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The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor

September 3, 2018

In response to one of the nation’s darkest labor-history chapters, Congress passed a law in 1894 making the first Monday of every September “Labor Day,” to pay tribute and honor the achievements and contributions of American workers. While the passing of the law helped to improve conditions, standards, and relations there was still work to…

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Why Economic Development Incentive Programs Don’t Work

August 30, 2018

When it comes to economic development programs, most people are quick to hang their hat on the incentive rack. It’s shiny and big and full of promise. Yet, the stark reality is almost all programs of that nature miss the mark on actually creating sustainable growth. Rather than focus efforts on wooing new companies to…

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Radical Thinking for 21st-Century Economists

August 13, 2018

The economy is a complex, evolving system, and that’s an empowering thought: it means that every one of us can play a part in shaping its evolution. When it comes to understanding economics you may be familiar with classic texts like Adam Smith’s, but don’t view that as the be-all-end-all, lest you get stuck in…

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Hip Hip, Hooray! It’s National Book Lovers Day!

August 9, 2018

 If you’re anything like us, this might be one of your favorite days of the year. To help you celebrate as only a book-lover can (with a stack of tomes in your favorite reading nook), we’ve rounded up a few Chelsea Green faves – from bestsellers to staff favorites to brand new, just hit the…

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Separate and Unequal: A Story of How Wealth Divides Us

July 17, 2018

For Chuck Collins, privilege and wealth were birthrights: As the great-grandson of hot dog-royalty Oscar Mayer, he would inherit part of the family fortune as a trust fund. While most people would have viewed this as a blessing, Collins simply felt a profound sense of guilt. Having become aware of inequality at a young age,…

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Seven Ways to Think Like a Twenty-First-Century Economist

July 5, 2018

We’ve come a long way since the days of horse-drawn buggies and telegrams: We can send messages to someone across the globe in seconds, travel overseas takes hours not days, and yet, when it comes to how we think about the economy, we’re centuries behind the times. Renegade economist, Kate Raworth, proposes an entirely new…

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Our Favorite Summer Reads

June 21, 2018

Wondering what to read this summer? Don’t worry, we have you covered! Grab your towel and claim the best pool chair or relax at your homestead with one of these perfect summer reads. Whether its nature reads, to healing your gut, everything wild, or inspirational books you’ll have your nose in a book all summer long…

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Profit or Loss from Farming

June 12, 2018

Most people don’t start farming to crunch numbers and expenses. Like any business, even small-scale farmers need to consider their income and expenses. In his chapter on economics, Mike Madison breaks down everything he reported on his Form 1040, Schedule F: Profit or Loss from Farming to give readers a good idea of what kind of accounting…

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VIDEO TED2018: A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow

May 22, 2018

What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? “Like a doughnut,” says Oxford economist Kate Raworth. In a stellar, eye-opening TED2018 talk, Kate explains how we can move countries out of the hole — where people are falling short on life’s essentials — and create regenerative, distributive economies that work within the planet’s ecological limits. (Afterward,…

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Books to Curl up with this Winter!

February 12, 2018

William Wordsworth was right when he said, “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” Nevertheless, the cold, dark days of winter can still get the best of even Nature’s most tenderhearted admirer. What’s one to do? We here at Chelsea Green have concocted the perfect cabin fever remedy with our suggested winter reading…

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Slack and Taut: Defining a System's Resilience

December 12, 2016

A resilient future (or a resilient present, for that matter) needs to be slack, not taut. What do we mean? Core to the concept of a Lean Economy is understanding the need to move toward a “slack” market rather than one that is “taut.” When British economist David Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left…

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Prehistory of the Next American Revolution

November 28, 2016

What now? A new Revolution? If we are to counter the dangers both of corporate domination and of traditional forms of socialist statism, decentralization is essential—both of economic institutions and of political structure. We are at a point in our nation’s history that could, decades from now, be taught as the prehistory of the next…

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The Seven-Point Protocol for a Lean Economy

November 28, 2016

In the future, what will our local economies look like? How will they function if there is little, to no, state or national support? The late David Fleming envisioned a post-capitalistic society that we could call “deep local” — in which all needs are met at the local level — from income to social capital…

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The Six Vital Capitals of the Future

November 17, 2016

There is an increasing demand on businesses and governments to evaluate their impacts on multiple forms of capital – natural, social, and economic— and this book explains how they can make it happen. The MultiCapital Scorecard’s open-source methodology has been endorsed by the United Nations Environment Program, and it has been shown to help public…

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Author Nicolette Hahn Niman to Speak at Nobel Dialogue on the Future of Food

November 14, 2016

What does a former environmental lawyer and vegetarian turned cattle rancher have in common with Bob Dylan? They’ll both be — theoretically — in Stockholm in December during the Nobel Prize ceremonies. That’s right – Chelsea Green author Nicolette Hahn Niman will be one of several global opinion leaders and experts taking part in this…

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The End of Stationarity

October 24, 2016

Welcome to the End … of Stationarity. And what is “stationarity”? We’re glad you asked. Scientists have devised a new term to explain the turmoil caused by climate change: the end of stationarity. It means that our baselines for rainfall, water flow, temperature, and extreme weather are no longer relevant—that making predictions based on past…

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We are Farmily: Everyday Life on Sole Food Street Farm

October 20, 2016

Food is the medium. The message is nourishment in its most elemental and spiritual form. That’s how author Michael Ableman sees the role of Sole Food Street Farm and the food it sells to markets, restaurants, and individuals. In the following excerpt from his new book, Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the…

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Bullshit. *Charisma, Icon, Intelligence, Empty Sandwich

October 14, 2016

How does the word “bullshit” connect to Charisma, Intelligence and the notion of The Empty Sandwich? To find out the answer to this question we meandered through David Fleming’s Lean Logic. A dictionary unlike any other, Lean Logic encourages readers to actively and intellectually engage with its entries. These entries are often cross-referenced so that…

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From Farm-to-Table to Farm-to-Everything

October 13, 2016

No longer restricted to the elite segments of society, the farm-to-table movement now reaches a wide spectrum of Americans from hospital and office cafeterias to elementary schools and fast-casual restaurants. Nearly a century ago, the idea of “local food” would have seemed perplexing, since virtually all food was local. Today, most of the food consumed…

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The Three Cs of Farm-to-School

October 13, 2016

Most people know about the three “R’s” – reading, writing, and arithmetic. But, have you heard about the three “C’s”? If you, or your kid, is at a school that takes part in the Farm-to-School movement, then you may already know about them. October is National Farm-to-School month, and in their book Farm to Table,…

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Born on Third Base: A Q&A with Author and Inequality Activist Chuck Collins

September 22, 2016

As inequality grabs headlines, steals the show in presidential debates, and drives deep divides between the haves and have nots in America, class war brews. Does it have to be this way? Can we suspend both class wars long enough to consider a new way forward? Is it really good for anyone that most of…

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Three Principles to Survive the Future

September 20, 2016

What guiding principles will you need to not just survive the future, but imagine a better one?  Surviving the Future is a story drawn from the fertile ground of the late David Fleming’s extraordinary Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. That hardback consists of four hundred and four interlinked dictionary…

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The 5 Rules of Lean Thinking

September 20, 2016

Are you ready to co-create the future? These 5 Rules of Lean Thinking are a useful tool as we set out to collectively invent a post-market future. Surviving the Future is a story drawn from the fertile ground of the late David Fleming’s extraordinary Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive…

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Solar Dollars: Promote Renewable Energy & Support Local Economies

September 12, 2016

How can you use the sun as a way to not only generate renewable energy, but support the local economy and provide interest-free financing for utility companies? Author Thomas Greco (The End of Money and the Future of Civilization) has the answer: Solar Dollars! In a recent post on this blog (Beyond Money), Greco makes…

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Using Permaculture Principles to Design Resilient Cities

August 31, 2016

The Permaculture City begins in the garden but takes what we have learned there and applies it to a much broader range of human experience; we’re not just gardening plants but people, neighborhoods, and even cultures. Author Toby Hemenway (Gaia’s Garden) lays out how permaculture design can help towndwellers solve the challenges of meeting our…

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