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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier

News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier | real utopias | Scoop.it
News is bad for you. It leads to fear and aggression. It hinders your creativity and makes you sick. We should stop consuming it, says Rolf Dobelli, who's abstained for years
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Why ideas festivals are like 'intellectual Viagra'

Why ideas festivals are like 'intellectual Viagra' | real utopias | Scoop.it
It's a windy and misty Sunday afternoon in March in the beautiful coastal town of Aldeburgh, Suffolk, and bleary-eyed travelers are disembarking from a coach after a two-hour journey from London.
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Hilltribe Kids Being Taught How to Learn - Getting Highest Test Scores in Chiang Mai

Hilltribe Kids Being Taught How to Learn - Getting Highest Test Scores in Chiang Mai | real utopias | Scoop.it
“I have kids who have learned addition and subtraction in 4 months, kids that are 3 - 4 years old,” he told me. “We have accuracy rates of 97%. One of our classes got perfect scores [on their Thai exams]; in other classes 8/10 students passed.
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ZCommunications | The Kremlin's Ostrich Economists by Boris ...

ZCommunications | The Kremlin's Ostrich Economists by Boris ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

Every so often, government officials come up with new terms to avoid alarming the public. Despite a decline in industrial production, massive capital flight, a weakened ruble and growing pessimism on the stock exchange, they stubbornly refuse to use such words as "downturn," "crisis" or "recession." Instead, they have enriched the Russian language with a new expression: "a pause in growth." Several months ago, as Western Europe was plunging into crisis, Russian officials boasted that the domestic economy was showing positive growth rates. Now, when the situation is deteriorating before our eyes, they pretend nothing is happening.

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Social media revolution: 'Facebook to influence the outcome of 2014 general polls' - Daily Bhaskar

Social media revolution: 'Facebook to influence the outcome of 2014 general polls' - Daily Bhaskar | real utopias | Scoop.it
 New Delhi:  "There are 160 high impact constituencies out of the total of 543 constituencies, which are likely be influenced by social media during the next general elections," the study by IRIS Knowledge Foundation and Internet and Mobile Association of India has said.
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A Discussion With Anarchist Activist and Scholar David Graeber, Author of The Democracy Project

A Discussion With Anarchist Activist and Scholar David Graeber, Author of The Democracy Project | real utopias | Scoop.it

It's been over a year and a half since Occupy Wall Street took over the streets and the internet. At the time, David Graeber was pegged as the "anti-leader" of the leaderless movement, a prominent scholar and activist in whom many of the intellectual and social strains of the movement came together.

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The Empirical Kids

The Empirical Kids | real utopias | Scoop.it

Buhler argues that the group she calls Cynic Kids “don’t like the system — however, they are wary of other alternatives as well as dismissive of their ability to actually achieve the desired modifications. As such, the generation is very conservative in its appetite for change. Broadly speaking, Cynic Kids distrust the link between action and result.”

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Participatory Democracy Scorecard

Participatory Democracy Scorecard | real utopias | Scoop.it

After many consultations with local participatory democracy experts around the world, we are excited to unveil our participatory democracy scorecard. This scorecard will be standardized across countries to give us comparable and reliable data on how local participation in government is perceived around the world.  A key component of the Participatory Democracy Index, this survey will form the basis for our report at the UN General Assembly next fall.

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Occupy Love tracks the roots of a global social revolution - The Cairns Post

Occupy Love tracks the roots of a global social revolution - The Cairns Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

FRESH from the Vancouver International Film Festival, Occupy Love is a new documentary feature from Canadian director Velcrow Ripper (Scared Sacred, Fierce Light) charting the rise of the Occupy movement worldwide

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David Harvey visits Galway | NUIM Geography's Eye on the World

David Harvey visits Galway | NUIM Geography's Eye on the World | real utopias | Scoop.it
One of this year's keynote speakers will be David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Harvey is one of geography's leading thinkers.
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The 3 Rs: Reform, revolution, and “resistance” (Thessaloniki, Greece ...

The 3 Rs: Reform, revolution, and “resistance” (Thessaloniki, Greece ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

Nikolas Sevastakis: The appeal to resistance — and I am talking about the multiple appeals to democracy that have appeared in the last few decades — often reflects a puzzlement concerning the founding aspirations of the radical movement. Not only puzzlement, but also an actual avoidance of the target of transcending capitalism. Let me put it a little differently: The aim of radical systemic change is substituted by practices of stalling or blocking the most extreme and negative aspects of a state of domination, or of a governmental decision. At this point, resistance, accompanied by “radical” and “subversive” terms, evokes the idea that the movement is everything, the final goal is nothing, an idea formulated by Bernstein in the reformist tradition.

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Is There Still Solidarity In Europe? - Social Europe Journal

Is There Still Solidarity In Europe? - Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

Despite the different challenges facing European nations, the large majority of Europeans believe that standing in solidarity and working together is the best way of getting out of the current crises facing the continent. Two thirds (67 percent) of Europeans surveyed say countries in Europe must show solidarity and work together in order to tackle current economic and social challenges. In sharp contrast, only a third (33 percent) of Europeans believe countries should prioritize national self-interests instead.

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The Cyprus crisis is a symptom of what is rotten in the EU - The Guardian

The Cyprus crisis is a symptom of what is rotten in the EU - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it

Slavoj Zizek · Slavoj Žižek · The Guardian, Monday 8 April 2013 08.59 EDT. Jump to comments (…) Bank of cyprus deal.

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Asia: 'The Explosive Transformation' - The New York Review of Books

Asia: 'The Explosive Transformation' - The New York Review of Books | real utopias | Scoop.it
Asia: 'The Explosive Transformation'
The New York Review of Books
It now seems clear that nowhere has capitalism's promise to create wealth been affirmed more forcefully than in post–World War II Asia.
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Structural Crisis in the World-System: Where Do We Go from Here? :: Monthly Review

Structural Crisis in the World-System: Where Do We Go from Here? :: Monthly Review | real utopias | Scoop.it
I have written repeatedly on the structural crisis in the world-system, most recently in New Left Review in 2010. So, I shall just summarize my position, without arguing it in detail. I shall state my position as a set of premises.
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How might large scale participatory democracy work? What specific problems might it face, compared to small scale participatory democracy and large scale representative democracy, and how might the...

How might large scale participatory democracy work? What specific problems might it face, compared to small scale participatory democracy and large scale representative democracy, and how might the... | real utopias | Scoop.it
There wouldn't be enough time in a day for every single person to air their opinions, so some things would take ages before a conclusion was reached.
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How might large scale participatory democracy work? What specific problems might it face, compared to small scale participatory democracy and large scale representative democracy, and how might the...

How might large scale participatory democracy work? What specific problems might it face, compared to small scale participatory democracy and large scale representative democracy, and how might the... | real utopias | Scoop.it
There wouldn't be enough time in a day for every single person to air their opinions, so some things would take ages before a conclusion was reached.
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the end of capitalism-david harvey lecture of the humanities

the end of capitalism-david harvey lecture of the humanities | real utopias | Scoop.it
professor of geography and anthropology david harvey's lecture of the humanities at penn state in 2012 addresses neo-libralism and the end of capitalism.
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#FemFuture: The Feminist Revolution Will Be Online

#FemFuture: The Feminist Revolution Will Be Online | real utopias | Scoop.it
Online feminism is not a distraction from the broader movement. It’s the greatest mutation of it yet.
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Robots should be a worker's best friend | Moira Herbst

Robots should be a worker's best friend | Moira Herbst | real utopias | Scoop.it

Everyone's talking about robots these days, and there's plenty to discuss: Google has unveiled self-driving cars; automated software can grades college essays; and unmanned drones are striking targets in Pakistan for the CIA. It's a sign of the times that this week Stanford Law School is hosting its second annual robotics conference called "We Robot" – complete with robot demos and an appearance from the producer of the TV series Futurama.

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The Software Revolution Behind LinkedIn's Gushing Profits | Wired Business | Wired.com

The Software Revolution Behind LinkedIn's Gushing Profits | Wired Business | Wired.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

LinkedIn is a Wall Street darling, its stock up more than threefold in two years on soaring revenue, spiking profits, and seven straight quarters beating bankers’ estimates. But LinkedIn’s success isn’t just about numbers: an impressive acceleration of LinkedIn’s product cycle and a corresponding revolution in how LinkedIn writes software is a huge component in the company’s winning streak.

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Bartering and the Sharing Economy Give Hope in Spain « Wade ...

Bartering and the Sharing Economy Give Hope in Spain « Wade ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

New Orleans  The real estate bubble in Spain cratered the economy ushering in an austerity economy with unemployment rates of more than 25% of the population and a staggering 55% for younger workers.  We might ask how people are surviving, and the answer from banker Julio Gisbert who has written a book called, Living Without a Job, is that “It is possible to live without a job, and that doesn’t mean living without working.”  That observation is a critical distinction.

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Occupy Wall Street Wins Suit Over Seizure of Library

Occupy Wall Street Wins Suit Over Seizure of Library | real utopias | Scoop.it
The City of New York and Brookfield Properties will pay more than $230,000 to settle a lawsuit asserting that books and other property were damaged or destroyed when Zuccotti Park was cleared in 2011.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation