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LISTEN: It’s the Slow Economy, Stupid: An Interview with Tom Greco

Green. Moolah. Coin. Benjamins. Greenbacks. Clams. Semolians. Dough. What is this mystical thing we call … money? And after this latest Wall Street crash and the global economic bellyflop that’s come to be known by some as the Great Recession, how can we be sure the people who say they know what it is actually do?

When “financial innovation” creates a shadow economy accountable to no one—when money is no longer connected to real goods —when it’s just a bunch of numbers in the air—what does that mean for the single mother who can’t afford to feed her family? When there’s work that needs to be done, and people willing to do it, but no money to grease the wheels of capitalism, what can be done to fix the system? How do we prevent this from ever happening again?

Thomas Greco, author of The End of Money and the Future of Civilization, talks about all this and more in this podcast from Conscious Talk Radio.

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Use Systems Thinking to Make Lasting Social Change

What can be done when our best intentions create unintended problems—such as temporary shelters increasing homelessness or food aid accelerating starvation?After decades of helping change-makers in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors address tough social problems, systems-thinking expert David Stroh shares the pioneering framework that both demystifies systems thinking and shows how it can lead […] Read More..

Recipe: How to Make the Perfect Pancake

When most people think pancakes, they think breakfast. But for Amy Halloran, breakfast is only the start.Halloran, author of The New Bread Basket, is a self-described pancake connoisseur. From a young age, she was entranced by the magic of bubbly batter rising to fluffy cakes on the griddle. Over time, her love of pancakes developed […] Read More..

Inside the Rise of the Local Grains Movement

Our daily bread. Breaking bread together. Bread and butter. These are all common phrases that reflect bread’s foundational role in our diet and in the building of our civilization. The stored energy of grain first allowed our ancestors to shift from nomadic hunting and gathering to building settled communities—even great cities. So why in an […] Read More..

The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse?

Could it be that the ongoing Greek collapse is a symptom of the more general collapse that the Limits to Growth model generates for the first two decades of the 21st century? Author Ugo Bardi (Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet) examines the correlation between what is unfolding between Greece […] Read More..

Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..
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