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Watch: Measuring Beyond Money in NYC's Forgotten Shore Community

The truth about measuring local economic health is that money doesn’t tell the whole story. Follow this NYC community as it rediscovers the overlooked qualities required to build long-term economic and social vitality.
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Tottenville was once a vibrant farming, oystering, shipbuilding, and tourism community at New York City's southernmost tip. Today the local economy can't support living wage jobs, community ties have broken down, and Main Street has been replaced by strip malls. How can towns like Tottenville rediscover themselves and thrive in the 21st Century?

The Character of Our Technology

New technology brings the promise of immense social welfare through previously unimagined connectivity, but to deliver, the tech industry must learn from Wall Street's mistakes.
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“We can’t influence the direction of technology, but we can influence its character,” says Kevin Kelly, founder of WIRED, in a recent interview with Krista Tippett. 

Tax Reform: A Real Cohn Job

The seemingly well-intended (but integrity-dependent) tax break to attract our so-called best and brightest to public service has been exploited for personal gain under the gloss of “public service.”
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By John Fullerton, founder and president of Capital Institute

It seems that Gary Cohn, a trader and former heir apparent at Goldman Sachs—a life-long Democrat, let’s recall—and Trump’s current chief economic advisor, is heading for an early exit. 

Regenerative Capitalism Org Expands to Build Network of Regenerative Economies

Dr. Stuart Cowan joins the regenerative economic collaborative to build global network of regenerative hubs
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GREENWICH, Conn., November 10, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Capital Institute, a non-partisan collaborative dedicated to supporting the necessary transition toward a more just and regenerative economic system, is proud to welcome Dr. Stuart Cowan as the organization’s Director of Regenerative Development.

Fix (Don't Flush) the Estate Tax

Recirculating this wealth, either voluntarily or through taxation is fundamental to a healthy metabolism, as we know from the study of all regenerative systems. It’s not ideological.
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“The external glitter of wealth conceals a corrupt political core that reflects the growing gap between the very few rich and the very many poor.” – Mark Twain, The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today (1873)

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“The external glitter of wealth conceals a corrupt political core that reflects the growing gap between the very few rich and the very many poor.” – Mark Twain, The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today (1873)

Dear Cities: Resist Amazon's HQ2

There is something untoward about the feeding frenzy we are witnessing as cities across the country vie to be the site of Amazon’s second headquarters (“HQ2”).
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There is something untoward about the feeding frenzy we are witnessing as cities across the country vie to be the site of Amazon’s second headquarters (“HQ2”). Amazon, after all, is the poster child for driving, first, independent booksellers and then retailers out of business, hollowing out communities across America.

New Project Reveals Science Behind Trump Voters' America

Capital Institute's Field Guide to a Regenerative Economy reveals the science behind the revitalization of Tottenville and similarly-neglected communities of Americans who self-identify as voiceless and forgotten.
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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y., May 9, 2017 /3BL Media/ — Seventy percent of New York City voters threw their support behind Hilary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, and yet 70 percent of Staten Islanders voted for President Donald Trump. No community better represents this dichotomy between New York City’s inner and outer boroughs than Tottenville, a Staten Island hamlet once known as The Town the Oyster Built and now called—by some residents—Forgottenville.

March for Science — Really?

One cannot help but notice history repeating itself as we enter a new era: a Second Scientific Revolution
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How is it possible that in America, on the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, it was concluded that our situation was so dire that what was needed was not just a march for aggressive climate policies, but rather a “March for Science” itself?  

Shifting From Parts to Patterns

Rethinking our approach to complexity amid 21st century challenges
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“All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

I had the pleasure of hearing my friend Nora Bateson speak last week at The Players Club in New York City where she held a reading and conversation around her recently published book, Small Arcs of Larger Circles: Framing Through Other Patterns.

Broken Trust

Fully two-thirds of countries are now considered “distrusters", compared to about half a year ago. This is a stunning collapse in trust.
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At this year’s World Economic Forum gathering in Davos, Switzerland, PR firm Edelman shared its comprehensive annual Trust Barometer, confirming what we all know: global trust in institutions and leaders is at an all-time low.  Fully two-thirds of countries are now considered “distrusters” (under 50% trust in the mainstream institutions of business, government, media and NGOs to do what is right), compared to about half a year ago.  This is a stunning collapse in trust, even from last year’s low base.

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