2014 Publications


  • Meaning, Religion, and a Great Transition
    Essay

    Meaning, Religion, and a Great Transition

    Michael Karlberg

    December 2014

    Can religion be a progressive force for confronting world challenges? Michael Karlberg argues that it can if reconceptualized as an evolving system of knowledge and practice rooted in universal values.


    With commentary and a response from the author

  • Climate Crossroads: Toward a Just Deal in Paris
    Viewpoint

    Climate Crossroads: Toward a Just Deal in Paris

    Tom Athanasiou

    December 2014

    Tom Athanasiou underscores the importance of a deep commitment to distributional justice on the domestic and global levels for success at the critical climate negotiations in Paris next year.

  • Climate: The Crisis and the Movement
    Interview

    Climate: The Crisis and the Movement

    Naomi Klein

    December 2014

    Naomi Klein indicts the capitalist economic system for bringing us to the brink of climate crisis and calls for building a movement for a more equitable and sustainable alternative.

  • A Great Transition? Where We Stand
    Keynote

    A Great Transition? Where We Stand

    Paul Raskin

    October 2014

    Paul Raskin revisits the scenarios developed by the Global Scenario Group and asks, which future are we living in? Despite proliferating perils, he argues, a Great Transition remains plausible—if an emerging social actor moves to center stage.

  • Debating the Sharing Economy
    Essay

    Debating the Sharing Economy

    Juliet Schor

    October 2014

    What is the "sharing economy"? Can it contribute to a more sustainable and equitable future? Juliet Schor answers these questions, arguing that democratizing the ownership of these new platforms will be key to realizing their potential.

    With commentary from Julian Agyeman, Dean Baker, Maurie Cohen, Milicent Johnson, Duncan McLaren, Andrés Monroy-Hernández, and Chris Tittle.


  • Dreaming of a Sustainable China
    Interview

    Dreaming of a Sustainable China

    Peggy Liu

    October 2014

    Peggy Liu, the co-founder of the Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy, discusses efforts to steer China's rapid development in a sustainable direction and to reimagine prosperity while doing so.


  • Changing the Political Climate: A Transitional Imperative
    Essay

    Changing the Political Climate: A Transitional Imperative

    Richard Falk

    September 2014

    Claims of “world citizenship” are premature in the absence of a global political community. The concept of the “citizen pilgrim” can help us reimagine citizenship as the struggle to create such a community to bring humane global governance to the twenty-first century.

    With commentary from Franck Amalric, Joseph Camilleri, Robert Johansen, and Robert Paehlke

  • Nature's Solutions: The IUCN Perspective
    Interview

    Nature's Solutions: The IUCN Perspective

    Julia Marton-Lefèvre

    September 2014

    Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, discusses IUCN's evolving mission toward a holistic approach to restoring species and ecosystems while enhancing the prospects for human well-being.

  • Two Cheers for Piketty
    Review

    Two Cheers for Piketty

    John Stutz

    September 2014

    In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty provides a sweeping explanation of inequality, but his proposed remedies offer reform, rather than the fundamental change essential to guiding the global economy toward a just and sustainable future.


  • Monetizing Nature: Taking Precaution on a Slippery Slope
    Viewpoint

    Monetizing Nature: Taking Precaution on a Slippery Slope

    Barbara Unmüßig

    August 2014

    As support grows for placing a monetary value on nature’s services, we must take caution lest we ignore the socio-cultural dimensions of nature and subject it to the volatile and calculative logic of markets.

    With commentary from Robert Costanza, Herman Daly, Neil Glazer, Robert Hickey, Jutta Kill, Carolyn Raffensperger, William Rees, Neera Singh, and Achim Steiner

  • Keeping the Lid on Pandora’s Box
    Review

    Keeping the Lid on Pandora’s Box

    Ian Lowe

    August 2014

    The widely-aired documentary Pandora’s Promise offers a glowing endorsement of nuclear power as the solution for our climate woes. However, it is too quick to dismiss concerns about reactor safety, waste management, and weapons proliferation—let alone cost.


  • Systems Thinking and System Change
    Interview

    Systems Thinking and System Change

    Fritjof Capra

    August 2014

    An interview with Fritjof Capra, the founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy, about the emergence of systems thinking, the root causes of todays’ social and environmental problems, and how to change the system itself.


  • Radical Ecological Democracy: A Path Forward for India and Beyond
    Essay

    Radical Ecological Democracy: A Path Forward for India and Beyond

    Ashish Kothari

    July 2014

    Numerous grassroots initiatives devoted to fostering sustainable and equitable alternatives to the dominant economic development model have recently sprung up in India and other parts of the world. The emergent framework of radical ecological democracy can inspire such a values-led transition to a better future.

    With commentary by David Barkin, Federico Demaria, Helena Norberg-Hodge, and Neera Singh


  • The Future ICSO
    Interview

    The Future ICSO

    Burkhard Gnärig

    July 2014

    An interview with Burkhard Gnärig, the Executive Director of the International Civil Society Centre, about the current landscape of international civil society organizations (ICSOs) and what they must do to adapt to a world filled with new challenges and opportunities.

  • Searching for Radicalism in a Corporate Age
    Review

    Searching for Radicalism in a Corporate Age

    Gus Speth

    July 2014

    Peter Dauvergne and Genviere LeBaron’s new book Protest Inc. analyzes the headwinds driving against the rise of radical activism. Although it offers a much-needed critique of the weakening of NGO resolve to challenge the system, it provides little guidance on how to bring such change about.


  • Global Citizenship: Plausible Fears and Necessary Dreams
    Essay

    Global Citizenship: Plausible Fears and Necessary Dreams

    Robert Paehlke

    June 2014

    In an increasingly interdependent world, the question is not whether there will be global governance, but whether it will be democratic and integrative. To democratize international affairs, we must expand the concept and practice of citizenship through a global citizens movement.

    With commentary by John Bunzl, Peter Christoff, Richard Falk, John Martin Gillroy, Liisa Horelli, and Michael Karlberg


  • Better is Not Good Enough: Toward True Corporate Sustainability
    Viewpoint

    Better is Not Good Enough: Toward True Corporate Sustainability

    Bob Willard

    June 2014

    The corporate sustainability movement has yet to fully grasp the risk of looming social and ecological tipping points. To avoid the trap of incrementalism, we need a systemic understanding of how a truly sustainable corporation would operate.

    With commentary by Manuel Escudero, Stuart Hart, Mark McElory, Alan Willis, and Simon Zadek


  • Boiling Point: Multiple Crises and the Democratic Deficit
    Interview

    Boiling Point: Multiple Crises and the Democratic Deficit

    Kumi Naidoo

    June 2014

    An interview with Kumi Naidoo, International Executive Director of Greenpeace International, about how to fix the current democratic deficit and strengthen the role of civil society in pushing for fundamental change.


  • The Decline and Fall of Consumer Society?
    Viewpoint

    The Decline and Fall of Consumer Society?

    Maurie Cohen

    May 2014

    Recent demographic, economic, social, cultural, and resource trends may foretell the decline of consumer society in the US. The question then becomes what system will come next.

    With commentary by Julian Agyeman, John Ehrenfeld, Emily Huddart-Kennedy, and William Rees


  • Human Rights in the Age of Climate Change
    Interview

    Human Rights in the Age of Climate Change

    Mary Robinson

    May 2014

    An interview with the former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights about how to build the political will to address the climate crisis and why a rights-based approach must lie at the core of 21st century development.


  • What Would Jane Jacobs Say?
    Review

    What Would Jane Jacobs Say?

    Halina Brown

    May 2014

    Vishaan Chakrabarti’s recent book A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America makes a compelling case that future prosperity lies in cities. But his vision of the built environment, this review argues, leaves out an essential element: the people who inhabit it.

  • Limits to Investment: Finance in the Anthropocene
    Viewpoint

    Limits to Investment: Finance in the Anthropocene

    John Fullerton

    April 2014

    We are not only in ecological overshoot, but "financial overshoot" as well. The time has come to reimagine the system.

    With commentary by Gar Alperovitz, Herman Daly, Marjorie Kelly, and Hunter Lovins


  • The Commons as a Template for Transformation
    Essay

    The Commons as a Template for Transformation

    David Bollier

    April 2014

    By helping diverse communities bypass dysfunctional government and predatory markets, the commons approach can serve a key strategic role in the transition to an alternative system.

    With commentary by Arthur Dahl, Liisa Horelli, Ashish Kothari, James Quilligan, and Wolfgang Sachs


  • From Business Entrepreneur to Social Entrepreneur
    Interview

    From Business Entrepreneur to Social Entrepreneur

    Oded Grajew

    April 2014

    World Social Forum co-founder Oded Grajew discusses his career transformation, the history of the WSF, and what lies ahead.