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Economy – Resilience

Building a world of resilient communities

Last Build Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:51:41 +0000


Addressing the Systemic Challenge at the Heart of Escalating Inequality and Environmental Destruction

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:39:52 +0000


The inconvenient truth is that we face a problem beyond politics and reform, beyond good projects and initiatives and campaigns – ours is a systemic crisis at the very heart of our 21stcentury political-economy.

Storm Warnings

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:16:45 +0000


The argument between orthodox economists and their critics resembles one that occurred in weather forecasting in the mid-nineteenth century, with the establishment of the UK Meteorology Office in 1854 by Admiral Robert FitzRoy.

The Curse of Bigness

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:24:43 +0000


There is, of course, a caution for our species in Pig #6707. When an organism grows beyond its design, nature will determine it to fail — a fact of life, in the strictest sense. Nowhere in evolutionary theory is hypertrophic growth posited as the key to success. What is key is optimum size, what we’d more accurately call right size.

Fox in the Hen House: Why Interest Rates Are Rising

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:03:50 +0000


The Fed is aggressively raising interest rates, although inflation is contained, private debt is already at 150% of GDP, and rising variable rates could push borrowers into insolvency. So what is driving the Fed’s push to “tighten”?

Designing for a Better Society: How Tiny Houses can Have a Huge Impact

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:43:10 +0000


With IMBY we wanted to answer the question of how, starting from design and production methods, we could build a house that could foster social integration and civic engagement in a sustainable model. And this can only be done by empowering the people.

The Power of Cooperative Economics

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:04:46 +0000


The Solidarity Research Center based in Los Angeles, California, was established in 2014 by a group of researchers and academics with roots in organized labor. Now they are working on projects across the country, linking the ethos of the labor movement and the dynamics of the cooperative economy to build and promote cooperatives across a wide range of sectors.

Cursed to Live in Interesting Times

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:20:17 +0000


In this article I connect the fall in the growth rate, with its roots in the rising costs of energy extraction and generation, to declining resilience in the economic system. These are in turn related to a more conflict ridden geo-politics.

The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics – The Gaping Hole in the Middle of the Circular Economy

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:21:03 +0000


The ‘circular economy’ is, in my opinion, a ruse to make affluent consumers feel that they can keep consuming without the need to change their habits. Nothing could be further from the truth, and the central reason for that is the necessity for energy to power economic activity.

Is Inequality in America Irreversible?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:10:13 +0000


We are living in a time of extreme and extraordinary inequality. There is now a genre of research looking at different dimensions of the income and wealth gap. This body of work chronicles the shapes and facets of inequality and its adverse impact on everything we care about.

Workplaces are Commons

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:38:41 +0000


The Sustainable Economies Law Center is an organization based out of Oakland, California, that puts economic democracy front and center in its mission to support community resilience and grassroots economic empowerment.

When Values Arise from Relationships, not from Things

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:20:47 +0000


In the new economy that’s now emerging, care for life replaces our a preoccupation with money. Value is measured in terms of the health of living systems, and the land, air, and oceans that surround us.