What is Pro-Growth Bias?

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The Future is Freelance - And that is a Good Thing Business is one of the top proponents of the growth mentality – bigger businesses, more cash-flow, and larger revenues are all expected to be a part of the discourse around success. When was the last time that you heard about a successful company when success wasn’t about big money and expansion? Are Freelancers to Blame for our Slow Economic Recovery? By Sara Horowitz, was published this last week by Fast Company - the “world’s leading progressive business media brand”. With a title like that I expected that freelancers - those who work for themselves, without the umbrella of a corporation and...
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Band-Aids for Open Wounds Technology. It has changed our lives in ways our great-grandparents never would have imagined. It shapes our daily interactions, it has been used to make us live longer, and it is involved in everything from the way we grow food to how we heat our houses. But is it the magic bullet? The thing that will save us from ourselves? In We Are Literally Farming Ourselves Out of Food by Joel K Bourne, Jr., published by The Huffington Post, the premise is just that – technology will save us and we just need to figure out how to live between now...
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Ultimate Green Act We give a shout-out today to Alexander Nathanson, who wrote an excellent essay published in the Vermont Digger on July 17: Why ‘Going Green’ is Not Enough Nathanson, an Environmental Policy major at Champlain College, reminds us we are in climate crisis and we are not yet responding to the degree warranted. “While ‘going green’ certainly can help reduce a family’s carbon output, the fact is this simply is not enough to reverse anything considering the rapid climate changes of recent.” To be clear, he isn’t suggesting we not bother with the typical “green” behaviors. “We as individuals simply cannot give...
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2 All-Beef Patties for 11 Billion This headline and “news” story shocked me: US Agriculture Is Ready for World's Growth A fair amount of media attention has been devoted to the challenge of feeding the world of 11 billion foreseen in UN mid-range population scenarios, but this is the first time I’ve seen a news story, or even an opinion piece, claiming we can not only feed 4 billion more than we have on the planet, but we can feed them steak! “The growth in the world’s population and economies has led to the world to need more food, which puts the agriculture industry in a good place,...
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Growth Framing: How We are Duped by a Mirage A very important set of observations about journalism was published recently by The Guardian. I congratulate the newspaper, and authors Laurence and Alison Matthews, for illuminating a  dangerous journalistic phenomenon in: Good, Natural, Malignant: Five Ways People Frame Economic Growth “Framing” is a very appropriate way to describe the way growth issues are reported in our news media. Laurence and Alison Matthews have written Framespotting, a guide to help us notice and become aware of how our perception and judgment are manipulated by framing. “The way financial growth is framed determines everything from how we address poverty and inequality to how we...
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