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Posts Tagged ‘Change’

Making Massive Small Change

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For generations, we’ve worked collectively as a society to build our cities into vibrant communities where we can progress and flourish together. Over the years, however, we’ve lost the art of collective and community evolution as our governments step in with their big ideas for urban growth – many of which come at a steep…

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Radical Thinking for 21st-Century Economists

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

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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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Snakes and Ladders & Tantalising Figs

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You ever think about how important fig trees are to ecosystems all over the world? Me neither… until I read Gods, Wasps, and Stranglers. The complex nature of these trees and their interdependence with their surroundings is beyond fascinating. “As our planet’s climate changes and reminds us that nature really does matter, the story [of fig…

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Naomi Wolf on Obama's Speech: So Sophisticated You Have to Gasp

Prominent feminist and author Naomi Wolf (The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot), writing in the Guardian UK, takes a closer look at President Obama’s inauguration speech and sees an end to phony “morning in America” optimism and a refreshing acknowledgment of reality—as well as the opening moves in a brilliant…

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Vermont Commons Takes a Closer Look at Naomi Wolf's 10 Steps

In this article, Rob Williams of the secessionist newspaper Vermont Commons re-visits Naomi Wolf‘s “10 steps” (as enumerated in the book and movie The End of America) for turning an open, democratic society into a closed dictatorship. As Wolf sees it, all the pieces for strangling our centuries-old republic are in place, and until protections…

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LISTEN: Bill McKibben Talks Climate Science on The Reality Report

At exactly what point will the CO2 content in our atmosphere reach crisis levels? Well, a report released October, 2007, by Carbon Equity put the magic number at less than 350 parts per million, while other scientists estimate the figure is actually closer to 300 ppm. Right now, Earth’s atmospheric carbon content is about 385…

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Washington Post Endorses "Cap and Return"

The editorial page of the Washington Post Sunday endorsed a policy Peter Barnes has been advocating for a long time now—most notably in his books Who Owns the Sky? and Climate Solutions: A Citizen’s Guide. It’s something the Post calls “Cap and Return” and Peter calls “Cap and Dividend.” Essentially, to reduce the amount of…

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Bioneering Effective Activism

Bioneers by the Bay, presented by the Marion Institute, is an annual gathering of “biological pioneers” who use cutting edge approaches to environmental restoration. Their work encompasses technological innovation, economic strategies, social justice, and a spiritual connection to the natural world. For these innovators, scientists, and grassroots leaders—as well as 2,000 regular folks—it’s an opportunity…

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