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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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Who Owns the World?

Who Owns the World? | real utopias | Scoop.it

The democracy uprising in the Arab world has been a spectacular display of courage, dedication, and commitment by popular forces — coinciding, fortuitously, with a remarkable uprising of tens of thousands in support of working people and democracy in Madison, Wisconsin, and other U.S. cities. If the trajectories of revolt in Cairo and Madison intersected, however, they were headed in opposite directions: in Cairo toward gaining elementary rights denied by the dictatorship, in Madison towards defending rights that had been won in long and hard struggles and are now under severe attack.

 
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‘The Story of Stuff’ and How Startups are Heeding Its Message

‘The Story of Stuff’ and How Startups are Heeding Its Message | real utopias | Scoop.it
Consumerism may have hit a highpoint in the last several decades, but these days the real opportunity resides in our closets. Here's a look at the rise of resale startups.
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The Limits of Political Consumerism

The Limits of Political Consumerism | real utopias | Scoop.it

I’ve been spending a lot of time recently thinking about the limits of consumerism as an avenue for political change, particularly in the context of the food movement. Today, I had the opportunity to attend a lecture by Michael Maniatesof Allegheny College, whose presentation on green consumerism and the limits of particular theories of social change helped to catalyze some of my own thinking on the topic.

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Occupy Augmented Reality: A proof of concept

Occupy Augmented Reality: A proof of concept | real utopias | Scoop.it

Squatting consists of occupying an abandoned or unoccupied area of land and/or a building – usually residential – that the squatter does not own, rent or otherwise have lawful permission to use

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The Film The 1% Doesn't Want You To See

The Film The 1% Doesn't Want You To See | real utopias | Scoop.it

In his inaugural address on Monday, President Barack Obama spoke eloquently about America's need to level its economic playing field. "For we, the people," he said, "understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America's prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class."

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Corporate social responsibility in a global economy

Companies do not work only in a market. They also work within the framework of a culture, a community and a political system. The debate on CSR is about the role that companies play in a broader social context.

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Crowdfunding ook bij musea populair - Home - AD

Crowdfunding ook bij musea populair - Home - AD | real utopias | Scoop.it

Afgelopen jaar is er in Nederland 14 miljoen euro via crowdfunding opgehaald. Dit is bijna zes keer zoveel als in 2011. Dat blijkt uit cijfers van het adviesbureau Douw&Koren die woensdag bekend zijn gemaakt. Bij crowdfunding investeert een breed publiek geld in een project of bedrijf.


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Transnational Societal Constitutionalism - P2P Foundation

Transnational Societal Constitutionalism - P2P Foundation | real utopias | Scoop.it

"How can global “constitutional problems”, such as human rights violations by corporations or the catastrophic risks of global capital markets, be dealt with? Societal spheres have to develop their own self-limitative structures, Gunther Teubner suggests in his recently published book "Constitutional Fragments". The conference on "Transnational Societal Constitutionalism" discussed this idea and analyzed under which conditions such constitutional structures emerge and where in social reality they can currently be observed. The following questions became relevant during the conference:

 
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Project res(ilience): understanding how political systems shape the behavior of social networks

Project res(ilience): understanding how political systems shape the behavior of social networks | real utopias | Scoop.it

Project res(ilience) is a p2p-self-organizing project that aims to develop a better narrative framework for understanding how political systems shape the behavior of social networks, and what systems-design creates the most resilient networks.

 
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Four scenarios for the inevitable P2P Future

Four scenarios for the inevitable P2P Future | real utopias | Scoop.it

P2P and networked technologies are here to stay, are expanding, and will become the dominant technological format. Yet, that doesn’t mean at all that the future is a foregone conclusion. Around these technologies we will see political and social struggles that will involve ownership and governance (control), and also their mobilization by social forces having their own worldviews, interests and agenda.

 

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Concentric Groups, Knowledge Bridges and Epistemic Communities

Concentric Groups, Knowledge Bridges and Epistemic Communities | real utopias | Scoop.it

While most action based systems can be completely open to participation by anyone, there are situations where an elite level of knowledge and accreditation of some sort is necessary prior to participation. Complicated surgery or engineering are examples of this type of work. While accreditation can and should come from the user group and be completely transparent and permeable, ability in many cases can only be reviewed by those who have attained an above average level of specialized knowledge. In these cases, there must be peer acknowledged levels of expertise attached to specific people, a situation not compatible with pure stigmergy or horizontal action.

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What is the Pirate Organization?

More at WWW.PIRATEORGANIZATION.COM Creative Direction, 2D/3D Design, 2D/3D Animation: Daniel Wyatt 2D Artworking: Sophie Jones Producer: JP Vergne (SSHRC gra...
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Nussbaum, M.C.: Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities.

Nussbaum, M.C.: Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities. | real utopias | Scoop.it

In this short and powerful book, celebrated philosopher Martha Nussbaum makes a passionate case for the importance of the liberal arts at all levels of education.

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Sierra Club to Engage in Civil Disobedience for First Time in Organization’s History to Stop Tar Sands

Sierra Club to Engage in Civil Disobedience for First Time in Organization’s History to Stop Tar Sands | real utopias | Scoop.it

If you could do it nonstop, it would take you six days to walk from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond to President Barack Obama’s White House. For the Sierra Club, that journey has taken much longer. For 120 years, we have remained committed to using every “lawful means” to achieve our objectives. Now, for the first time in our history, we are prepared to go further.

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Shareable: From Green New Deal to New Economy

Shareable: From Green New Deal to New Economy | real utopias | Scoop.it

The green economy has been growing in the U.S. for decades, but if its going to go to the next level to transform the overall economy during these delicate beginning years of the 21st Century, it needs a mass movement behind it. The only way that’s possible, the only way the movement for a green economy becomes an impassioned charge from communities all across the country, the world for that matter, is for it to place the well being of those same communities into the forefront of it’s goals. When the movement to build a green economy transforms itself from a double bottom line to a triple bottom line movement, finding ways equitably support and interact with even the most marginalized communities, it’s firmly on the path to victory.

 
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On Immanuel Wallerstein's Uncertainties of Knowledge. | Culture Bites

On Immanuel Wallerstein's Uncertainties of Knowledge. | Culture Bites | real utopias | Scoop.it

The modern world-system, the capitalist world-economy, is in crisis. We no longer know it. It presents to us unfamiliar landscapes and uncertain horizons. The modern structures of knowledge, the division of knowledge into two competing epistemological spheres of the sciences and the humanities, is in crisis. We can no longer use them as adequate ways in which to gain knowledge of the world. We are confused by our inability to know, in both senses [know as to be acquainted with, cognoscere, conocer connaitre, kennen and know as to understand,scire, saber, savoir, wissen], and many fall back on dogmatisms. We are living in the eye of the hurricane (pp. 49-50).

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Corn on MSNBC: The Era of Liberalism Is Back

Corn on MSNBC: The Era of Liberalism Is Back | real utopias | Scoop.it
Watch David Corn discuss Obama's inauguration speech, and the Republican reaction, on MSNBC's Martin Bashir.
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In These Times - Give It Away

Have you noticed how there aren't any new French intellectuals any more? There was a veritable flood in the late '70s and early '80s: Derrida, Foucault, Baudrillard, Kristeva, Lyotard, de Certeau ... but there has been almost no one since. Trendy academics and intellectual hipsters have been forced to endlessly recycle theories now 20 or 30 years old, or turn to countries like Italy or even Slovenia for dazzling meta-theory.

 
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Worker-Owned Cooperatives Offer A Vision Of A Different Kind Of Capitalism

Worker-Owned Cooperatives Offer A Vision Of A Different Kind Of Capitalism | real utopias | Scoop.it
In an era when income disparities and anger with financial institutions in the U.S. are generating powerful social movements, it’s not surprising that people are starting to look towards alternative business models.
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Scenes from the Inauguration

Scenes from the Inauguration | real utopias | Scoop.it

Obama’s speech was infinitely better, more self-assured, more politically precise than his first. This was Barack Obama without apology—a liberal emboldened by political victory and a desire to enter the history books with a progressive agenda. His rhetoric was not high-flown, but it was muscular, clear. Gone is the primacy of compromise, which marked Obama’s days as president of the Harvard Law Review and even his first years in office. He no longer seems determined to transcend ideology or partisanship; experience has led him toward an engagement with politics in a tougher, clearer way. Or so this speech seems to indicate.

 

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Will you leave your job to join the sharing economy?

Will you leave your job to join the sharing economy? | real utopias | Scoop.it

To make ends meet, she did some research about part-time work. She started out by putting her room on Airbnb and doing a couple tasks a week via TaskRabbit. Now she’s driving her car a couple days a week on Lyft. The combination of these three things is making her more money than she made working full time. Plus, she feels like she’s working for herself without the risk of starting her own company.

 

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The Economic Fundamentals of 2013

The Economic Fundamentals of 2013 | real utopias | Scoop.it

The global economy this year will exhibit some similarities with the conditions that prevailed in 2012. No surprise there: we face another year in which global growth will average about 3%, but with a multi-speed recovery – a sub-par, below-trend annual rate of 1% in the advanced economies, and close-to-trend rates of 5% in emerging markets. But there will be some important differences as well.

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