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Last Build Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:02:35 +0000

 



New (free) E-book Offers Sustainable, Equitable Solutions to Building Resilience

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:04:05 +0000

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In an era rocked by environmental, economic, and political upheaval, our communities must be resilient to survive and thrive. But what does resilience mean, exactly?

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Monsters of the Financialized Imagination: From Pokémon to Trump

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:40:00 +0000

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In the summer of 2016 the global imagination was consumed by monsters…I am talking about Pokémon, Japan’s most successful international brand, which once again stormed onto the cultural stage with the release of its first “augmented reality” (AR) video game for smartphones.

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A Rather Different Mafia: The Budapest Bike Maffia

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:45:23 +0000

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The word “mafia” immediately calls to mind menacing figures engaging in shady business. The Budapest Bike Maffia has something completely different in mind.

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Two Ways to Build Global Community: Facebook vs. Platform co-operatives

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:20:36 +0000

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Last Thursday Mark Zuckerberg published a long piece called ‘Building a Global Community’. In it he explained that his company could help ‘develop the social infrastructure to give people the power to build a global community that works for all of us.’ The effect was unnerving.

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Brace for Impact: It’s Time to Build the Fight for Climate Adaptation

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:34:58 +0000

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The fight to tackle climate change has two core branches: mitigation (curbing excessive greenhouse gas emissions) and adaptation (addressing the effects of climate change that are already unfolding). But although both areas are needed, the public tends to focus on the former in discussions on climate change.

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A Muddle of Mind and Matter

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:09:59 +0000

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The philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer, which we’ve been discussing for the last two weeks, has a feature that reliably irritates most people when they encounter it for the first time: it doesn’t divide up the world the way people in modern western societies habitually do.

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To Billionaire Doomsday Preppers: Your Wealth Won’t Save You

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:42:13 +0000

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With Donald Trump’s election and the rising perils of war, climate upheaval, accelerating inequality, and civil unrest, some of the richest people in the United States are making escape plans.

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How Farnham UK’s Repair Café Takes a Bite Out of Waste

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:26:02 +0000

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According to the Repair Café Foundation, there are now more than 950 repair cafés worldwide with 18 in the UK. Repair cafés offer individuals with ‘fixing’ expertise to come together to perform a useful service for their community, while enjoying the camaraderie of friends and neighbors.

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Digitalization, Efficiency and the Rebound Effect

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:40:15 +0000

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Debates about the so-called rebound effect go back to William Stanley Jevons’ work in the 19th century, although they had been forgotten for too long. Rebound effects occur if a reduction of inputs per unit of output (efficiency) generates an absolute increase in output (growth).

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Reason, Creativity and Freedom: The Communalist Model

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:03:36 +0000

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As a solution to the present situation, a growing number of people in the world are proposing “communalism”: the usurpation of capitalism, the state, and social hierarchy by the way of town, village, and neighborhood assemblies and federations. Communalism is a living idea, one that builds upon a rich legacy of political history and social movements.

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Sanctuary Restaurants Provide Support to Individuals Facing Hostility

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:16:59 +0000

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Numerous restaurants across the country have joined a Sanctuary Restaurants Movement to offer safe and tolerant spaces to restaurant workers, employers, and consumers that face hate and harassment in the restaurant industry.

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