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Untangling the role of diverse social dimensions in the diffusion of microfinance

Ties between individuals on a social networks can represent different dimensions of interactions, and the spreading of information and innovations on these networks could potentially be driven by some dimensions more than by others. In this paper we investigate this issue by studying the diffusion of microfinance within rural India villages and accounting for the whole multilayer structure of the underlying social networks. We define a new measure of node centrality, diffusion versatility, and show that this is a better predictor of microfinance participation rate than previously introduced measures defined on aggregated single-layer social networks. Moreover, we untangle the role played by each social dimension and find that the most prominent role is played by the nodes that are central on layers concerned with trust, shedding new light on the key triggers of the diffusion of microfinance.

 

Untangling the role of diverse social dimensions in the diffusion of microfinance
Elisa Omodei, Alex Arenas


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A Shareable Explainer: What is a Platform Co-op?

A Shareable Explainer: What is a Platform Co-op? | Economic Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
by Maira Sutton, Cat Johnson and Neal Gorenflo The sharing economy held great promise when it first emerged. It was seen as a way to help people build community, reduce unnecessary consumption, and generate extra income. It was based on the brilliantly simple notion that when we share, everybody has more.
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Alleycat Acres Puts New Twist on Community Gardens in Seattle

Alleycat Acres Puts New Twist on Community Gardens in Seattle | Economic Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
On a recent Monday evening in Seattle’s Central District, a handful of people gathered to work on a community farm. They pulled weeds, talked about the best ways to string up tomatoes, checked the progress of the greens and beans, harvested radishes and planted wildflowers. Someone brought over a bucket of apples, freshly picked from a nearby tree. A neighbor girl rode her bike around the farm, asking questions about what was growing and what else the farmers would plant. A toddler toddled around the raised garden beds, and families out for an evening walk waved hello.
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Optimizing Our WTF Economy for the Long-Term — Medium

Optimizing Our WTF Economy for the Long-Term — Medium | Economic Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, believes we should rethink the world using today’s technology. “Let’s stop optimizing for…
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Democratizing Wealth: A Next System Model for the US South and Beyond - The Next System Project

Democratizing Wealth: A Next System Model for the US South and Beyond - The Next System Project | Economic Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
This paper by Ed Whitfield, published alongside three others, is one of many proposals for a systemic alternative we have published or will be publishing here at the Next System Project. You can read it below, or download the PDF. We have commissioned these papers in order to facilitate an informed and comprehensive discussion of “new systems,” and as …
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Meeting Community Needs through Cooperatives | Food Solutions New England

Meeting Community Needs through Cooperatives | Food Solutions New England | Economic Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
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Here's Why Viking Economics Are Superior

Here's Why Viking Economics Are Superior | Economic Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
Sweden is not satisfied with its work/life balance and set up an experiment with the six-hour day in the city of Gothenburg. City workers will be divided randomly, with half continuing the eight-hour day and the other half engaging in the experiment. The goal is to gain higher productivity per hour and have fewer sick days. The researchers are encouraged by positive results from Toyota’s similar experiment in its Gothenburg factory.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 22, 12:34 AM

Will more leisure lead to higher productivity and less time off? Quite likely, according to this article...

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The Italian Region Where Co-ops Produce A Third Of Its GDP

The Italian Region Where Co-ops Produce A Third Of Its GDP | Economic Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
Emilia Romagna, a region with nearly 4.5 million people whose capital is the medieval university city of Bologna, has one of the densest cooperative economies in the world. About two out of every t…
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The Creative Cooperative as an Alternative and Sustainable Business Model: Meerkats Got it Right!

The Creative Cooperative as an Alternative and Sustainable Business Model: Meerkats Got it Right! | Economic Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
We live in an age of the individual. Success is measured by “bling”, selfish ambition and greed, while failure is forever personal and never systemic. In this era of zero accountability: when Wall Street bankers can swindle millions of people out of their lives’ savings and get off scot free, when politicians answer only to multi…
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Love the Meerkats reference!

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A New Way to Fund Open Source Projects — Open Collective — Medium

A New Way to Fund Open Source Projects - Open Collective - Medium
Goodwill only takes you so far. Here is a new way to fund open source projects that aligns the interests of companies with open source…
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Scaling Up Local Food (SSIR)

Scaling Up Local Food (SSIR) | Economic Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
A new facility in Portland, Ore., aims to solve critical infrastructure problems that thwart the growth of midsize farms and ranches.
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Working Remotely Around The World: Workspaces To Explore

Working Remotely Around The World: Workspaces To Explore | Economic Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
If you’re a footloose creative soul searching for a more affordable and friendly space than a typical rented or home office, coworking could work for you.
Coworking spaces are popping up in cities all around the world.
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Embracing Complexity

Embracing Complexity | Economic Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
Artwork: Jen Stark, Radial Reverie, 2008, Hand-cut paper on wood backing, 20″ x 20″
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Bilingual Collaboration at Trusty Amigos Dog Walking Co-op

Bilingual Collaboration at Trusty Amigos Dog Walking Co-op | Economic Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
Brendan Tronconi of Trusty Amigos, a Dog Walking and Pet Care co-op in New York with 9 members, shares his experience starting a worker-owned business, collaborating with people who speak different languages, and working together effectively online and offline. I had worked for a Dog Walking service for 3 years in the past. I liked…
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Toward Democratic Eco-Socialism - The Next System Project

Toward Democratic Eco-Socialism - The Next System Project | Economic Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
This video short highlights some of the key ways in which scholar-activist Hans Baer reconceptualizes socialism in his piece, Toward Democratic Eco-Socialism as the Next World System, featured in our series New Systems: Possibilities and Proposals. He argues: “Social systems, whether they exist at the local, regional, or global levels, do not last forever. Capitalism, as a globalizing …
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10 Ways to Accelerate the Peer-to-Peer and Commons Economy

10 Ways to Accelerate the Peer-to-Peer and Commons Economy | Economic Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
Photo credit: spDuchamp via Foter.com / CC BY. Let’s engage in a way to produce goods and create value that is free, fair, and sustainable! What is peer production and commons economics? More importantly, how can they help bring about a thriving economy that work for people and planet?
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The Food-Sharing Economy Is Delicious And Illegal--Will It Survive?

The Food-Sharing Economy Is Delicious And Illegal--Will It Survive? | Economic Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
Politicians talk big about supporting innovation, but as home-cooking startup Josephine discovered, the system isn't designed that way.
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Documentary: Building Communities of Commons in Greece | P2P Foundation

A documentary on networks in Sarantaporo area produced by the media arts collective Personal Cinema.
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What We Know About Worker Co-ops

Photo courtesy of Co-operatives UK: Debbie Harley, a worker and director of Delta-T Devices, a thriving environmental science instruments worker co-operative, checks in on an installation. Worker co-operatives tend to be smaller than conventional businesses and struggle to find investment, right? Well, not necessarily, according to new research into worker co-ops.c


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Urban Farmer Maurice Small on the Connection Between Food, Going Outside and Intuitive Awareness [episode 7]

Urban Farmer Maurice Small on the Connection Between Food, Going Outside and Intuitive Awareness [episode 7] | Economic Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
In this episode we interview urban farmer and educator, Maurice Small, who works to eliminate food deserts in southeast Raleigh by teaching the youth how to connect with the earth and grow food. His approach to helping those who are underserved is to get them involved in alternatives from the systems that are holding them down. His students are gaining a sense of self-worth, independence, and confidence as they grow food that is in high demand by their families and neighbors. We also talk about how intuition weaves into this process, and how play is so important to engage in through adulthood. We also talk about:

Helping children become progeny of the earth
How adults can get out of the box and step into a different system
Food as a civil right
How your mind & intuition are like Siri, waiting to answer your questions
Failure as an integral part of success
How the earthworms is the perfect creature

"Life is soil, soil is life."
-Maurice Small
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Learn more about Maurice Small on his website www.mauricesmall.com
Connect with Maurice's Facebook Page, The Green Effect
Twitter: @MauriceSmall
Twitter: @SmallFarmz
Learn more about vermicomposting AKA composting with earthworms


 
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Not a Co-op? Not a Platform Co-op! | P2P Foundation

Last month Shareable wrote a great article entitled “11 Platform Cooperatives Creating a Real Sharing Economy“. It’s a really nice list of projects who are all moving in the right direction (i.e. toward greater sharing of ownership and control), but some of them aren’t actually co-operatives. This got me thinking: Should organisations that are not... Continue reading →
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Christian Felber and the Economy for the Common Good 

Christian Felber and the Economy for the Common Good  | Economic Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
Christian Felber is not just an activist, but a scholar and an entrepreneur. He’s a lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and author of several bestsellers including: “50 Suggestions for a Fairer World”, “New Values for the Economy”, “Let’s save the Euro!”, “Change Everything: Creating an economy for the common good” and “Money. The new rules of the game”. He initiated the movement of the “Economy for the Common Good” and the project “Bank for the Common Good” (ECG).

He did his homework. What is the common good? Looking into constitutions everywhere – he studied what people thought was fair and just. There are commonalities of what a good, purposeful life and a just society entail. Felber co-founded Attac Austria, a group of 12 Austrian entrepreneurs who started to apply these constitutional principles in business, trying to create a new model that transcended the old polarity of communism and capitalism. The Economy for the Common Good (ECG) movement was born. Today about 1750 companies, primarily from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, have declared their support to ECG and are serving the common good while trying to improve the

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A reminder that the ultimate role of the economy is to serve the common good!

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More Evidence Online Community is Central to the Future of Work

More Evidence Online Community is Central to the Future of Work | Economic Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
Within the last month, two new industry reports have been released that shed important new light on how we're going to be organizing and operating our organizations in the coming years.
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