Sam Judd: Valuable poop - The Changing World New Zealand wastewater treatment plants (which account for 85%) of our wastewater) produce 234,112 tonnes of sewage sludge each year. This figure is rising annually as treatment plants are upgraded - more of this filth is captured rather than poured into the ocean - which is good. But what to do with this increasing tide of stinky sludge?
The Economics of Enough – Is ‘Listening’ the new Black? | The Culture Concept Circle Mayhem on Markets…said The Age headlines – Stocks dive on global fears. Sharemarket sheds $55 bn Down down, ‘markets’ are down!
by Polly LaBarre | 1:20 PM February 27, 2012 While the global financial meltdown and its aftershocks have unleashed a flood of indignation, condemnation, and protest upon Wall Street, the crisis has exposed a deeper distrust and implacable resentment of capitalism itself. Capitalism might be the greatest engine of prosperity and progress ever devised, but in recent years, individuals and communities have grown increasingly disgruntled with the implicit contract that governs the rights and responsibilities of business. The global economy and the Internet have heightened our sense of interconnectedness and sharpened our awareness that when a business focuses only on enriching investors, it implies that managers view the interests of customers, employees, communities and the fate of the planet as little more than cost trade-offs in a quarter-by-quarter game. Reimagining Capitalism - Polly LaBarre
Happiness Is The Ultimate Economic Indicator One factor that is increasingly being cited as an important economic indicator is happiness. After all, what good is increased production and consumption if the result isn’t increased human satisfaction? Until fairly recently, the subject of happiness was mostly avoided by economists for lack of good ways to measure it; however, in recent years, “happiness economists” have found ways to combine subjective surveys with objective data (on lifespan, income, and education) to yield data with consistent patterns, making a national happiness index a practical reality.
What's the Latest Development? The global economy is on an unsustainable path. In other words, it cannot supply the resources required by future generations while preserving an ecosystem in which we can all live healthily. By 2030, the world's population will require 50 percent more food, 45 percent more energy and 30 percent more water. A narrow set of interests that produces inequality, both within and between countries, has superseded common interests and common responsibilities, says the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability. What's the Big Idea? Achieving Sustainable Development for the Global Economy
In last week’s article we suggested alternative currency was one of the "next big things” for the new economy. In particular, Bitcoin has enabled an explosion of interest in alternative currency. But what can Bitcoin’s approach and scale teach us about the future of such currencies? While Bitcoin has been successful, local currency movements have never truly taken hold. So what are the drivers of Bitcoin’s success? Big Ideas For A New Economy: Social Currency Unleashed
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by Justin Fox | 11:50 AM February 2, 2012 The Financial Services Roundtable, the lobbying group for the biggest financial companies in the U.S., has a new “white paper” out with the rah rah title, “Financial Services: Safer & Stronger in 2012.” A few of the bullet points: • Banks insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation have $1.5 trillion in capital — the highest capital levels in the history of American banking.• The largest U.S. banks have increased Tier 1 capital — the core measure of a bank’s financial strength from a regulator’s point of view — by nearly 50 percent over the last four years.• Executive compensation has been reformed significantly to align with long-term performance.• Banks have developed fortress balance sheets, improving credit quality by 54 percent, increasing net income and, restoring aggregate lending to pre-crisis levels of nearly $7 trillion. The Problem with the Profit Motive in Finance - Justin Fox
An exciting moment is upon us, where some of the assumptions that have long governed our economy are beginning to unravel. There is the possibility that we could come out of this recession with a new concept of what the economy is, who it serves, and how it works. Reflecting on history, we know that moments for truly re-thinking the economy are scarce. The replacement of mercantilism with liberal economic theory was such a moment. 5 Big Ideas For A New Economy
In the immediate aftermath of World War II, when the United States was preparing its visionary plan for nurturing democratic capitalism abroad, Gen. Omar Bradley said, "It is time to steer by the stars, and not by the lights of each passing ship." Today, more than 60 years later, that means abandoning short-term economic thinking for "sustainable capitalism." We are once again facing one of those rare turning points in history when dangerous challenges and limitless opportunities cry out for clear, long-term thinking. Al Gore and David Blood: A Manifesto for Sustainable Capitalism
20 June 2011Last updated at 17:22 By Mark Kinver Science and environment reporter, BBC News Tree planting can help halt the loss of arable land to the encroaching desert A UN-led pilot scheme hopes to highlight how trees can help people in arid zone, considered to one of the most hostile habitats on the planet. UN project shows how trees help halt desertification
The global economy is a human construct--a tool. And every so often, it gets radically updated, as it did after World War II at the historic Bretton Woods conference, where a new global monetary and ﬁnancial architecture was laid down. Already, economists at governments, universities, and international agencies are hard at work laying the groundwork for the next global economy. Its contours? New systems of national accounts that explicitly count not just gross product, but the full spectrum of wealth creation. The Next Global Economy Asks Companies To Create More Than Just Profit
It’ll be nice when this recession is over and the economy starts chugging along again. When GDP resumes its ordained upward trajectory. When we finally get back to growth. After all, the economy should always be growing, right? Will the End of Oil Mean the End of Growth? - Environment
We’ve heard it being said many times, especially on a Sunday afternoon National Geographic special, “You can remove all animals from earth and man won’t survive but remove man and animals will survive.” Whilst it does wonders in stirring up a fuzzy feeling towards the animal kingdom with regards to how great and apparently self sustaining they are, at the same time it has the power to remove fuzzy logic that our decision making equates to that of the animal kingdom and that we can live as we please and all should be fine. No one quite transforms like humans. Whether we consciously live by it or not, all our decisions have a transformational impact on everything around us. As the world of capitalism has been shaken now for the umpteenth time, and this shake brought with it a few more tremors than before, even as a proponent it is hard not to pause for thought at exactly what this system propagates. Capitalism’s future part 1: Why we can’t ignore a rethink | TomorrowToday
New Network Study Suggests Tight Connectivity in Global Economies is Inevitable and Dangerous Author: Prucia Buscell Plexus Institute: Thursday Complexity Post Global Economies
Eliminative Materialism First published Thu May 8, 2003; substantive revision Tue Apr 16, 2013 Eliminative materialism (or eliminativism) is the radical claim that our ordinary, common-sense understanding of the mind is deeply wrong and that some or all of the mental states posited by common-sense do not actually exist. Descartes famously challenged much of what we take for granted, but he insisted that, for the most part, we can be confident about the content of our own minds. Eliminative materialists go further than Descartes on this point, since they challenge the existence of various mental states that Descartes took for granted.
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