Category Archives: How the World Really Works

Technology’s False Hope

My latest article, Technology’s False Hope, is up at SHIFT magazine as part of its seventh edition. Check out the whole magazine! And if you like what you read, or prefer to read hard copy, please get this issue as … Continue reading

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Accepting That We Can’t Get There From Here: A Meditation

In 2005, I wrote this little story. I think it’s held up quite well (I was smarter than I thought, back then), so I’m going to start this meditation with it. MESSAGE FROM A MUSHROOM photo by Inda at givnology.com … Continue reading

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Systems Thinking and Complexity 101

This is a synopsis of a talk and mini-workshop I gave recently in Vancouver. It introduces a model for identifying and dealing with both the complicated and complex aspects of issues we face in our own lives, in our organizations … Continue reading

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Is the Sharing Economy Here Yet?

Industrial Growth Economy Sharing Economy Purpose Facilitate the acquisition and ownership of property Facilitate access to the means of meeting needs Management Hierarchical management and control Collective stewardship in the common interest ‘Work’ Defined jobs at the discretion of owners … Continue reading

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“Save the World” Reading List: 2013 Update

illustration of the complex relationship between economy, energy/resources, and ecology, by the author (‘up’ arrow means ‘increase'; ‘down’ arrow means ‘decrease’); economic collapse, resource exhaustion and runaway climate change: we are on track to face all three in the next … Continue reading

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Articulating Our Agreements With Each Other

Before lawyers screwed everything up royally, human society operated largely on the basis of agreements. Many of these were tacit, but some were explicit, often marked by ceremony. Economies were initially sharing economies, built on trust. Currencies were later introduced, … Continue reading

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Embracing Complexity: Seeking Appreciation Instead of ‘Understanding’

NASA depiction of Earth’s night sky in 3.75B years when the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies are colliding The thing that humans most hate about complexity is that it’s infinite: it can never be fully understood. And because of that, … Continue reading

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An Economy That Works for Us

illustration from my book Finding the Sweet Spot Robert Reich, the reformed former US Labor Secretary (under Clinton), recently wrote a very short summary explaining how the globalized, corporatized so-called “free market” economy benefits only a very few. I’m reproducing it … Continue reading

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The Death of Imagination

NASA depiction of Earth’s night sky in 3.75B years when the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies are colliding Imagination is the capacity to conjure up ideas, stories, prose, poetry, music, images, and ways to deal with problems and predicaments, seemingly … Continue reading

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Enough to Go Around: The Case for Community Currency

One of the paradoxes of industrial civilization is that in most communities we have, simultaneously: 1. many unmet needs: for affordable housing, healthy local food, meaningful livelihoods, real communities, and the need for ‘more time’, and 2. many unused capacities: … Continue reading

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