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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Who is doing the killing in Gaza? Noam Chomsky and others challenge world's media

Who is doing the killing in Gaza? Noam Chomsky and others challenge world's media | real utopias | Scoop.it
WHILE COUNTRIES across Europe and North America commemorated military casualties of past and present wars on November 11, Israel was targeting civilians.
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Why Occupy Activists Are Working with NYC' s Government - Infoshop News

Why Occupy Activists Are Working with NYC' s Government - Infoshop News | real utopias | Scoop.it

Two hundred people were lined up at a hurricane relief center in a park in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood on Sunday morning when three volunteers hoisted the banners of two enemy camps that had come together in an uneasy collaboration: the Occupy movement and the office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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How Occupy Wall Street Is Beating the Liberty Movement - Huffington Post

How Occupy Wall Street Is Beating the Liberty Movement - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

When a group of young libertarians gathered in Pepperdine last week for a Students for Liberty conference, they probably did not expect to begin their day listening to a speech advocating for greater cooperation between the Liberty and the Occupy Wall Street movements.

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11/14 David Graeber, Occupy Wants To Relieve Your Debt | The Majority Report with Sam Seder

11/14 David Graeber, Occupy Wants To Relieve Your Debt | The Majority Report with Sam Seder | real utopias | Scoop.it

Professor David Grabaer explained why our understanding of debt is flawed, why we keep telling ourselves a false narrative of debt, student loans and Occupy, how the debt crises and the ecological crises are the same thing, how the Rolling Jubilee will work and what is financial disobedience?

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Chicago’s urban farm district could be the biggest in the nation

Chicago’s urban farm district could be the biggest in the nation | real utopias | Scoop.it
Chicago's South Side could soon remake itself as a greenbelt studded with urban farms -- perhaps the largest such network in the country.
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How to make rich countries pay for climate change — Jeffrey Sachs

How to make rich countries pay for climate change — Jeffrey Sachs | real utopias | Scoop.it
The absence of a discussion on climate change in the three debates between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is a sign of how the topic has fallen off the US policy agenda since the financial crisis.
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Rising China benefits 'Community of Human Destiny' - China Daily

Rising China benefits 'Community of Human Destiny' - China Daily | real utopias | Scoop.it
Rising China benefits 'Community of Human Destiny'China DailyFor over six decades, the international community has endeavored to create a more balanced, just and rational political and economic situation.
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Rethinking the "Occupy" Movement in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

Rethinking the "Occupy" Movement in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy | real utopias | Scoop.it

For the Occupy movement, which had fallen into a state of torpor prior to New York's recent environmental disaster, Hurricane Sandy reshuffles the deck.

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Squatting is not just about occupying homes, it's about preserving history - The Guardian

Squatting is not just about occupying homes, it's about preserving history - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it

One day back in the mid-1990s, when I was still charged with youth and mischievous derring-do, I went out for a walk round central Manchester with friends to look at some buildings. It wasn't strictly a sightseeing tour. Fired by recent evictions of travellers and squatters from Otterburn Close in Hulme, we were looking for an appropriate empty building to occupy and turn into a community activist centre, an alternative arts zone, or whichever dream was inspiring us that particular day.

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China’s Transition: Towards a Red Revival or Socialist Democracy? | Alternative

China’s Transition: Towards a Red Revival or Socialist Democracy? | Alternative | real utopias | Scoop.it

As China’s 18th Communist Party Congress draws to a close, the world’s most populous nation prepares to install the country’s fifth generation of leadership since the Chinese Revolution of 1949. Despite overseeing a stringent police state with heavy limitations on political expression, China’s leadership have taken the nation from starvation to space travel in just a few decades, lifting approximately 600 million people out of poverty. [1]

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Occupy launches 'Rolling Jubilee' debt forgiveness programme - The Guardian

Occupy launches 'Rolling Jubilee' debt forgiveness programme - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it

After months out of the limelight Occupy Wall Street is launching its latest venture on Thursday: a bid to buy up tens of thousands of dollars of personal debt.

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How China Became Capitalist — The American Magazine

How China Became Capitalist — The American Magazine | real utopias | Scoop.it

Editor's note: Nobel Prize–winning economist Ronald Coase and Professor Ning Wang are the authors of a new book, "How China Became Capitalist." The book outlines China’s 30-year transition from a closed, communist, agrarian economy to a rapidly growing industrial economy. THE AMERICAN Editor-in-Chief Nick Schulz recently asked the authors about the transformation of the Chinese economy, the legacy of the Tiananmen massacre, and why “capitalism with Chinese characteristics is impoverished by the lack of a free market for ideas.”

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Media Mornings: Wed, Nov 14

Media Mornings: Wed, Nov 14 | real utopias | Scoop.it
On this edition of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5FM: Feature interview with Michael Parenti – progressive political analyst and author. ( ( ( LISTEN TO PODCAST ) ) ) Host Jane ...
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Social revolution: Rising economic power of Pakistani women – The Express Tribune

Social revolution: Rising economic power of Pakistani women – The Express Tribune | real utopias | Scoop.it
In what is likely to be the single most transformative trend in Pakistani society, it is becoming increasingly clear that Pakistani women are becoming more active participants within the economy, a fact that many commercial enterprises have already noticed and accounted for in their business strategies.
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Rethinking the "Occupy" Movement in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy - Huffington Post (blog)

Rethinking the "Occupy" Movement in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy - Huffington Post (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

Though certainly devastating in an environmental, economic and even psychological sense, Hurricane Sandy may lead to significant long-term political change. Already, activists affiliated with Occupy Wall Street have fanned out across New York to provide disaster relief to the neediest. For "Occupy," the storm provides an opportunity to broaden a movement which in recent months had seemed to be on the verge of disintegration. As the movement matures, there has been some talk of rebranding as evidenced by this "Occupy Sandy" web page.

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The Sharing Economy: The Next Step in Economic Evolution

The Sharing Economy: The Next Step in Economic Evolution | real utopias | Scoop.it

Currently, the growth of our economy depends on increasingly larger inputs from finite resources. Basic arithmetic can help us determine that this is not a healthy long-term plan for humanity. However, due to the neo-classical economic thought that dominates our society, we are stuck in a system that measures physical elements (like oil), with non-physical tools (such as money), creating discrepancies between what we expect from our economy, and what is actually possible.

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Should fishing communities play a greater role in managing fisheries?

Should fishing communities play a greater role in managing fisheries? | real utopias | Scoop.it

Marine fisheries around the world are in a state of decline. Each decade the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization reports that a larger fraction of the world’s fisheries are overexploited or depleted. Historical trends in individual fisheries have led some scientists to predict all major fisheries will be collapsed by mid-century. The economic status of these resources is even more dismal. A recent World Bank study concluded that the world’s marine fisheries are capable of generating $80 billion per year in net economic benefits, but if fact generate losses on the order or $30 billion annually due to a combination of government subsidies and failed resource management.

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What Do Coffee Shops, Energy Companies and the Chinese Communist Party ... - Huffington Post UK (blog)

What Do Coffee Shops, Energy Companies and the Chinese Communist Party ... - Huffington Post UK (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

From Starbucks to Centrica and the BBC, there are plenty of headlines this week to amplify the signature theme of modern business news, namely that the developed world is seeing an historic backlash against corporate greed. We are also apparently going through a 'Great Empowerment' in popular terms to match the scale of the 'Great Recession'.

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THE ACT OF PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY « APE SHIT

THE ACT OF PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY « APE SHIT | real utopias | Scoop.it

Whilst democracy is an idea grounded in the premise that political power is derived from the will, or at least the consent of the people, this is not always the case, so the practice of participatory democracy – or activism – requires each citizen to take an active role in the affairs to the community and nation, and to be prepared to make their concerns heard and felt. Individual activists can achieve a lot, but by far the most effective way to bring about social change is through organized groups or ‘social movements.’

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Occupy, this time for the people's debt - CNN

Occupy, this time for the people's debt - CNN | real utopias | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- Much like President Obama, the Occupy movement is alive and well and entering its second term, thank you very much. It's no longer about squatting in public parks, getting on the news, or -- in some cases -- getting arrested. No, instead this decentralized, bottom-up, anti-Wall Street effort is taking aim at your medical, student and other loans: It aims to relieve your debt.
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World Sharing Day celebrates collaborative consumption

World Sharing Day celebrates collaborative consumption | real utopias | Scoop.it

Antonin Léonard hasn't had a "proper" job since April. This isn't because he lacks the relevant skills or right temperament. Quite the opposite. The 25-year-old Frenchman holds an MBA, speaks several languages and writes one of the most-read business blogs in France.

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Mesh: Spring Event 2013

Mesh: Spring Event 2013 | real utopias | Scoop.it

Join us in Spring 2013 in San Francisco for a global gathering and cultural immersion in the sharing economy ecosystem and community. mesh2013 brings together the instigators — entrepreneurs, designers, city planners, engineers, makers, artists, doers, dreamers, proto-typers and futurists — those actively building products, services, policies, and communities. We are experimenting relentlessly with new forms of access, openness, business models, delight delivery and enriching our world. It’s time to rethink and re-emerge together.

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Branding Heterodox Economics | Synthesis

Branding Heterodox Economics | Synthesis | real utopias | Scoop.it

Those of you who are, like me, only dimly familiar with the writings of Peter Drucker will at least know one of his most famous pronouncements. “There are only two things in a business that make money – innovation and marketing. Everything else is a cost.”

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Climate Change Ethics: Navigating the Perfect Moral Storm (Paperback) - Routledge

Climate Change Ethics: Navigating the Perfect Moral Storm (Paperback) - Routledge | real utopias | Scoop.it
Climate change is now the biggest challenge faced by humanity worldwide and ethics is the crucial missing component in the debate about what to do about this enormous threat.
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‘People to People’ an alternative way of delivering humanitarian aid - Issue 32 - Humanitarian Exchange Magazine - Humanitarian Practice Network

‘People to People’ an alternative way of delivering humanitarian aid - Issue 32 - Humanitarian Exchange Magazine - Humanitarian Practice Network | real utopias | Scoop.it
The tsunami response has allowed international humanitarian agencies to test and develop new approaches to disaster recovery. One such approach is the use of cash in place of traditional commodity transfers.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation