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Waarden

31-05-2012

Waarden

Op 31 mei was ik bij een bijeenkomst van Bank of the Future. Een initiatief dat ik van harte ondersteun en waar de community owned bank, waar ik het in een eerder blog over had, een designpoint is.  De inleiding van de dag werd gedaan door Peter Bakker. Oud CEO van TNT en tegenwoordig president van de world business council on sustainable development (WBCSD). Hij begon aardig door nog eens weer de urgentie te benadrukken voor de noodzaak tot duurzaamheid en solidariteit. Zo waarschuwde hij ervoor dat de huidige stand van assets (zeg maar grofweg alle machines, gebouwen, infrastructuur, kolencentrales, etc.)...

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Overbevolking

24-03-2012

Overbevolking

Onlangs werd ik gevraagd om deel te nemen aan een eerste bijeenkomst voor het opzetten van een kieslijst. Wat nu precies het verschil is met een politieke partij is me nog steeds niet geheel duidelijk, en dat maakt ook verder niet zoveel uit, maar voor de lezer wellicht gemakkelijk om die koppeling even te zien.   Het doel van de kieslijst was, in mijn optiek, om duurzame ontwikkeling structureel op de agenda van de tweede kamer te krijgen. Gelijk de Partij voor de Dieren dat, met succes, heeft gedaan met de dieren. Voorwaarde daarbij was om de bestaande kennis op het gebied van...

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Politici , economen en visie

22-02-2012

Politici , economen en visie

In haar opiniestuk van 20-02-2012 doet Aafke Steenhuis in de Volkskrant een oproep aan linkse politici om op zoek te gaan naar gelijkgestemde visionaire economen.  De kern van haar betoog is helder en scherp. Zo is het een terechte constatering dat, anders dan de titel doet vermoeden, niet alleen economen, maar juist ook andere sociale wetenschappers betrokken dienen te worden bij het nadenken over alternatieve vormen van het inrichten van onze economie. Sterker nog, ook ecologen, biologen, geologen, natuurkundigen, maar bijvoorbeeld ook filosofen en kunstenaars dienen hierbij betrokken te worden. De economie draait immers niet om geld. Geld is een middel...

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Community owned interest free bank

22-02-2012

Community owned interest free bank

 Together with four other people I am currently working on setting up a community-owned interest free bank.  My reason for doing so is because our current financial system is simply not sustainable. The main reasons for this are interest and money creation through credit issuance, even worsened by leverage with interest.  We want to create a bank that only deals with the basics of banking which are facilitating money flows between yourself and others and a means to safely store your money if you don't need it straight away (an electronic vault); This is actually just a typical checking and savings account....

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Conferentie PSDE

12-02-2012

Conferentie PSDE

Sinds 2008 hebben we met het Platform Duurzame en Solidaire Economie (PDSE) elk jaar een conferentie georganiseerd over stappen naar die door ons gewenste 'eerlijke economie'. De plek was vaak de Universiteit van Tilburg. Dit jaar doen we dat op 23 maart in Amsterdam, in en in samenwerking met De Rode Hoed. En we hebben ervoor gekozen om dit keer vooral over de crisis in de financiele sector te hebben en de praktische én fundamentele maatregelen en hervormingen die er mogelijk zijn.     Kansen en oplossingen voor de doorbraak van een groene en eerlijke economie.   Conferentie van het Platform Duurzame en Solidaire Economie...

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Money

18-12-2011

Money

 What I just don't get is that so many people miss out on causality. What is  actually wrong with the financial sector? Why is it so unsustainable? Lies the problem in the fact that it's unsustainable in itself? Because it's a root cause for unsustainability as a whole?  Is the problem money creation? Interest? Fractional banking ? Or is it lack of diversity, a low Tier 1 or that liabilities and equities don't have the same fiscal treatment?   I will give you my view: The financial sector is, as every sector and almost every company, unsustainable in itself. Around 2 billion people...

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Global Footprint Currency

10-11-2011

Currently I am researching whether it is possible to have an alternative currency based on the global footprint (http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/at_a_glance/ ). Especially when you combine this with a basic global footprint  income, you'll have a righteous, human distribution of money and income which will comply with the U.N. Declaration of human rights, providing every human being with a fair and equal chance. Other possible advantages are that costs are internalized, that there will be only reel inflation or deflation, that there will be no more debt, that individual's have free choice within limits provided by ourselves and nature, that merits are...

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Sustainable top 100

08-11-2011

Sustainable top 100

  Each year a newspaper in the Netherlands creates a sustainable top 100 list which sums up the 100 most influential Dutch people in the area of sustainability. This is based on 6 criteria: 'broad vision', 'intelligence', 'charisma', 'networking', 'drive/spirit' and 'innovativeness '. My first reaction to this is why a top 100 is even necessary. Why create this hierarchy? What is the added value? Why always this strong urge of competition? To me, this is exactly what goes against sustainability. But than again, if I read that they regard sustainability according to the 3 p's, which in my opinion is a...

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Sustainable Finance Lab – Financial pro…

10-10-2011

 Sustainable Finance Lab – Financial professionals, caretaker of the customer?

This evening I visited a gathering of the Sustainable Finance Lab. The subject of this specific gathering was as explained in the title. I was amazed about what was being presented by the people holding the introductory talks. All of whom are supposed to be professors at different Dutch universities. The most sensible thing I heard was at the beginning saying that most consumers behave on bounded rationality. From thereon my belief in our educational system which wasn't already very high plunged a little further. One of the professors gave the audience four theses to which they replied whether they agreed...

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Language

20-09-2011

Language

I am more and more amazed about how important, meaningless and confusing language is.  The importance lies in the fact that it is probably one of our most important ways of communication. I don't want to be derogatory on other types of communications. On the contrary, but language, and to be sure, by language I mean the concept of letters, numbers and/or punctuation marks that can be produced by writing and speaking, plays a predominant role in our society both in rational communication like science throughout having esthetics in its own. The contradiction with language however is that it also makes communication...

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Sustainability congress

09-09-2011

Sustainability congress

I was shocked the other day when I received an invitation for the Dutch sustainability congress 2011. I was shocked because of several reasons: First of all I saw that the entry price is €345 which seems to me an awfull high amount to listen to a few people, have some lunch and a few drinks. Secondly because I saw that one of the sponsors is Shell. I think people in e.g. the Niger delta would be laughing there ass off if they heard that Shell is sponsoring and participating in a sustainable event. Shell for christ sake. The company that invented...

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