Category: Society


The contemporary corporation is primarily driven by the pursuit of short-term profits for its shareholders. In contrast, cooperative companies tend to adopt a more holistic perspective on business operations. Numerous studies have demonstrated that c…
   According to the Gini Index, in every major region of the world outside of Europe, extreme wealth is becoming concentrated in just a handful of people. “In 2021, the richest 1% of Americans owned 34.9% of the country’s we…
In today’s economy, if an industrial plant upriver creates water pollution, and a community downriver is forced to cover the cost of the cleanup, it is considered an externality for the company causing the pollution. These types of external…
A Common Dreams article By: Julia Conley Calling on Norway to "live up to the responsibilities" it has as co-chair of an international panel on sustainable oceans, more than 30 climate and conservation organizations on Monday delivered a letter…
The Urgent Need for Planetary Systems Change    In February, 2022, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued “a stark warning about the impact of climate change on people and the planet, saying that ecosystem co…
By Richard Heinberg The world teeters on the brink of economic disaster due to energy shortages caused by war. The main oil-producing nations are unable and unwilling to increase output, even though prices are high and threatening to go much highe…
By Roar Bjonnes Green economics is supposed to save us from climate change and environmental catastrophe. There are, however, competing ideas about how to best proceed. Degrowth advocates claim that it is unregulated growth that drove us into t…
By Roar Bjonnes Sure, trees are renewable sources of building materials and even energy. After cutting, they will eventually grow back. But trees are also one of the main ways that nature absorbs harmful CO2 gasses. Therefore, given the climate cr…


Systems Change Deep Dives
Systems Change Deep Dives
Forest Regeneration and Community Capacity Building with Julian Ekelhof
In the seventh episode of the A Systems Change Deep Dive podcast, we explore forest regeneration and community capacity building with Julian Ekelhof, Senior Director of Climate Solutions at FORLIANCE.
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.