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Stanford scholar debunks long-held beliefs about economic growth in ancient Greece

Stanford scholar debunks long-held beliefs about economic growth in ancient Greece | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Using a pioneering digitization project that maps out details of life in the ancient world, classics Professor Josiah Ober links the democratic politics and surprisingly robust economy of classical Greek society.
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Changing the Way Money Works: The Steady State Economy and Sharing Law

Changing the Way Money Works: The Steady State Economy and Sharing Law | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
 "It also just reduces barriers to a wide variety of things that we think create more sustainable local economies, like solar energy projects, community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs, worker...
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Report - Pentagrowth

Report - Pentagrowth | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The five key dimensions for exponential growth observed in the selected organisations that have grown exponentially between 2008 and 2013.
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▶ [SHORT FILM] STEADY-STATE: HUMAN BEHAVIOR - YouTube

This short film explores the idea of what a steady-state economy is comprised of and how it could positively impact human behavior and our survival on the planet. The consequences of the present free market economic model are discussed in terms of how it affects human behavior in an unsustainable way. Greater emphasis on teaching sustainable 'consumption skills' in school education becomes outlined.

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Fab Labs Forked: A Grassroots Insurgency inside the Next Industrial Revolution » Journal of Peer Production

Fab Labs Forked: A Grassroots Insurgency inside the Next Industrial Revolution » Journal of Peer Production | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

When Neil Gershenfeld started the Center of Bits and Atoms (CBA) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2001 to explore the merging of physical and computer science, part of his proposal was an outreach programme. It should bring the CBA’s technology to classrooms and to the developing world. Outreach Fab Labs were built in Boston, in Costa Rica, in the village of Vigyan Ashram (India), and in Ghana. The MIT Fab Lab in Northern Norway, the oldest Fab Lab in Europe, was allegedly conceived in 2002, started in 2003 and formally opened in 2005. The aim, however, was to keep the number of Fab Labs at a level that would be easy to oversee and manage. The MIT’s “Physical Map of the World, April 2004” showed ten Fab Labs in the Americas, nine in Africa, eight in Europe and five in Asia, a total of 32 FabLabs. No one would have thought then that ten years later a single, small country like the Netherlands would boast as many Fab Labs as there were globally in 2004, and that the number of labs world wide would have grown tenfold.

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Money, debt and the end of the growth imperative

Money, debt and the end of the growth imperative | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Like a cancer, the political, interest-based, debt-money system corrupts everything it touches. It’s time it was replaced. This is the fifth article in our series on the role of money in the transformation of society.
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Will A Sharing Economy Be A Growing Economy? - Acton Institute (blog)

Will A Sharing Economy Be A Growing Economy? - Acton Institute (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

John O. McGinnis, the George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law at Northwestern University, says we are in the midst of a sharing economy, and that’s a good thing. (Don’t get all socialist on me; a sharing economy is one driven by service and technology. We are not going to have to pool our food in the commune.) McGinnis says this type of economy is good for liberty as well.

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▶ Lord Turner on how to fuel growth without debt - YouTube

Must watch interview with Lord Adair Turner, aired on ABC's The Business 20 May 2014. Original video here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-20/in-the-studi...
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Want to Change the World? Read This First

Want to Change the World?  Read This First | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
If you want to change society—or are interested in aiding or evaluating the efforts of others to do so—some understanding of exactly how environmental circumstances affect such efforts could be extremely helpful.
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We need to talk about growth. (And we need to do the sums as well.) - Persuade Me

We need to talk about growth. (And we need to do the sums as well.) - Persuade Me | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In my opinion, the greatest scandal of philosophy is that, while all around us the world of nature perishes – and not just the world of nature alone – philosophers continue to talk,sometimes cleverly and sometimes not, about the question of whether the world exists.             Karl Popper, Two Faces of Common Sense

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▶ Enough Is Enough: Full Film - YouTube

http://steadystate.org/enough-is-enough - Enough Is Enough lays out a visionary but realistic alternative to the perpetual pursuit of economic growth—an economy where the goal is enough, not more. Based on the best-selling book by Rob Dietz and Dan O'Neill, the film explores specific strategies to fix the financial system, reduce inequality, create jobs, and more. Drawing on the expertise of Tim Jackson, Kate Pickett, Andrew Simms, Natalie Bennett, and Ben Dyson, Enough Is Enough is the primer for achieving genuine prosperity and a hopeful future for all. 

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IMF study finds inequality is damaging to economic growth ...

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The International Monetary Fund has backed economists who argue that inequality is a drag on growth in a discussion paper that has also dismissed rightwing theories that efforts to redistribute incomes are self-defeating.
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▶ Is Society on the Verge of Collapse? - YouTube

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/07/25/Why_Cities_Grow_Corporations_Die_and_Life_Gets_Faster Theoretical physicist Geoffrey B. West discusses the impli...
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The Economic Realms: Lies, damned lies, statistics, and GDP

The Economic Realms: Lies, damned lies, statistics, and GDP | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

On the train to Manchester this morning I finished a terrific book I should really have read long ago. I’m very glad I finally have. It’s Morten Jerven’s Poor Numbers: how we are misled by African development statistics and what to do about it. The title made me think it was only relevant to African statistics, when in fact anybody interested in GDP and national accounts should read it.


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Weekend read: The trouble with growth - GreenBiz

Weekend read: The trouble with growth - GreenBiz | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Unbridled economic growth hasn't always been a global imperative. What are the implications for sustainability if we don't shift course?
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The issue of identity (III) - Civilization as a meta-identity, Consumeristic Individualism

The issue of identity (III) - Civilization as a meta-identity, Consumeristic Individualism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In part I of this series of articles, I briefly mentioned Consumeristic Individualism, as I defined the dominant ethos of our era. To be able to define it, we must start to talk about a part of our collective identities that we all know about, yet few of us recognise – namely civilization. So, the issue at hand is: What is a civilization, and what is a civilizationary ethos? And how can these forms of definitions aid our undertaking?
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How much would you sacrifice to change the world?

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I know from personal experience that to launch and grow a social enterprise – even one as modest as my own micro-business school, Aidha – is no small feat. But to build an organization like the eyecare hospital Aravind Eye, or BRAC, which empowers the poor, or Doi Tung, which has become Thailand’s social “incubator”, fostering new businesses … that’s big. That is to fundamentally change the world.
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Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we're nearing collapse

Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we're nearing collapse | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Graham Turner and Cathy Alexander: Four decades after the book was published, Limit to Growth’s forecasts have been vindicated by new Australian research. Expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon
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Why growth can't continue indefinitely - TheBull.com.au

Why growth can't continue indefinitely - TheBull.com.au | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In today’s world, we have a huge amount of debt outstanding. Academic researchers Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff have become famous for their book This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly and their earlier paper This Time is Different: A Panoramic View of Eight Centuries of Financial Crises. Their point, of course, is that the same thing happens over and over again. We can learn from past crises to solve our current problems.


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Economist's View: 'Does Culture Matter for Economic Growth?'

Economist's View: 'Does Culture Matter for Economic Growth?' | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post. 'Does Culture ..... Monetary policy options for mitigating the impact of the global financial crisis on emerging market economies.
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A New Theory of Growth

A New Theory of Growth | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

For most of human history, creativity was held to be a privilege of supreme beings, initially, the gods who shaped the heavens and the earth, and then it was human beings who were the creators and not the helpless, dependent subjects of the wrath of the gods. We switched our views as we began to understand how the world worked. Whether this will help the human race or cause its downfall is debatable. But it would help if we realized the responsibility that comes with the new role.


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The Impossibility of Growth | George Monbiot

The Impossibility of Growth | George Monbiot | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Let us imagine that in 3030BC the total possessions of the people of Egypt filled one cubic metre. Let us propose that these possessions grew by 4.5% a year. How big would that stash have been by the Battle of Actium in 30BC? This is the calculation performed by the investment banker Jeremy Grantham(1).

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PROSPERITY WITHOUT GROWTH, ECONOMICS AFTER CAPITALISM

PROSPERITY WITHOUT GROWTH, ECONOMICS AFTER CAPITALISM | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I should elaborate a bit on what Social Banking actually is. Essentially sites like Zopa in the UK andProsper in America allow users to borrow and lend money, effectively cutting out the middleman. The central premise is straightforward – there’s a network of lenders and borrowers and, as Zopa concisely put it, the “people who have spare money lend it directly to people who want to borrow. There are no banks in the middle, no huge overheads, and no unethical investments.” It’s a neat idea that’s likely to appeal to the anti-capitalist in all of us. What’s more, a quick comparison of the interest rates indicated on Zopa show that social borrowing can be extremely competitive, especially considering the big lenders wariness in the post credit crunch market.


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Money, debt and the end of the growth imperative | openDemocracy

Money, debt and the end of the growth imperative | openDemocracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Like a cancer, the political, interest-based, debt-money system corrupts everything it touches. It’s time it was replaced. This is the fifth article in our series on the role of money in the transformation of society.

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