Civilizing the Economy A New Economics of Provision

From Here to There

Posted Jun 26, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

How do we get from here to there—from where we are to where we want to be?  One can imagine a civic economy where economic trends are moving toward making provisions for everyone and ensuring that future generations have the capacities to meet their needs.  But how do we get there?

Money as a Common Currency

Posted May 23, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

When the European countries agreed to move from national currencies to a “common currency,” one can assume that they thought of money primarily as a means of exchange, as a currency.  If we want to talk (trade) with each other, why not use the same language (money)?  Not a bad idea.  Today it appears that they have failed to protect the “common” nature of money.

Money and the Commons

Posted Mar 15, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, 2 Comments

It would make a world of difference if we stopped treating land and labor as commodities and began to recognize them as providers of wealth.  It might make an even greater difference if we discarded our childhood view of money as something to put in a piggy bank and took a more adult view of money as something we share in common.

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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