In “Fixing the Future,” a recent documentary on PBS, David Brancaccio takes the viewer on a road trip across America, searching for enterprising individuals and communities who are changing the way they think about the economy.
In what the video terms a jobless recovery, the difficulty is in finding, retaining, and building equity in … Continue Reading ››
“What kind of economy is consistent with living inside a living being?” This was a question posed to us under a leafy canopy, deep in the woods of southern England, not far from Schumacher College where I’d come as a teacher. I stood listening with a group … Continue Reading ››
Following “Superstorm Sandy”, it has once more become acceptable in the United States to talk about climate change and its repercussions. And a re-elected President Obama now feels less constrained to engage the topic. It remains to be seen, however, … Continue Reading ››
The transport sector is key to a more sustainable economy. Industrialized economies have developed auto-centered systems that relegate public transportation, as well as walking and biking to a mere sideshow. Investments in automobile infrastructure such as highways and parking lots continue to outpace spending for alternative modes in most countries, and production of cars keeps … Continue Reading ››
The US is a car culture. In 2010, 95% of American households owned a car and 85% of Americans drove to work each day. This is radically different from the lifestyle most Americans had after World War II, when 40% of Americans did not own cars.
China and India are rapidly adopting the … Continue Reading ››