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Learning Lessons George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." After reading an article written by Laura Gottesdiener and published in the Huffington Post Politics section just yesterday, I am wondering if we are about to repeat the past, or take a good hard look at it and try something different. The piece, Coal Dethroned, explores the history and changes that are facing West Virginia because of the drop in coal use around the country. Gottesdiener skillfully creates a picture of the state – mountain tops missing, towns disappearing, and the “blank spaces [that] will never . ....
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It’s all Red from Here on Out Today, August 13, 2015, the world reaches an ecological deficit, meaning that the 7+ billion of us have officially used more of our natural resources this year than the earth can replenish this year. All of the natural resources we use in the remaining months of 2015 put us in the hole. Think of it like this: You get paid once a year and on August 13, you realize you have spent every penny. It’s all red from here on out. On a day like this it would be easy to highlight the negative – find a media story that misguidedly...
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Civic Pursuit of Endless Growth a Classic Ponzi Scheme A column in the Dallas Observer serves as the perfect follow-up to Darcie’s critique yesterday of the media’s tendency to anoint our fastest-growing cities as “leading the pack” or even “best places to live.” In Dallas' Pursuit of Endless Growth is a Pyramid Scheme Bound to Collapse, Jim Schutze dares to tell the truth about this Holy Grail of civic growth. Schutze shares with us a very wise observation from Charles Marohn, who describes himself as a “recovering engineer.” Marohn has worked for both cities and real estate developers, so he has a pretty good understanding of the score. He explains what most civic...
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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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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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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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