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


  1. Climate Change and the Need for a New Paradigm — Yavor Tarinski (Resilience)
    June 1, 2017
    “It is not yet completely clear what exact effects and processes will be triggered by the climate change, but it is increasingly clear that the results will not be favorable to us, unless we decide to change the contemporary dominant paradigm with a new one that will allow us to develop our potential inside the planetary limits.”
    Type/tags: article, environment, climate change, citizens
  2. Cliff Mass Wants to Preserve the American Way of Consuming and Wasting Energy — Charles Mudede (The Stranger)
    June 2, 2017
    “The scale of the response to climate change will have to match the scale of the destruction that 65 years of excessive economic growth in countries that escaped (at first by post-war reconstruction and then by financialization) the normal laws of economics (we describe them negatively as “the middle income trap”) has wrought.”
    Type/tags: article, environment, economics, growth, climate change, consumption
  3. If These Giant Companies Can Switch To The Circular Economy, So Can Anyone — Eillie Anzilotti (Fast Company)
    June 2, 2017
    “Overhauling the traditional take-make-waste business model can be daunting, but these initiatives demonstrate that the payoff for experimentation and boundary-pushing is worth it.”
    Type/tags: article, economy, circular economy, business
  4. Why Recycling Options Lead People To Waste More — Shankar Vedantam (NPR)
    June 2, 2017
    “People used more cups and paper when recycling was an option versus when they had to put them in the trash. Researchers say people’s guilt for wasting is overridden by the good feelings for recycling.”
    Type/tags: media (radio), environment, waste, recycling
  5. How radical co-ops are leading the way to a new, democratic political economy — Miles Hadfield (Co-op News)
    June 2, 2017
    Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth outlines the vision of a new political economy, in which democratically owned enterprises, like co-ops, play a central role.”
    Type/tags: article, economy, co-ops, Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth, book


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