Archive for December, 2009

Is War Necessary to Create Peace?

December 18th, 2009 | post a comment

The following is an except from the speech by President Barak Obama when he received the Nobel Prize for Peace: “So part of our challenge is reconciling these two seemingly inreconcilable truths — that war is sometimes necessary, and war at some level is an expression of human folly. Concretely, we must direct our effort […]

The Business of Peace

December 18th, 2009 | 1 comment

“A just peace includes not only civil and political rights — it must encompass economic security and opportunity. For true peace is not just freedom from fear, but freedom from want.” – President Obama (quoting FDR)  as he accepted the Nobel Prize for Peace. You can watch and read the full speech here. The above […]

The Cronie Capitalism Show

December 11th, 2009 | 3 comments

In the week that the UK announced it will tax bank bonuses, and Goldman Sachs has been bullied into changing their policy on bonuses, we at Business Matters, will add our voice to the chorus of anti-big-bank-shouting.  This week on the show, we’ll explore the clandestine relationship between bankers and the government, and ask we […]

When Will We Ever Learn

December 11th, 2009 | post a comment

I was wondering this morning about what it takes to learn life’s lessons. We hold ourselves out to be the most advanced species on the planet. Yet our behaviors just don’t seem to uphold this point of view. Think of it this way, a zebra is walking along the edge of the jungle when he […]

Fighting Back Against Consumerism

December 4th, 2009 | post a comment

This holiday season we’re meeting people who are creating powerful counter-messages to the onslaught of pro-consumption propaganda that we’re all bombarded with every year around this time. Listen to the Full Episode| Download MP3 [audio:http://businessmatters.net/episodes/consumerism/bm-091204.mp3] Kalle Lasn – Founder, Adbusters Download MP3 [audio:http://businessmatters.net/episodes/consumerism/bm-091204a.mp3] –Buy Nothing Day –Digital Detox Week Sarah Haskins – Writer, Infomania Download […]

December 4, 2009 – Activism

December 4th, 2009 | post a comment

As we were putting together the Business Matters program on consumerism, I was reminded of the long history of activism here in the US. I think of activism as doing something intentionally to bring about social, political, economic or environmental change. Over 200 years ago, people just like you and I felt that the system […]

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