Sustainability
The future of business: what are the alternatives to capitalism?

The future of business: what are the alternatives to capitalism?

In this Guardian article Jules asks what the implications of limits to growth are for capitalist theory, the alternatives, and what it means for business Evidence shows its very clear we have reached the safe limits to growth in terms of the most pressing threat to human civilisation – that of a stable atmosphere. Therefore,...
Three (more) things they don’t tell you about capitalism

Three (more) things they don’t tell you about capitalism

Professor Ha-Joon Chang has two things in common with Karl Marx. Firstly he’s right in much of his economic analysis of the ills of capitalism and secondly his prescriptions of the solutions to these ills are lacking. Chang’s best-selling book 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism is a timely and important addition to...
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...
Shared Society: The State We’re In

Shared Society: The State We’re In

I headed to Rio de Janeiro last week for the Global Economic Symposium, with the opening paragraphs of a new book in my head. The (2013) follow-on from Citizen Renaissance is set to examine the rise of City States in the Twenty First Century, just as their namesakes had originally blossomed in the Fifteenth. With...
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...
How enterprise can flourish without growth-fixation

How enterprise can flourish without growth-fixation

Following on from my previous blog a number of people have asked me what a flourishing enterprise might look like in practice, how they would incorporate change into their business and get shareholder backing. In this blog I will try to answer those questions. Within the flourishing enterprise model of strategic change there are three key...