Main Street is 'ground zero' in the financial meltdown, says Dave Korten, and the "Wall Street casino" should be replaced by an economic engine that supports local economies (via huffingtonpost).
This is crucial because sustainability is a place-based science, and sustainability will be achieved place by place.
So, Main Street is also the frontline in our efforts to transition toward sustainability. This is where we'll need all the financial and social resources we can muster.
Instead of "phantom wealth" that doesn't create anything of value, let's prioritize the real economy, says Korten. And, he’s got specific proposals for doing this.
In Korten's "real-wealth economy", government and citizen groups work to reallocate resources:
- from the military to health care
- from cars to public transportation
- from mining to recycling
- from suburban sprawl to compact communities.
Korten calls for creating a new set of rules and incentives that favor human-scale businesses owned by local stakeholders.
This means democratizing ownership and reclaiming corporate charters from footloose global firms, says Korten.
Oh, and, Korten knows that these solutions work best if they are coordinated across communities and countries.
Says John Cavanagh of the Institute for Policy Studies, "All who are ready for a new approach would do well to spend a few hours with David Korten's big ideas as they link their work with one another."
Wot he said...