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TEDxLeiden - The power of complementary community currencies

Edgar Kampers talks about the potential of complementary community currencies TEDxLeiden - The power of complementary community currencies.

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A New Paradigm in Economic Thinking - Principled Societies Project

A New Paradigm in Economic Thinking - Principled Societies Project | Local Currencies, Local Investment, and the Emerging New Economy | Scoop.it
Communities worldwide want economies that are stronger, greener, fairer, more resilient, and more diverse. Jobs must be created, climate change Continue Reading →
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A free PDF of the book can be downloaded at our website.  Be sure to sign up for the newsletter.

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Climate change will widen the social and health gap

Climate change will widen the social and health gap | Local Currencies, Local Investment, and the Emerging New Economy | Scoop.it
Climate projections suggest that, thanks to human activity, we will likely see an increase in extreme weather events, disruptions to agriculture, loss of livelihoods and displacement of people.
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Climate change could exacerbate income inequality and produce greatest impacts on low-income earners. 

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LEDDA economic direct democracy framework for urban climate action, resilience - Urban Resilience: Climate Actions for Urban Areas - Climate CoLab

LEDDA economic direct democracy framework for urban climate action, resilience - Urban Resilience: Climate Actions for Urban Areas - Climate CoLab | Local Currencies, Local Investment, and the Emerging New Economy | Scoop.it
LEDDA framework helps urban areas raise funds for climate action, democratize funding choices, and build resilient economies.. Enter one of 18 contests on what to do about climate change. Comment, collaborate, share, submit your ideas!
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Our proposal for the LEDDA framework as a means to raise funds for climate change action has advanced to the semi-finals in the MIT Climate CoLab competition.

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David Week's curator insight, August 17, 5:41 PM

An interesting project. Let's see where it goes. In the meantime: contribute ideas.

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From 'Front-Lines of Climate Crisis,' Gathering Calls for New Economy

From 'Front-Lines of Climate Crisis,' Gathering Calls for New Economy | Local Currencies, Local Investment, and the Emerging New Economy | Scoop.it
"Power without pollution. Communities united for a just transition." That is the theme of an international gathering that kicked off Wednesday in Richmond, California, bringing together hundreds of people on the front-lines in the fight against...
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More efforts toward a just transition to a just and sustainable economy.

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​How the wealth gap is damaging the U.S. economy

​How the wealth gap is damaging the U.S. economy | Local Currencies, Local Investment, and the Emerging New Economy | Scoop.it
S&P warns that America is nearing an extreme level of inequality that will hurt long-term growth (How the wealth gap is damaging the U.S.
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The LEDDA framework is designed to increase family incomes, and in the process make them more equal.

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If We Release a Small Fraction of Arctic Carbon, 'We're Fucked': Climatologist

If We Release a Small Fraction of Arctic Carbon, 'We're Fucked': Climatologist | Local Currencies, Local Investment, and the Emerging New Economy | Scoop.it
Dr. Jason Box knows the Arctic, he knows climate change, and he knows how to pull no punches when engaging the public.
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Unexpected mega flare of methane bubbling up from arctic ocean floor. Could be catastrophic if it continues.

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Part 1: Legal Basics for Complementary Currencies

Part 2 is coming soon! Part 1 addresses: - Laws prohibiting complementary currencies - Laws limiting the form of currencies - Currencies and the US Constitution - Paying employees with complementa...
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Helpful video on legal aspects of local currencies from the Sustainable Economies Law Center

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Biologist warn of early stages of Earth's sixth mass extinction event

Biologist warn of early stages of Earth's sixth mass extinction event | Local Currencies, Local Investment, and the Emerging New Economy | Scoop.it
The planet's current biodiversity, the product of 3.5 billion years of evolutionary trial and error, is the highest in the history of life. But it may be reaching a tipping point. Scientists caution that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet's sixth mass biological extinction event. Since 1500, more than 320 terrestrial vertebrates have become extinct. Populations of the remaining species show a 25 percent average decline in abundance. The situation is similarly dire for invertebrate animal life.
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Human-caused mass extinction may be on horizon. Time for a radical change in course.

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Six ways to design humanity and localism into Smart Cities

Six ways to design humanity and localism into Smart Cities | Local Currencies, Local Investment, and the Emerging New Economy | Scoop.it
The Smart Cities movement is sometimes criticised for appearing to focus mainly on the application of technology to large-scale city infrastructures such as smart energy grids and intelligent trans...
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The smart city as if people mattered.

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UK cities to adopt decentralised energy production and stop ‘big six’ monopoly - Climate Action Programme

UK cities to adopt decentralised energy production and stop ‘big six’ monopoly - Climate Action Programme | Local Currencies, Local Investment, and the Emerging New Economy | Scoop.it
Climate change news archive, solar power, sustainability, nuclear power, smart cities, green power articles and news
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The funding system and smart-cities aspect of the LEDDA framework could help communities move forward on decentralized energy production.

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Organic farms support more species, researchers find

Organic farms support more species, researchers find | Local Currencies, Local Investment, and the Emerging New Economy | Scoop.it
On average, organic farms support 34 percent more plant, insect and animal species than conventional farms, say scientists. Researchers looked at data going back 30 years and found that this effect has remained stable over time and shows no signs of decreasing.
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Organic farms could play an important role in protecting ecologic diversity.

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Businesses welcome local currency and feel confident about future growth, UK survey shows

Businesses welcome local currency and feel confident about future growth, UK survey shows | Local Currencies, Local Investment, and the Emerging New Economy | Scoop.it
A study by Kingston Business School students in the UK has found a majority of local businesses would welcome the option of trying out a local currency, and that most are confident about their trading prospects for the next three years.
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Study: A majority of UK local businesses would welcome the option of trying out a local currency

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How collaborative credit can heal – rather than just disrupt – capitalism

How collaborative credit can heal – rather than just disrupt – capitalism | Local Currencies, Local Investment, and the Emerging New Economy | Scoop.it
Collaborative credit systems such as time banks can help bring about positive transformation within the economy
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Jem Bendell's thoughts about healing capitalism via community currencies. Jem wrote one of the blubs for my book Economic Direct Democracy.

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Nigeria vs SA in flawed GDP battle

Nigeria vs SA in flawed GDP battle | Local Currencies, Local Investment, and the Emerging New Economy | Scoop.it
Gross domestic product is a powerful political tool — but it hides more than it reveals.
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Lorenzo Fioramonti is the director of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation, University of Pretoria, and author of Gross Domestic Problem: The Politics Behind the World's Most Powerful Number. He also wrote the Foreword to my book Economic Direct Democracy.

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India pins hopes on smart cities - BBC News

India pins hopes on smart cities - BBC News | Local Currencies, Local Investment, and the Emerging New Economy | Scoop.it
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In its first budget, unveiled last month, it announced plans to spend $1.13bn (£690m) on building 100 "smart cities".
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A smart-LEDDA program is included in the strategic plan for the global LEDDA partnership.

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Complementary Currencies - Summary by UK Houses of Parliament

Complementary Currencies - Summary by UK Houses of Parliament | Local Currencies, Local Investment, and the Emerging New Economy | Scoop.it
This POSTnote outlines the different types and aims of these currencies. It also sets out how alternative currencies are being used and highlights regulatory... ("Local..
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A summary of local/complementary/alternative currencies by the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

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Bitcoin - good for who?

Bitcoin - good for who? | Local Currencies, Local Investment, and the Emerging New Economy | Scoop.it
Those already in power are benefiting most from the digital currency (#Bitcoin - a complementary currency but who is reaping its benefits?
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Bitcoin is built upon innovative technology, and that alone has value. But it is worthwhile to question who in society has benefited the most.

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Part 2: Legal Basics for Complementary Currencies - YouTube

Part 1 is at this link: http://youtu.be/E0rMzGMXnwo Part 2 addresses these topics: - Bank Secrecy Act - State money transmission regulations - Securities law...
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Part 2 in the helpful video series on legal aspects of local currencies, from the Sustainable Economies Law Center

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Ecuador: The First Nation to Create its own Digital Currency - CryptoCoinsNews

Ecuador: The First Nation to Create its own Digital Currency - CryptoCoinsNews | Local Currencies, Local Investment, and the Emerging New Economy | Scoop.it
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Ecuador: The First Nation to Create its own Digital Currency
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This community-based model of development has several benefits.
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As the author points out, "With global central banking in trouble, Ecuador’s decision could not have been made on a whim and, in all likelihood, is not intended to maintain the global economic status quo."

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Leonard Quart: Cities take lead on social change - Berkshire Eagle

Leonard Quart: Cities take lead on social change - Berkshire Eagle | Local Currencies, Local Investment, and the Emerging New Economy | Scoop.it
Leonard Quart: Cities take lead on social change Berkshire Eagle Given the paralysis of our federal government, the revitalization of cities has begun to lie in the hands of the municipalities themselves because they can now look less and less to...
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Another report that cities are leading the way forward in the 21st Century.

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David Week's curator insight, July 25, 5:37 PM

South American has shown that mayors can lead a nation. Now, the US.

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Bill Gross: Economic inequality threatens capitalism

Bill Gross: Economic inequality threatens capitalism | Local Currencies, Local Investment, and the Emerging New Economy | Scoop.it
American economy needs a return to normalcy.
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Bill Gross, founder of PIMCO, says income inequality puts capitalism in danger.

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The free market is an impossible utopia

The free market is an impossible utopia | Local Currencies, Local Investment, and the Emerging New Economy | Scoop.it
Karl Polanyi died decades ago, but his ideas about the economy help us understand both the causes of the economic crisis and its aftermath
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Continuing Polanyi’s core thesis, there is no such thing as a free market; there never has been, nor can there ever be.

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David Week's curator insight, July 20, 12:05 AM

Somewhere, in the structure of the city, we have to draw a balance between the workings of the market and the workings of the commons.

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Major College Business Programs Begin Focusing On Bitcoin - The Crypto Crimson

Major College Business Programs Begin Focusing On Bitcoin - The Crypto Crimson | Local Currencies, Local Investment, and the Emerging New Economy | Scoop.it
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“We believe in learning by doing, and so to help inform our courses on complementary currencies, we are trialling the acceptance of them.
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Bitcoin is finding its way into academic programs and university clubs.

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Wanted: A Purpose for Open Source - Datamation

Open source has come a long way -- but has it lost its original purpose?
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The LEDDA framework will be open-source, and could ignite a new sense of purpose.

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Studies

Studies | Local Currencies, Local Investment, and the Emerging New Economy | Scoop.it
Global source of public opinion research on international affairs and policy. New polls of European, Asian, and American opinion are released. Findings from international polling organizations such as Gallup, Pew, Zogby, and Eurobarometer are analyzed.
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“Americans are more united than divided,” said Richard Parsons, executive director, Voice Of the People. “Giving the people a greater voice would help break the gridlock in Washington.”

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Baltimore's local currency, the BNote, is 2 years old

Baltimore's local currency, the BNote, is 2 years old | Local Currencies, Local Investment, and the Emerging New Economy | Scoop.it
At Liam Flynn's Ale House in Baltimore's Station North Arts and Entertainment District, two George Washingtons will get you a can of Natty Boh. But a single Baltimore BNote, with an image of...
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The BNote is now accepted at more than 200 Baltimore businesses.

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