Thursday February 4th, 2010
Financing the Future
New currency concepts might usher in an age when international debt is eradicated, and global equality and trade commonplace. Giles Crosse imagines a more equitable finance.
Finance has the power to shape our future planet, its problems, successes, poverty, wealth, happiness or misery for billions of human beings. We know today’s systems are at best functional, at worst criminal, but finding new ways won’t be easy.
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Rediscovering the Common Wealth
by Geoff Wood
My father died in 2005. He was 100. His father died 30 years earlier aged 101. He was about 10 when General Gordon was killed in Khartoum (1885). My grandfather remembered it well. So I have a very direct bloodline back to 1874, when Victoria had been on the throne 37 years, and had another 27 to go. I overlapped with my grandfather for 30 years, so those paying attention can work out my age! And I have a 3 year old grandson.
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Tim Wynn-Jones added the action "Recognize that change is needed!" to their Profile
One of the fundamental qualities of Our Future Planet is its recognition that change is needed and is valuable. Here the founders of OFP have included in its launch some creative ideas as to how certain key topics might be improved. At the same time it is almost a mute question of whether or not someone else thought of them and suggested them previously. They have not been incorporated into our present planet’s reality. And then there is the story of when the famous playwright, George Bernard Shaw, was out walking with a friend and the friend made an imaginative suggestion. Shaw said, “Gee, I wish I had thought of that!” and his friend said, “Don’t worry, you will, you will.” Which leads to the importance of those who convert an idea into a reality.
Banks and Bankers
By Karl Jaeger
My proposal is that banks and banking shall be operated only as public charities. Why? For two main reasons: Reason number one is that banks, like the process of education and learning, don’t actually produce a product. Banks don’t manufacture anything.
What banks actually do is take care of people’s money and, much more important, they indulge in the intellectual practice of deciding to whom they will lend the money they are taking care of. This is an intellectual process, not unlike the education process which is also intellectual, i.e., deciding what to teach and how to teach it to other individuals. The educational process, like banking, doesn’t actually manufacture a product. What banking and education both do is help others make and manufacture products.
Hope in a Changing Climate Trailer
"Hope in a Changing Climate" demonstrates that it is possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems, to restore ecosystem functions in areas where they have been lost, to fundamentally improve the lives of people who have been trapped in poverty for generations and to sequester carbon naturally. This approach has been dramatically proven on the Loess Plateau in China, the highland area spanning some 640,000 square km in north central China. It is the birthplace of the Han Chinese, headwaters of The Yellow River and home to a new environmental and economic paradigm: A degraded ecosystem of more than 35,000 square km of land now teems with life and supports the sustainable economic, social and agricultural activities of its people.
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