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 …

Guaranteeing a job and a living wage to every American: young people are frustrated by a system whose cracks were etched into place by preceding generations, but have only fully metastasized for theirs

April 23, 2018 by Common Dreams Embracing ‘the Sort of Bold Thinking We Need,’ Sanders to Introduce Plan to Guarantee Every American a Job “Proponents trace the idea back to the New Deal Era, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt pitched a ‘Second Bill of Rights’ to Congress in 1944. First on the list: the ‘right to a useful and remunerative job.’” By Jake Johnson, …

Students as debt slaves, more of an indication of social breakdown. Meanwhile, “What Medicare for All is to the health care debate, or Fight for $15 is to the battle about inequality, 100% Renewable is to the struggle for the planet’s future.”

Excerpt from Students as Debt Slaves, at CommonDreams.org 23 Apr 2018.   Interview those fifty-ish high school educated male workers whom Ann Case and Angus Deaton revealed are dying prematurely from diseases of despair. In a meticulously documented essay on the origins and purpose of money, University of Missouri-Kansas City economist Michael Hudson points out that historians and anthropologists can find no examples of …

Environmental issues are anything determining environmental outcomes. What is the next system, new political economy devoted to sustaining human and natural communities?

April 2nd, 2018, NextSystem.org, Ted Howard’s remarks to the Environmental Funders Network in Cambridge, England, on February 2nd, 2018. Good afternoon. I want to begin by thanking the conference organizers for extending an invitation to address you during your important annual deliberations. I come before you today not as an expert on environmental matters, but as someone who has devoted his …

No More Fairy Tales: Why the United States Needs a Whole New Operating System

BY THOMAS LINZEY Here’s one final New Year’s resolution: let’s stop lying to each other. Let’s stop lying about the state of the planet and what it will really take to fix it. Let’s stop lying about who the “founding fathers” were and what kind of constitution they wrote. Let’s stop lying to each other that we can fix everything by …

Dealing with a world with fewer jobs

By Andy Beckett Fri 19 Jan 2018 The Guardian “Work is … how we give our lives meaning when religion, party politics and community fall away.” Work has ruled our lives for centuries, and it does so today more than ever. But a new generation of thinkers insists there is an alternative. Work is the master of the modern world. For most …