Citizen Action Monitor

‘sustainability’ ‘resiliency’ ‘complexity’ ‘collapse’: Do you really know what these terms mean?

No 124 Posted by fw, February 27, 2011 “Collapse, complexity, sustainability, and resiliency are common terms, yet are frequently offered without definition, or with definitions that are less than useful.” … Continue reading

February 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

Can Joseph Tainter save us from ourselves? Pt 7/7: Seven strategies for coping with complexity

No 123, Posted by fw, February 24, 2011 “There are no simple answers to ensuring a prosperous future. But we do need one thing, and that’s that we need an … Continue reading

February 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

Can Joseph Tainter save us from ourselves? Pt 6/7: We can’t innovate our way to a sustainable future

No 122 Posted by fw, February 22, 2011 “In the year 2054, the entire [U.S.] defense budget will purchase just one aircraft. The aircraft will have to be shared by … Continue reading

February 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

Can Joseph Tainter save us from ourselves? Pt 5/7: Fossil fuels gave Industrial Revolution sustainable problem solving system

No 121 Posted by fw, February 20, 2011 In Part 4, Why societies become complex. How complexity triggers collapse, Dr Tainter identified the two defining elements of a complex society … Continue reading

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Can Joseph Tainter save us from ourselves? Pt 4/7: Why societies become complex. How complexity triggers collapse

No 120 Posted by fw, February 17, 2011 In Part 3, How complex societies can remain sustainable, Dr Tainter explains how societal problem solving evolves along a path of increasing … Continue reading

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Can Joseph Tainter save us from ourselves? Pt 3/7: How complex societies can remain sustainable

No 119 Posted by fw, February 14, 2011 In Part 2, Historical knowledge is essential to sustainability, Dr Tainter asserts: “No program to enhance sustainability can be considered practical if … Continue reading

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Can Joseph Tainter save us from ourselves? Pt 2/7: “Historical knowledge is essential to sustainability”

No 118 Posted by fw, February 13, 2011 “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” Edmund Burke In Part 1, The future ain’t what it used to … Continue reading

February 13, 2011 · Leave a comment

Can Joseph Tainter save us from ourselves? Pt 1/7: The future ain’t what it used to be

No 117 Posted by fw, February 10, 2011 When a brilliant scholar develops a new and far-reaching theory that could save present and future diverse societies from catastrophic collapse, then … Continue reading

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Asmaa Mahfouz: The young Egyptian activist who ignited the historic Egyptian Revolution

No 116 Posted by fw, February 9, 2011 Asmaa Mahfouz, a remarkable 26-year-old Egyptian woman whose video posts on Facebook and YouTube helped to incite a mass revolutionary protest movement … Continue reading

February 9, 2011 · Leave a comment

Ontario MPP Sandra Pupatello’s disappointing non-response to G-20 concerns

No 115 Posted by fw, February 9, 2011 On January 11, 2011, my wife, Helga Wintal, and I met for a second time with Ontario Liberal MPP Sandra Pupatello’s Special … Continue reading

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Egyptian activist blogger: “America, just leave us alone”

No 114 Posted by fw, February 6, 2011 “The reality is that any really clean government that comes to power in the region will come into open conflict with the US … Continue reading

February 6, 2011 · Leave a comment

Jewish Voice for Peace activist threatened by unknown “cowards”

No 113 Posted by fw, February 4, 2011 It’s not easy being an activist. Especially if you are an American Jew who also happens to be a member of Jewish … Continue reading

February 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

Rabbi reports growing upsurge of Jewish support for Egyptian uprising

No 112 Posted by fw, February 3, 2011 “Ever since the victory over the dictator of Tunisia and the subsequent uprising in Egypt, my email has been flooded with messages … Continue reading

February 3, 2011 · Leave a comment

In Egypt reporting, Al Jazeera provides credible alternative to mainstream coverage

No 111 Posted by fw, February 3, 2011 As a citizen activist blogger, I depend on credible alternative online news sources for reports that I seldom find in Canadian and … Continue reading

February 3, 2011 · Leave a comment