Corporate Psychopaths

Approximately one per cent of humans are psychopaths. However, many studies over the years have shown that three per cent or more of corporate leaders are psychopaths. One 2016 study reported that the rate could be much higher. The study of 261 corporate professionals in the supply chain management industry [...]

Envy

Envy, wanting what other people have, is greed’s evil twin. Envy can include wanting other people’s possessions, their lifestyle, their looks, their status and even their husband or wife. By nature, people compare themselves to others, and this causes no end of trouble. The drive to ‘keep up with the [...]

Redefining progress

Since the industrial revolution started progress has always been quantified in one way or another: size, speed, number, amount, value, income, profit, productivity and countless other metrics. Based on this mode of definition people perceive progress as growth. Growth in size, speed, number, amount, value, income, profit, productivity and [...]

Learning self-sufficiency

The saying is: “If you give people a fish you feed them for a day, if you teach people to fish you feed them for a lifetime.” This is obviously about self-sufficiency, but it is also about sustainability. The self-sufficiency mindset Self-sufficiency is not just about growing your own food, [...]

Ritual display and sustainability

Ritual display in the animal kingdom is a way to signal potency. There are thousands of examples of animals with this trait from insects to peacocks to gorillas. It is a way for animals to compete without fighting. Fighting will often lead to serious injury, and sometimes death, so [...]

Sustainabilism

Sustainabilism is the approach for achieving environmentally sustainable human well-being. Sustainabilism is a response to ‘too much’ – too much stuff, too much advertising, too much information, too much work, too much stress, too much waste, too much of everything. Sustainabilism's attitude is that less is better because less [...]

Greed

Greed is a root cause of over-consumption. It is defined as an intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food. Greed is a human characteristic, other animals aren’t greedy, once they have enough, they have enough. Greed is the cause of much pain and suffering, the [...]

Sustainable Food Production System

Whilst the industrialisation of the food industry has created a wide variety of systemic problems, the solutions can also be systemic. For example, moving back to small-scale, organic farming and craft food production would create a comprehensive range of systemic benefits as described below in the comparison with industrial [...]

Affordable housing

Affordable housing is established on two main costs, namely the cost of the land and the cost of the build. The cost of land is a complicated issue which we'll reserve for another post. However, it is worth noting here that, amongst other things, the size of the section/lot [...]

The poverty of satisfaction

Bobby Kennedy's 1968 Presidential Campaign speech against the proliferation of consumption "If we believe that we, as Americans, are bound together by a common concern for each other, then an urgent national priority is upon us. We must begin to end the disgrace of this other America. And this [...]