WELCOME TO THE ECOLOGY DEMOCRACY NETWORK!

 

Hello,
Below is a standard letter for the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI), one of the recent projects the Network has been educating and mobilizing people for.

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Dear Representative

 

I’m seeking your help to change the way we measure our economy in Minnesota.

 

Over the last few years I have been educating a variety of people in Minnesota about replacing the Gross State Product (GSP)/Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) as Minnesota’s primary measurement of economic well-being.

 

I feel that as an economic measurement the GDP puts local and rural regions of Minnesota at a structural disadvantage, where the GPI lends itself to local economic stability.

 
Below are some main points and sources explaining the GPI:

 

(We never had a chance to exercise the recommendations in the report when the MN Department of Planning was ended in 2003.)
  • Since then other states, such as Maryland, Vermont, Washington State and Hawaii have moved forward to implement the GPI.  (http://www.gpiinthestates.org/ , http://dnr.maryland.gov/mdgpi/Pages/default.aspx,)
  • Unlike the GDP, which is a growth-driver without limits, the GPI recognizes costs and limits, and can remedy overproduction and add external costs into our economy.
  • The GDP does not acknowledge non-monetized activity, where the GPI values activity such as ecological services, household work, and volunteerism.
  • The GDP does not care about allocation in the economy, where as the GPI signals an imbalance between rural and urban investments, as well as income.
  • Also, the GDP is based on short-term, (i.e. quarterly balance sheets and yearly returns), where the GPI looks long-term which makes it a better economic prognosticator.
The Genuine Progress Indicator is not a perfect measure, nor will it satisfy all partisan needs, but for policy-maker’s it would be a more accurate economic measurement for Minnesota.
 

MN HF437 and SF1532: The Minnesota Genuine Progress Indicator has been introduced by Representative Schultz (7B) and Senator Marty (66). Please encourage your Minnesota House Representative and State Senator to help pass this legislation.

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=HF437&version=0&session=ls90&session_year=2017&session_number=0  

 

Contact me anytime to discuss this further.

 

Sincerely,

 

Ken Pentel

Director of the Ecology Democracy Network,

P.O. Box 3872, Minneapolis, MN 55403, (612) 387-0601


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Hello,

Welcome to the Ecology Democracy Network website. My name is Ken Pentel.
 

For the last 32 years I have mostly volunteered and worked in Minnesota for Greenpeace and the Green Party as an all-purpose organizer. I was also a three-time Green Party of Minnesota endorsed candidate for Governor in 1998, 2002 and 2006. In 2010 I was the endorsed candidate for Governor for the Ecology Democracy Party (kenpentel.org). I love Minnesota, the surrounding bio-region and biosphere, and it sickens me how our culture has rationalized the destruction of our beautiful home.
 

One of my frustrations with organizing over the last 30 years has been the lack of discipline among the movements and organizations I have worked with. Even though we have had some crumbs of success, the goals for ecological healing, which includes all creatures of the Earth (humans included), have fallen tragically short. We need to develop a strategy that will demand greater commitments and higher expectations in our organizing formula if we want to achieve the necessary structural change.
 

As long as we tolerate the growth economic model on a finite resource base, accept the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as an economic indicator, and allow short-term thinking by way of quarterly balance sheets and yearly returns to measure success, we will fail. As long as we accept single member, winner-take-all election systems, we will fail. As long as we accept big money running/ruining our planet, we will fail. And even though many people know this they are content to tinker with the existing rotting economic and political systems.
 

It is time to try a new path – a path that is more defined and disciplined.
 

This new organizing experiment will develop the Ecology Democracy Network. The Network is a shift from a human-centered to an ecological-centered view of the world. I believe that our health, strength, and endurance is dependent on the health, strength, and endurance of the non-human world.
Through an ecology-based economy and a more honest form of governance the Network is attempting to find the people in Minnesota who are seeking to liberate themselves, the culture, and our species from the dysfunctional patterns that have allowed all genetic history to be put at risk.
 
 

There are two developing pathways for transformation through the Network: (1) Education, and (2) A party-starter kit.
 

If you like what you read and the goals are relevant to you, then please help me in educating the people and redirecting the politics of Minnesota, so our healing energy literally leaves a healthier place for all.
 

As we develop the organizing formula for the Network it will require patience and persistence to see how this experiment works. Please call or email me with any questions you may have. I hope you can be part of this exciting new endeavor!

Sole proprietor of the Ecology Democracy Network,
 

Ken Pentel