Fixing The Future

Monday, July 16, 2012

David Brancaccio of Marketplace discusses “Fixing the Future,” his new feature documentary about a reinvention of the American economy.

Screenings: "Fixing the Future" will be screened at many theaters across the country on Wednesday, July 18, including the Chelsea Clearview.  Ticket information available here.

Comments [18]

GW from Queens

sometimes jgarbuzz seems..... like so many on the right .. to be a bitter, joy kill ass... viva Norway for proving these uneducated, right wing liberal bashing pessimists wrong

Jul. 16 2012 04:54 PM
Phyllis Segura from Piermont, ny

Is there any information somewhere about how to set up a time exchange?

Jul. 16 2012 12:10 PM
Amy from Manhattan

On the idea of checking the impact of what you buy, there are several organizations that rate or report on various companies that provide products or services--more than I have time to paste in links to, so I'll just list the ones I know of. They give the criteria for their ratings, so you can decide whether or not you agree & want to base your purchases on them. Here's the list (my list, anyway): Shopping for a Better World, Project Label, GoodGuide, Greener Choices, Planet Pleasing Goods, & the National Green Pages (from Green America, formerly Co-op America).

Jul. 16 2012 12:00 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Info on the Visiting Nurse Service of New York's time bank is at

Mr. Brancaccio's cell phone tower analogy is interesting. An even better one might be mesh networks, in which each cell phone acts as a communications node for all the others in the network (see under the heading "The mesh we're in").

Jul. 16 2012 11:29 AM
Susan from Long Island

Brian, You may want to check out the Bank of Dave in England.
As reported on one of NPR's BBC shows last Saturday morning.
Thanks! Great show, as always.

Jul. 16 2012 11:05 AM
Rachel from NYC

Norway (one of the wealthiest countries in the world, I might add) has a concept of "dugnad" which is like community volunteerism. An example would be if a neighbor needed their roof repaired, the neighborhood would get together and help. Basically, the community works together and help each other, knowing that it will be reciprocated as necessary. If we in the US could return to the idea of working toward the progress of the community instead of the individual, we could help not only our economy but our morale and have an increased sense of responsibility to each other.

Jul. 16 2012 11:02 AM

Sadly, I have to agree with David above - how is this system policed? It would seem that two people together could game this idea - vouch for one another about work being done and bank a lot of hours to use with other vendors.

Jul. 16 2012 11:02 AM
whoindatgarden from Brooklyn

Interesting but nothing new here, this is how it was in agrarian pre industrial revolution times.
Capitalism has defined growth is defined by Number units X price equals revenue.
What this model does is takes away growth based on number of units sold, how many folks will be willing to invest in a stock that represents ( Time Banks) and their stock grows in increments of minutes added to your portfolio of disparate service offerings.
So will Mitt Romney and his part along with the Democrat party support such efforts and promote it, nope they support their owners/handlers who are not for anything that would benefit the masses. Why waste time and effort , all these things will never be more than niches.

Jul. 16 2012 11:00 AM

Check out an artists' time-bank! -

Jul. 16 2012 10:59 AM

Brancaccio and Moyers and that weepy liberal PBS ilk make me sick. The only way for a local economy to improve, is to adapt and be thrifty, to inculcate a culture of hard work and pertinent vocational education that meets the needs of potential investors and employers.

As for coops, communes, kibbutzim, certainly if a group of people are willing to work hard, be thrifty, work in tandem with others and to self-sacrifice they can do a lot. Economic progress is fundamentally based on self-sacrifice, i.e. postponing immediate wants for the future.

Jul. 16 2012 10:59 AM
John from NYC

This discussion reminds me of the book by John de Graaf - "What's the Economy for Anyway?"

Jul. 16 2012 10:59 AM
Drew from Williamsburg

David Brancaccio is great.

The link to the Essex Time Exchange is broken.

Appreciate the segment.

Jul. 16 2012 10:57 AM
joe from nearby

One word- barter.
Deny them their system.

Jul. 16 2012 10:54 AM
David from NYC

Is this guy for real ??
Who is going to enforce the time sharing ?? People will skip
out on the time once there end of the bargin is done......

Lets get real

Jul. 16 2012 10:53 AM
Laura from UWS

David Brancaccio is a wonderful guest--original thinker, terrific communicator. I'd love to hear him on The Brian Lehrer Show more often.
Thanks for a great segment.

Jul. 16 2012 10:51 AM
MC from Manhattan

What we refer to as the "economy" is a construct that has only a tangental relationship to any scientific description of human economic acidity or logical relationship to the supposed laws of supply and demand .... The construct we have has been gamed by those that have the power to game it . unfortunately we are often so caught up in the myths and delusions that we are resistant to even the thought that this is not the "way things ought to be"

Jul. 16 2012 10:51 AM
Jeff Pappas from Dumbo

Yeah Kuwait ( and all the rest ) could of paid the USA in Full for helping them out, but their Greed and USA Warmongers and Corporations made $. Which struggling Americans paid for.
RE Start a new WPA

Jul. 16 2012 10:48 AM
gary from queens

In the previous segment, Maggie Haberman stated that private equity is all about "wealth creation" and not "job creation".

And Brian didn't correct her. How does she believe real jobs get created?!

If you want a "reinvention of the american economy", perhaps people like Brian and his guests should receive a tutorial on supply side economics!

Jul. 16 2012 10:45 AM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.