This conversation was recorded on Feb. 25, 2018, at Eagle Harbor Book Company on Bainbridge Island, WA. Jeremy Lent is the author of The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning (Prometheus Books, 2017).
The video has been organized as a series of 13 short, 2- to […]
Presentation to the 11th John Cobb Common Good Award Ceremony & Annual Banquet at the 12th International Forum on Ecological Civilization, “Ecological Civilization and Symbiotic Development.” April 27, 2018.
We have gathered here from China, South Korea and the United States in search of a human pathway to an Ecological Civilization.
Humanity is awakening to a sobering […]
Current trade agreements are great at creating more billionaires, not so much at protecting the interests of workers.
(This commentary was originally published by YES! Magazine on April 13, 2018.)
On Thursday, President Trump flipped his position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, suggesting the U.S. might want to rejoin the pact. His announcement […]
The civil rights icon saw economic issues to be intertwined with racial justice. Today’s globalized economy makes justice that much harder to achieve.
(This commentary was originally published by YES! Magazine on April 6, 2018)
On April 3, 1968, the day before his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech. He […]
Tariffs on imports could be part of reorienting the global economy. Now is a good time to talk about it.
(This commentary was originally published by YES! Magazine on March 19, 2018.)
Those who pay attention to trade and economics saw President Trump’s imposition of new tariffs—25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum—as just […]
Some CEOs are getting the message that even though the economy is growing, they need to serve their communities, too.
(This commentary was originally published by YES! Magazine on February 20, 2018.)
We humans organize around shared narratives, theories of reality, that guide us in making critical collective choices. When societies get their shared narrative wrong, they can make disastrously self-destructive choices. As a global society, we face a momentous choice we must get right. And our current narrative is fatally flawed.
For the well-being of most everyone – including the rich – equality is more important than growth.
(This commentary was originally published by YES! Magazine, January 19, 2018)
Nothing can be duller than listening to an economist or other policy expert pontificate endlessly on such metrics as gross domestic product, stock market prices, employment, […]