Citizen Action Monitor

Our Education system is becoming less relevant for the future we are facing – Nate Hagens (30)

Less specialization and more systemic understanding should be the order of the day. No 2313 Posted by fw, June 24, 2018 To access links to all other posts in this … Continue reading

June 24, 2018

American culture is far too focused on intelligence and cleverness and not wisdom – Nate Hagens (29)

We reward expertise in brainy problem-solving, but neglect the benefit of intelligence and wisdom working synergistically. No 2312 Posted by fw, June 23, 2018 To access links to all other … Continue reading

June 23, 2018

Global population die-off is not the issue; consuming less on a finite planet is – Nate Hagens (28)

“The developed world, including the United States, is going to have to use less, whether we choose to or not.” No 2311 Posted by fw, June 22, 2018 To access … Continue reading

June 22, 2018

Humans keep fighting wars to resolve conflicts – War vs Peace must be on our agenda – Nate Hagens (27)

How can the US justify more military spending, when, in a peaceful world, it could be so much more wisely spent? No 2310 Posted by fw, June 22, 2018 To … Continue reading

June 22, 2018

Today’s American culture translates what people once cared about into dollars – Nate Hagens (26)

“Our culture has a serious problem,” says Hagens, “we’ve lost some of our humanity.” No 2309 Posted by fw, June 21, 2018 To access links to all other posts in … Continue reading

June 21, 2018

Is it time to put limits on what CEOs earn vs what lowest paid employees get? – Nate Hagens (25)

A lot of people see that with unlimited growth, things aren’t working as they used to and they’re upset. No 2308 Posted by fw, June 20, 2018 To access links … Continue reading

June 20, 2018

Rules from finance and economics constrained 20th century aspirations – Nate Hagens (24)

Look for rules from natural sciences and ecology to play a more prominent role in this century. No 2307 Posted by fw, June 19, 2018 To access links to all … Continue reading

June 19, 2018

Our culture asks very narrow-boundary questions when challenges are wide-boundary — Nate Hagens (23)

Our culture fails to recognize that even local, narrow-boundary concerns may be related  to, if not rooted in, serious wide-boundary issues. No 2306 Posted by fw, June 19, 2018 To … Continue reading

June 19, 2018

“Governments and institutions do whatever they can to keep access to energy growing” – Nate Hagens (22)

No institution, no government worldwide is planning for less than 2% growth in the next 50 years. Growth is the plan, the game is the plan. No 2305 Posted by … Continue reading

June 18, 2018

Our industrial enterprise causes unseen, micro-level, socio-enviro impacts – Nate Hagens (21) 

We focus on the seen – but the unseen currently tells a worrying story. No 2304 Posted by fw, June 17, 2018 To access links to all other posts in this series, click … Continue reading

June 17, 2018

Human civilization has neglected our fellow animals of Earth’s wildlife community – Nate Hagens (20)

We simply don’t see the impact on them of the rapid, explosive expansion of human civilization. No 2303 Posted by fw, June 16, 2018 To access links to all other … Continue reading

June 16, 2018

In our quest for ‘treasure’, our capitalist economy has plundered Earth’s ‘riches’ – Nate Hagens (19)

Only when converted into ‘treasure’ are ‘riches’ said to have ‘value’, and governments plan to continue the plunder. No 2302 Posted by fw, June 15, 2018 To access links to … Continue reading

June 15, 2018

Our current market system puts no price on harmful external socio-ecological impacts – Nate Hagens (18)

Trade-off — There’s a case to be made for pricing ecological externalities — but we’d be poorer, work harder, be less comfortable. No 2301 Posted by fw, June 14, 2018 … Continue reading

June 14, 2018

Genes vs Culture — There is strong evidence for a genetic component in human behavior – Nate Hagens (17)

A big hope for this century is that our culture will move towards something more sane, more rational, more humane. No 2300 Posted by fw, June 14, 2018 To access … Continue reading

June 14, 2018

We really care about ourselves first, then our in-groups, and “them” least of all — Nate Hagens (16)

Me vs Us, Us vs Them — Name your global crisis, we’re already witnessing human behaviour at its most selfish. No 2299 Posted by fw, June 13, 2018 To access … Continue reading

June 13, 2018

Once our basic needs are met, wanting more things will not increase our life satisfaction — Nate Hagens (15)

Forget “shop ‘til-you-drop” — It really is the simple things in life that sustain our ongoing feelings of contentment and wellbeing. No 2298 Posted by fw, June 13, 2018 To … Continue reading

June 13, 2018

Brain chemical makes feeling of wanting a thing much stronger than having it — Nate Hagens (14)

Anticipation of reward increases level of dopamine-driving desire, but with possession, dopamine level declines. No 2297 Posted by fw, June 12, 2018 To access links to all other posts in … Continue reading

June 12, 2018

Once our absolute basic needs are met, we start to compare ourselves relative to others — Nate Hagens (13)

And in a culture that values income, status, and ranking, comparisons of relative success can create problems. No 2296 Posted by fw, June 11, 2018 To access links to all … Continue reading

June 11, 2018

How “supernormal stimuli” can cause today’s chronic problems, such as obesity and war – Nate Hagens (12)

Once-helpful, “normal” urges are being hijacked by today’s alluring temptations, from candy to porn to lethal weapons. No 2295 Posted by fw, June 10, 2018 To access links to all … Continue reading

June 10, 2018