Civilizing the Economy A New Economics of Provision

Philanthropy as the Privatization of Money

Posted Nov 29, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

The subject of money has been a hot topic in the past decade.   One important controversy evolves around whether money is a commodity or a commons.  As a commodity, money is a property that people can buy and sell, give away, or stick under a mattress.  As a commons, money is available to all, owned by none, and protected by civic authorities.  Money can be used as a commodity and a commons, but it does make a difference which one we see as more fundamental.

What’s wrong with a good idea?

Posted Nov 28, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

I know a good idea is simply that—a good.  But it’s not so simple.  In fact there’s a lot that’s wrong with a good idea.  Consider the following:

  1. It requires that we change what we are doing.
  2. It will make us think.
  3. Not everyone can have them at the same time.
  4. It makes others jealous.
  5. It increases people’s defenses.
  6. It opens the provider to ridicule.
  7. It makes us inconsistent.
  8. It opens risky territories to explore.
  9. It reveals the quality of our friendships.
  10. It sometimes generates more good ideas, which will increase the intensity of all of the above.


P2P Foundation collection of resources on OWS

Posted Nov 21, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

To access 93 resources for understanding OWS, click:

11 Charts that show where we are

Posted Nov 17, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

See the charts by Dave Gilson and Carolyn Perot in Mother Jones:   It’s the Inequality, Stupid

Food Sovereignty

Posted Nov 9, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

The Food Justice conference in Oakland, CA, presented by the Community Food Security Coalition ended Tuesday. Over 1000 people attended. There were lots of themes. Perhaps the Food Sovereignty movement grabbed the most attention, and rightfully so. If you do not know about it, check it out: US Food Sovereignty Alliance.

Marvin T. Brown, Ph.D teaches business and organizational ethics at the University of San Francisco and Saybrook University in San Francisco.

This book is the culmination of 30 years of teaching and writing on business and society from a communicative perspective. Visit for more information.

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