Like most all of us, I have experienced a number of challenges and set-backs during this Great Recession period. My income and savings dropped dramatically, my dream of starting a new business was put into mothballs. I needed to do a personal-life make-over in a number of key aspects of my day-to-day activities and […]
I wonder if, one of these days when I wake up, someone is going to try to sell me sunshine. Now that everyone buys water in bottles, pays hundreds of dollars every month for digital entertainment products, and feels they can’t get out and exercise without Lululemon ‘yoga inspired athletic apparel,’ there aren’t many frontiers left.
Steve Goldberg, founder of Upside Matters, reflects on the Chilean mine rescue, September 11th and the global economic downturn and wonders: what does it take for events to change human behavior?
I walk into the once inviting lobby of this Halifax water front hotel and am immediately assailed by the reek of tobacco, stale beer and a hint of unwashed flesh. The high-pitched chiming and ringing of the gaming machines almost drowns out the low hum of human voices. Every once in a while a bell […]
From socks to cars to skills, how sharing and swapping gives you more.
David Korten’s 1995 bestseller, When Corporations Rule the World, was a key document in building the anti-globalization movement. In the aftermath of the 2008 economic meltdown, he wrote Agenda for a New Economy, a critique of the overwhelming influence of Wall Street on economic policy, which has resulted in a political system that serves, not the many, but the very wealthy few. Now, Korten is back with a strategy for taking back our political and economic systems and using them to create localized, community-controlled economies that foster the things we really need.