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Disabled People Lead the Fight Against Austerity

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:00:00 GMT


While the attack on peoples’ lives through social welfare cuts continues unabated, there has been no sign of accompanying cuts to corporate welfare.

Patterns of Commoning

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:22:00 GMT


Just like farmers, we cannot really know how big and copious the harvest will be, or when exactly it will come. But we keep seeding to help make the commons visible at different levels...

A Conversation with RSF Social Finance CEO Don Shaffer

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:06:49 GMT


"People get buried in a blizzard of financial terms that obfuscates—makes opaque—what is going on, furthers the paradigm of, “We’ll just take care of you. Here are the reports—full of jargon and charts and analytics that are virtually meaningless to you."

The Privilege of Being Privileged

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:03:00 GMT


The Ford Foundation believes we have an obligation to strengthen capitalism. In fact we have a duty to transform it.

Help by Giving Time

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:42:00 GMT


Time is money – so the saying goes. Now you can donate and even exchange your time to help people.

The Quiet Revolution: Community Buyback in Wanlockhead, Scotland

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:36:00 GMT


Is the Scottish government truly sparking a revolution through land reform?

Oil & Money: Tackling Corruption and Climate Change

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:06:00 GMT


This week, senior executives of the oil and gas industry will be meeting at the Intercontinental Hotel in London for an exclusive conference named Oil & Money.

Prop. 51 Versus a State-Owned Bank: How California Can Save $10 Billion on a $9 Billion Loan

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:29:00 GMT


However, there is a much cheaper way to fund this $9 billion school debt. By borrowing from its own state-chartered, state-owned bank, the state could save over $10 billion – on a $9 billion loan.

Repair Cafe and Seeing the Beauty in Broken Things

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:18:00 GMT


Actually, in Silicon Valley, some engineers do still work with their hands, some people appreciate the beauty in broken things and some people help each other for free for the fun and good will of it. Here's a story of how that happened all at once for me.

How Democracy Collaborative Will Create 50 Million Employee Owners by 2050

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:14:00 GMT


There are currently an estimated 10 million employee owners in the U.S. What if that number grew to 50 million by 2050?

There's Much that Don't Matter a Fig

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:56:00 GMT


Most of us resist new circumstance, and so the finest art is the skill (the cultivated humility) of accepting new circumstance (a rare skill) & then of the knowledgeable application of ancient morals to explain it.

Georgist Macro-Economics and the Land Value Tax

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:50:00 GMT


The ideas of Henry George are still very relevant for economic theory.

A Little Funding Goes a Long Way

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 07:15:00 GMT


Started in Sonoma County in 2010, the Community Resilience Challenge has grown into a national affair, including 800+ actions in Asheville, NC, among other ripples.

The 'Good Anthropocene': Grassroots Initiatives Worldwide Show Path Forward

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:57:00 GMT


Looking for a ray of sunshine amidst seemingly endless news of the warming planet, global biodiversity loss, or ongoing war?

How Freelancers Are Reinventing Work Through New Collective Enterprises

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:05:00 GMT


Like an extended smashing of atoms, the 9-to-5 job market has shattered and splintered over the past 25 years in ways that have both liberated and trapped millions of workers.

Working with Patterns: An Introduction

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:57:00 GMT


Using patterns enables people to communicate common ideas about complex relationships more easily and to seamlessly combine theoretical research with its practical application.

Art Co-ops and the Power of Mobilizing Collaboration for Creativity

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:39:00 GMT


For as long as there has been art, artists have worked together to support each others' projects and sustain their livelihoods.

How Urban Governments Are Promoting Worker Co-ops

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:28:00 GMT


City governments are shaping up as key actors accelerating worker co-op development.

Commoning in Times of Disaster: The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 07:11:00 GMT


The project amounts to a “mapping commons” whose freely available geographic data is invaluable to humanitarian responders to natural disasters and crises.

D.E.growth: A Small Change in the Slogan with Large Benefits

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:20:56 GMT


Here I propose a new term that might combine the advantages of the word degrowth with those of its more positive alternatives.

The Renewable Energy and Waste Industries: 21st Century Confederates in Changing the Global Economy

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:58:00 GMT


The emissions prizes of both a renewable economy and a circular economy are huge.

Casino Collapse and Economic Collapse Need not be the Same

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:46:00 GMT


If both work and pleasure can be a walk or short cycle ride from our doors, then the energy demands of a culture will suddenly become much simpler and will also shrink.

Commons: A Frame for Thinking Beyond Growth

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 11:09:00 GMT


You cannot think about the commons if you don’t ask yourself at the same time who creates them, who cares for them, who protects them and who reproduces them.

Adultum – A Critical Narrative at the End of Growth and a Name for the Coming Age

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 10:00:00 GMT


Degrowth is usually translated into German as “Postwachstum” (post growth) or “Wachstumsrücknahme” (reversing growth), but it can also be translated as “ausgewachsen” (grown up).

Voting with Every Dollar We Spend: Business Models that Build Community Resilience

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 12:22:00 GMT


We can choose to support businesses that actually make our communities more resilient rather than extracting local wealth and resources.