Archive for February, 2011

  • My First USDA Conference

    February 27th, 2011 by John Fullerton

    I attended the annual US Department of Agriculture conference this week in Washington DC. My job was to participate on a panel with The Savory Institute, organized by the Risk Management Agency of the USDA. Our topic was “Critical Thinking: The Best Risk Management Tool.” My message was about systems thinking, and how the financial system collapse >> Read more

  • As Goes Egypt…

    February 7th, 2011 by John Fullerton

    I am no Middle East expert, and clearly there are a multitude of factors beyond a humiliated fruit cart vendor in Tunisia that have triggered the revolutions playing out on our nightly news. Certainly decades of repression and unfathomable corruption (Mubarak is thought to have in excess of $40 billion invested securely outside Egypt) are primary drivers. But I would like to >> Read more

  • Guest Post: Sustaining Our Commonwealth of Nature and Knowledge

    February 2nd, 2011 by Herman Daly

    Let’s start with this phrase: “sustaining our commonwealth.” By sustaining, I don’t mean preserving inviolate; I mean using, without using up. Using with maintenance and replenishment is an important idea in economics. It’s the very basis of the concept of income, because income is the maximum that you can consume today and still be able to produce and consume >> Read more