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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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David Graeber: On Playing By The Rules – The Strange Success Of #OccupyWallStreet « naked capitalism

David Graeber: On Playing By The Rules – The Strange Success Of #OccupyWallStreet « naked capitalism | real utopias | Scoop.it

Europe's fiscal crisis just won't die. And now malevolent market forces are hounding one of the continent's biggest economies

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Stewart Brand on squatter cities | Video on TED.com

Stewart Brand on squatter cities | Video on TED.com | real utopias | Scoop.it
TED Talks Rural villages worldwide are being deserted, as billions of people flock to cities to live in teeming squatter camps and slums. Stewart Brand says this is a good thing. Why? It’ll take you 3 minutes to find out.
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The Vertical Farm Project - Agriculture for the 21st Century and Beyond | www.verticalfarm.com

The Vertical Farm Project - Agriculture for the 21st Century and Beyond | www.verticalfarm.com | real utopias | Scoop.it
Vertical farms, many stories high, will be situated in the heart of the world's urban centers. They offer the promise of urban renewal, sustainable production of a safe and varied food supply, and year-round crop production.
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David Harvey- The Crises of Capitalism

Radical sociologist David Harvey asks: is it time to look beyond capitalism towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that reall...

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Interview with Chatham House “The World Today” - Parag Khanna

Interview with Chatham House “The World Today” - Parag Khanna | real utopias | Scoop.it
Parag Khanna is Director of the Global Governance Initiative at the New America Foundation, and author of the international best-seller The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order.
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Michael Pritchard's water filter turns filthy water drinkable | Video on TED.com

Michael Pritchard's water filter turns filthy water drinkable | Video on TED.com | real utopias | Scoop.it
TED Talks Too much of the world lacks access to clean drinking water. Engineer Michael Pritchard did something about it -- inventing the portable Lifesaver filter, which can make the most revolting water drinkable in seconds.
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Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia on The Sharing Economy: “We’re all just learning from each other right now.”

Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia on The Sharing Economy: “We’re all just learning from each other right now.” | real utopias | Scoop.it
As The Next Web Conference 2012 approaches, one of the great speakers we're looking forward to hearing from is Joe Gebbia.

In an interview at the Airbnb offices last month, Joe ...
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Urban agriculture in Brazil’s favelas

Urban agriculture in Brazil’s favelas | real utopias | Scoop.it

Established in 2004 by local social entrepreneur Hans Dieter Temp, an organisation called Cidades sem Fome (Cities Without Hunger) is working to reduce hunger and joblessness among some of the most economically deprived areas of Sao Paulo, through urban agriculture.

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Dimitris Christoulas and the legacy of his suicide for Greece | Guardian

Dimitris Christoulas and the legacy of his suicide for Greece | Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it
Maria Margaronis: It's hard to see a new movement emerging out of this awful death, but it serves to bring home the human cost of austerity...

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ZCommunications | Labor Protests Pose New Kremlin Headache by Boris Kagarlitsky | ZSpace

ZCommunications | Labor Protests Pose New Kremlin Headache by Boris Kagarlitsky | ZSpace | real utopias | Scoop.it

No sooner had protests in Moscow and St. Petersburg quieted down than strikes broke out in the provinces. For the most part, these protesters were not the same people who had turned out in December and February to demand fair elections. These demonstrators demanded higher salaries, better work conditions and the recognition of independent trade unions by their employers.

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Human Civilisation Will Collapse Unless Culture Of Greed ...

Human Civilisation Will Collapse Unless Culture Of Greed ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

The world’s population is burning through the planet’s resources at such a reckless rate – about 28 per cent more last year – it will eventually cause environmental havoc, said the Worldwatch Institute, a US think-tank.

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Occupy SF Ideological Liberation

Occupy SF Ideological Liberation | real utopias | Scoop.it

As we grow, the criminal financial institutions, multinational corporations, and their government lackeys will continue to attempt to silence us. But our resolve and purpose will only grow stronger. They can tear down a tent, they can eject a body, but they cannot evict an idea once it is rooted in the hearts and minds of a People. We are an expression of hope and solidarity for a better tomorrow. We are the cry that has found a voice, and that is the voice of the People. We invite you to join your voice with ours. Let us stand together and let it be known that we we will not go quietly into the night. We are Occupy!

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Invitation to the Agora in Athens : LET'S BUILD TOGETHER! | Social ...

Invitation to the Agora in Athens : LET'S BUILD TOGETHER! | Social ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

The world is changing faster and faster, and we are right on time to decide how we want that change to be. In recent years, thousands of people stepped forward, from words to action, launching numerous projects with the aim of creating the foundations of a fairer society: ecovillages, popular schools, alternative media, “artivists“, hacktivists and “heartivists“, time banks, etc. Now is the time to share all these experiences and start building up something even bigger together.

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(re)ELECT GOLDMAN SACHS! | #OWS | Social Network Unionism

(re)ELECT GOLDMAN SACHS! | #OWS | Social Network Unionism | real utopias | Scoop.it

A very special message from OccupyWallSt.Org: We have just received confirmation from highly-reputable sources that everyone´s favorite investment bank, Goldman Sachs, has entered into the race for the U.S. Presidency! We are proud to be the first site to break this story, and we hereby announce our support for this first-of-a-kind U.S. Presidential bid. We are passing along some useful campaign information to help our supporters get the word out. Goldman Sachs 2012!

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Call for an alternative summit – Another Europe Now! | Social ...

Call for an alternative summit – Another Europe Now! | Social ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
Alternatives exist. What is lacking today is a balance of power to implement these alternatives and devise political processes in order to bring back the European project on the track of democracy, social and ecological progress.
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Bloomberg View: Toward a More Open Myanmar - BusinessWeek

Bloomberg View: Toward a More Open Myanmar - BusinessWeek | real utopias | Scoop.it

There’s no denying the symbolic power of the April 1 parliamentary election wins by “The Lady,” as Aung San Suu Kyi is known in Myanmar. After boycotting 2010’s elections, the National League for Democracy appears to have won 43 out of 45 seats in parliamentary by-elections, a strong affirmation of its political appeal and Suu Kyi’s leadership.

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Talking happiness

Talking happiness | real utopias | Scoop.it

"Once it becomes clear that further GDP growth will be ever more difficult to achieve, national leaders will desperately need ways to make life tolerable for their increasingly restive constituents. It’s plain that environmental, psychological, and social well-being must be the new goal, and we can thank the government of Bhutan for realizing this and blazing a trail that others may follow."

 

Good resumee by Richard Heinberg of the UN's special conference on wellbeing and the need to define a new economic paradigm.


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Read This First Before You Decide That Preppers Are Crazy

Read This First Before You Decide That Preppers Are Crazy | real utopias | Scoop.it
Do you believe that preppers are a few cards short of a full deck?
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Craig Venter unveils "synthetic life"

http://www.ted.com Craig Venter and team make a historic announcement: they've created the first fully functioning, reproducing cell controlled by synthetic DNA. He explains how they did it and why the achievement marks the beginning of a new era for science.

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Ray Kurzweil on how technology will transform us | Video on TED.com

Ray Kurzweil on how technology will transform us | Video on TED.com | real utopias | Scoop.it
TED Talks Inventor, entrepreneur and visionary Ray Kurzweil explains in abundant, grounded detail why, by the 2020s, we will have reverse-engineered the human brain and nanobots will be operating your consciousness.
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The Renewal of Social Democracy and Basic Values — Social Europe Journal

The Renewal of Social Democracy and Basic Values — Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

In the wake of the pan-European search for a new social democratic vision, the discussion about social democratic basic values and their meaning for today’s politics has taken centre stage again. What are social democratic basic values and have social democratic parties betrayed them in government? Or, even worse, have they been lost altogether? If so is this a bad thing? Do we still need basic values in contemporary political systems characterised by professional party machines and diversified electorates? If the answer is yes what is their role and function? Do they still have a real political meaning in the age of the “division between power and politics”, as Zygmunt Bauman put it? Are there joint values that can be used to forge a European social democratic project even though there is ample evidence to suggest that social democratic values are interpreted quite differently across Europe?

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Beyond the Sunday Rhetoric of Social Democratic Basic Values — Social Europe Journal

Beyond the Sunday Rhetoric of Social Democratic Basic Values — Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

We have entered an age of fear. Insecurity is once again an active ingredient of political life in Western democracies. Insecurity born of terrorism, but also, and more insidiously, fear of the uncontrollable speed of change, fear of the loss of employment, fear of losing ground to others in an increasingly unequal distribution of resources, fear of losing control of the circumstances and routines of our daily life. And, perhaps above all, fear that it is not just we who can no longer shape our lives but that those in authority have also lost control, to forces beyond their reach.

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Tsolakoglou

I know many have already commented on what happened last week outside the Greek parliament building in Athens. But it’s difficult not to express a feeling of anguish and anger together. A cash-strapped Greek pensioner shot and killed himself outside parliament in Athens on Wednesday.

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What Today’s US Job Numbers Mean — Social Europe Journal

What Today’s US Job Numbers Mean — Social Europe Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

The economy added only 120,000 jobs in March – down from the rate of more than 200,000 in each of the preceding three months. The rate of unemployment dropped from 8.3 to 8.2 percent mainly because fewer people were searching for jobs – and that rate depends on how many people are actively looking.

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The global economy – a high frequency view

The global economy – a high frequency view | real utopias | Scoop.it

In previous posts, I have argued that a very good high frequency measure of the state of economic activity is to look at the purchasing managers indexes (PMIs) compiled by various agencies. These are surveys from company executives about how they see employment, orders and prices and production at their companies each month. The indexes are just balances between those who think things have improved and those that don’t. When the index goes above 50, it is supposed to suggest the economy or sector is expanding and when below 50, it is contracting. Over the years, the PMIs have been pretty good indicators of what is happening.

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