Yesterday, I blogged about the need for changing our economy to a more sustainable model.
When I walked into the Olympia Food Co-op today, I spotted the Winter 2009 issue of Yes! magazine. The theme of the issue is "Sustainable Happiness" and on the cover Dee Williams was pleased to be photographed in her 84-square-foot home in Olympia, Wash.
Williams was caught up remodeling her three-bedroom home in Portland, Ore. But, when a friend became ill, the house project was keeping her too busy to help. So she sold her home, got rid of her stuff, and built the tiny home on wheels.
Now she lives in a friend’s backyard. She pays $8 per month for heat.
David Korten’s article also hit the mark. In "Beyond the Bailout: Agenda for a New Economy," Korten said our economic institutions have failed, not only financially, but also socially and environmentally.
He offers these essential steps toward a system redesign that can put us on the path to a just and sustainable economy that works for all:
- Clean up Wall Street.
- Play by market rules.
- Self-finance the real economy.
- Measure what we really want.
- Convert to debt-free money.
Korten is author of "The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth" and co-founder of Yes! Magazine.
Other articles in the issue are:
Copyright 2008, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist