These realities of human life have always been contested. It is about loyalty/trust and finding an organizing principle to develop a functional socio-economic society. It is about sharing of resources, which are always in short supply; for a variety of reasons there are never enough resources to go around, no matter how rich the society/community is.
Communicating science to the masses is understandably a daunting task. The descriptive language of climate change is abstract and laden with scientific glossary. Climate change is a subject that implies consequential thinking, often thrice-removed, and making connections, with consequences usually in the not-so-near future. Continue reading “Climate Change: What is so difficult about it? It is a problem of communication!!!”
Hot heads among the masses are the norm, and it is not un-expected. Their actions and reactions do not reverberate any significant consequences beyond their familiar circles. History is replete with examples of hot headed rulers in autocratic and dictatorial regimes creating devastating decisions with long lasting deleterious consequences. Continue reading “The vanishing of prudence (cooler heads): is instant messaging the culprit?”
Even at an exclusively dedicated conference on Sustainable Development and Small Entrepreneurs, organized by the International Academy for Small/Medium Business, this year at Buenos Aires, Argentina, (June 29-July 1), one could not escape the doctrine of “economies of scale” preached by Milton Friedman, the grand promoter of free market economic theory. Continue reading ““Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered” and Sustainable Development”
A coin of a nation is not only an instrument of financial transaction, but it represents much more, and more importantly it is a symbol of a nation’s sovereignty; that means the ability of a nation to control its destiny. Not all nations are equal – not equal in their natural resources or human resources – does not mean one is better than the other, but they are simply DIFFERENT. Continue reading “Surrender Your Coin, Surrender Your Sovereignty: The Problematic Future of Euro Zone”
Water, the indispensable element for human existence, has been and continues to be the organizing principle of human living arrangements. Communities evolved around the source of the water. Water wells naturally drew people around them. These wells compelled communities to negotiate among themselves how they would live harmoniously and how they would responsibly consume this indispensable resource – water. Hydraulic despotism (Karl Wittfogel) is very much part of the human experience, then when societies were evolving along the rivers and now when the “powers to be” build water dams. Continue reading “Hutongs and Smart Cities: paradigmatic shifts in the way of life”