Creating social change, Economic Resilience

WCN cover 1What if our economic forces were designed to work in partnership with Nature rather than against her? What if our economy promoted the best of human nature — our collaborative, caring and nurturing aspects. What if economic sectors were designed to work in harmony with each other, mimicking a supportive ecosystem? What might such an economy look like?

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Economic Resilience

Lately the news has been full of dire reports about the economy (LATimes article, Baker article, Stanford/Berkeley study)

Let’s get back to Resilience. Sufficiency. How can we thrive, economically, despite these dire reports?

If you run a small business (or are thinking about having a small business), here’s how to build resilience in your business.

As an individual, or a community member, here’s how you can help build a resilient local economy.

Creating social change, Economic Resilience

Nicole Ashcoff has posted an excellent article on what comes after capitalism — or more precisely, what DOESN’T come after capitalism.

She writes:  “While elite storytellers [like Ophrah Winfrey, Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, John Mackey of Whole Foods, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation] present ideas like creative or inclusive capitalism as radical solutions to global problems, their ideas actually inhibit real change and strengthen the status quo.”

Ashcoff continues “In covering up the structural nature of problems and putting a radical sheen on ideas that reinforce existing hierarchies of power, these solutions ‘kick the can down the road,’ displacing critique and enabling capitalism to survive as a system. …”

She concludes “It’s imperative that we train a critical eye on easy solutions and start building collective, democratic projects of our own that develop real alternatives for change.”

What are these collective democratic projects that develop real alternatives for change?  See 10 Practical Tools for a Resilient Economy.

Creating social change, Divestment from fossil fuels, Economic Resilience, Teaching powerdown

Divestment is the opposite of investment: you can think of it like “uninvesting.”

To divest from fossil fuels means to sell all the oil and gas company stocks in your investment portfolio (or your university’s portfolio, or your faith community’s portfolio, or your city’s portfolio…).

Every day, the fossil fuel industry moves steadily closer to killing the planet and rendering humanity extinct. It has already begun: People are dying from climate-change-driven storms and diseases. From farmland to fisheries, people’s livelihoods are being wiped out, especially in disadvantaged nations. Glaciers are melting, faster than even the scientists had feared, and weather weirdness is being felt everywhere. A warming planet is disrupting ecosystems and wreaking havoc on wildlife. Scientists state quite clearly that unchecked global warming will mean the end of life as we know it. Yet the fossil fuel industry forges forward on its plans to drill and sell every bit of their reserves, to generate carbon emissions which will extinct us all. When you invest in fossil fuels, you are giving your support, your encouragement, and your endorsement to all of this. Continue Reading

Economic Resilience

tea_cup_with_border_blue 400I like poetry.  I delight in hidden messages and creating layers of meaning for people to discover.

When I was figuring out a name for my business guidance, I began thinking of what is currently available to (conventional) businesses:  hard-hitting, competitive edge, cut-throat, push-push-push to get ahead.  The emerging new economy isn’t like that.

The Great Turning says society is making a major shift.  And changes to business and economy are part of that.  We’re changing to simpler ways — that are wiser with respect to earth’s resources, and more sustainable with respect to the human spirit. Continue Reading

Economic Resilience

YLCoT bubble diagram2If you are a sustainability-oriented business owner, you probably wish your small business would provide you with a more reliable livelihood.

It’s hard to find business guidance which reflects the ways of the new economy.  It’s hard to make the shift away from the rape-and-pillage, Industrial Growth models.  It’s hard to find business advisors who truly understand our desire to create a better world.  But you’re in luck.

It’s a big job to sift through business advice and sort out which is appropriate – and which is inappropriate – for a new-future economy.  How do we create businesses that are gentler on the earth, and more fair and just to our fellow human beings? Continue Reading

Economic Resilience, Transition movement

TMVVWhen is the last time 20 people devoted 3 hours of their Saturday exclusively to you as a small business owner, and helping you achieve success?  In a nutshell, that was last Saturday’s ProAction Cafe at Transition Mar Vista/Venice.  And it was truly amazing.

Four local Transition-style businesses were “on the hot seat.”  After a brief intro to the format, the meeting broke into four small groups, Open Space-style, with one of the subject business owners at each of the four tables. Continue Reading

Creating social change, Economic Resilience, Transition movement

Economic Solutions at Otis CollegeThis week marked the trimphant wrap-up of our Human Ecology class at Otis College of Art and Design.  It was a great group of students this semester, and their enthusiasm shone through in their final projects.

We celebrated with people from Transition Mar Vista/Venice as well as people from other departments at Otis.  As teacher Elektra Grant expained so well in her introduction, it seems approprate that the “Human Ecology” class has so many stakeholders. Continue Reading