What to say at COP 27? The Swedish angle.

Million tons carbon dioxide equivalent per year.

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Why the circular economy needs a new monetary system

This explainer video gives non-economists a view on how the monetary system works – we use a model called bathtub economics. The video also connects bathtub economics with the circular economy and points out a few areas where we need change if we are to go circular.

Getting material to go round the money-go-round

Opinion: reporting hides what is going on with finite resources

One thing you need to understand: the production apparatus (capitalism) has been battling for ultimate control over resources since the industrial revolution has begun. It has used its money to influence politics, rule making and everything else. It has won and it is a total disaster.

Stephen Hinton 2016, photo Maj-Lis Koivisto

One thing you need to understand: the production apparatus (capitalism) has been battling for ultimate control over resources since the industrial revolution has begun. It has used its money to influence politics, rule making and everything else. It has won. This is disastrous for them and for us as workers and citizens. of the Earth. To understand why, you need to look into their materiality .

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Urban symbiosis and the nature-based economy

Planning a city or town to maximise symbiotic relationships between major flows of bio-material, water, heat and energy offers a way forward to living without fossil fuels. This video explains how it all hangs together.

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Industrial system disconnect #1. The car

A recent post outlined a system map of the industrial society. One reason to map things out is to give you helicopter perspective where you might be able to better see where the system is not working. This post takes on one of the obvious reasons the industrial society is still not on track for the Paris agreement: the car.

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Industrial society system map

Highest level system map. Click to enlarge.

Above is the latest version of my system map, done in KUMU.IO.

The basic elements of the map

  • 11 elements (e.g. government, natural capital stocks, built capital, etc)
  • 31 connections (e.g. flow of resources to firms, waste to local authority)
  • 3 types of flow: work, money, resources
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A Circular Strategy for Sweden

This 15-minute video sets out a strategy for Sweden to go full circular economy – at a high level. It identifies challenges with major industry groups, along with strategies to meet the challenges and finishes with a checklist that can be applied to all infrastructure. Maybe I am making it too simple, or is it that it is hard to get a full picture?

Real Capital: needs regenerating not depleting for profit

This E-book, produced from earlier writings, attempts to explain how Real
Capital – a cornerstone of the means of production – gets depleted by the
current system. Rather the creating a platform for future prosperity, the
system is removing the very things that coming generations need to be able
to provide for themselves.


The hope is that this short paper will clarify for policy makers where systemic
changes need to be made, and where the changes need to be put in place
to drive an industry-led transition to the circular economy.

Download the report here.