Recent Developments

04
Dec

Distortions of the Anthropocene

For the first time in earth’s history, a species through its own self-centered behavior, is responsible for ending one geological epoch, the Holocene, and initiating another, the Anthropocene. The Holocene, which began roughly 12,000 years ago with the end of the Pleistocene ice age, is generally associated with a globally warming climate and the rapid spread of the human species as ...

04
Dec

Today humanity uses the equivalent of 1.5 planets to provide the resources we use and absorb our waste. This means it now takes the Earth a year and six months to regenerate what we use in a year. Moderate UN scenarios suggest that if current population and consumption trends continue, by the 2030s, we will need the equivalent of two ...

04
Dec

Interestingly, the trend of US government financial obligations parallels the growth of ecological overshoot – particularly since the year 2000 when overshoot became more evident in terms of climate change, ecosystem damage and commodity shortages. In the following chart we see the growth of total US government obligations relative to GDP. Total obligations include implicit debt (unfunded liabilities to Social Security, ...

04
Dec

The US government – like most national governments – is reluctant to recognize the ecological/economic damages being done by its command-and-control management systems. Therefore over the past several decades it has increasingly fudged the numbers on the ongoing economic decline. The following charts attempt to take the fudge out of some important official numbers, giving us a more reliable picture ...

04
Feb

Entroponomics Redux

A couple of months ago (December 10, 2012) I wrote that the word “economics” has become divorced from its original meaning and that “entroponomics” would be a more truthful label – one that would compel us to think more deeply about the consequences of our commercial behavior. Most of us associate the word economics with high level planning and management intended ...

27
Jan

During 2012 the Global LAMP Index® continued to build its multi-year performance advantage over  leading global equity indices as well as the S&P 500. A chart showing compounded returns since 1996 – the year I started work on the Index – is displayed on the front page of this website. Tables detailing index returns on a year-to-year and on a ...

10
Dec

Entroponomics

The words we use convey shared meanings and assumptions that affect the ways we think and behave. Take the word “economics.” The word itself derives from the Ancient Greek οἰκονομία (oikonomia, "management of a household, administration") and from οἶκος (oikos, "house") plus νόμος (nomos, "custom" or "law"): hence "rules of the house(hold)." Since the founding of modern economics in the 18th ...

19
Sep

Biological and ecological systems are full of complexity. So is the financial system. But here the similarity ends: for Nature and biology are complex in the right way, while the financial system is not. The right way is diverse, symbiotic, adaptive and dynamically balanced. The wrong way is highly centralized, self-centered, disconnected, single-minded (profit seeking) and continually growing with concentrated pockets ...

17
Apr

LAMP Companies Repeat on Global 100 Lists

Since 2006, when Profit For Life was published, 65 percent of Global LAMP Index® companies our learning lab for the book have been selected for the Global 100 list of corporate sustainability leaders. Since the Global 100 are selected from thousands of eligible companies, the high inclusion rate of LAMP companies is truly extraordinary. The Global 100 ...

14
Dec

Growing Wealth That Lasts

The principles that govern lasting wealth creation are time tested and simple. Yet we have a difficult time putting them to practice because they require deferring present needs and wants into the future. At every level of political/economic decision-making global, national or family the power of now has an inexorable pull. The power of now has been ...