Michel Bauwens on Cosmo-Localism

We had the privilege of listening to this over lunch. Michel Bauwens describes the “emergence of a new type of ‘fourth sector’ organization, i.e. networks with commons, and a convergence of the old geographic model of rule by ‘states’ and empires, with the new forms of trans-local forms of self-organization and value creation.” Thanks for … Read more

“What Next for Sustainability?” – An interview with Andrew Winston

Andrew Winston is a globally-recognized expert on megatrends, sustainable business, and how to build companies that profit by contributing to a thriving world. He is currently ranked #3 on the Thinkers50 list of the most influential management thinkers in the world. Andrew’s best-selling books on strategy and sustainability — including Green to Gold, The Big Pivot, and Net Positive — have … Read more

“Degrowth: The Quest for a Social Tipping Point” – An Interview with Erin Remblance

Erin Remblance is a Sydney-based writer and co-creator of (re)Biz. Can you tell us how you began the journey to become an advocate for degrowth and regeneration?  I was already quite active in the climate space when I read Jason Hickel’s Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World just over two years ago. For … Read more

“Community Living Labs: A Place-Based Approach to Regeneration” – An Interview with Salvatore Di Dio

Salvatore Di Dio is an Associate Professor of Design at the University of Palermo. He was also the co-founder and former managing director of PUSH, a Lab for social innovation and sustainability, founded in Palermo in 2013. Its research activities intersect design, social sciences and digital technologies with the aim of developing solutions to enhance … Read more

“Wealth Supremacy – An Interview with Marjorie Kelly

Marjorie Kelly is Distinguished Senior Fellow at The Democracy Collaborative (TDC), a nonprofit working to catalyze the creation of a democratic economy, where people reclaim control from extractive capital, and where all economic institutions are designed for justice. She is a leading theorist in democratic economy design, including next generation enterprise, place-based impact investing, and a next system of … Read more

“Minding the Sustainability Gap: From Unsustainable Core to Business-as-the-World-Needs” – An Interview with Alice Kalro

Alice Kalro is an emerging global thought leader in science-based corporate sustainability, providing practical guidance on science-aligned business transformations and urging corporations to take on a systems leadership role in order to help secure a just and liveable future for all. We caught up with her in the midst of her hectic schedule – with this interview. Thomas … Read more

“Planetary Boundaries” – Kevin Anderson interviews Johan Rockström

At a certain point, this fight for the Planet becomes personal. ASK: Who or what is stopping us from addressing the most urgent challenges we face as a human family? What’s in this interview? 00:03 Introductions 01:05 Outlining the planetary boundary & tipping points framework 05:14 How long before we see tipping points occurring? 10:00 … Read more

Climate Deniers Should Not Assume They Will Never Face Justice

BY STEVEN DAY If you’re a reasonably young person who is opposing measures to address climate change for reasons of financial or political gain, be afraid. Be very afraid. Largely out of public view, there is a growing advocacy for treating certain forms of climate change denial as a crime. The political will to do this doesn’t exist … Read more

The Regeneration of Birra Messina: From “shout down” to agreement with Heineken

The story of the Birrificio Messina cooperative is a positive example of “regeneration,” where workers rescue struggling companies through the cooperative formula. The local community has played a pivotal role in this success, supported by the Messina Community Foundation. This experience represents a ray of hope in the industry, challenging large multinational corporations. The new … Read more

The Destruction of the Common Good: Laying the Foundation of a Zero-Trust Society

Adapted from the book REGENERATION: The Future of Community in a Permacrisis World IDEA BITE PRESS (May, 2023) The USA, and increasingly the rest of the world, is becoming more and more fragmented – with COVID being blamed[1], in part, for the death of the Common Good.   If we cannot agree – as nations, as institutions, and as … Read more

What is a flash drought? An earth scientist explains

One explanation for the fires in Hawaii is the “flash drought.” We wanted to understand what that means, so we republished this article with permission. BY Antonia Hadjimichael, Penn State Many people are familiar with flash floods – torrents that develop quickly after heavy rainfall. But there’s also such a thing as a flash drought, … Read more

“The Most Important Thing YOU CAN DO to Fight Climate Change” – Katharine Hayhoe’s TED talk

One of the biggest problems is that the public, especially in the United States, doesn’t even comprehend the extent of the problem. Silence kills. In this case, it kills us all. How do you talk to someone who doesn’t believe in climate change? Not by rehashing the same data and facts we’ve been discussing for … Read more

“Beyond Growth, to Wellbeing” – An Interview with Robert Costanza

Robert Costanza is  Professor of Ecological Economics at the Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) at University College London (UCL). He is also currently a Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre in Stockholm, Sweden, and Honorary Professor at the Australian National University, an Affiliate Fellow at the Gund Institute at the University of Vermont, and … Read more

In a Barbie world … after the movie frenzy fades, how do we avoid tonnes of Barbie dolls going to landfill?

BY Alan Pears, RMIT University It made headlines around the world when the much-hyped Barbie movie contributed to a world shortage of fluorescent pink paint. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. When movies or TV shows become cultural phenomena, toymakers jump on board. And that comes with a surprisingly large amount of plastic … Read more

“The need for scientifically informed politics” – An Interview with Joachim H. Spangenberg

Joachim H. Spangenberg is Vice-President of the Sustainable Europe Research Institute(SERI) in Cologne, Germany. With a PhD in economics, but an academic background in biology and ecology, he is an inter- and trans-disciplinary researcher by education and dedication. He works on sustainable development strategies, environmental conflicts, sustainable consumption, biodiversity conservation by pressure reduction, ecosystem services … Read more

“Beyond the Worst” – An Interview with John Elkington

John Elkington, Co-Founder & Chief Pollinator at Volans, is one of the founders of the global sustainability movement, an experienced advisor to business, and a highly regarded keynote speaker and contributor, from conferences to advisory boards. In 2008, The Evening Standard named John among the ‘1000 Most Influential People’ in London, describing him as “a … Read more

“Witness to the Collapse” – An Interview with Francesco Bellina

Francesco Bellina is an artist and photojournalist based in Palermo, Sicily. His work focuses primarily on contemporary socio-political issues, with a particular emphasis on the topic of migration. He attended the Faculty of Law in Palermo while simultaneously dedicating himself to photography. His work has been published in The Financial Times, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, … Read more

“The Time Horizon of Sustainability” – An Interview with Pia Heidenmark Cook

Pia Heidenmark Cook is a Senior Advisor with Teneo, working with the ESG and Sustainability team to advise clients on how to develop and operationalise sustainability strategies and the implications for reputation strategies. Prior to Teneo, Pia was the Chief Sustainability Officer for IKEA, where she led the development and implementation of the IKEA People … Read more

“Sustainability and Performance” – An Interview with Tensie Whelan, Director, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business

Tensie Whelan (NYU ‘80), Clinical Professor for Business and Society, is the Director of the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, where she is bringing her 25 years of experience working on local, national and international sustainability issues to engage businesses in proactive and innovative mainstreaming of sustainability. As the former President of the Rainforest Alliance, she transformed the … Read more

What is Ecological Economics? An Interview with Dr. Stanislav Edward Shmelev, Director, Oxford Summer School in Ecological Economics

Dr. Stanislav Edward Shmelev is the founder and CEO of Environment Europe Foundation and Director of Environment Europe Limited. He is the founder of the Oxford Summer School in Ecological Economics, which has been running since 2012. What is Ecological Economics?Ecological Economics is a new interdisciplinary field focused on economy-environment interactions and aimed at finding … Read more