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Quad Cities 5th Annual 2012 Earth Charter Summit

2012 Earth Charter Summit on Economic Justice You’re Invited! Quad Cities 5th Annual 2012 Earth Charter Summit: Saturday, September 15, 2012 9:00am – 3:00pm Western Illinois University Riverfront Campus 3300 River Drive, Moline, IL Keynote Speaker: Ellen Augustine, M.A.,  notmypriorities.org … Continue reading

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Progressive Street Theatre In The Quad Cities Labor Day!

Expose your inner “hoodlum” this Labor Day! It’s time for some Progressive Street Theater in this year’s East Moline Labor Day Parade! Calling all Cultural Creatives! The PACG Corporate Reform/Economic Justice forums will be marching in this year’s parade to … Continue reading

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One Iowan’s Reflections on a Community Garden

Reflections On A Community Garden “There is nothing more political than food.” – Dick Fallow by Jade Kai My next trip to the PACG  Progressive Action for the Common Good Community Garden at 13th and Grand will be bittersweet.   I … Continue reading

Posted in Main Page, Organic Foods & Farming, Progressive Action for the Common Good

“Yes, Yes, Yes” on Iowa Supreme Court Judicial Retention

“Yes, Yes, Yes” on Iowa Supreme Court Judicial Retention Guest Blog from Alan Egly, Rev Mary Moore & Judge Jim KellyThree branches of government were established to assure the possibility of good governance of our great nation. The judicial branch … Continue reading

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Bruce Braley Shares our Values

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Corporations are Not People! – PUBLIC PROTEST in Quad Cities, Iowa

Calling All Iowans!  Corporations are Not People! – PUBLIC PROTEST   By Caroline Vernon The Corporate Reform forum of Progressive Action for the Common Good and other partner organizations invite you to attend a PUBLIC RALLY in PROTEST of the recent … Continue reading

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Report on SEIU/Change That Works Health Care Affordability Summit

Report on SEIU/Change That Works Health Care Affordability Summit By Caroline VernonWashington, DC – On January 13th, SEIU/Change That Works and health care reform coalition partners mobilized labor members and health care advocates from across the country for a national … Continue reading

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2009 QC Earth Charter Summit – Local Foods

2009 QC Earth Charter SummitBuilding a Local Foods Movement By Caroline Vernon You’re invited to attend! The 2009 Quad Cities Earth Charter Summit“Building a Local Foods Movement”Saturday, September 26, 2009, 9am-3pmAugustana College – Wallenberg HallLocal Food is the theme of … Continue reading

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HCAN Health Care Rally at Iowa STate Fair

HCAN “Health Care Can't Wait” Rally at the Iowa State Fair By Caroline Vernon Last Friday on August 21st, Eastern Iowans from Progressive Action for the Common Good, the Quad Cities Federation of Labor, and NAMI of Scott County boarded … Continue reading

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The altruism in economics

The Altruism in Economics



Standard economic theory states that people are interested only in
their own material gain. But new insights from behavioral economics
show that altruism rather than avarice is our primary motivation.


Jeremy Mercer –  http://www.dailygood.org/more.php?n=3716



It was evolutionary biologists, with their penchant for field
observation, who started to explore the question in an empirical
manner. It began with Charles Darwin, who was amazed by the cooperation
among bees; moved to William Hamilton, who studied altruism among
rabbits; and went on to include Robert Trivers’ work on sharing among
vampire bats. Once altruism was established in the natural world, the
same analytical eye inevitably turned toward the human sphere.



In 1973, a landmark experiment was conducted at blood banks in Kansas
City and Denver. It was inspired by the “crowding out” theory of
British social researcher Richard Titmuss, the idea that people perform
certain tasks, such as donating blood, for the common good, but that
their motivation would be “crowded out” if they were offered a
financial reward. The two blood banks were ideal testing grounds
because both had “willing” files bearing the names of previous donors.
For the experiment, a control group was sent the typical letter
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