tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:/posts TheGoodFuture 2021-12-28T11:54:19Z tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1776433 2021-12-28T11:53:11Z 2021-12-28T11:54:19Z Check out this cool padlet on The Good Future
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tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1776431 2021-12-28T11:44:05Z 2021-12-28T11:44:05Z The Good Future is entirely possible

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tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1747403 2021-10-13T21:10:58Z 2021-10-13T21:10:58Z An interview with Paul Polman - Project Syndicate
“Ultimately, we are moving toward “extended producer responsibility,” which forces companies to cover the costs of their activities’ negative impacts. But, of course, we need to go further.”

An interview with Paul Polman - Project Syndicate
https://www.project-syndicate.org/say-more/an-interview-with-paul-polman-2021-10
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tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1744310 2021-10-05T21:39:00Z 2021-10-05T21:39:00Z Decarbonisation
https://www.exponentialview.co/ev-342p

While scientists have recently warned about worsening global warming, the goals are still in place, and we must find creative ways to meet them. The Energy Transitions Commission has just released a list of actionsthat can be taken on a large scale to keep the 1.5°C target alive. These include rapid reductions in methane emissions, halting deforestation, beginning reforestation, decarbonising the power sector and phasing out coal. What’s remarkable about the report is how clearly it identifies the steps that need to be taken to safeguard the planet. We have the road map; we need capital and governments to follow it.


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tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1744303 2021-10-05T21:29:07Z 2021-10-05T21:29:07Z
https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/the-age-of-fossil-fuel-abundance-is-dead/21805253

The potentially inflationary upheaval will not be good for a world that still gets most of its energy from fossil fuels. But it may at least accelerate the shift to greener—and cheaper—sources of energy.


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tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1741591 2021-09-28T21:08:44Z 2021-09-30T09:15:20Z Economics and climate change
https://www.project-syndicate.org/onpoint/what-climate-change-requires-of-economics-by-daron-acemoglu-2021-09


When we account for endogenous technology, we find that the transition to cleaner energy is much more important than simply reducing energy consumption, and that technological interventionsneed to be redirected far more aggressively than they have been. Similarly, when one incorporates more realistic assumptions about the costs of global warming – including the possibility of climate tipping points – one’s conclusions about how to approach the problem tend to change substantially. 






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tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1740508 2021-09-26T09:21:00Z 2021-09-26T09:21:00Z How Democracy Can Win Again | by Gergely Karácsony - Project Syndicate
“our generation is cursed with more than “just” a massive political and social upheaval. We are also facing a climate crisis that calls into question the very preconditions upon which modern societies are organized. Progressives like me see this, too, as a direct consequence of how our economic system works. Infinite, unregulated economic growth – capitalism’s core dynamic – simply is not compatible with life on a planet with finite resources. As matters stand, our capitalist system drives more extraction and generates more emissions every year.”

How Democracy Can Win Again | by Gergely Karácsony - Project Syndicate
https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/building-sustainable-democracies-hungary-and-beyond-by-gergely-karacsony-2021-09
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tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1738530 2021-09-20T21:34:49Z 2021-09-20T21:34:50Z Airlines and CO2
https://www.forbes.com/sites/prakashdolsak/2021/09/19/pew-reports-widespread-support-for-low-emission-lifestyles-will-individuals-then-cut-down-on-air-travel/?sh=319a551b6d6d

Aviation accounts for about 2.5% of global carbon emissions. This is a big deal because it would make the aviation sector the world’s 7th largest carbon emitter if it were a country. Airlinesaccount for roughly about 1 billion tons of carbon emissions. Sweden, Greta Thunberg’s home country, contributes 40 million tons. California, the leader in US climate policy, accounts for about 250 million tons. Thus, aviation accounts for 25 times Sweden’s emissions and four times California’s emissions.


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tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1736177 2021-09-15T10:40:58Z 2021-09-15T10:40:58Z The future is frightening ]]> tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1735541 2021-09-13T20:41:35Z 2021-09-13T20:41:35Z Vaccine apartheid
https://www.spiegel.de/international/world/vaccine-apartheid-unfair-distribution-hampers-global-vaccination-drive-a-d87756f1-674a-42ce-90f8-6c5c28a43b02


In Africa, though, the numbers are far, far worse. Only 3.5 percent of eligible Kenyans have received a jab, 1.3 percent of Nigerians and just 0.09 percent of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 1.3 billion people live on the continent, and less than 2 percent of them have been completely vaccinated. Critics are furious about the "vaccine apartheid" and condemn the "vaccine nationalism" of wealthy industrialized countries.




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tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1734556 2021-09-11T15:24:42Z 2021-09-11T15:24:42Z Codex and AI
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/09/technology/codex-artificial-intelligence-coding.html

Codex, built by OpenAI, one of the world’s most ambitious research labs, provides insight into the state of artificial intelligence. Though a wide range of A.I. technologies have improved by leaps and bounds over the past decade, even the most impressive systems have ended up complementing human workers rather than replacing


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tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1734555 2021-09-11T15:24:32Z 2021-09-11T15:24:32Z Collapse or reset !
https://eand.co/why-economics-says-our-civilization-is-going-to-collapse-b3bc6fc8973e

Civilizations make three great mistakes when it comes to economics.The first is consuming more than they invest. The second is investing in things that don’t really create wealth. The third is not distributing that wealth equitably enough for social stability and the virtuous cycle of lasting prosperity to really ignite.


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tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1734533 2021-09-11T14:27:13Z 2021-09-11T14:27:13Z Codex AI
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/09/technology/codex-artificial-intelligence-coding.html

Codex, built by OpenAI, one of the world’s most ambitious research labs, provides insight into the state of artificial intelligence. Though a wide range of A.I. technologies have improved by leaps and bounds over the past decade, even the most impressive systems have ended up complementing human workers rather than replacing them.



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tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1731181 2021-09-02T20:42:39Z 2021-09-02T20:42:40Z ESG futures
https://medium.com/volans/where-will-the-esg-backlash-lead-3db42f0c7c63

The most egregious example of the ESG industry’s self-serving vagueness — its ‘cloudy linguistics’ and ‘marketing gobbledegook’, in Fancy’s words — is the blurring of the distinction between risk and impact. As Fancy writes, ‘protecting an investment portfolio from the disastrous effects of climate change is not the same thing as preventing those disastrous effects from occurring in the first place.’One salutary effect of the ESG backlash will be to make it much harder to dress up ESG risk management as being about making the world a better place.


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tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1730775 2021-09-01T22:09:06Z 2021-09-01T22:09:06Z Serendipity Mindset
https://psyche.co/guides/how-to-open-up-to-serendipity-and-create-your-own-luck

In my research into what makes individuals and organisations fit for the future, one insight has come up again and again: many of the world’s leading minds have developed a capacity, often unconscious, to turn the unexpected into positive outcomes. Developing this ‘serendipity mindset’, as I call it, is both a philosophy of life and a capability that you can shape and nurture in yourself. (Note, while this approach has been successful across many settings, it does need to go hand in hand with tackling the structural inequality related to factors such as race, gender and income.)


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tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1730758 2021-09-01T21:15:49Z 2021-09-01T21:15:50Z Global summit to end COVID-19
Gerd Leonhard
www.futuristgerd.com
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tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1730131 2021-08-30T20:52:06Z 2021-08-30T20:52:06Z Climate change and capitalism
https://jacobinmag.com/2021/08/capitalism-climate-crisis-global-green-new-deal-clean-energy-fossil-fuel-industry

But whether we deal with climate change or not can’t be held hostage to executives’ ability to turn a profit. To handle this crisis, capitalism will have to be replaced as society’s operating system, setting out goals other than the boundless accumulation of private wealth.

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tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1726103 2021-08-19T06:13:26Z 2021-08-25T06:58:33Z Financing a sustainable future - Luxembourg for Finance ]]> tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1725708 2021-08-18T10:40:25Z 2021-08-18T10:40:25Z American CEOs make 351 times more than workers.

“Today in the US, the CEO-to-worker pay gap stands at a staggering 351 to one, an unacceptable increase from 15 to one in 1965. In other words, the average CEO makes nearly nine times what the average person will earn over a lifetime in just one year.”

American CEOs make 351 times more than workers. In 1965 it was 15 to one | Indigo Olivier http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/aug/17/american-chief-executive-pay-wages-workers via Instapaper

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tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1725706 2021-08-18T10:40:17Z 2021-08-18T10:40:18Z What if Humans Just Can’t Get Along Anymore?

Opinion | What if Humans Just Can’t Get Along Anymore?
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/04/opinion/technology-internet-cooperation.html


The population bomb never went off. The world’s birthrate declined as the poorest people were lifted out of poverty. And as the pioneering political economist Elinor Ostrom showed over a lifetime of research, there are countless examples of people coming together to create rules and institutions to manage common resources. People aren’t profit-maximizing automatons; time and again, she found, we can make individual sacrifices in the interest of collective good.

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tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1724723 2021-08-15T15:53:17Z 2021-08-15T15:53:17Z The IPCC climate change report makes it hard to feel optimistic - Axios ]]> tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1724623 2021-08-15T09:35:36Z 2021-08-15T09:35:36Z Moral attention
https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/22585287/technology-smartphones-gmail-attention-morality


The idea of moral attention goes back at least as far as ancient Greece, where the Stoics wrote about the practice of attention (prosoché) as the cornerstone of a good spiritual life. In modern Western thought, though, ethicists didn’t focus too much on attention until a band of female philosophers came along, starting with Simone Weil.


Weil, an early 20th-century French philosopher and Christian mystic, wrote that “attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” She believed that to be able to properly pay attention to someone else — to become fully receptive to their situation in all its complexity — you need to first get your own self out of the way. She called this process “decreation,” and explained: “Attention consists of suspending our thought, leaving it detached, empty ... ready to receive in its naked truth the object that is to penetrate it.”


Weil argued that plain old attention — the kind you use when reading novels, say, or birdwatching — is a precondition for moral attention, which is a precondition for empathy, which is a precondition for ethical action.



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tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1723623 2021-08-12T16:27:48Z 2021-08-12T16:27:48Z Beyond GDP: 20 US states have adopted genuine progress indicators

Beyond GDP: 20 US states have adopted genuine progress indicators
http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2014/sep/23/genuine-progress-indicator-gdp-gpi-vermont-maryland


Systems thinker Donella Meadows, the founder of the Vermont-based organisation that I now direct, cut to the heart of GDP’s limitations when she wrote: “If you define the goal of society as GDP, that society will do its best to produce GDP. It will not produce welfare, equity, justice or efficiency unless you define a goal and regularly measure and report the state of welfare, equity, justice, or efficiency.”]]>
tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1723622 2021-08-12T16:27:47Z 2021-08-12T16:27:47Z The World’s Sustainable Development Goals Aren’t Sustainable?

The World’s Sustainable Development Goals Aren’t Sustainable
https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/09/30/the-worlds-sustainable-development-goals-arent-sustainable/

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 This means that if a country performs well on the development indicators, its score for that goal will look good even if it fails in terms of sustainability.]]>
tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1722984 2021-08-11T13:24:39Z 2021-08-11T13:24:39Z Why so many companies are pushing for the metaverse


Why so many companies are pushing for the metaverse
https://www.cnet.com/tech/computing/microsoft-facebook-and-everyone-else-are-building-the-metaverse-but-will-you-want-to-live-there/


Metaverses are perhaps the clearest admission yet that the future of tech doesn't lie just in VR or AR, but in a mix of many devices accessing a shared online world, which may be more immersive and 3D than the internet you're currently using to read this story.

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tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1722981 2021-08-11T13:23:38Z 2021-08-11T13:23:38Z Kim Stanley Robinson Bears Witness to Our Climate Futures

“The central banks have been creating money out of nothing with quantitative easing, but what if that was directed not to private banks to do their usual stupid thing of profit-making but to do useful work that the central banks designate by some simple rubric of carbon sequestration. When I read it, I thought, maybe that’s a way forward: using an existing system but more intelligently, a long-term biosphere, survivalist-type method.”

Kim Stanley Robinson Bears Witness to Our Climate Futures https://www.thenation.com/article/culture/qa-kim-stanley-robinson/ via Instapaper

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tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1722313 2021-08-09T21:38:41Z 2021-08-09T21:38:42Z IPCC Report
https://time.com/6088531/ipcc-climate-report-hockey-stick-curve/


The new IPCC report shows that we can prevent many of the worst impacts of climate change and keep warming below 1.5°C about preindustrial levels—the target of the global Paris Agreement. While some impacts—like more flooding in coastal areas, continued glacial melt and sea level rise—are now baked in, we can still take steps to ensure they don’t get much more severe. If we can reduce carbon emissions dramatically, and keep warming below 1.5°C, we could, for example, hold sea level rise to just a couple feet over the next century. If we fail, the report shows we could ultimately be facing 20 feet or more of global sea level rise, a scenario where we’d be forced to say farewell to the major coastal cities of the world.
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tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1721708 2021-08-08T07:22:35Z 2021-08-08T07:22:35Z Degrowth arguments
https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/22408556/save-planet-shrink-economy-degrowth

We live on an abundant planet and we can all flourish on it together, but to do so we have to share it more fairly, and build economies that are designed around meeting human needs rather than around perpetual growth.”

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tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1721706 2021-08-08T07:13:38Z 2021-08-08T09:37:20Z Absolute Decoupling of Economic Growth… | The Breakthrough Institute ]]> tag:www.thegoodfuture.net,2013:Post/1721702 2021-08-08T06:58:07Z 2021-08-08T06:58:07Z Rich or poor world ? *degrowth !
https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/22408556/save-planet-shrink-economy-degrowth


Most of the world is very poor. Billions of people go hungry, can’t afford a doctor when they get sick, don’t have adequate shelter and sanitation, and struggle to exercise the freedoms essential to a good life because of material deprivation.


But for all the immiseration around us, one thing is undeniable: For the past several centuries — and especially for the past 70 years, since the end of World War II — the world has been getting much richer.
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