We’ve Lost Our Moral Compass

This post first appeared in my new column Inspired Protagonist on Greenbiz.com. http://www.greenbiz.com/article/weve-lost-our-moral-compass Over the past several years, legal settlements for unethical, fraudulent or criminal activity by the world’s largest financial services firms have exceeded $100 billion. Since the end of 2010, the six major Wall...

The Trouble with Inequality

This post first appeared in my new column Inspired Protagonist on Greenbiz.com. http://www.greenbiz.com/article/trouble-inequality-sustainability The Wall Street bonus pool for last year was roughly double the total earnings of all Americans who worked full time at the federal minimum wage. The New York State Comptroller recently reported that the size of...

The Poverty Creation Industry

Recently Joe Brewer, Alnoor Ladha and Martin Kirk had the audacity to describe what they call the “Poverty Creation Industry.”  http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/15726-its-time-to-shine-a-light-on-the-poverty-creation-industry They write that, “Poverty is human-made. It is created – knowingly and with scientific efficiency – by a vastly...

HSBC Funds Suspected Terrorists and Gets a Slap on the Wrist

Have you heard about HSBC’s terrorist funding scandals? How about the many banks involved in LIBOR rigging, essentially playing games our money? If you’re an ordinary person, hearing these things was shocking.  But let me be clear: it’s not shocking that banks have shady deals, what is shocking is the extent to which they were able to commit these crimes...

America, now a less equal society than Egypt & Yemen

We’ve almost all seen the video that went viral this week, the one that illustrates the gaping wealth inequality that we have in the United States (If you haven’t yet, watch it here). Now that we can grasp the true depth of the problem, what do we do about it? If you’re feeling hopeless, you’re not alone. It’s a complicated struggle with tough...

A sustainable economy: it’s not only about the jobs.

Recent research indicates that a green economy is a strong and inclusive one that will help the shift to an economy that is fairer, more sustainable and resilient. Author Ethan Pollack of the Economic Policy Institute outlines the benefits of a green economy in his paper “Counting Up to Green.” More than 3.1 million jobs are considered “green” as of 2010...