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Society – Resilience

Building a world of resilient communities

Last Build Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 22:27:33 +0000


Resilience Principles as a Tool for Exploring Options for Urban Resilience

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:53:14 +0000


The world is becoming increasingly urban and cities face a constant struggle with the complex environmental, social, economic, and political challenges of the 21st century. Many international organizations have argued that cities will need to become more resilient to these challenges. However, it is not particularly clear what that really means.

Universal Basic Income: Pennies from Heaven by Paul O’Brien – Review

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:48:56 +0000


Basic income would not eliminate the tired old choice between capitalism and socialism, right and left, but as O’Brien puts it, it would create a more ‘humane framework’ in which to make our political decisions. All in all it’s an exciting idea, and this book is well worth reading if you’re even mildly curious to learn more about its potential.

Forget about GDP: It’s Time for a Wellbeing Economy

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:13:36 +0000


We need an ambition that relates to people’s daily experiences, not the growth of abstract numbers. This is the vision of a ‘wellbeing economy’: an economy that promotes wellbeing for people and planet. It’s an economy that meets the needs of all within planetary boundaries. It is fair, sufficient and ecologically sustainable.

Urban and Small Farm Agriculture

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:11:20 +0000


I have always believed that wherever climate and conditions favor it, local food production on small farms, in backyards, community gardens, and empty urban lots will become an increasingly important source of fresh food.  And if one uses season extension or poly covered tunnels and drip irrigation we can expand the growing area to much wider climate conditions. 

The Real Irish-American History Not Taught in Schools

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:45:28 +0000


So go ahead: Have a Guinness, wear a bit of green, and put on the Chieftains. But let’s honor the Irish with our curiosity. Let’s make sure that our schools show some respect, by studying the social forces that starved and uprooted over a million Irish — and that are starving and uprooting people today.

This isn’t just About Pensions Anymore – There is a Revolution Afoot!

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:51:33 +0000


The pension thing was the straw that broke the camel’s back, apparently, and it has triggered the greatest wave of staff-student mobilization the sector has seen in decades. What did they think lecturers would do while on the picket lines for three weeks?  Chat about the weather?  Snack on cucumber sandwiches?  And what about students?  Were they going to stay at home and sleep?

New Insights into the Evolution of Hierarchy and Inequality throughout the Ages

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:47:20 +0000


For instance, almost everyone nowadays insists that participatory democracy, or social equality, can work in a small community or activist group, but cannot possibly ‘scale up’ to anything like a city, a region, or a nation-state. But the evidence before our eyes, if we choose to look at it, suggests the opposite.

Beet the System!

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:13:57 +0000


Can food and food sovereignty be the catalyst for a Commons Transition? For over 30 years, FIAN International has been advocating for the right to food sovereignty. Their work unites bottom-up grassroots movements and local administrations, with a special focus on inclusivity and enfranchising those who are most often left out.

Halfway Thoughts on Today’s Food Movements

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:08:59 +0000


Some people wonder if youthful food movements spreading through cities across the Global North are half-full, half-empty — or maybe even half-baked. The timing for such questioning is perfect. Once a new trend gets over its first flush, people start to judge it as a movement that will be around for a while. That’s when tough questions crop up.

The Sparrow and the Twig

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:14:13 +0000


This is the discovery I make: we are all living liminal lives. Denying this is part of the madness. The only real thing is the liminality of life, the moments when we can inhabit fluidity, accept the threshold. We are just passing through, why should we expect anything other than being between places and times and states of being.

Douglas Rushkoff: “We’ve Disabled the Cognitive and Collaborative Skills Needed to Address Climate Change”

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:09:23 +0000


How does our relationship with digital technologies alter our relationship with the future, with the present, and with our imaginations?  It’s a question we’ve reflected on in various podcasts and interviews in this series. One of the books that most influenced me on this was Douglas Rushkoff’s ‘Present Shock’.