We all get so excited when a billionaire claims he will give away all his money. We think philanthropy is so wonderful that it can solve all the world’s ills. Reality is that this type of philanthropy follows the whims of the giver.
In recent years, many of the industry’s elite have pledged financial support to schools, hospitals, police stations and homeless shelters, all while many of the industry’s companies have avoided paying taxes that would fund those same vital public institutions.
Wealth gleaned by way of tax dodges and monopolistic business practices is wealth stolen from the public, even when it is returned in the form of supposed gifts. Philanthropy has the power to do a great deal of good, but so do tax dollars allocated in an equitable democratic system. Perhaps it’s time to adopt a Gospel of Government.
What Can’t Tech Money Buy? http://nyti.ms/1WrhUuw
A study shows the advantages of a circular Economy in a country where infrastructure is not as advanced and car ownership is not as widespread as in mature economies.
By designing the economy to share, reuse, recycle as opposed to the linear “take-make-dispose” model they would experience faster and greater growth while creating a more sustainable and environmentally sound economy.
India Could Leapfrog Advanced Countries By Adopting A Circular Economy
We need fewer entrepreneurs and idea folks and more doers who get good ideas out there.
We tend to focus on the glitz and glamor of new ideas and products. The article points to the need to get existing ideas out into the world; which is more important than dreaming up new solutions to the world’s problems.
Ideas Help No One on a Shelf. Take Them to the World. http://nyti.ms/1KZPuUl
One way for sure to start piloting this plane would be to adopt sound global population policies. Cutting growth where it is least sustainable would have untold benefits on climate, environment, food and water issues.
Its not a new idea, but one worth revisiting. By supporting policies that bring education, particularly for girls, and contraception to the developing world everbody benefits.
NYTimes: Reducing Carbon by Curbing Population
Interesting look at behavior related to charitable giving and tax deductions.
As the author states, the tax exemption doesn’t encourage charitable giving. A healthy economy encourages charitable giving.
So why do we need the exemption?
NYTimes: The Charitable Deduction, Continued
This aggrieved and loss shattered resident of the Rockaways in NYC has got it all wrong. Rebuilding and infrastructure in flood prone areas needs to be carefully planned. Best practices for sustainable smart growth should be followed and long range planning for the communities as a whole taking precedence over quick fixes to get people back into their beach side property.
“We actually need sea walls here,” said Wilmarth. “They’re worried about repairing the boardwalk. I don’t care about the boardwalk. Get us a sea wall. Get us a flood barrier or something.”
Sea Walls just lead to beach erosion, and as the next article points out, they didn’t help the New Jersey communities which had them. Its time for big thinking and putting the community above the individual. Perhaps the best solution isn’t letting homeowners rebuild in areas that will just get swamped again.
NYTimes: We Need to Retreat From the Beach http://nyti.ms/ZMv2dv
This is not the time for a solution based purely on engineering. The Army Corps undoubtedly will be heavily involved. But as New Jersey and New York move forward, officials should seek advice from oceanographers, coastal geologists, coastal and construction engineers and others who understand the future of rising seas and their impact on barrier islands. We need more resilient development, to be sure. But we also need to begin to retreat from the ocean’s edge.