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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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#13O GLOBAL NOISE FOR REAL DEMOCRACY

#13O GLOBAL NOISE FOR REAL DEMOCRACY | real utopias | Scoop.it
THIS IS WHAT GLOBAL REVOLUTION SOUNDS LIKE...
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Participatory Planning - P2P Foundation

Participatory Planning - P2P Foundation | real utopias | Scoop.it

25. If we examine the characteristics that we have noted of the new society we want to build, we see that that transferring ownership over the strategic means of production to the state is not enough, as this does not mean anything other than a juridical change of property. The subordination of workers to an external force continues; there are new socialist managers, but the alienated status of the workers in the production process remains unchanged. This is formally collective property, because the state represents society, but real appropriation (ownership) is still not collective.

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Why Talk about Socialism at All? A Note to ‘Occupy’ & Others… - Online University of the Left

Why Talk about Socialism at All? A Note to ‘Occupy’ & Others… - Online University of the Left | real utopias | Scoop.it

“In recent years, and in increasingly more countries, growing multitudes have rebelled against the existing order and without a defined leadership have taken over plazas, streets, highways, towns, parliament, but, despite having mobilized hundreds of thousands of people, neither the magnitude of its size nor its combativeness have enabled these multitudes to go beyond simple popular revolts. They have brought down presidents, but they have not been capable of conquering power in order to begin a process of deep social transformation.” — Marta Harnecker.

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Maruti: A moment in workers' self-organisation | WORKERS ...

Maruti: A moment in workers' self-organisation | WORKERS ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
Today, the dynamism of this workers politics poses a crisis not just for capitalist strategies but also for itself as it constantly outmodes its own forms. The significance of the Maruti struggle and the July 18th incident lies in this process – they demonstrate the increasing inability of the legal regulatory mechanisms and existing political forms to ensure “industrial peace”
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The 47% (sorry 46%) – an addendum

The 47% (sorry 46%) – an addendum | real utopias | Scoop.it

Yes, it’s 46% of US households (tax units) that don’t pay federal tax as of 2011, not 47%. But here’s a quick addendum to my last post on that issue.

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The Trouble With Fedspeak - Paul Krugman - The New York Times

The Trouble With Fedspeak - Paul Krugman - The New York Times | real utopias | Scoop.it

So Fed hawks are all upset that expected inflation has risen since Bernanke announced QE3 — as indeed it has. Here’s the TIPS spread, the difference between the interest rate on ordinary 10-year bonds and inflation-protected securities:

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Where is Occupy SF now? - San Francisco Bay Guardian

Where is Occupy SF now? - San Francisco Bay Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it

On the anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, Occupy San Francisco also celebrated its birthday.

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Disdain for Workers - New York Times

Disdain for Workers - New York Times | real utopias | Scoop.it
By now everyone knows how Mitt Romney, speaking to donors in Boca Raton, washed his hands of almost half the country — the 47 percent who don’t pay income taxes — declaring, “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” By now, also, many people are aware that the great bulk of the 47 percent are hardly moochers; most are working families who pay payroll taxes, and elderly or disabled Americans make up a majority of the rest.
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Fireside chat with TED speaker Parag Khanna and Hybrid Reality Institute ... - SGentrepreneurs (press release)

Fireside chat with TED speaker Parag Khanna and Hybrid Reality Institute ... - SGentrepreneurs (press release) | real utopias | Scoop.it
What human civilization needs more than anything is not greater IQ or EQ, but TQ: technology quotient. In their manifesto Hybrid Reality, for TED Books, wife-and-husband team Ayesha and Parag Khanna explores the frontier of the information revolution: The Hybrid Age – the human-technology co-evolution and geotechnology, and their implications for society, business and politics.
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Chicago, it’s official! - Getaround blog

Chicago, it’s official! - Getaround blog | real utopias | Scoop.it

hicago’s focus on cyclists and pedestrians. Mayor Emanuel and Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein have been working hard to make the city more bike friendly. At the end of the day, our goal is to reduce the number of cars on the road, and making it easier to get around by foot and bike are an important part of that goal.

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Eerste FabLab in Brussel open

Eerste FabLab in Brussel open | real utopias | Scoop.it

Op 14 september opende de vzw iMAL de eerste open source werkplaats voor digitale productie in Brussel. Dit ‘FabLab’ of voluit Fabrication Laboratory geeft ook gewone stervelingen de kans om aan de slag te gaan met lasercutters en 3D-printers. Bedoeling is het stimuleren van collectieve innovatie, sensibilisering en vorming rond nieuwe technologieën en digitale productie.

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Looking to Nature for Inspiration

Looking to Nature for Inspiration | real utopias | Scoop.it

Responding to the challenges of our time calls for creative new ways of observing, planning, designing, and collaborating. Omega's third annual sustainable design conference explores the principles of nature-based, whole systems thinking and innovative planning strategies.

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'New radicals': Pakistan's Generation Y battles to shape country's future

'New radicals': Pakistan's Generation Y battles to shape country's future | real utopias | Scoop.it
Half of Pakistan's population is under the age of 20; two-thirds have yet to celebrate their 30th birthdays. To meet the expectations of this group, the study found the country would need to create 36 million new jobs by 2019. Fifty percent of those surveyed felt they weren't qualified to secure a good job; 79 percent felt Pakistan was headed in the wrong direction.
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Why we need a Eurozone Parliament — Social Europe Journal

Why we need a Eurozone Parliament — Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

The European Union is planning a major overhaul of its institutional structure and the way it is supposed to function in the future. The envisaged reform includes the further strengthening of the EU’s diplomatic service, the creation of a pan-European foreign ministry and even plans to create a European army. While these foreign policy proposals seem like adding to the core reforms the Eurozone crisis has made necessary, there are also new plans involved that could help the currency union become more sustainable in the future.

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Do we need to Rethink what Democracy means? — Social Europe Journal

Do we need to Rethink what Democracy means? — Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

The weakening of democratic structures and the rise of technocratic governance are regularly cited as some of the most troubling consequences of the Eurozone crisis. Cathrine Holst assesses whether modern society’s dependence on expertise ensures that we must now redefine what democracy means. Presenting arguments in favour of a democratically tempered form of ‘epistocracy’, or expert rule, she asks whether traditional ideas of ‘rule by the people’ may be outdated or even dangerous in a world that is in urgent need of decisions based on knowledge.

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The Future of Europe: It’s getting serious — Social Europe Journal

The Future of Europe: It’s getting serious — Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

The third year of the euro crisis might be the most important one yet – and with Germany heading for elections next September things are getting serious. In year one of the crisis (2010), Germany was lost and without a strategy, lurching through the events more than being in control. In year two of the crisis (2011) we observed a subtle U-turn und more decisive actions to safe the euro. But the German strategy was not the ‘big bazooka’, but a step-by-step pragmatic approach which certainly disappointed the Anglo-Saxon world. The strategy may be incomplete and flawed especially with respect to the pro-cyclical and painful effects of austerity policy in the South: but it is also true that we see the first signs of success.

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China's Sexual Revolution//WT « In Our Words

China's Sexual Revolution//WT « In Our Words | real utopias | Scoop.it
China is undergoing the same process of social change experienced by the West in the 1960s and 70s; these are the days of China's sexual revolution. The sexual revolution in China is a premium topic of discussion.
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Social Pressure Is a Better Motivator Than Money

Social Pressure Is a Better Motivator Than Money | real utopias | Scoop.it

Upton Sinclair once wrote, "It is difficult to get a man to understand something if his salary depends upon him not understanding it." If your business objectives aren't linked to employee compensation, it sends a strong message that they aren't a real priority, and motivation is adversely affected. The flip-side, however, isn't true. When business objectives are linked to compensation, motivation to drive for results is rarely meaningfully enhanced.

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Jacob McManus's curator insight, September 17, 2013 11:02 AM

this article caught my eye on how turning market norms in the workplace into social contracts can increase, or sustain, motivation at work. If there is no compensation in the worker's salary to be innovative, bright, and be motivational, the worker will push these characteristics aside since they are not the biggest priority and in turn can damage ones. But other practices like ackowledging workers for their acheivements or giving awards to the people who bring something extra to the workplace can be a better motivator than money. 

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Not My Life | A film about slavery in our time - a story about the way the world is.

Not My Life | A film about slavery in our time - a story about the way the world is. | real utopias | Scoop.it
#consumerism and #capitalism - 2 #evils of mankind.
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What future transitions we can expect? | berfrois

What future transitions we can expect? | berfrois | real utopias | Scoop.it
What kinds of developmental thresholds would any planet of sentient beings pass through? The creation of writing would be a huge one. The unleashing of cheap non-biological energy is another. The invention of the scientific method is a giant leap. And the fine control of energy (as in electricity) for long-distant communications is significant as well, enabling all kinds of other achievements. Our civilization has passed through all these stages; what are some future transitions we can expect — no matter the fashions and fads of the day? What are the emergent thresholds of information and energy organization that our civilization can look forward to? Most of these thresholds are gradual, so we can’t assign dates, but each of these structures seem to be a natural transition that any civilization must reach sooner or later.
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Geographer David Harvey on Urban Commons | David Bollier

Geographer David Harvey on Urban Commons | David Bollier | real utopias | Scoop.it

Shareable.net has published a terrific interview with Marxist geographer David Harvey on the future of cities as a place for commoning. It’s a timely conversation now that many people believe that cities, not nation-states, will be the focus for economic and political renewal.

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Occupy targets Monsanto - Businessweek

Occupy targets Monsanto - Businessweek | real utopias | Scoop.it
Occupy targets MonsantoBusinessweekCarrying signs reading "Genetic contamination is forever" and "Occupy will bring Monsanto to its knees," about 50 protesters milled around the front of the plant Monday morning, the Sacramento Bee reported.
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The Radical Rich: From Romney to Re-Occupy - Huffington Post

The Radical Rich: From Romney to Re-Occupy - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

Two recent movements have transformed the political landscape. The Occupy movement literally operates in the light of day. The other movement operates in secrecy, with money as its "speech" rather than... well, you know, speech.

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Sharing economy white paper - learn about trends in online sharing

Sharing economy white paper - learn about trends in online sharing | real utopias | Scoop.it
Looking for a sharing economy white paper? At The Sharing Engine, we're connected with the sharing economy and collaborative consumption. Read it now.
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Ethical economy: Remembering the 1960s | Columns | Breakingviews

Ethical economy: Remembering the 1960s | Columns | Breakingviews | real utopias | Scoop.it

Revolution was not on the agenda when the Second Vatican Council of the Catholic Church opened on Oct. 11, 1962, almost exactly 50 years ago. However, the gathering marked the start of a new era, not only for the world’s largest centrally-run religion. During the following years, the hope for a better, freer world led to everything from the sexual revolution to the Prague Spring, from African independence to the hippie culture of Woodstock. A half-century on, it seems a good time for an economist to take stock.

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