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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Managers need to stop doing ‘the wrong things righter’: an interview with systems thinker John Seddon

Managers need to stop doing ‘the wrong things righter’: an interview with systems thinker John Seddon | real utopias | Scoop.it

Systems thinker Professor John Seddon is an award-winning management thinker, outspoken critic of management fads and a regular speaker on service failure in the public sector. Below, he answers five questions by BIE Group’s Nick Diprose about his ideas, where service organisations go wrong and what managers should understand before embarking on any big change in search of improvement.

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Noam Chomsky: The siege on Gaza 'is a criminal act that has no justification' | rabble.ca

Noam Chomsky: The siege on Gaza 'is a criminal act that has no justification' | rabble.ca | real utopias | Scoop.it
In response to a request by Gaza Action Ireland and the flotilla steering committee, the noted social activist and philosopher Professor Noam Chomsky has made the following statement tonight in relation to the hijacking by Israel of the SV Estelle and the ongoing blockade of Gaza:
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Beyond Occupy: progressive activists in Europe

Beyond Occupy: progressive activists in Europe | real utopias | Scoop.it
Occupy is part of a wide range of subterranean movements that explore ways to complement representative democracy and empower citizenship. Some citizens want to build stronger democratic institutions: others don’t trust elected representatives any more and promote a change that starts at a local level and in daily life.
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Technology advances to end China's manufacturing dominance, open up new possibilities for India - The Economic Times

Technology advances to end China's manufacturing dominance, open up new possibilities for India - The Economic Times | real utopias | Scoop.it
The next decade will show that China's manufacturing advantage was short-lived. How will these advances affect India? Mostly in a positive way.
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NYC Sued for Systematic Civil Rights Violations During Occupy Protests

NYC Sued for Systematic Civil Rights Violations During Occupy Protests | real utopias | Scoop.it
Occupy Wall street protesters, New York City council members, and several journalists have filed suit against the City of New York, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, JP Morgan Chase and other defendants, alleging widespread civil rights violations during the Occupy Wall Street process in 2011. The lawsuit was filed today in Federal District Court in New York City.
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Economic Crisis: Austerity and Counter-Austerity in Britain - Center for Research on Globalization

Britain is in the throes of a deepening class struggle prompted by attacks on social and democratic rights by the capitalist class. The economic elite is pressing forward with an austerity program of ever-deepening cuts to jobs and social services. A coalition government of Conservatives and Liberal-Democrats has been in power for the past two years and has cut billions of dollars from public services. With the country mired in economic stagnation, the two parties are aiming to cut billions more in government spending, most notably in the social sphere.

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Sharing Solutions: Transatlantic Cooperation for a Low-Carbon Economy - Greening the Economy - Heinrich Böll Foundation

Sharing Solutions: Transatlantic Cooperation for a Low-Carbon Economy - Greening the Economy - Heinrich Böll Foundation | real utopias | Scoop.it
This publication, “Sharing Solutions: Transatlantic Cooperation for a Low-Carbon Economy”, highlights the main lessons on how to build a clean economy despite economic and political challenges through transatlantic dialogue. It discusses how regions with a strong coal, manufacturing or rural economy are affected by climate and energy policies, and what policies can soften the impact of structural change toward a low-carbon economy.
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Advances in technology to end China's dominance in world manufacturing, to ... - Economic Times

Advances in technology to end China's dominance in world manufacturing, to ... - Economic Times | real utopias | Scoop.it

While China raced ahead to become a manufacturing superpower, India focused on IT services. Without the infrastructure and ability to displace populations, India had little choice. Meanwhile, US manufacturing suffered a steady hollowing out as its corporations rushed to China. Seduced by government subsidies, cheap labour, lax regulations and a rigged currency, these corporations had little choice.

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Chris Hedges: The Absurdity of American Empire [FULL INTERVIEW]

What happens when you force communities, families and entire ecosystems to kneel before the dictates of the marketplace? You get what Chris Hedges, co-author with Joe Sacco of Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, calls "sacrifice zones." From Appalachia to North Dakota to Camden, New Jersey, these zones, ravaged by the excesses of capitalism, prefigure our collective future.
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ZCommunications | Building a Virtual Skolkovo by Boris Kagarlitsky | ZSpace

ZCommunications | Building a Virtual Skolkovo by Boris Kagarlitsky | ZSpace | real utopias | Scoop.it

When President Dmitry Medvedev in 2009 announced plans to build an innovation center at Skolkovo, many hoped the idea would not last. Right from the start, the scientific community was horrified by the project. In a country that already has major scientific centers in dire need of support and funding, millions of dollars were thrown into building a new one from scratch.

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Chomsky in Gaza: academic boycott "will strengthen support for Israel", Noam Chomsky interviewed by Rami Almeghari

Rami Almeghari: Your current visit to the Gaza Strip is said to be within your own attempt to help break the Israeli siege of Gaza. Why has it taken place now?

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Chris Hedges on Occupy, Black Bloc, conservatives and more.

CUTV met with journalist Chris Hedges on the occasion of the publication of La Mort de l'Élite Progressiste, French translation of The Death of the Liberal Class, by Lux Éditeur. We asked him about the Occupy movement and what should follow, as well as the relationship conservative America might have with any possible revolution. We spoke about his comments on the Black Bloc and radical violent groups, cause of much debate in the past year.
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Weekly Round-up - 5 Collaborative Consumption must-reads 19th ...

Weekly Round-up - 5 Collaborative Consumption must-reads 19th ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

In a landmark brand-startup partnership in the collaborative consumption space, Pepsi Next is working with TaskRabbit to offer their customers an ‘Extra Hour’ of time, with 50 lucky people each week receiving a free hour’s labor from TaskRabbit.

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Noam Chomsky: Europe Is Now Suffering From Its Relative Humanity

Noam Chomsky: Europe Is Now Suffering From Its Relative Humanity | real utopias | Scoop.it
An interview with the world-renowned linguistics and political scholar, writer, and activist Noam Chomsky, discussing the financial crisis in Greece and worldwide, the global democratic deficit, and possible solutions for Greece to emerge from the crisis.
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Daily Kos: Transformative Movements Can Only be Realized with ...

Daily Kos: Transformative Movements Can Only be Realized with ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

Participatory Democracy and Public Education presents Hypothesis #3. This post will discuss the ideas generated from discussions between Saulo Colon and Greg Jobin-Leeds concerning the role of leadership, organizing, and funders in bending the arc of educational history. This post involves a set of hypotheses we view as crucial and connected, that of self-emancipation and leadership from below. Comments and criticism are welcomed.

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We need growth, but austerity keeps the economy in chains - The Guardian

We need growth, but austerity keeps the economy in chains - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it
George Osborne's cutbacks are not the cause of this depression, but they are a major factor in keeping it alive. When the private sector collapses like this, governments must step in
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McGovern an unwavering, often unrequited, liberal - Huffington Post

McGovern an unwavering, often unrequited, liberal - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — George McGovern was an unwavering, often unrequited advocate for liberal Democratic causes. He pursued those goals in plainspoken, usually understated, Midwestern style. He was a dedicated, decent man, a devoted Democrat even when the party establishment turned away from him in defeat.

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Utopias - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Utopias - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | real utopias | Scoop.it

In 1516 Sir Thomas More gave name to an idea that through the millennia has never been far from the surface of human affairs. Visions of Utopia – the perfect society – permeate literature, religion, philosophy and even politics. More than the pursuit of individual bliss, notions of utopia propel collectivist ideals of social paradise; a place in which all people can find true fulfilment and harmony. Yet one’s heavenly vision can be another’s hell. Join us for a deep exploration of perfect worlds, those in the mind, those attempted, and those yet to come.

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Craig Bremner and Erik Olin-Wright on the Utopian Imagination - P2P Foundation

Craig Bremner and Erik Olin-Wright on the Utopian Imagination - P2P Foundation | real utopias | Scoop.it

"Utopianism isn’t dead. It isn’t even resting! We may not use the term very much these days, but we’re living slap bang in an age of utopian yearning, according to Professor Craig Bremner. He maintains utopian thought underpins modern advertising and even future city planning. Then there’s politics. The University of Wisconsin’s Erik Olin Wright runs the Real Utopias Project. We’ll meet him and find out how utopian imagining is being refashioned as a tool for creating better political systems." 

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Thomas Olsen on the New Taxation Paradigm - P2P Foundation

Thomas Olsen on the New Taxation Paradigm - P2P Foundation | real utopias | Scoop.it

As taxation is both an administrative and a political issue of prime importance to all societies and their power-structures, are changes in modes of taxation both rare and slow. Income taxes, profit taxes and VAT dominate, and are so heavily entrenched in our societies so we hardly even notice how outdated this combination has become.

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Occupy Handbook - P2P Foundation

Occupy Handbook - P2P Foundation | real utopias | Scoop.it

“Analyzing the movement's deep-seated origins in questions that the country has sought too long to ignore, some of the greatest economic minds and most incisive cultural commentators - from Paul Krugman, Robin Wells, Michael Lewis, Robert Reich, Amy Goodman, Barbara Ehrenreich, Gillian Tett, Scott Turow, Bethany McLean, Brandon Adams, and Tyler Cowen to prominent labor leaders and young, cutting-edge economists and financial writers whose work is not yet widely known - capture the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon in all its ragged glory, giving readers an on-the-scene feel for the movement as it unfolds while exploring the heady growth of the protests, considering the lasting changes wrought, and recommending reform. A guide to the occupation, THE OCCUPY HANDBOOK is a talked-about source for understanding why 1% of the people in America take almost a quarter of the nation's income and the long-term effects of a protest movement that even the objects of its attack can find little fault with.”

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What’s Wrong with Putting a Price on Nature? by Richard Conniff: Yale Environment 360

What’s Wrong with Putting a Price on Nature? by Richard Conniff: Yale Environment 360 | real utopias | Scoop.it
The concept of pricing ecosystem services and allowing them to be bought and sold has gained wide acceptance among conservationists in recent years.
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One man's DIY lending library

One man's DIY lending library | real utopias | Scoop.it
Nanie Guanlao has been running an informal library in Manila for 12 years - and he's determined to share his books with as many people as possible.
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Wild Law - The Documentary

Wild Law - The Documentary | real utopias | Scoop.it
The aim is to make a documentary that looks at why the law must change to protect the environment and how this can be done.
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Book of the Day: The Shareholder Value Myth

Book of the Day: The Shareholder Value Myth | real utopias | Scoop.it

“Stout’s book The Shareholder Value Myth looks at the pervasiveness of the “shareholder value” idea, and finds it has more basis in intellectual fashion than the law. She traces it back to an article by the economist Milton Friedman in 1970, which said that the social responsibility of companies is to increase profits, and to a highly influential 1976 paper that says shareholders are owners, and managers merely their agents.

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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation