Biography

Gus Speth is professor of law at the Vermont Law School. He is author of the forthcoming book “America the Possible: Roadmap to a New Economy.” In 2009 he completed his decade-long tenure as dean at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. From 1993 to 1999 Speth was administrator of the UN Development Programme. Prior to this he was founder and president of the World Resources Institute and chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality under the Carter administration.

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The following is an excerpt from a new book by James G. Speth, America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy (Yale University Press, 2012). Speth envisions a future America in which citizens have created a sustainable and desirable society, and lived up to our present challenges. The vision is focused on America, but the […]

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The overarching goal at the upcoming Rio+20 summit must be achieving sustainable prosperity for all. Within this broad objective, the subject is bracketed, if you will, by two of the greatest challenges faced by the international community: the greatest social challenge, world poverty, and the greatest environmental challenge, climate change. …

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Most of us who care deeply about the conditions of the United States and its public policy are sustained and carried forward by the expectation that serious progress in the directions we favor is coming, sooner or later, and that things will get better. And the harder we work for the change, the better it […]

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If America’s present system of political economy were performing well, there would be little need to question it or seek fundamental change. But that is not the case. Asked what the key goals of economic life should be, many would reply, “to enhance social well-being while sustaining democratic prospects and environmental quality.” Judged by …

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