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Greening the tax base

Posted in economics, environment, trends by thenextwavefutures on 29 October, 2009

I’ve not been able to post for a few weeks, due to a combination of work deadlines and holiday. Normal service will be resumed shortly.

For the moment, though, I have a post over at the Futures Company site, on this week’s launch of the Green Fiscal Commission‘s report on the value of environmental taxes. The case for:

Environmental taxes are effective in changing behaviour, and efficient to administer. They create jobs (around half a million to 2020) at only a fractional cost to economic growth, and they are also, almost certainly, essential if we are to have a hope of meeting the tough carbon reduction targets in the Climate Change Act.

The case against is mostly down to political will. More here.

Opening up the museum

Posted in culture, trends by thenextwavefutures on 4 October, 2009

Review_Art_Futurism_09_clip_image011I went to the Radical Nature exhibition at the Barbican in London yesterday. It raises some interesting questions about how we see emerging issues, which I hope to write about later, but it also  suggested some interesting trends for the future of the museum and gallery. These are about openness and accountability.

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