Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Manitoba Modern Economics, Technology, and the Environment looks at the Alberta Oil Sands . While producing energy to an ever thirsty world who is demanding more energy than ever, thanks to the rise of developing nations, and increased population, the Oil sands, prove that they are some of the most energy inefficient sources the world needs, while being environmentally unsustainable. This analysis looks at the politics, science, and economic reasoning as to extracting the oil sands. Then concrete, economically sound solutions to this problem.

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Manitoba Modern Economics, Technology and the Environment, looks at the Private Research and Development in Canada, and what needs improvement. A discussion of what is R&D, the history proceeds an analysis of the current state of it in Canada. Then a comparison with other countries and then some ideas how to make Canada a world leader again.

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Manitoba Modern Economics, Technology and the Environment releases a paper discussing the importance of how the World Wide Web (WWW) changed the tone of the environmental movement from being all overtly activist to now, more moderate, market jobs based driven. The paper traces the history briefly of the environmental movement from the days of conservation to print, then to the activist early television days to now.

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Manitoba Modern Economics, Technology and the Environment, presents Fast Read: The World Wide Web and the Moderation of the Environmental movement. This is a brief paper on how the World Wide Web help put the environmental movement into more of a mainstream light, while drastically toning the radical overtones, the movement perceived to have.

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Manitoba Modern Economics, Technology and the Environment, releases a discussion paper on how the Emilia-Romagna model can give a framework of providing social services in Manitoba, after the 2010 Provincial budget, where it was disclosed that there would be a deep deficit. The paper argues Manitoba could use co-operatives in various social services like in health, training and education, while potentially kick starting the green economy through alternative energy co-operatives and green jobs training programs.

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In the first of what will likely be a series of op-ed’s this year, Adam Johnston, the creator of Manitoba Modern Economics, Technology and the Environment, discusses that all three major Manitoba political parties lack a strong green tech vision and there needs to be more to engage citizens environmental issues by giving them a stake in the green economy.

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With another two months of summer left, and another six weeks to go before university students hit the books again, it is time to give some recommended readings about environmental, technology and economic issues.


When Corporations Rule the World. David Korten.1995 (hardcover) 2001 (softcover). Berret-Koehler Publishers.

Post Corporate World: Life after Capitalism. 2000. Berret-Koehler Publishers.

Going Local: Creating Self Reliant Communities in a Global Age. Micheal Shuman. 1998.

Making Globalization Work. Joseph Stiglitz. 2007.  W.W. Norton & Company Inc.


An Inconvenient Truth. Al Gore. 2006. Roldale/Melcher Media.

Our Choice. Al Gore. 2009. Rodale /Melcher Media.

The Climate War: True believers, power brokers and the fight to save the earth. Eric Pooley. 2009. Hyperion.

The Green Collar Economy. Van Jones. 2009 (paperback). Harper One.

Hot, Flat & Crowded 2.0. Thomas Friedman. 2009 (paperback). Douglas & McIntyre.

Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit: 10 Clean Technologies to Save Our World. Tom Rand. 2010. Eco Ten Publishing Inc.

Globalization, Internet & Technology

The World is Flat: Release 3.0. Thomas Friedman. 2007. Douglas & McIntyre.

The Lexus and the Olive Tree.  Thomas Friedman. 2000 (paperback). Anchor Books.

Grown up Digital. Don Tapscott. 2009. McGraw Hill.

Growing Up Digital. Don Tapscott. 1997. McGraw Hill.

Born Digital. John Palfrey and Urs Gasser. 2010 (paperback). Basic Books.

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