Only a broad-based financial transaction tax will be effective

Only a broad-based financial transaction tax will be effective SULEIKA REINERS 26 April 2014 A well constituted financial transaction tax (FTT, or Tobin tax) can not only reduce levels of inequality but also curb some of the destructive elements of financial activity and make a positive contribution to economic growth. Just …

Review Of ‘The Second Machine Age’

Summary Hazel Henderson’s perspective on the recently published book, ‘The Second Machine Age’ by Erik Byrynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, authors of Race Against the Machine. Explores the role of digitization in finance, economics and the economy. Lauds authors’ break from traditional “economism” while questioning their faith in silicon valley. Erik …

Video: Enough Is Enough

Enough Is Enough lays out a visionary but realistic alternative to the perpetual pursuit of economic growth—an economy where the goal is enough, not more. Based on the best-selling book by Rob Dietz and Dan O’Neill, the film explores specific strategies to fix the financial system, reduce inequality, create jobs, …

Sustainable Development Update – 2 December 2013 – Sustainable Development Policy & Practice

OWG on SDGs Considers Macro-economic Policy and Energy Themes 27_November 2013: Participants at the fifth session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) addressed the thematic issues of: (a) sustained and inclusive economic growth, macroeconomic policy questions (including international trade, international financial …

Other News: FACING UP TO INEQUALITY: NEW APPROACHES BEYOND ECONOMISM

FACING UP TO INEQUALITY: NEW APPROACHES BEYOND ECONOMISM Hazel Henderson* Grim recent studies reveal the shocking increase in inequality globally, both between and within countries. Anti-poverty economic policies since World War II have done little, except for their notable success in China. Worldwide, the share of nations’ productivity increases going …

OTHER NEWS: Walking an Economic Tightrope with No Safety Net

     Walking an Economic Tightrope with No Safety Net   By Thalif Deen   UNITED NATIONS, Oct 16 2013 (IPS) – With the richest one percent of the population now owning 40 percent of global assets, and the bottom half sharing just one percent, inequality is fast being recognised …

New issue of “Green Growth the Nordic Way”

The September edition of “Green Growth the Nordic Way” explores the topics of market building and market surveillance for a greener economy in a regional, cross-border setting. It features articles on two projects from the Nordic Prime Ministers’ green growth initiative that try to expand and explore Nordic markets on sustainable building …

Book Review: Parent Power

Parent Power: The Key to America’s Prosperity: Why do we permit babies to have one, two or three strikes against them at birth and endanger our nation’s future? By Jack C. Westman, M.D., CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2013   “Dr. Weston’s well-research, bold proposal  focusing  on  how to give our children …

Brazil can lead Sustainable Development Goals

We are honored  to post  this interview  with Olav Kjorven  Assistant  Secretary – General of the United Nations, by Henrique Andrade Camargo, of  our Affiliate  MERCADO ETICO  in Sao Paulo, Brazil. We agree that RIO + 20  was an advance in reintegrating human knowledge and action  and that Brazil will …

SDSN Report – An Action Agenda for Sustainable Development – Released

The Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Soultions Network (SDSN) delivered a report, entitled “The Action Agenda for Sustainable Development,” to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The report outlines 10 sustainable development priorities, covering the four main dimensions of sustainable development: economic growth and the end of poverty, social inclusion, environmental sustainability, and …