What the future holds

Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2007 at 11:55 am by Shay

Hazel Henderson, author of Ethical Markets, is one of several leading visionaries who were chosen to offer their thoughts on the future as part of Green Money Journal’s fifteenth anniversary issue. She is joined by the likes of Deborah Madison (offering thoughts on the future of food), Amy Domini (offering her perspective on socially-responsible investing), and Woody Tasch on the interesting concept of “slow investing” or “patient capital.”

The future is not as bleak as we may see it, or as a Bread & Puppet performer during the troupe’s Divine Reality Comedy Circus claimed “Everything is not fine, and that is fine.” No, this is not the world through Rove-colored glasses. Rather, each essay provides unique insight into how we need to prepare for the next 15 years, and what we can expect to witness. It’s not all bad, in fact many believe that we are now at the forefront of an emerging economy that will become more humane, not less.

Hazel sees plenty of hope in the future, including a return to multilateralism, increased resource nationalism, a new economy based on clean fuels and energy, and a shift away from taxing income and payroll to instead taxing “waste, pollution, resource depletion, and planned obsolescence.”

However, she sees plenty of challenges to this future model, including “the consequences of money corrupting politics and democracy, the dearth of visionary leadership, global mediocracy and monopoly over the public airwaves.”

Still, Hazel encourages us to remember, “we have all the tools we need to make the transition to global sustainability. The planet is holding up a mirror to humanity and we are slowly learning that our values must change to reflect planetary realities. Stress has always been evolution’s tool. We humans have three main resources to develop ourselves and our societies: information, matter and energy.”

Read her full article here.

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