Joe Brewer

Joe Brewer is co-founder and research director of Culture2 Inc., a culture design lab for social good. He is a former fellow of the Rockridge Institute, a think tank founded by George Lakoff to analyze political discourse for the progressive movement.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Cultivating Empathy for the NEXT Crisis
There will be more crises, a lot more of them. It’s going to happen again and again. And we all know it. This frightening truth keeps staring us in the face and we need to admit it to ourselves. So we had better be prepared for the next crisis… and the next one after that. Because there are going...
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Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Why Don’t We Feel as Burned by the Panama Papers as We Do by Donald Trump?
The internet is exploding with conversations about the Panama Papers   — the largest data dump in history of secret files about rich people hiding and hoarding money. And yet the biggest story of all is hardly getting any attention. That story, of course, is how this widespread systemic corruption...
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Monday, April 04, 2016
The Panama Papers – What Happens When Corruption Is Systemic
Over the weekend, an historic release of information came out in the Panama Papers showing exactly who, how, and when a vast network of people stole and hoarded money. Our minds easily grok the realities of Vladimir Putin embezzling a billion dollars through offshore accounts or the Prime Minister...
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Tuesday, February 03, 2015
4 Things You Probably Know About Poverty That Bill and Melinda Gates Don’t
Bill and Melinda Gates just released their annual letter, " Our Big Bet for the Future ," with their thoughts on the current state of global poverty and the suite of projects they are funding to tackle it . While their hopeful tone and a good deal of what they are proposing is excellent, the story...
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Wednesday, August 06, 2014
The Hidden Shallows of Global Poverty "Eradication" Efforts
Right now, a long and complicated process is underway to replace the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expire in 2015, with new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These will set the parameters for international development for the next fifteen years and every government, UN agency,...
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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Engage the Battlefield of Ideas for Social Good
Changes in societies are driven by “culture wars” and the battle of ideas. Epic idea battles arose between capitalism and communism, religious fundamentalism and secular humanism, pro-choice and pro-life, emos and goths, etc. Great advances have been made along the way in the realms of public...
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Friday, March 29, 2013
Strategic Framing of the Red “Equality” Square
This week the Supreme Court is considering a case about the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and legal protections granted to same-sex couples in states where gay marriage is now legally recognized. This is a watershed moment in US cultural history and internet activists are doing their part to make a collective statement. If you’ve been on Facebook in the last two days, you have likely seen an explosion of red squares that look like this:
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Saturday, February 23, 2013
Can the United States Heal Its Politics in Time?
If I had to pick one word to describe the political culture of the United States, I would call it unwell . Throughout the last several decades — the entirety of adult political life for most active citizens — we have been plagued with lies and deceit, anger and betrayal, a toxic polarization that has rotted us to the core. Our civic body (metaphorically speaking) has Stage 4 cancer that has spread through our bones and infects all our soft tissues.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012
What If All the World’s Debt Just Went Away
Just for fun, imagine if all debt were wiped away when the Mayan Calendar ends this Friday…
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Friday, July 27, 2012
How Will the 99% Deal with 70 Million Psychopaths?
Did you know that roughly one person in a hundred is clinically a psychopath? These individuals are either born with an emotional deficiency that keeps them from feeling bad about hurting others or they are traumatized early in life in a manner that causes them to become this way. With more than 7 billion people on the planet that means there are as many as 70,000,000 psychopaths alive today.
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