Sweden: How much risk is ‘lagom’?

After 12 months and two pandemic waves, there are two drivers that can help to understand what stands behind the “Swedish approach”. These two drivers are maintaining 1) trust in the expert intuitions by reassuring confidence in the strategy being defined and 2) social contract built on two centuries living without war.   The Swedish national … Sigue leyendo Sweden: How much risk is ‘lagom’?

The end of the Midas dynasty

Midas was a king who had it all. He considered himself a happy man and believed that the source of his happiness was provided by gold. Nothing would make him happier than to spend his days counting his golden coins, adorning his body with golden objects, and taking the occasional dip into a bath full … Sigue leyendo The end of the Midas dynasty

Through ‘More Local’ to ‘More Europe’

Name one utopic vision that turned reality? A few years ago, with a group of colleagues from LUMES, while working on envisioning future environmental scenarios, we came upon this question. When my turn arrived, I've named the European Union as the most incredible utopic vision ever to become a reality. As an argument, I've reconstructed … Sigue leyendo Through ‘More Local’ to ‘More Europe’

‘Millionaires make money. Billionaires make history.’… too much history

 "I'm a millionaire, and millionaires make money. It’s the billionaires who make history”. This quote was attributed to George Soros in a biopic published in Duga, a Serbian magazine that I used to follow back in the '90s. It was the answer Soros allegedly made in his early days of being 'just' a millionaire when … Sigue leyendo ‘Millionaires make money. Billionaires make history.’… too much history

The Planet can afford four more years, but humanity can’t

The image says it all. We as a species are less than a wink of an eye in Earth's evolution. This Planet does not spin around the economy, nor does it get the sunlight from the financial markets. However, our false sense of superiority has led us dangerously close to the edge of the finger. … Sigue leyendo The Planet can afford four more years, but humanity can’t

The (show)man who would be a king

The news of the great Sean Connery's death reminded me of a scene from the ‘Man who would be king’. In that scene, after being arrested and standing in front of an army commissioner accused of a blackmail attempt, Daniel Dravot (Connery) stands alongside Peachy Carnehan (Michael Caine).      “There may be no criminal charges … Sigue leyendo The (show)man who would be a king

It’s the Tomorrow, stupid

One irrefutable statement can be applied to today's political, social, and economic choices, and that is: “It’s the Tomorrow, stupid." Set into a mathematical formula form, this could be expressed as Humanity – Tomorrow = No Humanity. Environmental sustainability is what turns the equation positive. It comes from the commitment to assure future generations’ “ability … Sigue leyendo It’s the Tomorrow, stupid

Finding Adam Smith – again

If it weren't for the terrible loss of our loved ones, the Covid19 pandemic would be the first-ever global opportunity to put a value on the statement that human wellbeing increases through consumption. This was one of the fundamental presumptions behind the economic growth models, which, through globalization, turned into a central force behind different … Sigue leyendo Finding Adam Smith – again

Being a president of Usastan is still a ‘great deal’

"This is a nightmare. I still can’t believe that this is happening to us."  – With a trembling voice and teary eyes, John Yao laments his faith outside the improvised refugee camp in Deleware. It is here where Yao has found refuge after being forced by the Republican militia to leave their homes. Together with … Sigue leyendo Being a president of Usastan is still a ‘great deal’

Triple Bottom Line

"Sustainability reporting must consist of statements about the extent to which corporations are reducing (or increasing) the options available to future generations" Prof. Rob Gray It is apparent that "businesses have a vital role to play in the sustainability transition" (European Commission, 2019, p.26). But an important part of the implementation of this transition relies … Sigue leyendo Triple Bottom Line