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The Ecology of Commerce by Mind Map: The Ecology of Commerce
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The Ecology of Commerce

Ecology

Equilibrium - Sustaining and self preserving: Efficient

Soil/Agriculture

Sustainable yield > temporary increase

Restorative Economy: Practices vs Principles

Pioneering - thrash and burn = high/fast production

Demand > Sustainable supply?

Business

Grow without increased demand of resources

Add value to the economy

Make a positive contribution to society

Management of toxic business is inefficient

"The seeds of corporate dysfunction reside in the nature of business (today), not in size of enterprise."

Intelligent Product System - Braungart & Englefried

Consumables

Products of service

Unsaleables

Productivity down : employment and profits up

The Economics of Welfare - A.C. Pigou (82)

Cost/Price integration

Implementation of "sin" taxes

Competition should not be between wasting the environment Vs. Saving, but between those that can do the best job in restoring.

"It shouldn't be so hard to do the right thing."

Growth Vs. Development

Medicine

Allopathic Medicine

Preventive Medicine

Energy

Conservation/Management

Industry

Guidelines for Sustainable Business

Go Local - Replace non local

Take responsibility for effects on Natural World

No exotic sources of capital for Growth/Development

Engage in production that is human, worthy, dignified, and intrinsically satisfying

Create objects of durability and long term utility whose use/disposition will not harm

Change consumers to customers through education

Market for Efficiency

Waste

The resource War

depletion of resources

By definition: Uneconomical

Cradle to grave vs cradle to cradle

Things to Research

Department of Neighborhoods

Dynamic Governance

Industrial Ecology

Kalundborg - Novo Nordisk

Economies of Scale

Menominee

Systems of Survival - Jane Jacobs

Guardian

Governance, Tradition, Hierarchy and Loyalty, Preservation of resources

Commerce

Trade, Compete, Be efficient, Innovation

Examples of Conflict between the two systems

Government interfering with business/trade - Government insurance for investment businesses (giving prive institutions every incentive to choose the riskiest investments)

Business trying to assume the role of guardianship but ultimately causes more harm in an effort to drive their finances

Government responds to businesses failure in the ecosystem by attempting to establish more regulations creating a bureaucratic monster, wasting money and strangling business.

Often appears as a two party system, Liberals, At their best: propose controls and regulations on business that promote sustainability., At their worst: Attempt to unite Guardian/Commercial, producing socialist enterprise with marginal efficiency., Conservatives, At their best: Free market, human enterprise, creativity, and innovation, At their worst: Ignoring the values of health and habitat: The unification of Commercial/Guardian where everything is controlled by a commercial entity seeking to further their own agenda.

Green Taxes

3 Principles

Waste = Food - The elimination of waste from industrial production

Carbon Economy -> Hydrogen/Sunshine economy - revering incentives surrounding production and consumption of energy - Amory Lovin's "Soft Path"

Systems of Feedback/Accountability that support restorative behavior

New Idea