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Planning for the Rio+20 Conference: Enter the Commons?

Planning for the Rio+20 Conference: Enter the Commons? | Conscious Travel | Scoop.it

"The world’s governments are not likely to come up with anything significant. The G-20 nations, which have been described as the “executive board of the world,” have little interest in bold political and institutional reform. That would only disrupt the desperate search for economic growth. An open, candid inquiry into the growth economy, consumerism and the finite carrying capacity of Earth’s biophysical systems would be far too politically explosive. It is far easier to talk about a “green economy,” as if greater efficiencies alone will save the planet."

 

Very good article by David Bollier on the importance of the concept of the "Global Commons" as the real solution to the challenges raised at the Rio+20 summit.

 


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Edelman report: Trust in governments suffers severe breakdown

Edelman report: Trust in governments suffers severe breakdown | Conscious Travel | Scoop.it

The 2012 Edelman Trust Barometer has some pretty bad news for policymakers but businesses (especially the banking sector) continue to lose public trust too.

 

Surprising is the big increase in trust in social media and bloggers.


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Uneconomics: a challenge to the power of the economics profession

Uneconomics: a challenge to the power of the economics profession | Conscious Travel | Scoop.it

"It is time to acknowledge an uncomfortable truth about the public status of economics as an expert discipline: it has grown to be far more powerful as a tool of political rhetoric, blame avoidance and elite strategy than for the empirical representation of economic life. This is damaging to politics, for it enables value judgements and political agendas to be endlessly presented in ‘factual’ terms. But it is equally damaging to economics, which is losing the authority to describe reality in a credible, disinterested, Enlightenment fashion."

 

Brilliant analysis in Open Democracy on the perverse power of economic technocrats on our democratic institutions.


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