"If you're in a bad situation, don't worry, it'll change. If you're in a good situation, don't worry, it'll change."
-- John A. Simone Jr.
R is for (Re) That Begins the Begin. Michael Stipe: Let’s begin again. Begin the begin. Yes, REM again. It is slowly dawning (at least publicly) on key economic muckety mucks that a straight line growth model for business and the economy driven by relentless consumer spending may not be the direction we want to continue heading in. From No more reliance on consumer spending: Volcker on the Reuters site:
Consumer spending accounted for 70 percent of the U.S. economy before last year’s economic meltdown, a level that Volcker said was sustained only by “the magic of financial engineering.”
“We cannot rebuild the economy to the tune of 70 percent consumption or housing booms. It will just break down again,” Volcker said.
“We cannot have so much consumption.”
Begin the Begin. Volcker’s position is that we have to shift our paradigm from one of endless production and consumption of stuff to one of innovation and creation of value through projects like infrastructure development, “green” technology, energy efficiency and (re)trofitting of existing buildings. For consumers that means a strategic (re)direction of our spending. Instead of accumulating stuff how can we (re)orient our spending to create value?
Can we (re)invest in community?
Can we (re)trofit our homes?
Can we (re)duce our mindless buying?
Can we (re)place waste generating habits with value generating ones?
Can we (re)cycle the waste we do produce and the stuff that we do buy?
Can we (re)pair things instead of throwing them away?
Can we (re)use things and the things in things?
Can we (re)fuse that which is wasteful, poorly designed and, essentially, junk?
Can we (re)direct our spending on things, businesses and services that strengthen the Value Web?
You get the idea. Feel free to add to the (re) list and, please, begin the begin.