Coronavirus Spells the End of the Neoliberal Era

[Article commentary by James Quilligan, EDA managing director:]   What is the new normal dawning upon us as a result of COVID-19? Can we think in large enough terms to this understand this crisis and adjust to the new reality? Jeremy Lint, a cultural historian, explains how the Coronavirus has broken open the so-called Overton… Read More

A New Vision for Europe – Systems Change and Sustainability

Dear Friend: Can we solve our planetary crises while in a capitalist system? What might a new system look like?  Some of the answers will be the focus of a conference (see the flyer below) to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, one of the global “hot spots” for social change. This event is being put… Read More

Will Green Growth & Innovation Save Modern Civilization?

[Article commentary by James Quilligan, EDA managing director:] A British colleague, Tim Jackson (Prosperity Without Growth, 2009), has recently organized the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP). This blog by Daniel Hausknost reviews the basic principles behind CUSP. If you study this piece closely, you’ll come face-to-face with some serious myth-busting, exposing society’s… Read More

California Mayors Join Campaign to Buy Out PG&E

[Article commentary by James Quilligan, EDA managing director:] The gobsmacking idea of turning California’s Pacific Gas and Electric into a cooperative has got me thinking about Prout’s vision of how major corporations and large-scale utilities could be converted into cooperatives. Mainstream economists argue that certain companies can operate efficiently only by becoming very large. For… Read More

As the Climate Collapses, We can Either Stand Together – or Perish Alone

[Article commentary by James Quilligan, EDA managing director:] A cogent article in Resilience by Tim Hollo on why survivalism is the wrong answer to the effects of climate disruption in society. Instead of reactionary individualism, he observes, collective “urban living in harmony with the natural world, brought together with deep democracy and cultivating social cohesion, is the only… Read More

Solar panels cast shade on agriculture in a good way

Imagine you are a farmer struggling to keep up with production demands because of the increasingly stressful climate. Or perhaps you are a producer of renewable energy struggling with dramatic heat and weather. With increasing temperatures, solar panels get too hot to function properly, and crops demand more water, problems that are exacerbated by drought… Read More

Beyond Supply and Demand: The Dynamic Equilibrium Between Global Thresholds and Allocations

James Quilligan has been speaking about resource equality to global audiences. In February, he gave a keynote talk to the Global Thresholds and Allocations Council in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Here is his presentation for that event. Read More

Stop the Leakage: How Food-centered Urban Design Solves Economic Challenges

We’ve included articles about the importance of growing food locally, and the various reasons why this is important.  The article below focuses on what the author calls “leakage”, the reality in the majority of communities in North America where money spent in the community for basic requirements for existence like food, shelter, and water actually… Read More

U.S. Mayors Back 100% Renewable Energy, Vow to Fill Climate Leadership Void

The U.S. Conference of Mayors also voted to support quick electrification of vehicles and urged Congress to back the Clean Power Plan and Paris climate agreement. Scenes like the image above are likely to become more prevalent in urban cities across the US as the US Conference of Mayors has made a commitment to move… Read More

Evolutionary Voices with Lisa VanderBoom 1 January 2017

Wayne Wilson, co-founder, Economic Democracy Advocates Wayne Wilson, President and one of the founders of Economic Democracy Advocates (EDA), is in dialogue with Lisa Vanderboom of Evolutionary Voices, discussing the mission and vision of EDA– “economic empowerment and justice by, for and of the people.” Wayne explores how basic human needs–water, food, and energy, in particular– are in… Read More