Our world monetary system has a systemic purchasing gap. ‘Purchasing gap’ means that all the costs of making something, or offering some service – initial capital or training, paying for the time taken to do the work etc, is always more than the price that buyers have available for the product. You might not believe … More Whack a Mole
It is end November, so no surprise that here it is dark for quite a lot of the time as we are less than 4 weeks away from the shortest day. It is especially dreary on dreich days, so as today was different with forecast crisp and cold … but clear… I took the 29 … More Dreich Days
OK I am political. So are we all by at least one of the definitions “of or relating to citizens“. My problem – not an official one, just a personal one, is that I don’t feel that I belong to any particular nation, no matter that I was born in Ireland, and no matter that … More What is Transformative Leadership?
Here in getting-very-dark-early Edinburgh, the climate is being fairly kind, if a little bit cold. But news is dreadful with floods and fires, enough to drown in sadness and grief or blaze with anger. Then get mad at election reporting, and impeachment, and on and on. Out walking shows the trees now mostly shorn of … More How will you pay? should be: Who will Pay? Where does Money Come From?
Back in Edinburgh – lots of visitors – and lots of action in the City because it happens to be August and that is Edinburgh Festival time. I am also inundated by emails about the climate, which at long last seems to be getting some attention. I have been part of various email groups, and … More The Danger of a Single Story
All my friends may have heard me rant at various times. So have readers. Here are a few quotes from a long and wordy paper that you might or might not want to read. [my italics. Click here for the paper by Jem Bendell whom I met at a Positive Money conference in Cumbria a … More Deep Adaptation? What?
“…the opposite of hope is not despair. It is grief.” * This is not a happy blog, but then you will know I don’t think we are in a happy world at the moment. Like many many many, too many, of us, I wonder how best to make things better: Climate change – the recent … More Rise up rebels: Courage
This lovely picture is inserted to cheer me up, as it was sent to me by Louis, created with the Applepen I bought him for his birthday, knew he wanted it a lot, but me hesitant with thoughts of “expensive technology: Creative? Apple? Current Fad?- you know the feeling. Say it again. TRUST the good … More Online Shopping, Blessing or Curse?
It occurs to me that lots of folk I know are pro-peace. They deplore what is happening in Syria, Yemen, all those places we hear about on the news. Of course they may be, like me from time to time, feeling helpless, wanting to just switch off, wondering what on earth can be done. Well … More Pro-Peace
I’m not really in a writing mood, but I have just been listening to Guy Standing giving a TED talk on the Precariat, explaining what it is. It makes a lot of sense of some of the things that seem to be happening all over in our lives. It is worth a listen! [His writing … More The Precariat – What’s that?