Civilizing the Economy A New Economics of Provision

Our Contest isn’t about Streets, it’s about Centers

Posted May 5, 2012 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

Soon after the financial crisis in 2008 and immediately after the Occupy Wall Street event, the issue before us was framed as a conflict between Wall Street and Main Street.  The issue before us is actually a much deeper conflict between two centers: civic centers and financial centers. 

Thinking from the Street

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

Can we think our way out of the mess banks have put us in?  No way.  Can we get out of the mess without thinking?  Impossible.  We need to think from the street—the street that runs through Wall Street.  It’s like a river.  The question is whether the riverbanks control the river’s flow, or can the river’s flow change the river’s banks?  Actually, the street is a public and civic space.  The street does not belong to the banks, but to the members of cities: to citizens.  To think from the street is to think as members of a common, global, civic community.

Bankers’ Time vs. Human Time

Posted Oct 5, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, 4 Comments

When I was growing up, we didn’t talk about banker’s time, but rather bankers’ hours.  Bankers worked from 9 to 3 while the rest of us worked from morning til evening.  Things have changed.  In fact, the old bankers’ hours were closer to human time than bankers’ time is today.

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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