30 years of Farm Aid

Interviews Carolyn Mugar, Executive Director, Farm Aid How did you get involved with Farm Aid? I started with Farm Aid shortly before the first benefit concert in 1985. Willie Nelson and I had some friends in common and when he was looking for someone to help him distribute the funds that would be raised at the concert, I was lucky …

Banking on the public

Banking on the Public: Going Postal, North Dakota, and Other Finance Alternatives  BY ABBY SCHER | JUNE 2013 Hundreds of people seeking a roadmap for remaking the banking system gathered north of San Francisco in early June at Public Banking 2013: Funding the New Economy, a conference held at Dominican University, whose Green MBA program was a cosponsor. It was …

Picking up the tab: average citizens and small businesses pay the price for offshore tax shelters

Phineas Baxandall, PhD from MIT and former professor at Harvard produced this great report up through 2014 Picking Up the Tab:  Average Citizens and Small Businesses Pay the Price for Offshore Tax Shelters RELEASED BY: U.S. PIRG, RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014, READ NEWS RELEASE, DOWNLOAD REPORT (PDF) Every year, corporations and wealthy individuals use complicated gimmicks to shift U.S. earnings …

What can we learn for rapid shift from digital transformations?

Posted on 7 October 2016 by Nathan Oxley and Adrian Smith With climate change, inequality, and injustice putting pressure on societies around the world, it often seems that incremental change towards sustainable development is not enough. A growing number and variety of alliances between organisations across civil society, business, politicians and states are calling for something more transformational. So are there …

Are conditions approaching for a rapid economic shift?

Cross-posted from the New Weather Institute Blog  Prof Richard Murphy of City University thinks out loud about the prospect of a rapid transition in economic thinking and practise, in conversation with New Weather Institute’s Andrew Simms at the Hay Festival  By Richard Murphy Andrew Simms and I had a lot of fun talking at the Hay Festival on 1st June. I …

Learning from the past, about rapid transitions

Cross-posted from The New Weather Institute.  “We sense new weather.  We are on our marks.  We are all in this together.”– Carol Ann Duffy What can history teach us for the task of rapid transition in the face of climate change and corrosive inequality? Historian Molly Conisbee looks at how communities adapted during Britain’s dramatic urban growth and upheaval in …

Gerrymander Voting Maps In Wisconsin Struck Down By Federal Court

November 22nd, 2016 by Steve Hanley.  Published in Think Progress.  Just when you think the world has gone dark and there is no hope that actual adults may be in charge of things in America, a tiny ray of sunshine appears to reassure us that all is not lost. A federal court has struck down the voting gerrymander voting maps …

Reconnecting – an interview with John Thackara

The following is an interview with John Thackara about his last book “How to Thrive in the Next Economy”, conducted by Jonny Gordon-Farleigh: Jonny Gordon-Farleigh: Your new book, How to Thrive in the Next Economy, explores practical innovations in sustainability across the world. What stories would you pick out as the most instructive for the scale of change we need …