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From Platform to Open Cooperativism

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:14:18 +0000

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Beyond critiques of the Silicon Valley-style “sharing economy”, Open Cooperativism questions the dominance of capital in the free and open source software economy, and suggests P2P-empowered digital solutions in order to lower the transactional costs of networked cooperative production.

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Light posting from 20 April to 5th May

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:23:44 +0000

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There will be light posting from 20th April to 5th May due to editorial vacations. Regular posting will resume on 8th May.     Teaser photo credit: By ClemRutter, Rochester, Kent. – Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2163988

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Limits to Economic Growth?

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:21:08 +0000

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Growth of production is central to the core ideology of the current economic system, to the idea of “development” and “progress”. It is central to the legitimacy of the people who run the global economy. Without it there is a legitimacy crisis.

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How Residents of Frome Took Governance and the Local Economy Into Their Own Hands

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:13:17 +0000

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The stories in this series come from a small town in the United Kingdom called Frome, but the themes and topics explored are global in scale, ranging from the Americas to the Himalayas. Despite its unique setting, nestled in the sleepy countryside of southeast England, Frome is a microcosm of much of what is taking place in towns and cities through the world.

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We Need our Platforms to Be Real Democracies

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:39:36 +0000

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Governments should recognize that cooperative platforms will mean more wealth staying in their communities and serving their constituents. Rather than trying (and failing) to say “no” to the likes of Uber, platform co-ops are something public institutions can say “yes” to.

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What An Energy Revolution Looks Like

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:58:25 +0000

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Living Energy Farm (Louisa, Virginia) is a community of people who support themselves without the use of fossil fuel. Our project has been built at modest cost so it can be replicated around the world. Living Energy Farm is a fully operational farm and community, not just an idea.

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The Role of Energy in Production

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:50:22 +0000

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Economic theory has failed to incorporate the role of energy in production for two centuries since the Physiocrats. In this video I derive a production function that includes energy in an essential manner. It implies that economic growth has been driven by the increase in the energy throughput capabilities of machinery.

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Sand Mining Part 2: The Story of a Conflict Mineral

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:04:07 +0000

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The expanding economies of Asia, Africa and the Middle East are placing such great demands on global sand supplies that scarcity could soon prove to be an hyperbole. The sand spoken of here is that used for fracking, construction and industrial processes, e.g. glass and silicone manufacture.

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The Yarn Rebellion in Ardèche

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:18:52 +0000

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In 1975, five penniless friends began restoring an old spinning mill in an attempt to revive the local wool industry. Today, the coop Ardelaine and its partners employ about 50 workers.

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The Mushroom at the End of the World: Review

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:42:12 +0000

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Salvage capitalism, ecological assemblages, and precarity… These are a few concepts that Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing fleshes out in The Mushroom At the End of the World, a genre bending book that tracks the global economy by way of the Matsutake mushroom.

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What a State-Owned Bank Can Do for New Jersey

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:41:43 +0000

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That is one of the major benefits to the state of having its own bank: it can borrow very cheaply in the money markets. It can get the sort of Wall Street perks not otherwise available to governments, businesses, or individuals; and it is backstopped by the Federal Reserve system if it runs short of funds.

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