Link Loving 31.07.11

July 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

  • 2011 was a bad election year for the Scottish Greens. A tough-love analysis of why. Peter McColl.
  • “What does the President say on the day of the oil cut-off?” Natalya Sverjensky doesn’t have good news for Henry Kissinger.
  • The Duke of Wellington on the aid bureaucracy. (Very funny.) Duncan Green.
  • An employer will never beat a union that has a singing group. Gavin Thomson.
  • Green is the new red: environmental activists under attack. Robert Jensen.
  • Electing our movement – it’s time to get voted in. Juliana Williams.
  • Your trend briefing for August 2011. Trendwatching.
  • Will the Arab Spring turn into the African Summer? Eric Stoner.
  • Sir Gus O’Donnell and the well-being revolution. Juliet Michaelson.

Right Vs Left

July 31, 2011 § 1 Comment

This is beautiful and insightful.

Link Loving 30.07.11

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Why Don’t All Businesses Work This Way?

July 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

This is a wonderful recording of John Lewis talking about why he ran his business in the way he did. Read the speech here.

One small snippet here. Radical stuff!

Looking for change

The present state of affairs is really a perversion of the proper working of capitalism. It is all wrong to have millionaires before you have ceased to have slums. Capitalism has done enormous good and suits human nature far too well to be given up as long as human nature remains the same. But the perversion has given us too unstable a society. Differences of reward must be large enough to induce people to do their best but the present differences are far too great.

If we do not find some way of correcting that perversion of capitalism, our society will break down. We shall find ourselves back in some form of government without the consent of the governed, some form of police state. The dividends of some shareholders exceed their own highest hopes, hopes that may have been much too greedy, and the incomes of the more fortunate of the captains of industry are many times as great as would have caused the same persons to work just as hard and for just as many years if, instead of going into business, they had happened to become, say, lawyers or doctors. This is quite wrong.

Link Loving 29.07.11

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Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard By Thomas Gray

July 29, 2011 § 1 Comment

The curfew tolls the knell of parting day,
The lowing herd winds slowly o’er the lea,
The ploughman homeward plods his weary way,
And leaves the world to darkness and to me.

Now fades the glimmering landscape on the sight,
And all the air a solemn stillness holds,
Save where the beetle wheels his droning flight,
And drowsy tinklings lull the distant folds:

Save that from yonder ivy-mantled tower
The moping owl does to the moon complain
Of such as, wandering near her secret bower,
Molest her ancient solitary reign.

Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree’s shade,
Where heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap,
Each in his narrow cell for ever laid,
The rude Forefathers of the hamlet sleep.

The breezy call of incense-breathing morn,
The swallow twittering from the straw-built shed,
The cock’s shrill clarion, or the echoing horn,
No more shall rouse them from their lowly bed.

For them no more the blazing hearth shall burn,
Or busy housewife ply her evening care:
No children run to lisp their sire’s return,
Or climb his knees the envied kiss to share,

Oft did the harvest to their sickle yield,
Their furrow oft the stubborn glebe has broke;
How jocund did they drive their team afield!
How bow’d the woods beneath their sturdy stroke!

Let not Ambition mock their useful toil,
Their homely joys, and destiny obscure;
Nor Grandeur hear with a disdainful smile
The short and simple annals of the Poor.

The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power,
And all that beauty, all that wealth e’er gave,
Awaits alike th’ inevitable hour:-
The paths of glory lead but to the grave.

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Link Loving 28.07.11

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Aircraft Scrapyard

July 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Mojave Desert is the Detroit of deserts. A wasteland filled with old aircraft. And it’s not the only one – there’s a whole field guide to ‘aircraft boneyards’.

Metaphor for anything prescient?

What Rio+20 Could Be About

July 27, 2011 § 1 Comment

A lot of us in the environmental movement are asking – what do we do with Rio+20?

Alex Evans and David Stevens have an insightful paper promoting the ideas of greening growth, resilience, and equity (worth a read), though the emerging themes seem to be focused on ‘green economy’ generally. This worries a lot of us – where are questions of justice and distribution of resources, for example? Other uncertainties remain about who will actually come to the summit. So for campaigners, a simple ‘lobby politician A for important thing B’ ain’t gonna work this time.

So – how about something like this (using the golden circle framework):

Why – Why do we think we need to do something?

  • We need to call out why we’re not succeeding – what is blocking progress right now?
  • To increase levels of courage: set new levels of commitment and action
  • Raise hope and aspiration by showing what we’ve already achieved

How – How will we do this? What is our vehicle to achieve these things?

Use the Rio+20 conference as strategic leverage moment.

  1. Celebrate the last twenty years of progress (telling our story)
  2. Share the pain of what we’ve all been through
  3. Raise ambition and commitment from each of us

What – Practically, what does that look like? What will happen?

At the summit:

  • An Olympic Opening Ceremony-style visual story of the last twenty years- using images, dance, film, music, lots of people – ‘wow’ factor
  • It could follow the lives of children (one from each continent maybe?) born in 1992 and what has changed in the world around them
  • Follow the progress of new laws, new technologies, local victories, cross-national alliances, the successes we’ve had
  • Also document the pain, destruction of land and species, health problems, pollution
  • Come to a climax moment (the ‘now’ moment), and start to tell a story of what happens next: how do we get to the safe, just future we’re all working for
  • Show the upcoming fights and how we’ll win them
  • Give a place to all pieces of the puzzle – but make it clear who is part of the solution and who isn’t

At home:

  • Friends, families and communities come together to share stories of hope and pain.
  • We provide a framework that helps people have conversations that matter – using good questions, good food, songs : )
  • Front and center of this, is a renewed commitment to the work ahead, to each other and to allies all over the world
  • Maybe link up communities over Skype – sense of solidarity
  • Get them to write their own story of the future – how will the people of Poughkeepsie, NY and Accra, Ghana work through the next 20 years? (Essentially, they are writing their own vision and strategy)

Could it work?

Link Loving 27.07.11

July 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

  • How sexist abuse is stopping women from running for political office. Anna Rose shares a nasty experience and suggest some solutions.
  • Famous opening lines from novels updated for the modern age. Sean Ryan.
  • Green expectations: Lessons from the US green jobs market. Hanna Thomas and Clare McNeil.
  • As Britain’s great divide gets bigger, the North needs its voice to be heard. Ed Cox.
  • Where are the bodies buried? Intergenerational equity and waste. Angus Hanton.
  • Berries, goodbyes and career advice. If you’re not yet reading Penelope Trunk – do it.
  • Eat what you kill. James Altucher.
  • The power of song, from Selma to Syria. Mary Elizabeth King.

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