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Stealing Back The Commons: Citizen Economics Beyond Capitalism (Part One)

Stealing Back The Commons: Citizen Economics Beyond Capitalism (Part One)

Michael Jacobs, an ex-SpAd to Gordon Brown, has recently written in the New Satesman that ‘green social democracy can save capitalism’. Well, not everyone agrees. For some, the ‘green social democracy’ experiment has, thus far, not worked, and indeed, might be running out of time. And as for capitalism – or at least capitalism1.0, it’s...
“What did you do when the earth was unraveling”?

“What did you do when the earth was unraveling”?

I lay awake last night with my six-month-old daughter sleeping in my arms and I cried. I cried for her future, for what she won’t have, what she won’t see. I grieved for a loss she is not yet aware of, for the theft of a life she deserved, stolen by my generation as we...
Hurricane Cassandra?

Hurricane Cassandra?

There is something prophetic about Hurricane Sandy in its foretaste of what Obama is now calling a ‘warming world’. Watching New York being battered by the storm was eerily like a scene out of climate-apocalypse movie The Day After Tomorrow. That prophetic nature of Sandy was coincidental in the name given to the superstorm. Those...
Happy Citizens?

Happy Citizens?

So the results of the first annual survey of UK wellbeing are out. As with Nef’s Happy Planet Index (HPI), the survey maps levels of our wellbeing across the UK. On the Happy Planet Index we UK citizens score very badly. So how do scores vary within the UK? Well, Blackpool – despite it’s Pleasure...
The Future Who Wants (or needs)?

The Future Who Wants (or needs)?

As the dusts settles on Rio+20 what are we to make of it? What key elements of the Sustainable Development debate might have been missing and what signs of hope are there outside the official treaty-making world? A failure of epic proportions? Commentators are fairly unanimous that the Rio+20 talks have been a failure. Expectations...

Copenhagen – a gathering of the peasants of the earth

So we didn’t get a deal. Yes, this is a catastrophic failure of the thousands of negotiators, media, world leaders and informed experts who crammed into the Bella Centre for two weeks in December. But this is a failure too for civil society, and not only those who travelled to Copenhagen formally (as NGO representatives,...

Critical planetary boundaries

As an update on the Perfect Storm a group of 28 internationally renowned scientists have just announced a ‘safe planetary operating space´ that will allow humanity to continue to develop and thrive for generations to come. See the video introduction. The Nine boundaries include climate change, stratospheric ozone, land use change, freshwater use, biological diversity,...

Blowing hot and cold

It’s been a bad week for Ed Milliband’s renewables aspirations. The RSPB and Scottish Natural Heritage have come out all nimby against the planned Shetland wind farm. And the Vestas jobs protest in the Isle of Wight is being joined by disappointed festival goers from the canceled Big Green Gathering. BP is again defending their...

Oh Mandy

As a young lobbyist many years ago I was approached by Peter Mandelson at a Labour Party conference ‘Progress’ drinks reception. I remember he said “well hello – are you progressive?”I can’t for the life of me remember my response but suffice to say the meeting was short. I was reminded of that evening when...