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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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The Pessoptimist’s Arab Revolution: A Mismatch Between Social Evolution and Political Revolution - Articles | Insight Turkey

The article argues that of the three structural problems of the Arab world, as enumerated in the UNDP Arab Human Development report, freedom, knowledge, and women’s power deficit, the Arab Awakening has only tackled the first one, and with mixed results. The speed of social change has not matched that of political change. Firstly, the authoritarian model of government is still replicated in the society, especially in state sector institutions. Secondly, the notion of citizenship has not been sufficiently developed and the role of intellectuals in the Awakening has been less than expected. Thirdly, the social and political changes may both be slowed down or even reversed if the economic grievances of the Arab world persist. Lastly the article shows how ambiguous and multi-faceted the US’s and the EU’s reaction has been to the Arab Awakening.
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Occupiers' Next Move Is To Bail Out Consumers

Occupiers' Next Move Is To Bail Out Consumers | real utopias | Scoop.it

Dubbed the Rolling Jubilee, Occupiers have created a program to buy distressed consumer debt and then erase it. That will "liberate debtors at random through a campaign of mutual support, good will, and collective refusal," the Jubilee's website said.

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Occupy: The Movie - Completion Funding

On September 17 2011, a worldwide social movement was born in New York City. This film documents who they are and what they protest.
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Howard Zinn, Taking the Long View on Occupy - OpEdNews

Howard Zinn, Taking the Long View on Occupy - OpEdNews | real utopias | Scoop.it
I'm reading a book containing conversations with Howard Zinn called Original Zinn and there's a particularly relevant and moving piece on page 26 where he's talking about a Civil Rights action in Albany, GA, in December 1960. The action "failed" with beatings and arrests for all. Nobody outside of the area really heard about it at the time.
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The Sufficiency Economy: Envisioning a Prosperous Way Down ...

The Sufficiency Economy: Envisioning a Prosperous Way Down ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

If a society does not have some vision of where it wants to be or what it wants to become, it cannot know whether it is heading in the right direction – it cannot even know whether it is lost. This is the confused position of consumer capitalism today, which has a fetish for economic growth but no answer to the question of what that growth is supposed to be for. It is simply assumed that growth is good for its own sake, but of course economic activity is merely a means, not an end. It can only ever be justified by some goal beyond itself, but that is precisely what consumer capitalism lacks – a purpose, a reason for existence. It is a means without an end, like a tool without a task. What makes this state of affairs all the more challenging is that the era of growth economics appears to be coming to a close, due to various financial, ecological, and energy constraints, and this is leaving growth-based economies without the very capacity for growth which defined them historically. Before long this will render consumer capitalism an obsolete system with neither a means nor an end, a situation that is in fact materialising before our very eyes. It seems that today we are living in the twilight of growth globally, which implies that the dawn of a new age is almost upon us – is perhaps already upon us. But as we turn this momentous page in history we find that humanity is without a narrative in which to lay down new roots. We are the generation in between stories, desperately clinging to yesterday’s story but uncertain of tomorrow’s. Then again, perhaps the new words we need are already with us; perhaps we just need to live them into existence.

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Brazil's Rousseff Criticizes Austerity as Solution for Crisis - Bloomberg

Brazil's Rousseff Criticizes Austerity as Solution for Crisis - Bloomberg | real utopias | Scoop.it
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff used a speech in recession-hit Spain to criticize austerity as a means of tackling economic crises.
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Old & Helpless: Euro Crisis to Take Food Out of Mouths of ...

Old & Helpless: Euro Crisis to Take Food Out of Mouths of ... | real utopias | Scoop.it

Despite the looming economic trouble in the Eurozone, one of its biggest economies, France, has always been praised as the promise-land for the retired. However with the single-currency zone hit with a second recession, things are changing fast.

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Seth Godin: The tribes we lead | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Seth Godin argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change.
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David Logan: Tribal leadership | Video on TED.com

TED Talks David Logan talks about the five kinds of tribes that humans naturally form -- in schools, workplaces, even the driver's license bureau.
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Israeli Negotiator: Hamas Commander Assassinated Hours After Truce

Israeli Negotiator: Hamas Commander Assassinated Hours After Truce | real utopias | Scoop.it
'According to Israeli peace activist Gershon Baskin, Israel broke an informal ceasefire on Wednesday by assassinating Hamas military commander Ahmed Jabari in an air strike.' Amy Goodman. Democracy Now!
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Utopia on the Horizon (English subtitles)

ROARMAG.org presents: 'Utopia on the Horizon', a documentary for those who chose to struggle.
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Gore Vidal in conversation with Melvyn Bragg

From 2008: Gore Vidal in conversation with Melvyn Bragg. Filmed at the Royal Geographical Society. For more Intelligence Squared debates and talks, visit www...
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How Germany Is Getting to 100 Percent Renewable Energy - Truthdig

How Germany Is Getting to 100 Percent Renewable Energy - Truthdig | real utopias | Scoop.it
There is no debate on climate change in Germany, where architects of the clean energy movement estimate that from 80 percent to 100 percent of the country’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2050.
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Book Reviews: 'Economics After The Crisis' And 'Money And Sustainability'

Book Reviews: 'Economics After The Crisis' And 'Money And Sustainability' | real utopias | Scoop.it

The essential link between "Economics After the Crisis" by Adair Turner and "Money and Sustainability" by Bernard Lietaer and his co-authors is the agreements that the authors arrive at independently: conventional economics is bankrupt, at last revealed by the financial crises of 2008 still reverberating in recessions in real economies worldwide.

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Clean Tech Nation - P2P Foundation

Clean Tech Nation - P2P Foundation | real utopias | Scoop.it

"Reading CLEAN TECH NATION, subtitled "How the USA Can Lead in the New Global Economy" by Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder buttressed my new view of the Obama performance and gave me hope for the U.S. future in spite of the political gridlock and the avalanche of fossil-fuel based money pouring into Republican coffers since the Supreme Court decision of 2010. The politics of the transition to the Solar Age is heating up, but Pernick and Wilder tell another hidden story: the Green New Deal is winning! All this evidence the authors cite is largely under-reported by the mainstream media whose ad revenues still come from the fossilized sectors hyping "clean coal" and "safe, clean nuclear power." This inevitable media bias was the reason I founded Ethical Markets Media (USA and Brazil) in 2004 as I despaired of citizens ever getting coherent coverage of the green transition I had been predicting since 1981. Thus, we produced TV shows on "Growing the Green Economy"; "Green Building and Design"; "Socially Responsible Investing"; "Redefining Success" and our current series on "Transforming Finance" to illuminate not only the green transition underway worldwide since 2007, but also the economics paradigm shift underlying this transition and the new scorecards of progress beyond GDP.

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A New Purpose for an Old Metric: The Green Transition Scoreboard | Sustainable Brands

A New Purpose for an Old Metric: The Green Transition Scoreboard | Sustainable Brands | real utopias | Scoop.it
The Green Transition Scoreboard® (GTS) tracks private investments and commitments in creating cleaner, greener economies globally, investments by everyone except government, finding over $3.6 trillion has been invested and committed since 2007.
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Pavan Sukhdev Discusses 4 Ways to Create More Sustainable Corporations | WRI Insights

Pavan Sukhdev Discusses 4 Ways to Create More Sustainable Corporations | WRI Insights | real utopias | Scoop.it

“To tell the story of the corporation is to tell the story of a grand bargain gone awry,” says Pavan Sukhdev in his new book, Corporation 2020: Transforming Business for Tomorrow’s World. It’s a bold statement, but he backs up his claim persuasively. While many companies are reaching record profits, they’ve oftentimes come at the expense of ecological degradation, rising greenhouse gas emissions, unemployment, spikes in food and fuel costs, and social inequalities.

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Redistribution: As American as Apple Pie

Redistribution: As American as Apple Pie | real utopias | Scoop.it

“Redistribution” is the new buzzword in the U.S. election season to attack social programs, even those paid into by citizens, like Social Security.

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It's Time to Occupy Democracy: These Constitutional Amendments Aim to Get Money Out of Politics

It's Time to Occupy Democracy: These Constitutional Amendments Aim to Get Money Out of Politics | real utopias | Scoop.it
We have recently seen the massive expense of the political system on all levels, and we have joined forces to fight for our democracy. We refuse to let our future be auctioned off and sold to the highest bidder.
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Jacob Boe's comment, March 7, 2013 8:31 AM
This article is about imposing new laws that limit the value of campaigning for office. It's rather opinionated, but I agree with the fact that campaigners shouldn't just be campaigning for more money; they should be campaigning to fulfill our goals.
Anna Zamzow's comment, March 7, 2013 3:47 PM
I agree, the focus of the candidates has been to raise money instead of working with people on critical issues. The candidates job is to listen to the people and improve and unite our country.
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Why TV news matters in the age of information overload

Why TV news matters in the age of information overload | real utopias | Scoop.it

For two decades, whenever Walter Cronkite said those words to end his nightly CBS newscast, people believed him. Cronkite was the most trusted man in America, the person we tasked with telling us what was happening and how we should feel about it.

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Videos from the Launch of Conversations with Bourdieu by Karl von Holdt and Michael Burawoy

Videos from the Launch of Conversations with Bourdieu by Karl von Holdt and Michael Burawoy | real utopias | Scoop.it
Co-author Karl von Holdt was joined by fellow sociology professors Peter Alexander (University of Johannesburg) and Jeremy Seekings (University of Cape Town) and the discussion was chaired by Sarah Mosoetsa (author of Eating from One Pot).
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Occupy Wall Street Gets Focused With a Splashy Debt-Relief Gala - New York Magazine

Occupy Wall Street Gets Focused With a Splashy Debt-Relief Gala - New York Magazine | real utopias | Scoop.it
Exactly one year after Occupy Wall Street's eviction from Zuccotti Park, the movement hosted what may be its most focused and ingenious action ever. The People's Bailout at the Manhattan club Le Poisson Rouge was part telethon, part variety show, and part party, with one aim: kicking off Rolling Jubilee, the new debt-relief project from the movement's Strike Debt committee.
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A Piece of Monologue: Literature, Philosophy, Criticism: A Tour of Slavoj Žižek's Apartment

A Piece of Monologue: Literature, Philosophy, Criticism: A Tour of Slavoj Žižek's Apartment | real utopias | Scoop.it
who else is a celebrity acadamic?I take him simply for entertainment, too - if I hv timeA Tour of Žižek's Apartment http://t.co/Su6Fx5P1...
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Infographic: The Business of Sharing: How Millennial Generation Embraces the Sharing Economy

A bumper crop of corporate and peer-to-peer sharing services have overwhelmed the Internet in the past year, with companies such as Zipcar and Airbnb out to prove that sharing is better than owning. In addition to sharing big-ticket items such as cars or vacation rentals, niche sharing sites allow you to do things like find a home for your dog during vacations using DogVacay or connect with local tour guides on Vayable.

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Interview with Noam Chomsky about Gaza - Sabbah Report

Interview with Noam Chomsky about Gaza - Sabbah Report | real utopias | Scoop.it

$Chomsky said: “People still, you know — fight for their rights, and don’t just succumb. It’s a lesson for people from the West. I mean, you know, we talk about repression, but it’s undetectable by comparison with what most people in the world face. If they can struggle on under really harsh and brutal conditions, it tells us we ought to be doing a lot more.”

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