Provocation #203 Management needs good economics. As society gets into trouble with climate, AI, and governance, it is clear that we face major problems that are not being well managed. If we start with the Greek economia as estate management we see that the concept was holistic: how to manage the estate for the well … Continue reading Post # 2035 Global management needs good economics
If the use of fossil fuels are not going to cut be cut sufficiently (eliminated) to prevent a 3 or 4° rise, are we willing to discuss how such a failure that might unfold? If economy is embedded in society, that just means complex feedback loops between the two. Discussing these feedback loops requires understanding both the economy and society. If … Continue reading post #2034. Essential quibbles. Economics misses the point.
Provocation # 201 Two thoughts 1. To prevent going over 2 degrees C we need to stop much use of carbon fuel. There is no plan to do so. Almost all plans look to replacement which is slow, the resulting uses still heat the environment. 1. Any serious curtailment of energy use will disrupt the … Continue reading Post # 2033 no plan for radical co2 reduction means emergent phenomena.
Provocation #200 Lets assume that any system that breakes the environment and destroys its people is a broken system, what happens next? I have been thinking that maybe it's pretty simple. Look at the sequence phasecharacteristicsHunter gatherersDetailed local knowledge, fire, language, kinship systemsempireWars, hierarchy, slaves, agricultureeconomicsGrowth, Finance, mass production, consumerism, individualism, treaty of Westphalia?? Each … Continue reading post # 2032. Four phases in human history
Provocation # 199 migrations and climate Provocation . Just back from Malaysia working with others to set up an initiative on global warming, a hopefully more holistic approach to economics, philosophy, politics [All three of these words come from Athens.] While there I met Stephen Oppenheimer who wrote out of Eden, the history of how … Continue reading Post @ 2031 Climate and migrations
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuudPum21nE Attenborough says don't blame, let business and government get on with practical solutions. And they have wonderful things in store.. Ouch.
I am currently visiting in Penang MalaysiaIn in part focused on Global heating and the local political climate. Several observations. The first, competition is intense in this clan based ethnically complex world. in this world people are very aware of their social status and place in the hierarchy and not very interested in things that lay outside up … Continue reading post # 2029 Global warming and incomplete conceptual apparatus
Economics is stuck. Is economics stuck because it cannot reform what it has defined as outside its scope? Things like Real quality of life in the developing world (developing for the benefit, not of the people who live there, but for globalized business operations and profit seeking). The facts on the ground are having a … Continue reading Post # 2028 Economics is stuck
Almost all proposals for what to do to stay under 2° Compare the energy needs now with the energy needs at the end of a transition process. What is not taken into account is the cost of the transition itself. The clue is the often included language that this is a good business opportunity. The … Continue reading post # 2027. climate change transition costs.
The future of the university is as difficult to imagine as it is to imagine the future of a globe experiencing the convergence of severe problems. The university, by name, is a whole, a mapping on to the cosmos of all relevant knowledge, but the university as it has evolved is a machine generating fragmentation … Continue reading post # 2026. The future of the University.