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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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Land as Insurance: Part 1, A Primer

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:56:54 +0000

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This is a three-part series based on an idea I recently had around the subjects of farming, black swans, and creating a product that can help insure against risk.

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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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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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Entrepreneurship in the Social and Solidarity Economy

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:45:58 +0000

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Co-operatives have been described as freshwater fish in a saltwater environment. In the 1930s, the co-operative sector in many countries was very powerful but it was destroyed by fascist and communist regimes. What was it that the authoritarians found so threatening in co-operation?

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Economic Growth — A Primer

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:18:15 +0000

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True, economic growth does provide some short-term benefits and gains, and recessions are legitimately painful and destructive. But economic growth is nevertheless the greatest threat to humanity today, and those most devoted to economic growth will, as its consistent performance begins to wane in the future, perhaps be the greatest political threat to ordinary people of the world.

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Don’t Just Buy American, Buy Local

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:40:56 +0000

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This is where buy local is different from Buy America. Buying locally-produced products that are sold in locally-owned stores is a key strategy for building local wealth. Every dollar spent locally is a dollar of wealth retained in the community. The alternative is for that wealth to leak into other communities while making the local community poorer. This is the community expression of the saying, “A penny saved is a penny earned.”

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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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Journey to Earthland: Review

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:44:13 +0000

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It is likely that most thoughtful people today experience future possibilities as fearful. All the objective signs – political, social, ecological – appear largely negative. It seems clear that a crash or major rupture of our economic model is coming as well as an abrupt shift in our climate stability. Efforts at reform have proven to be too weak and inadequate. Journey to Earthland positions itself right in the midst of this foreboding.

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Entrepreneurship – the Narrative of Destructive Creation

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:40:07 +0000

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In the religion of economics, the entrepreneur is a hero engaged in a narrative of destructive creation. Entrepreneurs are tragically noble figures on a treadmill of competition – but who is really making the sacrifices?

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What Permaculture Can Teach Us About Commons

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:08:30 +0000

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As a developed set of social practices, techniques and ethical norms, permaculture has a lot to say to the world of the commons. This is immediately clear from reading the twelve design principles of permaculture that David Holmgren enumerated in his 2002 book Permaculture: Principles and Practices Beyond Sustainability.

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