Saturday, March 31, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
" '...if we open a quarrel between the present and the past, we shall be in danger of losing the future.' Today our concern must be with that future. For the world is changing. The old era is ending. The old ways will not do." _Senator John F. Kennedy/ July 15, 1960/ Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA/ Address while accepting the Democratic Party nomination for the presidency of the United States
Monday, March 26, 2007
The words in title of this post are the caveat prefacing a book, in publication since 2002: "Cradle +o Cradle." It is co-written by William McDonough and Mike Braungart, two human beings note-worthy for the newest generation in the marketplace in terms of understanding in the proper-context, what value contemporary history has for your futures, and noteworthy in the intelligent ways their book empowers solution-thinking/finding for the newest participants, along with your life-experienced allies, in shaping global human reality from here. Co-developing a working frame around the quality of life that carries the potential of your collective legacies well, for the future of humanity and this globe. Our home: ancestors, current inhabitants-all, and the progeny of all species.
The book's offerings are centered on the theory of a circular economics model, with the intention of re-revolutionizing industry! Here is found the seeds for a newer generation's manifesto of individuation that does not leave possibility mired in competition with the past! The secret in the first place, is the momentum already in place that allows for taking the best of the past and creating new combinations applicable for the (new) problems and challenges that are the new generation's inheritance. This attitude about living, is in the heart of contemporary history_ herein lies the freedom to redefine a new world, & William McDonough, is providing a clear voice now!
Read the book, "Cradle to Cradle," then dive in, talk with each other, AND the elders of vision, debate, create anew because the world has always needed you. Intelligence licensing; i.e.; paranoia about dreaming_ BE DAMNED! This book too, is a part of the new "Fin du Siècle" that is waiting for you to define, by consciously being that!!
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
In the section of the book titled, The Wall Street Pressure Cooker, starting on the middle of page 162: "Compound interest is the most obvious form of Modernism's commitment to exponential growth. Exponential growth is an upward curve that keeps accelerating without limits_ and it is often viewed in terms of how fast its 'doubling times' are. The doubling sequence of 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1,024, 2,048, and so on, goes up to astounding and unreal numbers in just a hundred steps or so. You can tell that dollars doubling like this have become unreal, because they can start to exceed the number of atoms in the universe in a few more steps. If the global economy keeps demanding fast doubling times and using up nature to achieve them, then the death of nature is near. If it accepts doubling times on the order of decades or centuries, we can put off disaster for a while. But on a finite planet, unending exponential growth is physically impossible and it is biologically impossible in terms of the survival of species_ including us. This is something that financiers would just as soon forget.
Suppose a corporation wants to be a good corporate citizen. It is willing to slow down the growth in profits and think about the longer-term future. But the stock market analysts are not happy, and the financiers get the CEO fired. Or a corporate raider comes in. If a whole country acted this way, the currency speculators would drive down its currency. Then the financial analysts with the 'sharp pencils' take over. Jobs are cut, assets and natural resources are sold off, social programs left to die, community philanthropy dries up, and day care in the workplaces goes away. The employees left in the company are traumatized, anxious, and guilty. Ecological destruction has become just one more excuse for getting 'lean and mean.' But the profits! Wall Street goes wild with applause. It's a way for modern capitalism to preserve itself against serious change.
Today, most Cultural Creatives show no signs of knowing how to address this problem. But some excellent new approaches do work for some problems, and they may soon become visible for many Cultural Creatives. Here are several approaches that are particularly engaging."
WILLIAM McDONOUGH, MUHAMMAD YUNUS, PAUL HAWKEN
Sunday, March 4, 2007
I created this photo-montage in Adobe Photoshop.
It owes image credits to Robert Altman: altmanphoto.com