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We're going to have to start coming to terms with nature's limits. RICHARD HEINBERG July 27, 2022 Will civilization collapse because it's running out of oil? That question was debated hotly almost 20 years ago; today, not so much. Judging by G…
By Daniel Christian Wahl Our current economic and monetary systems are structurally dysfunctional and at best serve a few (for a while) while more and more people share less and less. Under no circumstances will they deliver a healthy, meaningful …
At 66, I am old enough to remember when the local economy was still thriving. I grew up in an extended family on a small island in Norway. All the apples, berries, pears, and cherries we ate, especially during fall and winter, had been cultivated in …
By Michael Towsey  May 2022 The publication of Growing a New Economy by Roar Bjonnes and Caroline Hargreaves[1] was a milestone in the history of Proutist literature because it was the first comprehensive introduction to P…
What is carbon offsetting? If you are concerned about global warming and you are the CEO of a corporation in Europe or the US, and your company’s production plants pollute the air and water with various chemicals, then you’d naturally want to do s…
1. Plant-Centered Diet Photo by Anna Pelzer on Unsplash The Western diet is increasingly meat-centered and raising livestock accounts for nearly 15% of global greenhouse gasses. If livestock were a nation of their own, it would be the third gre…

Podcasts

Systems Change Alliance
Systems Change Alliance
Digital Verification and Community Empowerment with Jean-Pierre du Plessis
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In the eighth episode of the A Systems Change Deep Dive podcast, we explore Digital Monitoring, Verification and Reporting (D-MRV) of Nature-based Projects and Community Empowerment with Jean-Pierre du Plessis, Co-Founder of African Data Technologies.
It’s Time for Economic Democracy
The best selling French economist Thomas Piketty has documented in well researched detail how inequality is increasing in the world today. His solution? A global wealth tax on the rich. But is that enough to create a more just and equitable economy? In this podcast, Roar Bjonnes suggests that tax reforms are not enough and that what we need instead is economic systems change through economic democracy.
Eight Design Principles for a Local Economy
Shopping locally, growing some of our own fruits and vegetables, these are all very important habits to cultivate if we want to create deeper systems change. But individual changes are not enough in order to stem the tide of economic destruction against nature and the local economy. In this podcast, Roar Bjonnes outlines the eight design principles we need to implement a truly local economy.
Beyond Green Capitalism: Economic Systems Change for the Next Seven Generations
Corporate capitalism is addicted to making money and therefore has a very short planning cycle--hardly longer than its next quarterly profit fix. A truly green, regenerative economy will have to plan long term. To do that, we need deeper economic changes. In this episode, Roar Bjonnes talks about the two most important systems changes needed to create an eco-economy of the future.
Beyond Green Capitalism
Green capitalism is overlooking a fundamental issue in economics; an issue that we need to overcome through systemic restructuring in order to create a sustainable economy. In this episode of Musings on Systems Change, Roar Bjonnes talks about what this fundamental issue is and how to overcome and go beyond the limits of green capitalism.
The Triple Bottom Line: Green Capitalism
In this new Musings on Systems Change podcast, Roar Bjonnes asks if the popular Triple Bottom Line slogan of green capitalism--Profit, People, Planet--which has been adopted by companies such as Shell, is really enough in creating systems change in economics.
Green Gone Wrong
Is sustainable capitalism just another green mean machine or does it hold the promise of a new economy? Can we solve our environmental problems by producing and buying green products?
The European Union – What Went Wrong and When – Erik S. Reinert
Professor Erik S. Reinert is a Professor of Technology Governance and Development Strategies. His book "How Rich Countries Got Rich … and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor" won the Myrdal Prize in economics and the Norwegian Selvaag Prize, both in 2008. Professor Reinert is one of the best-known heterodox economists of our times.