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The Intellectual Origins of Sharing Economy

Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller (1895 – 1983) was a renowned and influential American inventor, designer, systems theorist, and futurist. Fuller saw himself as a practical philosopher and worked to solve global problems surrounding housing, transportation, energy, ecological destruction, and poverty. During his … Continue reading

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You found water on Mars. Very nice. So what about investing now tens of billions of dollars in dealing with water scarcity on Earth?

“While the great powers are trying to reach the moon, we are trying to get to the village.”  (Julius Nyerere, the first president of Tanzania, 1974) According to the United Nations: “Water scarcity is among the main problems to be faced … Continue reading

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Yes, the Battle for Sustainable Development and Green Economy has been Won

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Ulrich Beck has died. His powerful concept of ‘Risk Society’ is relevant as never before

Renowned sociologist and social thinker Ulrich Beck has died. Ulrich Beck (Munich University and LSE) became one of the world’s most famous intellectuals and most quoted social scientists in recent decades. Ulrich Beck’s book Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity (1986/1992) is … Continue reading

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The Value of Nothing and Market Society

In The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy, an award-winning academic and activist Raj Patel (University of Texas) reveals the hidden ecological and social costs of a hamburger (as much as $200), and asks how we … Continue reading

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“Debt: Ethics, the Environment and the Economy”: the concept of indebtedness in its various senses and perspectives

From personal ‪‎finance‬ and consumer spending to ballooning national expenditures on warfare and social ‪welfare‬, debt is fundamental to the dynamics of global capitalism. This timely and broad volume, adited by Peter Y. Paik and Merry Wiesner-Hanks (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), … Continue reading

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“I don’t believe in Global Warming”.. Yee…

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“If you think the economy is more important than the environment, try holding your breath while counting your money”

“If you think the economy is more important than the environment, try holding your breath while counting your money.” – Professor Guy McPherson, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona. This sharp quote is from Prof. McPherson’s post “Time for a … Continue reading

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“Sustainable Lifestyles and the Quest for Plenitude” pulls together case studies on emerging lifestyles that balance ‪consumption‬ with the ‪environment‬

Many of today’s most troubling environmental and economic issues have come to seem insoluble: ‪‎carbon‬ emissions, overshoot, ‪‎inequality‬, ‪‎joblessness‬, and a dysfunctional food system. Can we change direction, move away from business as usual, and achieve a more sustainable, empowering, … Continue reading

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“Governance across Borders: Transnational Fields and Transversal Themes”

What is global and what is local in contemporary capitalism? What makes markets tick? How can we regulate finance? Who owns knowledge? What makes expertise? How can we protect the environment and fight poverty? Governance across Borders: Transnational Fields and … Continue reading

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