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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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The problem with corporate social responsibility - Open Democracy

The problem with corporate social responsibility - Open Democracy | real utopias | Scoop.it
The problem with an approach that lets business define corporate responsibility is that it is not grounded in a set of principles about what it means to be a responsible business. Corporate social responsibility is whatever companies want it to be,...
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STRAIGHT TALK: Monopolies must fear technology - BDlive

STRAIGHT TALK: Monopolies must fear technology - BDlive | real utopias | Scoop.it

SIZE may count, but it is intimate access that matters. Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and global expansion are almost unanimously approved nowadays, unless you’re the Heineken family, who’ve opposed that view for five generations. And don’t hold your breath that they’ll change any time soon — if they ever do decide to sell, let the buyer beware.

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The Entrepreneurial United States is Anything But - ValueWalk

The Entrepreneurial United States is Anything But - ValueWalk | real utopias | Scoop.it


Alternatively, one of the more “trendy” ways of justifying state interventionism has been a “dynamic” theory of the state.

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There Will Be No Real Recovery Without The Middle Class - Forbes

There Will Be No Real Recovery Without The Middle Class - Forbes | real utopias | Scoop.it


Despite blather about our “democratic capitalism,” stock ownership is increasingly concentrated with the wealthy as the middle class retrenches.

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Citizen Economics Beyond Capitalism: Stealing Back The Commons « FlourishingEnterprise

Michael Jacobs, an ex-SpAd to Gordon Brown, has recently written in the New Satesman that ‘green social democracy can save capitalism’. Well, not everyone agrees. For some, the ‘green social democracy’ experiment has, thus far, not worked, and indeed, might be running out of time.

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Super A-Mart and the struggle for workers' rights - The Guardian

Super A-Mart and the struggle for workers' rights - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it

A union's dispute with furniture retailer in Melbourne has serious implications for everyone in paid employment in Australia

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Companies and the state - The Economist

Companies and the state - The Economist | real utopias | Scoop.it

The relationship between business and government is becoming increasingly antagonistic, says Philip Coggan. But the two sides should not overdo it: they need each other

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Puzzle or Misreading? Stagnation, Austerity and Left Politics - Socialist Project

Puzzle or Misreading? Stagnation, Austerity and Left Politics - Socialist Project | real utopias | Scoop.it

That the many attempts to theorize the crisis of 2008, the deepest crisis since the Depression, have at best been inconclusive should not be all that surprising. After all, as Michael Bernstein noted in the late 1980s, a half-century after the Great Depression there was not yet any general agreement on the causes of that economic collapse. Another quarter century later, such a consensus over that long passed crisis has still not emerged. Yet if we on the left want to assess the likely outcome of the recent crash and develop a meaningful response, we need to at least clarify some of the issues involved.

 
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SSPP Blog: From Activists to Big Corporations, Doing the Hard Work of Sustainability: The Fuller Symposium (Part 2)

SSPP Blog: From Activists to Big Corporations, Doing the Hard Work of Sustainability: The Fuller Symposium (Part 2) | real utopias | Scoop.it
The worldwide movement toward sustainability has numerous actors, many seemingly at odds, yet with at least some similar aims. Last week’s blog covered community- and incentives-based programs discussed at the Fuller Science for Nature Symposium on communities and conservation around the globe that was held in Washington, DC on November 13th. This week, I examine global activists and big corporations, players that act with a global scope in mind. While activists occupy a lofty realm guided by a pure morality, corporations are pragmatic and self-interested. Yet the contributions of both are needed for the planet to have any hope of developing toward a sustainable future. While heterogeneous, many of the symposium’s presentations discussed the need for local activism, global thinking, and the precarious balance between the two. If anything, the overall symposium leaned in favor of the local, of multiple individual actors doing the right thing and learning from each other, without the need for strong global governance mechanisms. The effect is that of an orchestra of skilled musicians, improvising, responding, and learning from each other, yet without any sort of conductor arranging the various parts, from governments to NGOs to activists to corporations. 
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It's Economic Inequality Stupid -- What to Do About the Biggest Crisis Facing ... - Huffington Post

It's Economic Inequality Stupid -- What to Do About the Biggest Crisis Facing ... - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

There is growing agreement that the increasing volume of violent weather events like Hurricane Sandy in the U.S. and Typhon Haiya in the Philippines that have cost billions in property damage and thousands of lives, result directly from the discharge of more and more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. To address the menace of global climate change requires that we change the rules of the economy and put a price on discharging carbon into the atmosphere. But that would cause economic dislocation, cost ordinary people money and threaten many scarce jobs in the short term -- even as it will open massive economic opportunities in the long term.

 
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Rethinking the Role of Business in Solving Environmental Problems

Rethinking the Role of Business in Solving Environmental Problems | real utopias | Scoop.it

This is social entrepreneurship on a grand scale and it works. Through our work, 4,000 companies globally are now disclosing their environmental and social performance each year in public reports. We teamed up with investors to get the Securities and Exchange Commission to require mandatory climate risk disclosure by public companies. We’ve opened the way for chief sustainability officers joining the “C” suite at Fortune 500s and mainstream investors integrating sustainability factors into their investment decisions.

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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation