Towards Zero Impact Growth

Most of what passes for “sustainability” isn’t actually sustainable at all. We have endlessly – and dangerously confused – “less bad” with “good.” Whether looking at a product or a company, sustainability ends up being mostly about less pollution, less waste, and the more efficient use of natural resources. All of these things, while...

Full Cost Accounting

Our current system of pricing products and services ensures that society perpetually makes poor choices. Today we exclude most of the adverse social and environmental costs of producing goods from their price. The cost to clean up the groundwater pollution resulting from traditional agricultural methods such as the use of pesticides, or the cost of the adverse...

The Price of Inequality

“Much of what has gone on can only be described by the words ‘moral deprivation.’ Something wrong happened to the moral compass of so many people working in the financial sector and elsewhere.”   The Price of Inequality, Joseph E. Stiglitz By now we know most of the numbers. One out of six Americans who would like a full-time job can’t...

At the Democratic Convention

Leaving Vermont yesterday, I never made it to Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention. After a five-hour delay in Washington, I gave up and spent the night. The delay allowed me to briefly watch the Convention and hear Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio provide a hopeful and visionary possibility of what America could one day become. He repeated...