What Could Possibly Go Right? | Interview with Kate Raworth

September 22, 2021

From Vicki Robin's podcast "What Could Possibly Go Right?"

Roman Krznaric is a public philosopher who writes about the power of ideas to change society. His latest book is The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long Term in a Short Term World. His previous international bestsellers, including Empathy, The Wonderbox and Carpe Diem Regained, have been published in more than 20 languages.

Kate Raworth is a renegade economist focused on making economics fit for 21st century realities. She is the creator of the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries, and co-founder of Doughnut Economics Action Lab.

Together, they address the one core question of “What Could Possibly Go Right?” with thoughts including:

  • That Doughnut Economics offers a model to “meet the needs of all people within the means of the Living Planet”.
  • That “one of the ways that the world changes is through empathy”, which can overcome our social divides.
  • That we need to be good ancestors and “step into the shoes of people in tomorrow’s world as citizens of the future.”
  • That recognizing and respecting boundaries is good for our own and the planet’s health, while also being a means to unleash our creativity.

Scholarships for Research into Capitalism from a Commons Lens

Posted by Ugo Mattei

August 23, 2021
If you know of any brilliant young students with a BA or MA degree from any background  interested in a unique experience of critical multidisciplinary understanding of capitalism from a commons perspective, please tell them to apply at www.iuctorino.it .

Classes start in January 2022 and thy continue through July

Gus Speth in the New York Times

July 16, 2021
Gus Speth recently had a letter to the editor printed in the New York Times. Read it below (and linked here).

To the Editor:

On May 30 of this year, carbon dioxide levels at the measuring site atop Mauna Loa, in Hawaii, reached 420 parts per million, or 50 percent above the preindustrial level. Forty years have passed since The Times carried an article warning of the grave risks of allowing carbon dioxide to exceed that level.

The study covered in your article was issued by the Carter administration, in one of its last acts. It was widely appreciated four decades ago that climate protection required strong government action. Those of us working on the issue even knew enough to hazard a guess at an upper limit that should not be exceeded (though we were too lenient, later work would reveal).

We have now had decades of gross dereliction of civic responsibility by the federal government, and greenhouse gases continue steadily to build in the atmosphere. We Americans are faced today with a great test of whether we care enough for our children to finally act. We will be late but at least not absent.

James Gustave Speth
Strafford, Vt.
The writer was chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality in the Carter administration and is the author of the forthcoming book “They Knew: The U.S. Federal Government’s 50-Year Role in Causing the Climate Crisis.”

Earth Day Special with Prof. Maurie Cohen

July 15, 2021
From Anna Chashchyna's podcast:

On this special day, Earth Day of 2021, we are looking 30 years back at what has been achieved in terms of sustainable development since Rio-1992, how sustainable consumption developed over the years and what lead to the relatively recent shift towards minimalism and zero-waste movement.

We speak with Prof. Maurie Cohen about what environmental policy means, who has the power to change the world, and what was first – life or the instruction how to live it.

Felix Dodds on the Glasgow Climate Summit

July 15, 2021
Felix Dodds has been chronicling the political jockeying in the lead-up to the COP-27 Glasgow Climate Summit this fall.

Read some of his recent articles:
"Why Stakeholder Coalitions Could Be Key to the Glasgow Climate Summit’s Success" (May 27)

"Why Mixed Messages Could Turn Boris Johnson’s Glasgow Climate Summit Dream into a Nightmare" (June 11)

Why Do We Buy? -- Juliet Schor in Vox

July 07, 2021
Juliet Schor was recently interviewed in Vox about the question of why we buy what we do. The interviewer opens,

"I recently spoke with Juliet Schor, a sociologist at Boston College, about the history of modern American consumerism — what it’s rooted in, how it’s evolved, and how different groups of people have experienced it. Schor, who is the author of books on consumerism, wealth, and spending, has a bit of a unique view on the matter. She tends to focus on the roles of work, inequality, and social pressures in determining what people buy and when. In her view, marketers have less to do with what we want than, say, our neighbors, coworkers, or the people we follow on social media."

Read the full interview here.

OPINION: G7 leaders should end not just coal, but also oil and gas finance in 2021

June 10, 2021
Ahead of the G7 summit, more than 100 economists issued a letter calling on G7 countries to commit to shift their finance out of all fossil fuels (not just coal) this year, to enable a green pandemic recovery.

You can read the full letter here.

Among the signers were GTN members Andrew Simms, Ashok Khosla, Inge Røpke, Juliet Schor, Kate Raworth, Michael Pirson, and Neva Goodwin.

Nobel Prize Laureates and Other Experts Issue Urgent Call for Action After ‘Our Planet, Our Future’ Summit

May 04, 2021
Last week, following the 2021 Nobel Prize Summit, a group of Nobel laureates and other experts, including GTN member Johan Rockström, issued a call for far-reaching global action on climate change and other global crises:

We need to reinvent our relationship with planet Earth. The future of all life on this planet, humans and our societies included, requires us to become effective stewards of the global commons — the climate, ice, land, ocean, freshwater, forests, soils, and rich diversity of life that regulate the state of the planet, and combine to create a unique and harmonious life-support system. There is now an existential need to build economies and societies that support Earth system harmony rather than disrupt it.

You can read the full letter -- and list of signers -- here.

An open letter to Joe Biden on International Corporate Taxation

March 01, 2021
Jayati Ghosh, Jose Antonio Ocampo, and Joseph E. Stiglitz penned an open letter to US President Joe Biden calling on him to lead on comprehensive, multilateral tax reform to eliminate tax evasion and avoidance. Read the full letter here and an excerpt below:

As members of the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT), we urge you to fulfill your promise to “lead efforts internationally to bring transparency to the global financial system, go after illicit tax havens, seize stolen assets, and make it more difficult for leaders who steal from their people to hide behind anonymous front companies.” To do that, your administration should engage actively in ongoing efforts to overhaul the international tax system to ensure fair taxation of multinationals, which is currently being discussed within the G20-mandated OECD process.

Unfortunately, these negotiations have not gone well. The governments of leading member states (including the previous US administration) have negotiated under the misplaced assumption that their national interest is best served by protecting those multinationals headquartered within their borders. Discussions on the reform of international taxation have thus sacrificed common ambition to the lowest common denominator.


Jayati Ghosh Named by UN to High-Level Advisory Board on Economic, Social Affairs

January 28, 2021
GTN member Jayati Ghosh is among 20 prominent economists appointed by the United Nations to a high-level advisory board that will provide recommendations for the UN Secretary-General to respond to the current and future socio-economic challenges in the post-COVID-19 world. You can find the full list here.