31 May '11, 9am

The Future of Capitalism: Can Long Term Thinking Overcome Quarterly Earnings?

The Future of Capitalism: Can Long Term Thinking Overcome Quarterly Earnings?

For example, lets charge people money (gain for a few) to consume non renewable fossil fuels (loss for the planet), which will also result in emissions that lead to climate change and lost biodiversity (loss for everyone)- in this very blunt and simplified situation, we’ve taken actual value from the planet, monetized it, and then redistributed it to the pockets of a few different individuals. In the book Climate Capitalism , Boyd Cohen & L. Hunter Lovins address the topic of honest accounting which looks at the concept of firms internalizing social and environmental costs and suggests that our current economic measures of success are a little misaligned as to what value truly is. We need to look at gains from a collective and holistic perspective, what Noreena Hertz calls ‘Coop Capitalism’ , and no, I’m not referring to socialism.

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/05/future-capitalism-lon...

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