Seemingly conflicting, but equally necessary truths are known as polarities. Polarities represent some of the fundamental tensions that come up in our organizations and in our lives as individuals.
Building a sustainable and equitable economy doesn’t require that we completely remake ourselves from the ground up. It mostly requires that businesses and institutions just live by the values they already claim to live by.
What if everyone had autonomy to serve the purpose of the organization how they saw fit, within their respective roles?
GDP is not as closely correlated to well-being as we think. The steady-state economy is a theoretical alternative to today’s economy that refocuses from maximizing GDP at all costs to fostering long-term well-being and sustainability.
In the new economy, we redefine what it means for our society to grow, to be successful. Money becomes a means to other ends: well-being, sustainability, and equity. Our measure of success is when people are thriving, when they are set up to thrive over the long-term, and where everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive.
Food forests (or forest gardening) are a gardening or land management technique that seek to create a forest – usually in an urban environment – that is entirely devoted to growing edible plants.
With right to repair, we imagine a different kind of system, where instead of throwing things out, we reuse, salvage, and rebuild.
Systems thinking is a new paradigm of analysis that encourages and enables us to understand complex and often hidden dynamics throughout our world.
How can we expect to drive real change when we are constantly underfunded and in the pockets of corporate donors?
In a now-famous video, comedian Russel Brand passionately pleads:
[British Prime Minister] David Cameron says profit isn’t a dirty word, well I say profit is a filthy word… I think the very concept of profit should be very much reduced because wherever there is profit there is also deficit.
But is profit really a dirty word?