Taxes. Efficiency. Education. Energy supply. Least Cost Planning (Negawatt) PPP (Public Private Partnership) Economic power and Democracy. Resource Based Economy. Global problems faced by mankind today are impacting individuals and nations rapidly.
Climate change, famine, war, epidemics of deadly diseases and environmental pollution contribute to the long list of global challenges we, as humans, need to promptly address before an eventual catastrophe swiftly becomes inevitable. Regardless of political philosophy, religious beliefs, or social customs, all socio-economic systems ultimately depend upon natural resources, such as clean air and water, arable land, and the necessary technology and personnel to maintain a high standard of living. Modern society has access to highly advanced technologies and can make available food, clothing, housing, medical care, a relevant educational system, and develop a limitless supply of renewable, non-contaminating energy such as geothermal, solar, wind and tidal.
It is now possible to have everyone on Earth enjoy a very high standard of living with all of the amenities that a prosperous civilization can provide. Economie Collaborative. People, Planet, Profit: How Triple-Bottom-Line Businesses Lead the Way Toward Sustainable Economies. The business model that puts profit ahead of everything—that in fact looks at profit as the only thing—has created extensive human and environmental misery in the world.
Worldwatch Institute‘s new book, State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability, takes a look at how some entrepreneurs and business people are starting to reassess this model to become “triple-bottom-line” companies—ones that function more holistically to consider “people/planet/profit” in their impact of their practices. It calls this “a small revolution.” Iceland Forgives Entire Population Its Debt and Jails 29 Bankers. Iceland’s economy was among those hit hardest by the 2008 financial crash, leading to unusually strict treatment of the bankers responsible While the world economy struggles to recover from the 2008 financial crisis, most of the bankers who caused the collapse are still collecting massive salaries and have faced few, if any, consequences.
Except in Iceland. In one of the countries hit hardest by the collapse, 29 bankers have now been sentenced to prison for their roles in the crash. According to, Stefan Simanowitz, writing for The Huffington Post on Jan. 5, “Just before Christmas, the former CEO of Iceland’s Glitnir bank and two other senior bankers were sentenced to jail terms of up to five years for market manipulation and breach of fiduciary duties.” 14-03CapaldoTTIP.pdf. Disruptive innovation. Sustaining innovations are typically innovations in technology, whereas disruptive innovations cause changes to markets.
For example, the automobile was a revolutionary technological innovation, but it was not a disruptive innovation, because early automobiles were expensive luxury items that did not disrupt the market for horse-drawn vehicles. The market for transportation essentially remained intact until the debut of the lower priced Ford Model T in 1908. The mass-produced automobile was a disruptive innovation, because it changed the transportation market. The automobile, by itself, was not. The current theoretical understanding of disruptive innovation is different from what might be expected by default, an idea that Clayton M.
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Click to hide this space CAMBRIDGE – There was a time when we economists steered clear of politics. Richard Werner: Über die Notwendigkeit einer Reform der Volkswirtschaftslehre. Why Are US Job Numbers Better Than Europe’s? Thank the Deficit! January 9, 2012 | Like this article?
Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Last Friday, Eurostat released the latest European unemployment data for November 2011. The results were horrific, with unemployment rates in Spain now close to 23 percent (as at November 2011 and rising) and Greece 18.8 percent (as at September 2011) and rising. Wie man Schulden erfolgreich abbaut. Time for the Fed to take over in Europe. The European Central Bank (ECB) has been working hard to convince the world that it is not competent to act as a central bank.
Krugman-oligarchs-and-money. Socially responsible investing. Socially responsible investing (SRI), also known as sustainable, socially conscious, "green" or ethical investing, is any investment strategy which seeks to consider both financial return and social good.
"Socially responsible investing" is one of several related concepts and approaches that influence and, in some cases govern, how asset managers invest portfolios. The term "socially responsible investing" sometimes narrowly refers to practices that seek to avoid harm by screening companies included in an investment portfolio. However, the term is also used more broadly to include more proactive practices such as impact investing, shareholder advocacy and community investing. According to investor Amy Domini, shareholder advocacy and community investing are pillars of socially responsible investing, while doing only negative screening is inadequate. History
Social Investing: Dein Geld, mein Geld. The Occupy Money Cooperative. How Did Economists Get It So Wrong? The Death of the Confidence Fairy. Conservative fantasies on the miracles of market. Austin, TX - A central doctrine of evangelicals for the "free market" is its capacity for innovation: New ideas, new technologies, new gadgets - all flow not from governments, but from individuals and businesses, allowed to flourish in the market, we are told.
That's the claim made in a recent op-ed in our local paper by policy analyst Josiah Neeley of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think-tank in Austin. His conclusion: "Throughout history, technological advances have been driven by private investment, not by government fiat. There is no reason to expect that to change anytime soon. " As is often the case in faith-based systems, reconciling doctrine to the facts of history can be tricky. When I read Neeley's piece, I immediately thought of the long list of modern technological innovations that came directly from government-directed and -financed projects, most notably containerisation, satellites, computers and the internet. The wrecking society: Economics today - Opinion. There is an old story from the heyday of the Soviet Union.
As part of their May Day celebrations they were parading their latest weapon systems down the street in front of the Kremlin. There was a long column of their newest tanks, followed by a row of tractors pulling missiles. Behind these weapons were four pick-up trucks carrying older men in business suits waving to the crowds. Seeing this display, the Communist party boss turned to his defence secretary. He praised the tanks and missiles and then said that he didn't understand the men in business suits. Olafur Ragnar Grimsson Iceland president 'Let banks go bankrupt' Our Economic Ruin Means Freedom for the Super-Rich by George Monbiot. The model is dead; long live the model. Austerity programmes are extending the crises they were meant to solve, yet governments refuse to abandon them.
The United Kingdom provides a powerful example. The cuts, the coalition promised, would hurt but work. They hurt all right – and have pushed us into a double-dip recession. For Companies, the Good Old Days Are Now. Tax revenue as a percentage of GDP in the developed world. Executive Excess 2011: The Massive CEO Rewards for Tax Dodging. International Paper Company CEO compensation: $12.3 million U.S. federal income taxes: $249 million refund CEO John Faraci received a 75 percent pay hike in 2010 pocketing $12.3 million. International Paper CompanyCEO compensation: $12.3 millionU.S. federal income taxes: $249 million refund Prudential FinancialCEO compensation: $16.2 millionU.S. federal income taxes: $722 million refund. The Ideological Crisis of Western Capitalism - Joseph E. Stiglitz.
Exit from comment view mode. Click to hide this space NEW YORK – Just a few years ago, a powerful ideology – the belief in free and unfettered markets – brought the world to the brink of ruin. Even in its hey-day, from the early 1980’s until 2007, American-style deregulated capitalism brought greater material well-being only to the very richest in the richest country of the world. Indeed, over the course of this ideology’s 30-year ascendance, most Americans saw their incomes decline or stagnate year after year.
Moreover, output growth in the United States was not economically sustainable. Rule by Rentiers. Nor is the Federal Reserve riding to the rescue. On Tuesday, Ben Bernanke, the Fed chairman, acknowledged the grimness of the economic picture but indicated that he will do nothing about it. And debt relief for homeowners — which could have done a lot to promote overall economic recovery — has simply dropped off the agenda. The existing program for mortgage relief has been a bust, spending only a tiny fraction of the funds allocated, but there seems to be no interest in revamping and restarting the effort. Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%