Boredom has historically been an emotion both viewed as an enemy and embraced for its possibilities.
Scholars link the emergence of the term boredom to European industrial modernity, and the standardization of time, repetitive labour and development of leisure time associated with it.
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High levels of inequality damage our health, harm social cohesion and act as a brake on economic performance.
The U.K.‘s Tony Blair, left, campaigned on 'modernizing’ the welfare system. Bill Clinton, right, campaigned on reducing welfare in the U.S.
Democratic presidential candidates share many ideas and opinions. What they don't share, writes one historian, is the label 'liberal.'
Wayfair workers protested their employer’s decision to sell beds to immigrant detention facilities.
A new kind of capitalism is emerging in which companies value communities, the environment and workers just as much as profits. Even the Business Roundtable agrees.
“The recovery? Look around. It been nearly two years … and I want people to know things are still bad here” – Barbuda resident Fifi.
Barbuda's recovery is deliberately slow as neighbouring Antigua wants to develop the island's tourism.
U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to the White House on May 13, 2019. Strongmen like Orbán are increasingly gaining ground as the death knell sounds for liberal democracy.
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Liberal democracy is in trouble, and the seeds of its demise can be found in the property rights so cherished by so-called liberals generations ago.
The current system drives social injustice and environmental destruction, a new approach to address both is called for.
Free office food isn’t there just to fill your belly.
From Ford to Facebook, companies have long used benefits to mold employee behavior – even incentivizing the 'right' kind of lifestyle.
Humankind already has the knowledge to make sustainable and socially just ways of living on this planet possible. But new types of design and economics are needed for anything to change.
Greta Thunberg leading a march in Hamburg, Germany.
How can the climate strikers' demands of system change be met?
John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech inspired the modern consumer rights movement.
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JFK pushed consumer rights to the top of the national agenda in 1962, leading to a raft of new laws offering new protections. But without enforcement, such rights are meaningless.
A rally celebrating the second anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, March 18, 2016.
Almost one-third of countries around the world are authoritarian regimes with the trappings of democracy. Their bad behavior poses a threat to real democracies, as the United States recently learned.
Studies have shown that people perceive, select and evaluate shared experiences in a similar way to commercial offers.
The sharing economy is often romanticised as a shift away from the evils of capitalism to a more communal and socially conscious way of life. But is this simply clever marketing?
The typical suburban backyard of the future?
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The average consumerist suburban lifestyle is unsustainable. But what if affluent suburbanites and battlers alike ditch the rat race and embrace economic 'degrowth'? Here's how it might unfold.
Britain – and many other countries – is facing an acute care crisis that is inextricably linked to the entrenchment of neoliberalism.
Valuing nature is hardly natural.
Does a greener future lie ahead?
Brexit is a looming crisis but the ensuing chaos is an opportunity to create a radical alternative vision for the UK. Degrowth is the future we need.
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The WWF's report avoids the C-word – here's why that matters.
No industry should be considered too big to fail, including the auto industry.
Ensuring no industry becomes too big to fail can be achieved by changing the way companies are run. The aim is to develop a sustainable model for corporations.
A street art mural representing the innovative scientist Marie Curie, by French graffiti mural artist C215 (Christian Guemy) in Vitry-sur-Seine, France, on 24 Dec 2015.
To become a successful innovator, follow Marie Curie, Mahatma Gandhi and today's female social entrepreneurs -- focus on ideas and social value, not money.