Reversing Inequality

By Chuck Collins, The Next System Project

Unleashing the Transformative Potential of an Equitable Economy The US economy’s deep systemic inequalities of income, wealth, power, and opportunity are part of global inequality trends, but US-style capitalism and public policy make inequalities more acute. Their observable and felt harm to our civic and economic life is corroborated by research from many disciplines. Yet, by the same token, moving toward a more egalitarian society would realign most aspects of economic and social life for the better. So how can we bring these changes about? For starters, we must know what we are up against. These inequalities do not spring mainly from technological change and globalization, though both compound and complicate the rift. Instead, imbalances of power and agency embedded in our political and economic system are the main drivers and accelerators of inequality. Reducing inequality requires a “next systems” analysis and playbook. Here, we briefly examine our current inequality predicament and show how these inequalities undermine our democracy, economic stability, social cohesion, and other cherished values. We then explore the systemic causes, perpetuators, and superchargers...

Baltimore Food System Resilience Advisory Report

By Erin Biehl, Roni Neff, John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

A new report identifies actions Baltimore City can take to protect food security in the event of a natural or human-made disaster. As cities across the country consider how to manage threats from climate change, the report’s findings highlight the importance of integrating food systems issues into disaster preparedness plans. The 162-page report is the result of a collaboration by the Baltimore Office of Sustainability(BoS) and researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) in the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health and Engineering. CLF researchers developed the report using diverse sources including geospatial mapping analysis and interviews with community members, local businesses, food assistance organizations, and government agencies. Recommendations from the report will be used to develop a Food System Resilience Plan for the city and update Baltimore’s Disaster Preparedness Plan (DP3) in 2017. These plans play a central role guiding the city’s emergency management and response efforts. “Building food...