Category: Society


This article originally appeared on Mongabay. When it comes to slowing climate change, there’s one natural solution that has recently gripped the world: large-scale tree planting and reforestation.But a new study warns that other natural climate s…
This artice was originally published in Jacobin. Imagine a group of campers carelessly polluting the forest, leaving beer cans, plastic wrappers, and propane tanks strewn about the understory. An ecologist comes upon their campsite and explains ho…
The story of how we got to climate change is familiar to most of us: our extractive human habits, free market economies, and short-sighted use of new inventions gave us coal-fired power plants, industrial farming, and gas guzzling automobiles. These …
This article was on riginally published on Mongabay. Many people may not remember the 23rd of June, 1988, or recognize its significance. Many may not have even been alive then. But that was the date when Dr. James Hansen gave his US Senate testimo…
This article originally appeared on natashachassagne.com. What do you think of when someone talks about the ‘Good Life’? There are many ideas about what the ‘Good Life’ should look like, most of them involving wealth accumulation. What if I sug…
This article was originally published on Lowimpact.org. What I mean by system change is system replacement, rather than system tweaking (aka ‘prolonging the agony’). This raises (not begs – please, not begs) three questions: Is it feasible that…


Systems Change Deep Dives
Systems Change Deep Dives
Rewilding and Permafrost Conservation with Paul Streifeneder
In the fifth episode of the A Systems Change Deep Dive podcast, we explore rewilding and permafrost conservation with Paul Streifeneder, Project Manager at the Pleistocene & Permafrost Foundation.
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.