Monthly Archives: February 2009

Bill McKibben Urges Civil Disobedience Against Coal


Sea Change Radio speaks with Bill McKibben about the Capitol Climate Action protest against coal in Washington, DC.  And Caroline Rees of the Harvard team behind UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights John Ruggie talks about BASESwiki, a new wiki to help human rights abuse victims resolve grievances with companies — outside the courtroom.  The Sea Change ViewPoint comes from Arvind Ganesan of Human Rights Watch on the Employee Free Choice Act.

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Trends: Wikis for Human Rights


Sea Change Radio looks at the trend of corporate social responsibility using Web 2.0 tools.  In this case, a wiki — BASESwiki, specifically (BASES stands for Business and Society Exploring Solutions.)  The project was spearheaded by Caroline Rees of the Harvard Kennedy School Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative.  She collaborates there with Professor John Ruggie, who is also the United Nations Special Representative on Business and Human Rights.  Working on BASESwiki as part of Ruggie’s team, Rees seeks to leverage the democratic, interactive power of a wiki to gather information on non-judicial dispute resolution at the intersection of business and human rights.  

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ViewPoint: EFCA – A Human Rights Imperative


In January 2009, Human Rights Watch issued a briefing paper entitled Employee Free Choice Act: A Human Rights Imperative.  The paper details some of the glaring deficiencies in current US labor law that significantly impair the right of workers to freely choose whether to form a union.  It recommends that the US Congress pass the Employee Free Choice Act to help remedy these shortcomings and bring US law closer to international standards. Arvind Ganesan, Director of Business and Human Rights at Human Rights Watch, brings us this week’s ViewPoint. Continue reading

Making the Case for a Green Stimulus

alexbowengreenstimulusAlex Bowen, a Principal Research Fellow at The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment of the London School of Economics, discusses An Outline of the Case for a ‘Green’ Stimulus, a report he co-authored with Lord Nicholas Stern, the man behind the 2006 Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change.   And in the ViewPoint, Donald Bartlett of the investigative journalism team Bartlett and Steele advances the idea of a Federal Reserve for health care. Continue reading

ViewPoint: Don Bartlett on a Federal Reserve for Health Care

donaldbarlettThe investigative reporting team of Don Bartlett and Jim Steele has been looking under the hood of issues vital to Americans since 1971. One of these has been health care. Their 2004 book, Critical Condition: How Health Care in America Became Big Business--and Bad Medicine, examined How Health Care in America Became Big Business — and Bad Medicine, as the subtitle of the book goes. One recommendation they made in the book was for a new independent independent agency, to manage health care. Continue reading

Envisioning a Green Economy


This week, green business guru Joel Makower encourages us to envision success in creating a clean, sustainable economy that averts climate catastrophe and improves our environment, communities, and lives.  And shareholder activist John Harrington urges banks bailed out with Troubled Asset Relief Program funding to make sure they stabilize US economic security.

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ViewPoint: John Harrington Seeks Economic Security from TARP Banks


Late last year, Harrington Investments President John Harrington filed shareholder resolutions at banks that received billions of taxpayer dollars under the Trouble Asset Relief Program.  Congress bailed out the banks because they are essential to the stability of our economy, so the resolutions ask for board committees to oversee US Economic Security.  Ironically, Citigroup and Bank of America have petitioned the SEC for permission to ignore the resolutions. Continue reading

Sea Change Member Thanks

billbaueThanks to the efforts of the Sea Change Marketing Coordinator Wayne Cobb, we have almost reached the halfway point in our goal of raising $5,000.  That’s the amount of the Matching Grant Challenge issued by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts in late December 2008, which effectively doubles every dollar donated toward membership.

“The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts is a funding vessel to sustain projects like Sea Change that promote sustainability here in the Pioneer Valley and throughout the world,” said CFWM board-member Sandy Pearson, whose Donor Advised Fund, the Pearson Family Trust, financed the grant. “I’m proud to support Sea Change to enhance the value of its programming through fundraising and building its community of members, who are fans of the show like me.”

We currently have over 30 members, and would love to have YOU join the Sea Change community.  Contact Wayne at marketing [at] to arrange for your donation, which is tax-deductible due to our non-profit status as a division of the Trusteeship Institute.

Members, please listen to the below message from Sea Change Radio Co-Host/Producer Bill Baue thanking you for your generosity, and outlining ongoing benefits of membership.



Slow Money = Compost for Growing New Economy

woodytaschToday we measure the speed of money.  Woody Tasch discusses his book, Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered.  And Katy Lederer transforms her experience working in the fast money culture of Wall Street into poetry in the book , The Heaven-Sent Leaf. Continue reading

Katy Lederer: The Poetry of Fast Money


In her poetry volume, THE HEAVEN SENT LEAF, Katy Lederer reflects on her work for a Wall Street hedge fund.  While there, she wrote poems that meditate on the spiritual costs that enter into the emotional balance sheet. Sea Change Co-Host Francesca Rheannon opened by asking Katy Lederer what it was like to be a poet while toiling on Wall Street during the biggest speculative bubble in its history–and whether she had had any sense of its impending collapse.