"System change is now inevitable. Either because we do something about it, or because we will be hit by climate change. '...

"We need to develop economic models that are fit for purpose. The current economic frameworks, the ones that dominate our governments, these frameworks... the current economic frameworks, the neoclassical, the market frameworks, can deal with small changes. It can tell you the difference, if a sock company puts up the price of socks, what the demand for socks will be. It cannot tell you about the sorts of system level changes we are talking about here. We would not use an understanding of laminar flow in fluid dynamics to understand turbulent flow. So why is it we are using marginal economics, small incremental change economics, to understand system level changes?"

Thursday, October 8, 2009

AGU reorganization: Please Vote if You Can

The AGU leadership unanimously recommends a formal reorganization.

An introduction to the matter at issue is here:

http://www.agu.org/elections/bylaws09/index.php

and if you have access to EOS, here:

http://www.agu.org/journals/eo/eo0937/2009EO370001.pdf#anchor

There's a document tracking changes to the charter here in Word format:

http://www.agu.org/elections/bylaws09/AGU_Bylaws_Tracking_Document.doc


I've uploaded it as a PDF for the benefit of those who eschew Word format.

http://www.ig.utexas.edu/people/staff/tobis/AGU.pdf

The main point is separation of a larger Council (focused on scientific issues) and a smaller Board (focused on administrative issues) to replace the current Board of Directors. Readers of this blog will be interested in this change as it potentially enhances the capacities of AGU for public outreach on matters of earth science.

It is necessary to motivate 10% of the membership (full members, not non-geophysicist associates) to vote in order for these changes to take effect. Please pitch in if you can.

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