In this era of ecological and economic crisis, it’s clear that the solutions to the major problems we face will not come from above. Collaborative consumption, alternative currencies, social cooperatives, fair trade organizations, P2P finance, and a whole other series of strategies have already begun building fairer, more sustainable communities. When deployed using principles of democratic control and social justice, they make up the Solidarity Economy.
This is part two of a two-part series on the limits of human economic growth on planet Earth. Part one details some of the environmental and natural resource challenges we're up against. Part two, here, looks at the ultimate size of the resource pool and solutions to our problems. Both parts are based on Ramez Naam's new book, The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet
The lifestyles we are accustomed to, our own society, the very same trajectories that sociey has made available so far to us as western citizens (education-job search-competition-consumption) are o...
Steve V's insight:
"When researching on these topics you can’t really close your eyes and pretend not to see the deep sense of individual liberation and empowerment that comes from this way of cooperatively tackling the problems that our society lives today." Together we know everything, together we own everything
This working paper came out of discussions, held at the RIPESS Board Meeting in Paris, March 28-31, 2011. Our intent was to explore social solidarity economy concepts, definitions and frameworks used in different continents and countries.
"What if we all owned and oversaw the banks, by vote, and had a say in decisions made by retailers where we shop? What if we ran our workplaces without corporate CEOs? Here are stories of companies and communities where business is done by the people, for the people."
If Karl Marx raised his head, he would be absolutely baffled: Revolts are shaking the world, bursting in the most unexpected places, but they rarely take power. The conditions for rebellion are as sharp today as in the nineteenth century, but few protests lead to the literal meaning of revolution, that "violent change in political, economic or social institutions of a nation."
This is part one of a two-part series on the limits of human economic growth on planet Earth. Part one details some of the environmental and natural resource challenges we’re up against. Part two, on the ultimate size of the resource pool and solutions to our problems, will be published tomorrow and linked here. Both parts are based on Ramez Naam’s new book, The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet
More than $1 billion U.S. Dollars worth of a digital currency known as Bitcoins now circulate on the web – an amount that exceeds the value of the entire currency stock of small countries like Liberia, Bhutan, and 18 others.
Combining 3D printing technology with the convenience and accessibility of the DVD-dispensing Redbox service, student entrepreneurs at UC Berkeley have built a vending machine with a seemingly infinite selection of products.
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