has many successes, and its ongoing collaboration with the Solutions Project to power the …

Evolving Toward Cooperation

To clarify theory and worldview in Wilson’s words:   “The difference is that a theory can only tell us what is, while a worldview can tell us how to act.” Evolving Toward Cooperation: David Sloan Wilson’s New Evolutionary Biology, By Kurt Johnson, P2P Foundation and re-posted from Kosmos Journal, February 12, 2019  Shortly after the publication of The Coming Interspiritual Age in 2013, I was contacted by Dr. David Sloan Wilson, founder …

Municipal enterprise

By Stephanie Geller, Research Specialist, Community Wealth Building, Democracy Collaborative, January 15, 2019 DEMOCRATIC OWNERSHIP Municipal enterprises are businesses or services owned by local public authorities that provide services or generate revenue for local communities. One of the earliest municipal enterprises were public power companies. As early as the 1880s, local governments began forming them to provide electricity in areas …

Rights of Nature: Now legally recognizing the rights of wild rice to grow and flourish

The White Earth Band of Ojibwe Legally Recognized the Rights of Wild Rice. Here’s WhyFinally, plant species have rights, too. by Winona LaDuke, in Yes Magazine Feb 01, 2019 Manoomin (“wild rice”) now has legal rights. At the close of 2018, the White Earth band of Ojibwe passed a law formally recognizing the Rights of Manoomin. According to a resolution, these rights were recognized …

What Do Companies Owe The Environment? Integrating Natural Capital in Risk Assessments: A Step-by-Step Guide

Excerpt from Clean Technica, What Do Companies Owe The Environment? Natural Capital Risk Assessment At Davos, January 16th, 2019 | by Carolyn Fortuna A week before the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, the Natural Capital Finance Alliance (NCFA) has launched the world’s first step-by-step guide to help financial institutions conduct a rapid natural capital risk assessment — “not just greenhouse gases, but also how …