Civilizing the Economy A New Economics of Provision

The gods must be going crazy

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

Think about it.  First there was Tunisia and Egypt: courageous people protesting for human dignity and justice.  Without any religious flag waving, they were demanding the right to be free.  The gods must have been downright giddy.  And then came Libya, followed by Wisconsin, and then the Japanese earthquake, the tsunami, and the nuclear power plant crisis.  If that would not make the gods go crazy, I don’t know what would.

We need a new story

Posted Feb 20, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

It may seem that the uprising of peoples in the Middle East and Northern Africa represents a desire of millions to have what we in the United States already have.  To assume so would be a giant mistake.  

Ten Lessons from Egypt

Posted Feb 13, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, 1 Comment

Can the Egyptian people in Liberty Square get what they want?

Posted Feb 7, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, 1 Comment

This is a very difficult question to answer. If they can get what they want, then why can’t we?   If they can’t, then can we?  Our answer to this question might reveal not only our understanding of the situation in Egypt, but also our understanding of our own circumstances.

Egypt: Is this the Civic Revolution we have been waiting for?

Posted Feb 4, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, 1 Comment

As we watch the millions of Egyptians gathering throughout the cities of Egypt, I wonder if we are witnessing a true civic revolution—a revolution based on inclusion, human rights, and human dignity.   If so, this should be an inspiration to us in the United States.  We had a civil war, of course, but not a civic revolution.  We are still waiting for it, just as the people in Cairo’s Liberty Square are waiting for theirs.

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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