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Can a Complementary Currency Help End Poverty? A Q&A with John Boik

Can a Complementary Currency Help End Poverty? A Q&A with John Boik | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

What role do complementary currencies play in alleviating poverty, creating income equality, and building sustainable communities? According to John Boik PhD, a vital one. Founder of the Principled Societies Projectand author of the book Economic Direct Democracy: A Framework to End Poverty and Maximize Well-Being, Boik designed a multi-faceted framework for local democratic systems of which a complementary currency is a key element. A computer simulation model that describes the book’s proposed local-national currency system saw median and mean take-home family income more than double, income inequality nearly eliminated, and the unemployment rate drop to 1 percent over the 28-year simulation period.

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Vermonters Lobby for Public Bank—And Win Millions for Local Investment

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Rainbow over Brattleboro, Vermont. Photo credit: Professor Bop / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND. Article cross-posted from Yes! Magazine. Written by Alexis Goldstein.
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How One Neighborhood in Seoul Sparked a Movement of Urban Villages

How One Neighborhood in Seoul Sparked a Movement of Urban Villages | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
What began as a childcare coop in Seoul, South Korea has grown into a cooperative, urban village and sparked a national movement of urban villages.
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“Stop, Thief!” Peter Linebaugh's New Book about the Commons

“Stop, Thief!” Peter Linebaugh's New Book about the Commons | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Article cross-posted from Bollier.org. It is always refreshing to read Peter Linebaugh’s writings on the commons because he brings such rich historical perspectives to bear, revealing the commons as both strangely alien and utterly familiar. With the added kick that the commoning he describes actually happened, Linebaugh’s journeys into the commons leave readers outraged at enclosures of long ago and inspired to protect today's endangered commons.
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SELC and Shareable Kickoff Campaign to Save Seed Sharing in the U.S.

SELC and Shareable Kickoff Campaign to Save Seed Sharing in the U.S. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Neil Thapar first encountered seed issues in law school when he worked with the Center for Food Safety against genetically-modified food. But it was a season spent working on an organic farm in Santa Cruz, California when he began to understand, first-hand, the importance of seeds as a foundation of our agricultural system. He explains, “When I came off the farm I said, ‘If I’m going to be a lawyer, I’m going to be a lawyer doing things that I think are making a positive difference.’”
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Public Services: Commodity or Common Good?

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In The Tragedy of the Private | The Potential of the Public, a new booklet co-published by Public Services International and the Transnational Institute, Hilary Wainwright argues that now is the time to turn back the tide of public services privatization. As local authorities around the world begin to reincorporate public services outsourced during the Reagan and Thatcher years, anti-privatization activists have an opportunity not just to accelerate the trend toward public recapture, but also to democratize public services providers from within. Written primarily for union activists, the booklet asks how public services unions can accomplish these goals in the face of opposition from powerful local, national, and international actors. The answer—drawn from real-world examples of anti-privatization campaigns in South Africa, Brazil, Greece, and elsewhere—is at once straightforward and profound: Public services unions are most likely to be successful in fighting privatization when they form meaningful, lasting alliances with the communities in which they operate.

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Why Startup Urbanism Will Fail Us

Why Startup Urbanism Will Fail Us | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In 1958, three years before her masterpiece, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs wrote an article called “Downtown Is for People.” In it she noted:
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I just donated to Shareable. Do the same!

I just donated to Shareable. Do the same! | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This is a great cause! Join me in my efforts to support them. Donate Now!
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The Tale of Two Sharing Cities, Part Two

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Saturday night in the Hongdae district of Seoul. Restaurants, bars, and nightclubs line the streets four stories high for blocks. The crowds in the street cover acres of blacktop. It's nightlife on mega-city scale.
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How to Start a Bike Kitchen

How to Start a Bike Kitchen | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A bike kitchen is a place for people to repair their bikes, learn safe cycling, make bicycling more accessible, build community, and support sustainable transportation by getting more people on bikes. Most bike kitchens have tools, parts, mechanics, and a community of knowledgeable cyclists.
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8 Inspiring Documentaries Exploring the Sharing Movement

8 Inspiring Documentaries Exploring the Sharing Movement | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Shapes of Exchange in the Solidarity Economy is just one of many short films you can view as part of Solidarity NYC's Portraits of the Solidarity Economy video series.
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Falling Fruit: Mapping Free Food Around the World

Falling Fruit: Mapping Free Food Around the World | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In 2008, while living in Boulder and working toward a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Colorado, I created the original Falling Fruit. Inspired by Urban Edibles, a foraging map for my hometown of Portland, Oregon, I sought to create a similar one for Boulder. I started by expanding a map created by Marco Lam and his students at Naropa University. More than pointing the way to free lunch, I hoped to remind Boulder's denizens that fruits and vegetables don't grow on grocery store shelves, they grow on plants – including those many neighborhood trees from which they fall, unused, to quietly stain our sidewalks.
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Want to Start the Airbnb of X? Near-Me Can Help

Want to Start the Airbnb of X? Near-Me Can Help | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Michelle Regner knows first-hand that building a sharing platform from scratch is expensive, time consuming, and demanding. A former financial analyst, an experienced CEO, and the co-founder of office space sharing platform DesksNear.Me, Regner has faced the challenges of getting a sharing platform off the ground. In her experience, finding engineering talent in Silicon Valley, where it’s scarce and expensive, is one of the biggest hurdles. This left her wondering: Why do people starting sharing
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How to Save the Middle Class When Jobs Don’t Pay Enough

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Photo credit: DonkeyHotey / Foter / CC BY. Article cross-posted from On the Commons. Written by Peter Barnes.
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Why Do We Share? Researchers Probe Motivation in P2P Systems

Why Do We Share? Researchers Probe Motivation in P2P Systems | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In a just published study, researchers investigated the motivations driving users to peer-to-peer services like timebanks. (10,000 People Blog)
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La'Zooz: The Decentralized, Crypto-Alternative to Uber

La'Zooz: The Decentralized, Crypto-Alternative to Uber | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
What makes a lot of people uncomfortable about a phenomenon like Uber, when you get right down to it, is how it is owned. As in other mega-Internet companies, a small number of owners poised to take over a global industry—in this case, the taxi industry with ownership currently spread out among local drivers and operators. In response to Uber’s rise, there has been a flurry of proposals for driver-owned alternatives.
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SELC and Shareable Kickoff Campaign to Save Seed Sharing in the U.S.

SELC and Shareable Kickoff Campaign to Save Seed Sharing in the U.S. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Neil Thapar first encountered seed issues in law school when he worked with the Center for Food Safety against genetically-modified food. But it was a season spent working on an organic farm in Santa Cruz, California when he began to understand, first-hand, the importance of seeds as a foundation of our agricultural system. He explains, “When I came off the farm I said, ‘If I’m going to be a lawyer, I’m going to be a lawyer doing things that I think are making a positive difference.’”
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Cabby-owned Taxi Cooperatives on the Rise

Cabby-owned Taxi Cooperatives on the Rise | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
While the struggle between taxi companies and ridesharing startups like Uber grab all the headlines, a pioneering group of cabbies are combining the best of traditional taxi service and new ridesharing systems, but with an important twist. These cabbies are creating cabby-owned taxi cooperatives, sometimes with the help of unions, and offering smartphone taxi hailing on top of a traditional service. This new setup gives drivers more job security, better pay, ownership of and a say in their company as well as the ability to offer more convenient smartphone hailing taxi service to customers. This is part of a surge of experimentation in democratizing ownership in enterprises, including, appropriately, in the sharing economy.
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Is Sharing Good for the Environment? It Depends.

Is Sharing Good for the Environment? It Depends. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
With the rise of the sharing economy, people are sharing cars, houses, sports equipment, clothing, toys, meals, surfboards and much more. There's an intuition among sharers that sharing is not only good for the pocketbook, it’s good for the planet. The thinking goes that sharing helps us reduce consumption and keep usable goods out of landfills.
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Debating the Sharing Economy

Debating the Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Editors Note: Below is sociologist Juliet Schor's insightful analysis of the sharing economy. She comes to an important conclusion, one that we at Shareable share -- we should be more aware of the sharing economy's exploitative side but not so cynical that we overlook its potential to create new businesses "that allocate resources more fairly, that are more democratically organized, that reduce eco-footprints, and that can bring people together in new ways." And importantly, that it will take a movement to shape it into a solution that addresses our biggest social, economic, and environmental challenges. -Neal Gorenflo

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Shareable - A New Kind of Non-Profit - Huffington Post (blog)

Shareable - A New Kind of Non-Profit - Huffington Post (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Shareable's organizing director Mira Luna explains that the old nonprofit and corporate organizational models don't work when creating a new kind of open organization and that the Holacracy model more clearly reflects how organizations work well....
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How to Start A Worker Co-op

How to Start A Worker Co-op | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In the age of unemployment, downsizing, and outsourcing, where can a poor soul find a job? Well, maybe it’s time we create our own. Self-employment is an option and can seem freeing, but it’s hard to do everything yourself and find time for a non-work life. The worker coop is an alternative to the isolation of self-employment and the exploitation of traditional jobs.
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The New Peers: a Q&A with Shelby Clark

The New Peers: a Q&A with Shelby Clark | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Today, sharing economy nonprofit Peers launched a new website designed to make working in the sharing economy easier. Among the features on the new site are tools to discover and connect with work opportunities, reviews of sharing economy platforms from other independent contractors, information about earning potential, and a community forum.
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Enspiral: Changing the Way Social Entrepreneurs Do Business

Enspiral: Changing the Way Social Entrepreneurs Do Business | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Enspiral Space is Enspiral's co-working facility in Wellington, New Zealand. (Courtesy Enspiral)
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Jan Moore's curator insight, November 17, 2014 2:01 PM

Are Social Entrepreneurs the Future of Work?

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10 Ways to Democratize the Economy

10 Ways to Democratize the Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The richest 400 Americans now own more wealth than the bottom 180 million taken together. The political system is in deadlock. Social and economic pain continue to grow. Environmental devastation and global warming present growing challenges. Is there any path toward a more democratic, equal and ecologically sustainable society? What can one person do?
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