Rethinking Prosperity’s weekly roundup of news on the topic of economy, environment and democracy


  1. The robot that takes your job should pay taxes, says Bill Gates — Kevin J. Delaney, Quartz
    February 17, 2017
    “In a recent interview with Quartz, Gates said that a robot tax could finance jobs taking care of elderly people or working with kids in schools, for which needs are unmet and to which humans are particularly well suited. He argues that governments must oversee such programs rather than relying on businesses, in order to redirect the jobs to help people with lower incomes.”
    Type/tags: article, media (video), economy, society, Bill Gates, automation, robots, robot tax, equity
  2. A new model of climate change for the anthropocene epoch — Christine Lepisto, TreeHugger
    February 21, 2017
    “A paper by an international group of University of Maryland-led scientists, counting no less than 5 members of the National Academy of Sciences to their ranks, argues that current climate models will fail precisely because they focus too much on the science and not enough on sociology.”
    Type/tags: article, economy, environment, society, politics climate change, sociology
  3. More ways colleges are sowing seeds for a sustainable future — Giselle Weybrecht, GreenBiz
    February 22, 2017
    “Each week for the next 10 weeks, GreenBiz will be posting 10 examples of how schools around the world are bringing some of these ideas to life, creating new opportunities for people and the planet. This is part two of the 10-week series.”
    Type/tags: article, environment, sustainability, society, college, education, social responsibility
  4. Economic Growth — A Primer — Erik Lindberg, Resilience
    February 22, 2017
    “There is no issue, I would argue, that is more important than ending economic growth, and doing so in a just and equitable way, whether from the perspective of long term social-justice, political stability and, most acutely, the ecology of the planet and life on Earth.”
    Type/tags: article, environment, economy, society, politics, growth, ecological consequences, sustainability
  5. Circular Economy: Animated Infographic — Didier Bourguignon, Jana Valant, Christian Dietrich, Mitja Brus, European Parliamentary Research Service Blog
    February 22, 2017
    “In a circular economy, products and the materials they contain are highly valued. This contrasts with the traditional, linear economic model, which is based on a ‘take-make-consume-throw away’ pattern. In practice, a circular economy minimises waste through reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products.”
    Type/tags: article, media (infographic), economy, society, environment, circular economy, EU, consumption, materials
  6. You can’t have lasting sustainability without social inclusion — Sureya Melkonian, GreenBiz
    February 24, 2017
    In a collection of five videos, GreenBiz challenges us to consider the social impacts of sustainability solutions. “No matter how well-intentioned, if a solution isn’t appropriate for part of the population, then it is not truly a sustainable solution.”
    Type/tags: article, media (video), sustainability, economy, society, environment, business, community, equity


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