Uphold the Humanity of Every Person

We inhabit a period of great turmoil and suffering, while at the same time immense hope and promise flood around us, making it possible for any person anywhere to potentially make great contributions to the betterment of humankind. That better possibility is entirely dependent upon the guarantee that all people have access to the benefits…

Better Civics Justifies Hope

Remarks, as delivered, by Joseph Robertson on Sunday, June 10, to the 2018 Citizens’ Climate Lobby annual conference: There is a quiet daring that happens in the person who says “I refuse to accept” what is not right. Without that quiet moment of daring, the effort to confront the unacceptable cannot get started. The work…

Ocean Resilience Starts Upstream

Upstream decisions in finance, farming, industry, and personal consumption determine whether not only the ocean but also our food supply is eroded or sustained. We need to stop putting plastic into the ocean. We need to stop acidifying the ocean. We need to understand that ocean ecosystems are as important to sustaining life on Earth…

Democracy is an Engine of Economic Value

No society can win by denying basic human rights. We are subsumed in a vast web of evolving technological capability, some of which does not necessarily make us free. We are living through a paradox of organized human empowerment, in which the power to access information is greatly expanding across the world, and yet faith…

SB48 Press Release: Resilience Intelligence for Reliable Prosperity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, 9 May 2018 — 14:00 CET / Bonn To raise ambition, plan for 100% climate-smart finance by 2038 Tuesday at the SB48 UN climate negotiations, on behalf of partners in the Acceleration Dialogues and the Resilience Intel initiative, Citizens’ Climate Education held a public press event to lay out a plan…

Complex Adaptive Integrity is the New Bottom Line

Bottom-line thinking is about whether your way of doing business has a future. Common practice is to treat a high volume of accumulated profit or cash as a proxy for operational sustainability. But the history of empires, and of financial crashes, tells us this is not the case. Lean bottom-line management is one example of…

Carbon Pricing to Catalyze Sustainable Shared Prosperity

Reporting from the 3rd Annual High-Level Assembly of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition On entering the 3rd High-Level Assembly of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, I was asked by someone situating diplomats which country I represent. I would be at the table to represent 90,000 citizen volunteers across 42 countries — the Citizens’ Climate Lobby…

The Mission of MLK Lives On

King’s sacred mission of nonviolent organized political pressure, toward justice for all, still stands as the moral compass of our nation. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stood for universal rights and the never-resting moral imperative that we honor the call to be of service to one another. His eloquence was personal, spiritual, and…

Data Sovereignty Must Be Protected

People must be free to seek, learn, know, and share verifiable truth. Recent investigative reports suggest Cambridge Analytica illegally accessed and weaponized the Facebook data of 50 million users, touching 57 billion “friend pairs”, as part of a coordinated plot to distort the informational environment around tens of millions of American voters, to block access…

Structural Distortions show Need for Sustainable Investments

The data sovereignty deficit, structural inequality, stock volatility & need for green investment, are connected.  In February, when crashing stocks became the correction foreshadowed in the article “Income Inequality puts Everything We Value at Risk”, I listed three macro-critical factors — drivers of value that shape the overall size, scope and direction of the macro-economy…