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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Chinese Youth Tell Us About China - Patch.com

Chinese Youth Tell Us About China - Patch.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

Listening to a score of young people’s true stories about life in China – working in a factory, researching corruption, losing a mother to labor migration – I heard familiar themes of change, injustice, mobility, the generation gap, artistic ideals vs the pragmatics of earning a living, youthful dreams balanced with family obligations. And yet these stories could only take place in China today and at this time.

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Cape Town- Researchers have developed 'nano-particle' tablets to purify water - Health(Y) Destination

Cape Town- Researchers have developed 'nano-particle' tablets to purify water - Health(Y) Destination | real utopias | Scoop.it

Cape Town — Researchers have developed a water purification tablet comprised of nanoparticles that can be used by developing world communities with no access to clean water.

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John Wood's Battle for Global Literacy | Collective Intelligence | Big Think

John Wood's Battle for Global Literacy | Collective Intelligence | Big Think | real utopias | Scoop.it

It was like a "literacy-palooza" with kids "stage-diving for books." That was the scene that John Wood describes as his "game-over moment," or the moment he decided to quit Microsoft and pursue his non-profit organization, Room to Read, full-time. 

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Can a divestment campaign move the fossil fuel industry? - The Guardian

Can a divestment campaign move the fossil fuel industry? - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it

US climate activists have launched a movement to persuade universities, cities, and other groups to sell off their investments in fossil fuel companies. But while the financial impact of such divestment may be limited, the campaign could harm the companies in a critical sphere — public opinion

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Caged Tigers: Increasing Chinese Consumption By Sharing The Wealth

Caged Tigers: Increasing Chinese Consumption By Sharing The Wealth | real utopias | Scoop.it
Caged Tigers: Increasing Chinese Consumption By Sharing The Wealth @Worldcrunch Worldcrunch - Great stories from the world's best news sources (Chinese appear to be spending hefty amounts, but could/should they be spending a whole lot more?
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Shareable: There Is An Alternative

Shareable: There Is An Alternative | real utopias | Scoop.it

For as long as there has been such a thing as money, morality and debt have been intimately intertwined. We see this today in discussions about the debt crisis. Do mortgage debtors, credit card debtors, and student loan borrowers have a moral obligation to pay back their debts? Is it unethical for debtor nations to default on their loans?

 
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Hillary Clinton for HRC's Americans for Marriage Equality

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explains why she supports marriage equality for lesbian and gay couples. http://www.HRC.org/MarriageEquality
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Vertical farms solve land problem

With land prices at a premium in Singapore, vertical farms with rotating vertical racks present a sustainable solution while cutting down pollution.
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Hong Kong micro-apartment: 24 rooms in 32sq metres

Architect Gary Chong uses sliding walls to create the ultimate compact living apartment. Report by Sam Datta-Paulin. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

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UTEC - Potable Water Generator

The first billboard that produces potable water from the air. Mayo DraftFCB for The University of Engineering and Technology http://www.facebook.com/MayoPeru
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Women Warriors Of The Global Revolution Pt. 3: Marama Davidson

Women Warriors Of The Global Revolution Pt. 3: Marama Davidson | real utopias | Scoop.it

Occupy Savvy Exclusive! One of the coolest things about activism is that it doesn’t have celebrities – it has role models. Recently, we put 7 poignant questions to five of the world’s most inspiring women. These women hail from Iceland, Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, and for their profound actions, deeds, words, generosity, heart, and perseverance, we deem them “wahine toa”

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Incredible Statistics, Facts And Figures From The Social Media Revolution [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter

Incredible Statistics, Facts And Figures From The Social Media Revolution [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter | real utopias | Scoop.it
Incredible Statistics, Facts And Figures From The Social Media Revolution [INFOGRAPHIC]
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Noam Chomsky On Climate Change - Prose Before Hos

Noam Chomsky On Climate Change - Prose Before Hos | real utopias | Scoop.it
Treating the claims of climate change deniers with the same amount of respect as you do those who believe it exists (re: 98% of field experts) doesn't just damn you, it damns the future.
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Michael Parenti at UH Hilo 1/10

Author Michael Parenti speaking on "Democracy and Class Power" at the University of Hawai`i, Hilo in the fall of 2010.
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Michael Parenti on Capitalism's Self-Inflicted Apocalypse-1/2

Michael Parenti: Economic Crisis the Inevitable Result of "Capitalism's Self-Inflicted Apocalypse"
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Social Ecology: Evolution or Revolution? Part 2. | Communities and Collaboration

Social Ecology: Evolution or Revolution? Part 2. | Communities and Collaboration | real utopias | Scoop.it
Emergent social ecology: Evolution or Revolution?

Part 2. By Steve Dale. Recommended Read!

http://t.co/KG84af8EUF
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Guy Kawasaki: The Top 10 Mistakes of Entrepreneurs

The UC Berkeley Startup Competition (Bplan) proudly welcomed Guy Kawasaki to the Haas School of Business. Kawasaki, former chief evangelist of Apple and co-founder of Garage Technology Ventures, explained the top ten mistakes that entrepreneurs make. His talk covered all stages of a startup from inception to exit

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Michael Roberts - The euro crisis is a crisis of capitalism

The euro crisis is not a crisis of the euro, but a crisis of capitalism. Capitalism has suffered a major global slump of unprecedented proportions that mainstream economics did not see coming, cannot explain and has no policies to deal with. The Euro project, a product of France-German capitalism to compete in world markets, has been put under immense stress as a result. Neither the policies of austerity (cuts in government spending and reductions in public debt) adopted by the Euro leaders nor the Keynesian alternatives espoused (more government spending and borrowing, devaluation and leaving the euro) will restore sustained economic growth. Advanced capitalism is in a Long Depression that will only end when the profitability of the productive sector of capitalist production recovers. That may take longer than the euro project can bear.
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Don’t write off millennials just yet

Don’t write off millennials just yet | real utopias | Scoop.it

Still, opting out doesn’t mean this generation has checked out. We are engaged politically, just not in the ways and systems that previous generations have engaged. We don’t want to be courted for our votes and then kicked to the curb until the next big election. We want to build systems that meet us where we are, that is, in community-based service projects, where we see things directly change as a result of our voices, ideas, and action. In short, we need complementary systems that create the sort of direct connection not found in our representative democracy. But how?

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Open-source, open world | TED Playlists | TED

Open-source, open world | TED Playlists | TED | real utopias | Scoop.it
Embrace our wide-open shareable future -- where everything's hackable and the power of the crowd propels innovation.
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Video: Andrew Kliman on Capitalist Production | encuentro 5

Thanks to Doug Greene for helping organize this event under the auspices of the Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture. Visit the event description here.

 
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Accelerating sustainable change: seven potential breakthroughs

Accelerating sustainable change: seven potential breakthroughs | real utopias | Scoop.it
Business is beginning to focus on change, but we need to move faster.
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A Profession With an Egalitarian Core - New York Times

A Profession With an Egalitarian Core - New York Times | real utopias | Scoop.it

ECONOMICS is sometimes associated with the study and defense of selfishness and material inequality, but it has an egalitarian and civil libertarian core that should be celebrated. And that core may guide us in some surprising directions.

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How to Green the World’s Deserts

How to Green the World’s Deserts | real utopias | Scoop.it
"Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert," begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it's happening t
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Technology for Socialist Civilization - Dissident Voice

Technology for Socialist Civilization - Dissident Voice | real utopias | Scoop.it

Increased social mixing through globalization can be welcomed for its positive impact on global society and its erosion of the many communication barriers corresponding with huge power inequalities among nations. This article posits important links between the potentials of emerging technologies, increased Internet use, and the world’s transition to a socialist world system predicted by American sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein.

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