James Gustave Speth is a fellow at Vermont Law School and a Distinguished Next System Fellow at the Democracy Collaborative, a nonpartisan public policy research and advocacy organization. A former dean of the Yale School of the Environment, he also co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), was founder and president of the World Resources Institute, and served as administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. He is the author of eight books, including the award-winning The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability and Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment.
IN MY IMAGINATION, THE ACTIVIST communities to which many of us feel close affection are each in separate little boats paddling ourselves through swirling waters. Whether flagged for environmental integrity, social Continue reading
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Part one of this article. WE NEED A COMPELLING VISION for a new future, a vision of a better country — America the Possible — that is still within our power Continue reading
Part one of two. Part two was published in the May/June 2012 issue. LIKE YOU AND OTHER AMERICANS, I love my country, its wonderful people, its boundless energy, its creativity in Continue reading
JAMES GUSTAVE “Gus” Speth’s office at Yale reeks of Old World charm, with a high ceiling and dark, wood-paneled walls adorned with souvenirs from his travels in Africa and Asia. Speth, Continue reading