Social responsibility & Common good

Social responsibility & Common good

  • Why should we regulate the wood burning in residential areas? (Air pollution)

    Feux de cheminée : arriverons-nous à faire le deuil de nos traditions individualistes ?

    Yes, why?

    Those who suffer from such pollution are in the same situation as before the asbestos scandals. The politicians were also telling them: "we can’t do anything, even if it has been the demonstrated that asbestos is carcinogenic, because no law forbids it."

    Asbestos has been banned in the (most) developed countries since the 80ies.

    If you can see or smell smoke from your wood heater then you are causing a problem for yourself, your family and your neighbors.

    The Australian Environment Protection Authority (EPA)

    ● This article does not promote a wood-burning prohibition, but a legal

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  • The responsibility of each of our actions: a view from space

    The real motivation comes to each of us  individually, that's who has to make the change

    The astronaut Chris Hadfield's thought while he was observing the earth from space: The key is who is going to be the person that's going to decide to change something. We can't wait for some other person to change it, they don't have the imperative to do it, especially if they are someone that we elected. If we have elected them, they are just our representatives and the real motivation comes to each of us  individually, that's who has to make the change.   "You can't say they or him or her or it. It's us or me or I that has to make the change. And it's not going to be perfect, and it's going to have to get a little critical before people are truly going to feel enough pain or enough compunction to actually change what they are doing. And things are going to get worse before they get better but I'm confident, this isn't the end of the world : this is just a problem we are facing that is going to change things but we're going to have to figure out a way to do it."

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  • Collaborative consumption and sharing economy carries the sprouts of more mature societies

    This French article talk about the difficulties faced by collaborative consumption projects in the current economical market. Collaborative consumption projects (also called "sharing economy") is becoming more and more popular. The enthusiasm for this form of exchange could be a predictor of a massive shift toward more mature and fruitful values. These initiatives could well be the first steps toward a more mature way to conceive economic exchanges. But unfortunately most of these projects fail. They fail because they are too heavy to be carried out by the private individuals who launched them, and/or because they rely on a biased and idealistic view of human nature. Waiting for the time when the mature values —such as an extended sense of concern for others, and long term reasoning— will spontaneously have an impact on consumer choices could take a very, very long time, and kill in the meantime many of these initiatives. By supporting the most promising ones —which might also...

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  • Reducetarian: eating less meat, doing a little is already a lot

    Reducetarian: a community of individuals who are committed to eating less meat for the benefit of themselves and the environment

    More and more people are realizing the impact of their food choices on the environment. Solutions are often radical such as vegetarianism or veganism. But getting rid of meat and animal products remains easier to imagine than to do. This lack of nuance does not play in favor of the efficiency of this action because by trying to do too much, we increase the risk of getting discouraged, and ending up doing nothing. The problem with this kind of radical solutions is that they do not take into account the limits of human nature, and in this case, of the willpower. Considering our limitations is the best way to maintain the effort in the long run: it’s better to have many people doing little efforts for a long time than only a handful of people making considerable efforts but risking getting discouraged on the way.   The Reducetarianism offers a more acceptable solution to the vast majority of us: it consists of making healthier food choices and more environmentally friendly choices by...

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  • From the consumer to the actor motivated by a new conception of profit.

    Fairphone: Together we can change the way products are made.

    We find the "Fairphone” business initiative interesting because this company, like more and more others, offers us the possibility to become more than a consumer. It allows us to become an actor of the global market. A consumer becomes an actor when he realizes the impact of his lifestyle choices and when he tries to change the world through his choices. We see in the Fairphone initiative more than just a business or a fashionable advertisement, we see the future of trade and profit. These initiatives go beyond the traditional and millennia-old concept of profit, a profit centered on a person or a group of people usually genetically related (family, nations) at the expense of the rest: the other people, other groups and the environment. This traditional, natural and short-term view of profit, which consists in getting rich at the expense of others, slowly begin to be overcome by a growing number of individuals and nations. More and more people become able to think further, to...

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  • RelayRides : from a proprietary logic to a logic of use.

    On average, in France, a car costs around €5,000 per year to its owner even if it is parked 95% of the time... Given that in city, it is easy to get around on foot, by bike or using public transport, and that a car is used only for special times, is it really necessary to be the owner? RelayRides offers all vehicle owners to rent a car for 1 hour, a day or a week with a simple and ingenious system of linking and use of the service...    

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  • The "Savoir-Vivre" is...

        The "Savoir-Vivre" is the ability to care for others... before (without) the needs for the other to recall that he is living... too.  

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  • Polluted by woodsmoke, or by our traditions, beliefs and lack of concern for those around us?

    tradition versus civilization

    We all heard about those traditions that hinder the development of individuals and society such as excision or the famous funeral and burial practices in West Africa that spread Ebola.

    Seen from outside, from another culture, this "stubbornness to do what has always been done" seems absurd: "what does it cost them to stop their medieval practices?"

    But from the inside, it's more complicated...

    Let's take, for example, a Western traditional activity: the wood burning for heating or enjoyment — without the technology needed to reduce the emissions of particles (at least, at the level of diesel).

    Woodsmoke, air pollution & health: some data:

    ○half day near the fire emits as many fine particles as a diesel car travelling 3,500 km. Even an EPA

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  • An atheist church and the signs of a futurist and fruitful social dynamic

    A new community: they gather on Sunday to sing and question !

    Many former believers who became atheists feel a void, not a spiritual one, but relational one. Some atheists seeking to experience again the atmosphere and to relive the relationships they had in their religious community decided to gather, not anymore around beliefs and acts of faith, but a desire to better live together. That will be the first "Sunday assembly". Their success has since been exponential. All kinds of people, atheists and even believers gather on Sunday morning to sing, help one another and globally to feel again the intense joy of being part of a community. This phenomenon particularly interests us for the conveyed values. Their "credo" : live better, help often and wonder more. We consider that this credo would be even greater if the "wonder" was associated with curiosity and especially a questioning process. The emotional dimension can be productive if it serves a deeper pleasure than the "feeling good-better" one. Feeling good or better, and the most...

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  • The demagogic elasticity of medias' moral sense: as long as we can sell it

      The first article title: Reality shows and TV series provide a degrading image of women. The second article title: A world tour of "pick up techniques".

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  • "Human nature waits for suffering to do something really unique: to examine the way we think and behave"

      We waits to suffer from an accident, diagnosis or a mourning to begin to question our life.But we have the ability to change without having to suffer: by changing our way of doing things and our way of thinking...                         Video on YouTube       Related articles

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