Universal Basic Income Game in beta release!

UBI means Universal Basic Income and guarantees people who are not in work a basic income level. About UBI people have a lot of different opinions – some say it frees up people and their entrepreneur spirit – others say it makes people lazy. How are we going to pay for it? is another objection.

We designed and built this downloadable single player/small group version so you could try out ideas around UBI for yourself.

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Envisioning the circular region

The transformation to the circular economy demands of us that we start to identify what is appropriate to cycle and recycle at the four different administrative levels: state, regional (or county), municipal, neighborhood and in the circular home.

The diagram above gives an idea of the scale we are discussing.

Several questions arise:

  • Which criteria for what is local and what is regional shall we apply? Minimization of transport work, advantages of centralization, centres of specialist competence and infrastructure?
  • Is there a natural scale difference between the technical and the biological cycles?
  • What major areas shall we include? Food, construction, energy, transport, water, water treatment, etc.?
  • What problem areas are there and what immediate “low handing fruit” can we see?
  • How does the circular economy impact climate adaptation?

Several of these issues will be looked at in depth in the coming project from Gävle University that is preparing material to help Swedish regions frame the circular economy into their regional development strategies. I hope to share insights from that work as they publish their findings.

And can we envisage a circular home? The diagram below might be a start.

If you would like to explore the circular economy deeper, we offer training at the Academy of Investors in Peace, or click on the links to the articles on this site on the circular economy.

New E-Book – addressing the market failures arising from the structure of the firm

We are in a time of transition. The world no longer seems to present vast frontiers of new forests to fell, mineral wealth under our feet to extract, or of new soils to plough. Instead the Earth has become more like a garden which we realise we need to steward carefully to keep it productive.

We also see another transition, from societies where everyone more or less had the basics to massive inequalities where for instance in the UK, one in 200 is homeless.

At least from a European perspective, where the state is seen as the protector of people and resources, and firms are partners in providing what people need, we can see this a massive market failure.

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Dunbar shows the way to a world where all have agency

As I write this, COP 25 is going on. Children activists interviewed on stage, including Greta Thunberg, are stating simply that they represent the younger generation who want a chance to be able to live on the Earth in future and they see no action that is going to offer them more than a 50% chance of an inhabitable planet. No change since their last COP, only increasing CO2 levels. They, like most people cannot understand why they, their needs and the voices of scientists and ordinary people have no agency. Maybe there is way … building on insights from chimps.

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Creative works: Common, not economic man

Just started to publish in blog format chapters from my new creative writing project with the code name Common, not Economic man.

The book follows Max Wahlter, a journalist who decided to enter a competition asking for proposals for alternatives to the UN. Understanding that there is a tragedy of the commons but also a sustainable, regenerative future of the commons, Max set out to use the creative inventing technique of imagestreaming to invent this new World Governance, and to win the prize.

The technique of imagestreaming allows users to “visit in one’s mind’s eye” a place that has successfully solved the challenge. The technique suggests imagestreamers record their impressions and analyze and document them.

Max made several visits to this “place” and brought back som really deep insights. However, it was not all plain sailing as he realised the task asked for a lot more intellectual power than he felt like like applying. On the other hand without it he could not solve the problem.

Follow Max’s trials and tribulations to find the pot of gold – the answer to global governance on A Very Beautiful Place. AVBP.net

Passenger cars – the inconvenient truth

The Sankey diagram below covers Sweden but could probably apply to most of Europe and the US. It shows the total energy input into the country and what it is used on. It tells us an inconvenient truth that no-one seems to be talking about: domestic CO2 emissions come largely from use of passenger cars. If we are serious about killing CO2 we have to look at killing the car as we know it. We have hardly started to even dare have that conversation. The other inconvenient corollary is that our transport system is oil-dependent. And oil is finite. We need to redesign from the ground up the way we arrange things. It is high time. Let me explain.

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Models of sustainability

I know that the term sustainable is old fashioned, and people prefer “regenerative” for many good reasons. However, there are good reasons to take a look back at what sustainability is. One of them is that there are already well-accepted and widely used standards frameworks that, if put together, could give governments, local authorities and corporations best practice guidelines. That indeed would be a lot better than People, Planet, Profits triple bottom line thinking as I will explain.

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Train thoughts: can we avoid flying?

As a circular economy aficionado, environmental enthusiast and consultant I always stress the importance of living environmentally. I ought to walk the talk, too. A great opportunity came up the other day when I was invited to  conference in Barcelona, and had the time to travel by train. I live in Stockholm, Sweden so it is not exactly next door.

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