Citizen Action Monitor

BLOCKBUSTER 2012 documentary on today’s crises — Alarming truths left unsaid for too long

Crises we face today were created by humans — What is created by humans can be changed by humans. No 2102 Posted by fw, November 19, 2017 “Most societies have … Continue reading

November 19, 2017

Foundations for the economy of tomorrow derive from four simple first principles cited in Chapter 8 —  

Enterprise as service; Work as participation; Investment as commitment; and Money as a social good. No 2101 Posted by fw, November 17, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity … Continue reading

November 17, 2017

Our debt-based money system is the biggest challenge facing sustainable investment financing

Find out what our “debt-based” money system is, and why, if not changed, it could be a transition show-stopper. No 2100 Posted by fw, November 16, 2017 To access all … Continue reading

November 16, 2017

Jackson assesses the massive investment demands of a transition to a “Prosperity without Growth” economy

The impact of a transition of this scale on our ongoing economic performance is unclear, but the benefits of a new vision of prosperity are indisputable. No 2099 Posted by … Continue reading

November 15, 2017

Work in the employment-rich service sector is not only more fulfilling, it’s material-light

Service-based vocations “have the potential to restore the value of decent work to its rightful place at the heart of society.” No 2098 Posted by fw, November 13, 2017 To … Continue reading

November 13, 2017

Thinking in terms of services reveals new ways to decarbonize, dematerialize economic activity

Services-based enterprise features “non-polluting energy sources, selling non-material services, not polluting products.” No 2097 Posted by fw, November 11, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, click … Continue reading

November 11, 2017

ICC’s decision to investigate alleged war crimes in Afghanistan is “completely political”

The ICC has become a white man’s “Western, racist, imperial tool” targeting Africa, says Francis Boyle, international law prof. No 2096 Posted by fw, November 10, 2017 “The ICC prosecutor’s … Continue reading

November 10, 2017

American voters are misinforming themselves with fake news lies and inaccuracies

“The most consequential offenders in the dissemination, and success, of fake news is the American education system.” No 2095 Posted by fw, November 10, 2017 “Gore Vidal once remarked, ‘Half … Continue reading

November 10, 2017

James Hansen issues a 13-point call for climate change action at COP-23 in Bonn

“We are entering a period of consequences and are in danger of being too late.” No 2094 Posted by fw, November 09, 2017 “Given that governments were instituted to serve … Continue reading

November 9, 2017

To avert dangerous global climate change, we must downscale economies of rich nations 4-6% per year

Costa Rica proves its high level of wellbeing, minimal ecological impact, has little to do with GDP growth. No 2093 Posted by fw, November 08, 2017 “In the coming decades, … Continue reading

November 8, 2017

Tim Jackson calls for a systematic re-construction of economics capable of delivering a lasting prosperity

Ironically, rampant consumerism provides an opportunity to recalibrate our capitalist economic system. No 2092 Posted by fw, November 07, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, click … Continue reading

November 7, 2017

Proof of genetically inherited altruistic behaviour means we can move beyond the selfish gene

Societies structured to cultivate long-term vision, altruism, and self-transcending behaviours, while penalizing selfish behaviours, will flourish. No 2091 Posted by fw, November 5, 2017 To access all other synopses from … Continue reading

November 5, 2017

Over centuries, a borrowed concept of “self-interest” evolved to become a credible tenet of modern economics

Of late, this “borrowed credibility”, unbridled in a capitalist system, has become “the nastiest motive of nasty people.” No 2090 Posted by fw, November 4, 2017 To access all other … Continue reading

November 4, 2017

It’s past time for us to shift away from consumer desires towards “an alternative hedonism”

An alternative hedonism leading to a more ecologically sustainable, satisfying, happier life. No 2089 Posted by fw, November 3, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, click … Continue reading

November 3, 2017

Fear of social shame drives our relentless pursuit of stuff, threatens promise of a life of true prosperity

The language of goods has failed us, leaving no escape from this social trap in pursuit of a life without shame. No 2088 Posted by fw, November 2, 2017 To … Continue reading

November 2, 2017

Why do rich societies with lots of material goods, show few signs of meaningful social participation?

Given weak evidence of our ability to flourish, it is even more puzzling why rich societies pursue material growth. No 2087 Posted by fw, October 30, 2017 To access all … Continue reading

October 30, 2017

Insatiable consumer desire aside, people are capable of restraining spending in times of economic crisis

But no escaping the growth dilemma — spending restraint during a crisis deepens and lengthens the recession. No 2086 Posted by fw, October 29, 2017 To access all other synopses … Continue reading

October 29, 2017

Duplicitous PM Trudeau slammed for breaking his climate change promise to the world in Paris

Rafe Mair calls the PM to account for choosing LNG and Kinder Morgan over climate and democracy. No 2085 Posted by fw, October 27, 2017 “You have sung such lovely … Continue reading

October 27, 2017

Capitalism is a “blatant failure,” declares Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s new prime minister

Measures used to gauge economic success “have to change” to take into account “people’s ability to actually have a meaningful life”. No 2084 Posted by fw, October 26, 2017 “Jacinda … Continue reading

October 26, 2017