Archive for October, 2010

  • Fractals and the Passing of Benoit Mandelbrot

    October 31st, 2010 by John Fullerton

    I am grateful to the Triple Crisis Blog for making me aware of the passing this month of the great mathematician, Benoit Mandelbrot, who coined the term “fractal”. Mandelbrot defined a fractal as “a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size >> Read more

  • What I Learned about Resilience in Rural Oregon

    October 26th, 2010 by John Fullerton

    I recently gave the keynote at the annual meeting of Oregon Rural Action in La Grande, Oregon, “Making the Shift: Building a Vibrant Local Economy Amidst the Broken Global Financial System.” (My slide deck is posted on our resource section here.) To >> Read more

  • B Lab Advances Stakeholder Capitalism

    October 24th, 2010 by John Fullerton

    I had the pleasure of attending B Lab’s National Leadership Gathering last week in Long Branch, New Jersey.  B Lab is a non-profit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.  “B Corporations” explicitly seek to balance the needs of all stakeholders, and this requirement is >> Read more

  • Footprints and Foreclosure

    October 17th, 2010 by John Fullerton

    The global economy now uses 1.5 times the earth’s capacity to regenerate the natural capital we use every year, up from the 1.4 times of the prior year, according to a report of the well-respected Global Footprint Network.  In their Living Planet Report 2010 >> Read more

  • Principles for Responsible Investment: A Tough Road Ahead in the US

    October 10th, 2010 by Peter Kinder

    We welcome Capital Institute Board Member Peter Kinder to the Future of Finance Blog.  As a founder and former President of KLD Risk Analytics, Peter is a highly respected pioneer in the socially responsible investment movement.  His comments highlight the challenges on the road ahead for US institutional investors seeking to implement the Principles for >> Read more

  • The Great Transformation

    October 3rd, 2010 by John Fullerton

    There are several “Great Transitions” circulating, visions for a transition to a just and sustainable economy and society.  Tellus Institute convened the Global Scenario Group, to produce the Great Transition Initiative in 2002, a comprehensive set of alternative futures.  More recently, the New Economics Foundation >> Read more