Leveraging startup culture to improve government and make the rapid shifts we need

By The Intersector Project By Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor, City of West Sacramento and Mark Johannessen, Council Member, City of West Sacramento As advancements in technology revolutionize customer experiences in every aspect of our residents’ lives, local governments are under evolutionary pressure to adapt or risk losing the support and trust of the communities they serve. However, by design, governmental entities are organized to …

Cultivating an Economy in Service to Life

Imagine for a moment that you live in a place that is truly healthy, where people feel a sense of belonging and security. Such an economy would nurture diversity. Quality of life would be paramount. Human activities would support natural systems and processes. Ecosystems would be healthy and provide services that enhance people’s quality of life. All forms of capital …

Green Transformation: Is There a Fast Track? from The Politics of Green Transformations

By Hubert Schmitz.  This is the final chapter of Ian Scoones, Melissa Leach and Peter Newell (eds), The Politics of Green Transformations, Earthscan/Routledge, 2015.   Introduction The green transformation is different from previous transformations in one critical respect: urgency. This is the first transformation in history to be achieved against a deadline. Hence the question in the title: is there a fast …

Learning from approaches in other sectors

Cross-posted from The Beam, interviews with inspiring leaders While Stefan Schurig is an architect by training, he has devoted most of his professional career to the environment and sustainability. Before becoming the Director of Climate, Energy and Cities at the World Future Council (WFC) in 2007, Stefan was the spokesperson for Greenpeace Germany for 10 years. In 2002 he also …

McKinsey estimates $2.5 Trillion in potential economic impact from continued adoption of mobility services, by 2025

From McKinsey.com/business-functions/digital-mckinsey/our-insights/big-data-the-next-frontier-for-innovation.  Their December 2016 report compares results with 2011 and looks forward Hyperscale, real-time matching is a disruptive model that will influence transportation and logistics, automotive development, and smart cities and infrastructure. Indicators of potential for disruption: ▪ Assets are underutilized due to inefficient signaling ▪ Supply/demand mismatch ▪ Dependence on large amounts of personalized data ▪ Data is siloed or …

The Least Risky Business Case

Cross-posted from RMI.org The report highlights the importance of driving energy efficiency, switching to electrification, and finally decarbonizing the electricity supply. For the past two years, we have watched as the Risky Business Project expertly detailed the economic risks to the U.S. from unabated climate change. Now, this group, founded by co-chairs Michael R. Bloomberg, Hank Paulson, and Tom Steyer, …

Climate aware economics being built from the bottom up, in five primary ways

By Steve RUSHTON, 8 December 2016, cross-posted Part I in this series explored seven ways that climate change could trigger the next financial crash. Part II looked at the ways big finance and oil use self-reinforcing mechanisms of power to remain seated atop the capitalist system. In Part III we turn our attention toward a climate-aware economics that is already being built from the …