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The Economist: True Progressivism

The Economist: True Progressivism

BY THE end of the 19th century, the first age of globalisation and a spate of new inventions had transformed the world economy. But the “Gilded Age” was also a famously unequal one, with America’s robber barons and Europe’s “Downton Abbey” classes amassing huge wealth: the concept of “conspicuous consumption” dates back to 1899…

Global Environment Facility

Global Environment Facility

The Global Environment Facility unites 182 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives.

Thomas Piketty: Economist

Thomas Piketty: Economist

Thomas Picketty, Professor of Economics, specializes in economic inequality with his works covering both theoretical and normative issues. His scholarship includes work on long-term economic inequality, the evolution of inequalities in France, and comparative studies of different developed systems.

Emmanuel Saez: Economist

Emmanuel Saez: Economist

Emmanuel Saez is the Director of the Center for Equitable Growth at the University of California at Berkeley. His main areas of research are centered around taxation, redistribution, and inequality, both from a theoretical and empirical perspective. He recommends much higher taxes on the rich.

TRAFFIC

TRAFFIC

TRAFFIC is a wildlife trade monitoring network that works to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals does not threaten the conservation of nature. TRAFFIC is a global research-driven and action-oriented network committed to delivering innovative and practical conservation solutions.

ClimateWise

ClimateWise

International insurers committed to the principles: Lead in risk analysis, Inform public policy making, Support climate awareness amongst our customers, Incorporate climate change into our investment strategies, Reduce the environmental impact of our business, Report and be accountable.

PEW – Environmental Initiatives

PEW – Environmental Initiatives

The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. The environment group works to strengthen environmental policies and practices in ways that protect terrestrial and marine systems worldwide.

Higher Education in the US

Higher Education in the US

“The [University of Virginia] Board of Visitors is an archaic body, a vestige of [US President Thomas] Jefferson’s original conception of his university as an “academical village,” governing itself without executive authority. It was not until the early 20th century that the university bowed to practicality and hired a president. Though the board’s influence over the school has waned since then, a seat on it remains one of the most prestigious gifts a governor can bestow on a Virginian. Democrats and Republicans alike tend to allot the seats to major campaign contributors. The board that was judging [University President Teresa] Sullivan’s performance included lawyers, developers, a coal-mining executive and a beer distributor, but no voting member had an education background.”

CERES

CERES

Ceres has been working for more than 20 years to advocate for sustainability leadership. Ceres mobilizes a powerful network of investors, companies and public interest groups to accelerate and expand the adoption of sustainable business practices to build a healthy global economy.

IUCN

IUCN

The International Union for Conservation of Nature focuses on conserving biodiversity. IUCN demonstrates how biodiversity is fundamental to some of the world’s greatest challenges: climate change, sustainable energy, human well-being and building a green economy.

CIEL

CIEL

The Center for International Environmental Law works to strengthen and use international law and institutions to protect the environment, promote human health, and ensure a just and sustainable society. CIEL provides legal counsel and advocacy, policy research and capacity building services.

Green Economy Initiative

Green Economy Initiative

The objective of the UNEP-led Green Economy Initiative is to provide the analysis and policy support, through components including the Green Economy Report, advisory services, and research, for investing in green sectors and in greening environmental unfriendly sectors.

Pavan Sukhdev: Economist

Pavan Sukhdev: Economist

Pavan Sukhdev is McCluskey Fellow at Yale University. Building on 25 years of financial markets experience, his work is focused in showing how corporations and society can and should work together to achieve common goals and build a green economy.

PERI: UMass Amherst

PERI: UMass Amherst

The Political Economy Research Institute promotes human and ecological well-being by translating research into workable policy proposals capable of improving life on our planet today, and in the future. PERI strives to make a workable science out of morality.

NYT: A Facial Theory of Politics

NYT: A Facial Theory of Politics

On April 21, 2012, Leonard Mlodinow published an Op-Ed in the New York Times Sunday Review titled, A Facial Theory of Politics. The article describes studies made into the effect of visual cues on electoral results. “How important is a political candidate’s appearance? We’re all worldly enough to understand that looks matter. You probably know about the famous 1960 presidential debate between an unshaven and tired Richard Nixon and a tanned and rested John F. Kennedy: those who watched on television generally thought Kennedy won the debate, while those who listened over the radio overwhelmingly favored Nixon. Still, even the most jaded politico assumes that appearance is a relatively small factor — and one that we are basically aware of. Everyone knew that part of Kennedy’s appeal was how he looked…”

Leonard Mlodinow: Physicist

Leonard Mlodinow: Physicist

Leonard Mlodinow is a professor of probability and random processes at CalTech. He authored “Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior”, a startling and eye-opening examination of how the unconscious mind shapes our experience of the world.

Jared Diamond: Professor

Jared Diamond: Professor

Jared Diamond is a professor of geography and physiology at the University of California, a MacArthur Fellow, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Medal of Science. He is author of the books: Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies; and Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.

Sir Martin Rees: Astronomer

Sir Martin Rees: Astronomer

Sir Martin Rees is the UK’s Astronomer Royal, Master of Trinity College, and Emeritus Prof. of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of the book: Our Final Hour: How Terror, Error, and Environmental Disaster Threaten Humankind’s Future In This Century.

Barry Schwartz: Professor

Barry Schwartz: Professor

Barry Schwartz is Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Action at Swarthmore College, and author of the books: The Costs of Living: How Market Freedom Erodes the Best Things in Life; The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less; The Battle for Human Nature: Science, Morality, and Modern Life.

Edward O. Wilson: Professor

Edward O. Wilson: Professor

Biologist Edward O. Wilson is University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, and author of the books: The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth; The Future of Life; and The Diversity of Life, which describes how man is in the process of causing the “sixth extinction”.

Thomas Friedman: Journalist

Thomas Friedman: Journalist

Thomas L. Friedman is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, and author of the books: “That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind In The World It Invented and How We Can Come Back” and “Hot, Flat, and Crowded; Why We Need A Green Revolution – And How It Can Renew America”.

Daniel Kahneman: Professor

Daniel Kahneman: Professor

Daniel Kahneman is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus, and Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Emeritus, at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, and author of the book, “Thinking Fast and Slow”.

Robert Reich: Professor

Robert Reich: Professor

Robert Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, and is the author of thirteen books, including The Work of Nations, Locked in the Cabinet, Supercapitalism, and Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future.

Adam Curtis: Filmmaker

Adam Curtis: Filmmaker

Adam Curtis is a BAFTA-winning documentary filmmaker, whose work includes The Century of the Self, an award winning documentary film on how Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, and Edward Bernays influenced the way corporations and governments have analyzed and controlled ‬people.

The Biomimicry Institute

The Biomimicry Institute

Focusing on education, public policy, and corporate responsibility, the Biomimicry Institute promotes the study and imitation of nature’s remarkably efficient designs, bringing together scientists, engineers, architects and innovators who can use those models to create sustainable technologies.

Worldchanging

Worldchanging

Since 2003, Worldchanging has brought together a global network of independent journalists, designers and thinkers to cover the world’s most innovative solutions to the planet’s problems, and inspire readers around the world with stories of new tools, models and ideas for building a bright green future.

Sierra Club

Sierra Club

Established in 1892, the Sierra Club is the most influential grassroots environmental organization in the US. It has developed a set of initiatives that will help cut emissions, create clean economy, and protect our natural heritage, communities, and country from the consequences of climate change.

Rainforest Action Network

Rainforest Action Network

Rainforest Action Network envisions a world where each generation sustains healthy forests, where the rights of all communities are respected, and where corporate profits never come at the expense of people or the planet. Our campaigns seek to push companies to balance profits with principles.

EPI: Public Investment

EPI: Public Investment

The Economic Policy Institute’s (EPI) research shows a need for significant public investment to reverse decades of neglect to US infrastructure and society. Investment will create jobs and modernize the US economy. Experts include Josh Bivens, Andrew Fieldhouse, Ethan Pollack, and Rebecca Thiess.

Copenhagen Consensus Center

Copenhagen Consensus Center

The Copenhagen Consensus Center is a think-tank that publicizes 
the best ways for governments and philanthropists to spend aid and development money. CCC focuses on solving the world’s biggest challenges and on how to do this in the most cost-efficient manner.

UN: Economic and Social Affairs

UN: Economic and Social Affairs

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs helps countries around the world to meet their economic, social and environmental challenges. DESA’s mission – to promote development for all – reflects a fundamental concern for equity and equality in all countries.

UN Development Programme

UN Development Programme

The United Nations Development Programme “is the UN’s global development network, which advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP works with countries on their solutions to development challenges.

GAO: Consumer Protection

GAO: Consumer Protection

The Government Accountability Office provides public access to its wide-ranging research related to Business Regulation and Consumer Protection. Covered topics include Securities Regulation, Product Safety, Federal Antitrust Policy, and Healthcare Price Transparency.

CBO: Climate and Environment

CBO: Climate and Environment

The Congressional Budget Office analyzes proposed policies for limiting damage resulting from pollution that affects the atmosphere, land, and water resources. Of particular concern are the increasingly large quantities of greenhouse gases that are being emitted as a result of human activities.

CBO: Agriculture

CBO: Agriculture

The Congressional Budget Office regularly analyzes the federal government’s agricultural policies. It also studies the budgetary and economic impacts of proposed changes to agricultural policies and related policies, such as ones promoting biofuels and affecting the allocation of water supplies.

CBO: Education

CBO: Education

The federal government annually provides funding for K–12 schooling and helps students finance higher education. In the last ten years, the volume of outstanding federal student loans more than quadrupled to reach $630 billion. CBO has analyzed the costs and impact of these policies.

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