Let’s be honest: real sustainability may not make business sense

Posted on Jan 22, 2014
Let’s be honest: real sustainability may not make business sense

Wouldn’t it be nice if the best business decision were aligned with the best ecological decision? Some people say that often it already is, and that if corporations would only wake up and see it, the opposition between profit and planet would diminish. The business case for sustainability draws on several core arguments. Pro-environmental practices […]

Genetically Modifying and Patenting Seeds isn’t the Answer

Posted on Oct 9, 2012
Genetically Modifying and Patenting Seeds isn’t the Answer

A Croatian translation of this article can be found here:   The great historian Lewis Mumford once described a patent as “a device that enables one man to claim special financial rewards for being the last link in the complicated social process that produced the invention”. He was pointing out that we do not produce […]

We Can’t Grow Ourselves out of Debt

Posted on Sep 3, 2012
We Can’t Grow Ourselves out of Debt

You can find a French translation of this essay here.   Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke’s pledge at Jackson Hole last Friday to “promote a stronger economic recovery” through “additional policy accommodation” has drawn criticism from economists, liberal and conservative, who question whether the Fed has the wherewithal to stimulate economic growth. What we actually […]

Money and the Divine Masculine

Posted on Aug 13, 2012
Money and the Divine Masculine

I recently attended a ceremony at the Tamera village in Portugal in which the officiant invoked “the healing of money.” Immediately a vivid image popped into my head of a man, vast and muscular, bound to the earth with stakes and tethers, straining with every atom of his strength to free himself and rise up. […]

Why Rio +20 Failed

Posted on Jun 26, 2012

A Croatian translation of this article is available.   You know folks, I’m a bit worried about my 16-year-old son, Jimi. When he was 13, he grew three inches. When he was 14, he grew five inches. When he was 15 his growth slowed to three inches, and no matter how much I feed him, […]

A Coal Pile in the Ballroom

Posted on Apr 19, 2012
A Coal Pile in the Ballroom

Economic growth turns social reciprocity and gift relationships (two components of GNH) into paid services. It converts pristine ecosystems into sources of timber or minerals. It converts silence into noise, starry skies into urban lights, kitchen gardens into supermarket purchases, mom’s cooking into fast food takeout. It replaces the village storyteller with the TV cartoon, […]

Money and the Crisis of Civilization

Posted on Apr 7, 2009
Money and the Crisis of Civilization

This essay has been translated into Spanish and into Romanian.   Suppose you give me a million dollars with the instructions, “Invest this profitably, and I’ll pay you well.” I’m a sharp dresser — why not? So I go out onto the street and hand out stacks of bills to random passers-by. Ten thousand dollars […]