Can we phase out fossil fuel dependency at the speed required by ongoing emergencies? The illegal invasion of Ukraine, by a military force financed by revenues from international energy markets, raises the question about how best to rapidly reduce dependency on imported oil and gas. We look here at four forces driving the political, economic, […]Read more "Go green at wartime speed"
In January 2021, the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists warned the “Doomsday clock” was at “100 seconds to midnight”. The COVID-19 pandemic has destabilized economies and nation states, compounding risk factors that could lead to nuclear conflict. The authors, including 13 Nobel Laureates, warned that: wanton disregard for science […]Read more "Climate emergency is a threat to international peace & security"
The biggest growth opportunity in finance is climate-aligned investment and innovation. In 2018, all major asset classes struggled to earn. Cash was the asset class that expanded the most, signaling a pull-back from new investment and a wait-and-see attitude. In 2019, trade tensions spurred worries of a global economic slowdown that could lead to recession. […]Read more "71% Increase in Climate-Smart Finance Commitments in 2019"
Tracking of interacting compounding risks shows higher value of financing external returns. Resilience is the ability to weather and emerge from shock events. Resilience intelligence is the complex work of understanding whether we are positioned to do so. Structured, evolving guidance, rooted in Earth systems science, is critical for achieving reliable ongoing operational resilience. The […]Read more "Resilient Prosperity Requires Interactive Risk Tracking"
How much do we value human freedom? For thousands of years people of all variety of experience and influence have debated whether free will exists and which universe would be more full of virtue and good fortune—one that is fated or one that is free. Today, technology is flooding our experience with hard-to-trace information and […]Read more "2020 Vision: Choose Freedom"
The COP25 UN climate negotiations, which concluded on Sunday in Madrid, were the longest in the history of the process. This makes sense, because some of the most logistically complicated elements of a cooperative plan to upgrade economic activity everywhere were on the table. We see the COP25 as having generated important breakthroughs, though also […]Read more "COP25 — The Hard Work of Redefining Prosperity"
The widespread ongoing assault on open access to truth is spreading injustice and obstructing greatly needed innovation. For 240 years, one after another society acted in some way to break free from the deep injustice of the feudal system, in which some people owned others and human rights were more an ideal than a reality. […]Read more "Knowledge Economy: Outmaneuvering Disinformation & Injustice"
The Earth is home to complex living systems that work for and against each other, evolve, adapt, and innovate, to sustain life. The balance of health and stress in these systems allows for resilience, and the conditions for complex life. We exist because these systems exist. All value—in culture, enterprise, finance, and science—rests on this […]Read more "Natural Systems Mean Business"