Economics

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Globalization: Reconciling Economics and Spirituality

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The general public embraces two extreme notions of globalization. One, that right now it is an inevitable phenomenon - an uncontrolled process that no one can influence, the other that we indeed can change the direction of globalization. There are many possibilities in between.

Book Review: Sacred Economics | Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition

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Is a more beautiful world possible? Many of us dream it is, and Charles Eisenstein’s latest book, Sacred Economics, shows that it’s possible and even probable.

Sharing the World’s Resources

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As the 21st Century unfolds, humanity is faced with a stark reality. Following the world stock market crash in 2008, people everywhere are questioning the unbridled greed, selfishness and competition that has driven the dominant economic model for decades. The old obsession with protecting national interests, the drive to maximise profits at all costs, and the materialistic pursuit of economic growth has failed to benefit the world’s poor and led to catastrophic consequences for Planet Earth.

Everyone a Changemaker – Social Entrepreneurship’s Ultimate Goal

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Rodrigo Baggio grew up in Rio de Janeiro loving computers. As he matured into an extraordinarily tall, thin man with a hugely wide smile, he became a computer consultant. However, from early on, he was one of the few in his generation who noticed—with concern—that the young people growing up in the favelas on the hills overlooking his middle-class neighborhood had no access to this digital world.

Embracing Spiritual Economics

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In every era of human history humanity has faced a unique challenge. Not long ago, the challenge was to reconcile science and religion. And, as we all know, that reconciliation process was not problem free; e.g., in fact, many people died because they argued that the Earth was round!

Seven Acupuncture Points for Shifting Capitalism to Create a Regenerative Ecosystem Economy

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This paper explores the underlying system of thought that has led to our current economic, ecological, social, and spiritual crisis and proposes new ideas and leverage points for a green, inclusive, and intentional ecosystem economy.

Stages of Development: Cultural, Political and Economic

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Quo Vadis, Humanity? Today we face serious questions around rigid ideologies, national boundaries, proprietary interests, technological utopias and naive, egalitarian demands. Global debates center on competing economic models, open political access, mandated equality of opportunity and results, and a host of other external, top-down solutions.

Beyond Bailouts | How a Circulation Charge Can Help Save and Transform Global Finance

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The global financial crisis has created tremendous uncertainty about the future prospects of human society. Very few people saw it coming and even fewer, if any, can say with much degree of certainty what will happen next. National governments are currently injecting trillions of dollars into their financial systems and the broader economy simply to cushion the fall of equity prices, home values and employment rates.

Beyond Economism – Policies Guided by “Earth Ethics”

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The human family numbering now over 6 billion is clearly the most biologically successful species on planet Earth. We have evolved from our birthplaces on the African continent to colonize every part of Earth, consuming 40% of all its primary photosynthetic production—leading to the current and mass extinction of other species.

Institutional Corruption | When Purpose and Trust are Misplaced

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Increasingly, I feel like a passenger on a plane watching a pilot flirting with a flight attendant during a thunderstorm. My surgeon seems more concerned about her tee time on the golf course. Half of the drivers around me incessantly talk on their cell phones.