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Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money From Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity

Foreword by Peter Buffett. Americans’ long-term savings in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, pension funds, and life insurance funds total about $30 trillion. But not even 1 percent of these savings touch local small business—even though roughly half the jobs and the output in the private economy come from them. So, how can people increasingly concerned […]

Human Nature of Unsustainability

The Human Nature of Unsustainability

Humans may pride themselves as being the best evidence for intelligent life on Earth, but an alien observer would record that the (un)sustainability conundrum has the global community floundering in a swamp of cognitive dissonance and collective denial…

Local Government in a Time of Peak Oil and Climate Change

Local Goverment in a Time of Peak Oil and Climate Change

Many responses to peak oil urge individual and community solutions, ignoring government.  They argue that since government hasn’t done anything to address the problem, citizens and businesses must take matters into their own hands.  Some even argue that government is part of the problem, particularly federal and state governments. This attitude is shortsighted. This is […]

Thinking Resilience

Thinking “Resilience”

The bottom line for sustainability is that any proposal for sustainable development that does not explicitly acknowledge a system’s resilience is simply not going to keep delivering the goods (or services). Resilience science is based on the simple premise that change is inevitable and that attempts to resist change or control it in any strict […]

Remapping Relationships: Humans in Nature

Remapping Relationships: Humans in Nature

It seems that the more a society sees itself as cerebral, with clever technological and material innovations, the more its bonds with, and recognition of, the significance of nature processes and ecosystems recede. The ability to create artificial environments (air conditioning, heating, lighting) and chemically alter natural materials (processed food, plastic) perhaps gives the illusion […]

Peak Nature?

Peak Nature?

As it has grown in numbers and technological might, the human race has become a force of geophysical proportion, on par with the asteroid that struck the Yucatan during the Cretaceous era, dethroning Tyrannosaurus rex.  Extinction is final.  Yet no species is immortal.  Extinction has been part of evolution since life emerged on Earth. This […]

Competitiveness of Local Living Economies

The Competitiveness of Local Living Economies

Economic localization offers the key to solving a growing number of global problems, including peak oil, climate disruption, and financial meltdowns.  Yet the perception remains that this solution is very costly, because local goods and services supposedly are more expensive than their global alternatives.  American consumers are convinced that “big-box” stores and bigger businesses mean […]