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New Rules for the New Economy

New Rules for the New Economy | soul rebels | Scoop.it

1) Embrace the Swarm. As power flows away from the center, the competitive advantage belongs to those who learn how to embrace decentralized points of control.

2) Increasing Returns. As the number of connections between people and things add up, the consequences of those connections multiply out even faster, so that initial successes aren't self-limiting, but self-feeding.

3) Plentitude, Not Scarcity. As manufacturing techniques perfect the art of making copies plentiful, value is carried by abundance, rather than scarcity, inverting traditional business propositions.

4) Follow the Free. As resource scarcity gives way to abundance, generosity begets wealth. Following the free rehearses the inevitable fall of prices, and takes advantage of the only true scarcity: human attention.

5) Feed the Web First. As networks entangle all commerce, a firm's primary focus shifts from maximizing the firm's value to maximizing the network's value. Unless the net survives, the firm perishes.

6) Let Go at the Top. As innovation accelerates, abandoning the highly successful in order to escape from its eventual obsolescence becomes the most difficult and yet most essential task.

7) From Places to Spaces. As physical proximity (place) is replaced by multiple interactions with anything, anytime, anywhere (space), the opportunities for intermediaries, middlemen, and mid-size niches expand greatly.

8) No Harmony, All Flux. As turbulence and instability become the norm in business, the most effective survival stance is a constant but highly selective disruption that we call innovation.

9) Relationship Tech. As the soft trumps the hard, the most powerful technologies are those that enhance, amplify, extend, augment, distill, recall, expand, and develop soft relationships of all types.

10) Opportunities Before Efficiencies. As fortunes are made by training machines to be ever more efficient, there is yet far greater wealth to be had by unleashing the inefficient discovery and creation of new opportunities.


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1) Embrace the Swarm. As power flows away from the center, the competitive advantage belongs to those who learn how to embrace decentralized points of control.

2) Increasing Returns. As the number of connections between people and things add up, the consequences of those connections multiply out even faster, so that initial successes aren't self-limiting, but self-feeding.

3) Plentitude, Not Scarcity. As manufacturing techniques perfect the art of making copies plentiful, value is carried by abundance, rather than scarcity, inverting traditional business propositions.

4) Follow the Free. As resource scarcity gives way to abundance, generosity begets wealth. Following the free rehearses the inevitable fall of prices, and takes advantage of the only true scarcity: human attention.

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The Most Creative Brains are Slow

The Most Creative Brains are Slow | soul rebels | Scoop.it

"...One study of 65 subjects suggests that creativity prefers to take a slower, more meandering path than intelligence. 'The brain appears to be an efficient superhighway that gets you from Point A to Point B” when it comes to intelligence, Dr. (Rex) Jung explained. “But in the regions of the brain related to creativity, there appears to be lots of little side roads with interesting detours, and meandering little byways.'"

 

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13 Sep 2010


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The Edible City

The Edible City | soul rebels | Scoop.it

"I believe that we will need to produce food in our urban centres, because I can’t figure out how else we are going to meet an increased demand from our cities. With over 50% of the world’s population living in them, currently relying on an unsustainable agricultural system to deliver all the nourishment they need, it’s not hard to understand that something will need to change.

In order to meet this need in the ways of a permaculturist, I have dedicated my working hours to the concept of Edible Cities."


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with living houses, from synbio materials, you could grow anything anywhere, just plant it into the mesh of organic biotechture, convenient :)
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An economy that serves people and nature, not the other way around

An economy that serves people and nature, not the other way around | soul rebels | Scoop.it

Snippets from Christine Milne's speech at the National Press Club in Canberra.

26 Sep 2012

 

"The economy is a tool; a tool we humans invented - like democracy and politics - to help govern our relationships between each other, and between ourselves and the world we live in. If our economic tools are not getting the outcomes we want, making us happy, safe, healthy, better educated and fulfilled and protecting and preparing our country for an increasingly uncertain future in a world on track to be 4 degrees warming, then it is time our economic tools changed."

 

"Most of the battles of political philosophy over the last two centuries have been about competing views of how to run an economy. Where the old economic right, broadly speaking, has sought to create a 'strong' economy and the old left sought to create a 'fair' economy, neither has grappled with how an economy can be strong or fair when ecological limits are being reached: 'without environment there is no economy'."

 

"What is not excusable is that the old parties continue to do so. They have failed to keep up over recent decades when the huge ecological challenges of the 21st century - from accelerating global warming to food and water shortages, from air and water pollution to energy crises and resource depletion in a world headed to 9 billion people - have become overwhelming. How can we say we are working towards a strong or fair economy when we aren't addressing these challenges? Just as we hit the limits, the big old parties are moving closer to each other and further out of touch with what people and the real world need."

 

"To set us on our new path, a path to an economy which serves the needs of people and nature, both for today and for tomorrow:

We will need new economic tools;We will need to learn to do more with less;We will need to reprioritise our investments; andWe will need sensible management of taxation and revenue to fund these investments.It is a case of rethink, reduce, reuse and recycle"  

"What will be different is that we will have replaced the idea that Australia's wealth is dependent on digging-it-up, cutting-it-down and shipping-it-overseas with the knowledge that our prosperity depends at a personal and collective level on our brains, on our health, on our creativity and on a healthy environment."

 

"But are the Greens actually anti-growth? That depends on what you are growing and how it is measured. I am for growing natural, human, social, manufactured and financial capital and I am against growing global warming, species extinction, poverty, poor health, inequality, conflict and corruption."

 

"The Greens want to see everyone given the opportunity to "practise the Art of Living", we want to see people lifted out of poverty, and we know that unless this is done while protecting the environment which sustains us it can only last a very short time. That is what growth is supposed to achieve. The problem is, we measure it with the wrong tools; tools which tell us we're growing when in fact we're not.

If economic growth as it is currently measured isn't actually making us happier, healthier, cleverer or safer then it isn't real growth. If we are growing our economy in defiance of physical limits, that isn't real growth: it's a confidence trick."


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Henk Oosterling van Rotterdam Vakmanstad: ‘Niet chillen maar eco-sociaal skillen’

Henk Oosterling van Rotterdam Vakmanstad: ‘Niet chillen maar eco-sociaal skillen’ | soul rebels | Scoop.it
Henk Oosterling was nationaal kampioen Japans zwaardvechten, promoveerde cum laude in de filosofie en probeert er nu voor te zorgen dat Rotterdamse jongeren een echt vak leren. Zodat ze opgroeien tot verantwoordelijke ‘eco-sociale burgers’.

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Creatives, Non-Linear Thinkers and So-Called Misfits

Creatives, Non-Linear Thinkers and So-Called Misfits | soul rebels | Scoop.it

The idea of the misfit worker occurred to me when I considered the challenge of bringing together individuals whose unique identities and contributions had been critiqued for so long that they were 'burned' by the concept of collaboration. How might we start to welcome them into a less-critical innovation or creative team?


Good ideas arise when people are given space to truly explore, in-depth, a particular train of thought. Susan Cain's recently-released Quiet details the challenge of introspection in the modern work environment. As she describes it, the prevailing concepts of what's best in the workplace are premised on the often-incorrect theory that group discussion and constant collaboration are the best way to solve problems. Instead, she suggests that we consider the extensive research which shows that better-quality ideas—especially those related to complex problems involving a lot of variables—require time and nuance to develop.


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Agroparken en stadslandbouw tegen het licht

Agroparken en stadslandbouw tegen het licht | soul rebels | Scoop.it

Agroparken en stadslandbouw zijn twee uiteenlopende landbouwmodellen, die beide een potentieel antwoord bieden op de vraag naar toekomstige voedselvoorziening voor de groeiende stadsbevolking. MO onderzocht beide systemen, en komt tot de conclusie dat consumenten en burgers mee zullen bepalen hoe landbouw er in de toekomst zal uitzien, “afhankelijk van het voedsel dat ze vragen en het landschap waarin ze willen leven”.


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Biological Basis For Creativity Linked To Mental Illness

Psychologists from the University of Toronto and Harvard University have identified one of the biological bases of creativity.

 

... the brains of creative people appear to be more open to incoming stimuli from the surrounding environment.


Other people’s brains might shut out this same information through a process called “latent inhibition” – defined as an animal’s unconscious capacity to ignore stimuli that experience has shown are irrelevant to its needs.


“This means that creative individuals remain in contact with the extra information constantly streaming in from the environment,”


“If you are open to new information, new ideas, you better be able to intelligently and carefully edit and choose. If you have 50 ideas, only two or three are likely to be good. You have to be able to discriminate or you’ll get swamped.”


... during the early stages of diseases such as schizophrenia, which are often accompanied by feelings of deep insight, mystical knowledge and religious experience, chemical changes take place in which latent inhibition disappears.


“We are very excited by the results of these studies,” says Peterson. “It appears that we have not only identified one of the biological bases of creativity but have moved towards cracking an age-old mystery: the relationship between genius, madness and the doors of perception.” 

 

01 Oct 2003


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System Innovation and a New ‘Great Transformation’: Re-embedding Economic Life in the Context of ‘De-Growth’

System Innovation and a New ‘Great Transformation’: Re-embedding Economic Life in the Context of ‘De-Growth’ | soul rebels | Scoop.it
Introduction In recent decades there has been a renewed interest in the social underpinning of economic life (Nee and Swedberg 2005), with debates focusing on phenomena such as embeddedness and the role of networks (Granovetter 1985), and the social-...

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Buddhism and the Brain

Buddhism and the Brain | soul rebels | Scoop.it

Neuroscience tells us the thing we take as our unified mind is an illusion, that our mind is not unified and can barely be said to “exist” at all. Our feeling of unity and control is a post-hoc confabulation and is easily fractured into separate parts. As revealed by scientific inquiry, what we call a mind (or a self, or a soul) is actually something that changes so much and is so uncertain that our pre-scientific language struggles to find meaning.

Buddhists say pretty much the same thing. They believe in an impermanent and illusory self made of shifting parts. They’ve even come up with language to address the problem between perception and belief. Their word for self is anatta, which is usually translated as ‘non self.’ One might try to refer to the self, but the word cleverly reminds one’s self that there is no such thing.

David Weisman
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The anatta is in a state of impermanence, called anicca.  Consciousness is envisioned as a wave of momentary mental states. 


Weisman asks, "Why have the dominant Western religious traditions gotten their permanent, independent souls so wrong?"



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A good book on the subject is 'The Dalai Lama at MIT' -- a  2008 collection of the papers and research discussed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003, a unique dialogue between Buddhist practioners and neurosecientists on the issues of perception, subjectivity, concentration, emotion and perspectivism. 

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New Rules for the New Economy

New Rules for the New Economy | soul rebels | Scoop.it

1) Embrace the Swarm. As power flows away from the center, the competitive advantage belongs to those who learn how to embrace decentralized points of control.

2) Increasing Returns. As the number of connections between people and things add up, the consequences of those connections multiply out even faster, so that initial successes aren't self-limiting, but self-feeding.

3) Plentitude, Not Scarcity. As manufacturing techniques perfect the art of making copies plentiful, value is carried by abundance, rather than scarcity, inverting traditional business propositions.

4) Follow the Free. As resource scarcity gives way to abundance, generosity begets wealth. Following the free rehearses the inevitable fall of prices, and takes advantage of the only true scarcity: human attention.

5) Feed the Web First. As networks entangle all commerce, a firm's primary focus shifts from maximizing the firm's value to maximizing the network's value. Unless the net survives, the firm perishes.

6) Let Go at the Top. As innovation accelerates, abandoning the highly successful in order to escape from its eventual obsolescence becomes the most difficult and yet most essential task.

7) From Places to Spaces. As physical proximity (place) is replaced by multiple interactions with anything, anytime, anywhere (space), the opportunities for intermediaries, middlemen, and mid-size niches expand greatly.

8) No Harmony, All Flux. As turbulence and instability become the norm in business, the most effective survival stance is a constant but highly selective disruption that we call innovation.

9) Relationship Tech. As the soft trumps the hard, the most powerful technologies are those that enhance, amplify, extend, augment, distill, recall, expand, and develop soft relationships of all types.

10) Opportunities Before Efficiencies. As fortunes are made by training machines to be ever more efficient, there is yet far greater wealth to be had by unleashing the inefficient discovery and creation of new opportunities.


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1) Embrace the Swarm. As power flows away from the center, the competitive advantage belongs to those who learn how to embrace decentralized points of control.

2) Increasing Returns. As the number of connections between people and things add up, the consequences of those connections multiply out even faster, so that initial successes aren't self-limiting, but self-feeding.

3) Plentitude, Not Scarcity. As manufacturing techniques perfect the art of making copies plentiful, value is carried by abundance, rather than scarcity, inverting traditional business propositions.

4) Follow the Free. As resource scarcity gives way to abundance, generosity begets wealth. Following the free rehearses the inevitable fall of prices, and takes advantage of the only true scarcity: human attention.

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Change-Maker Dev Aujla on Doing Well and Doing Good | Entrepreneur.com

Business ideas and trends from Entrepreneur Magazine. The latest news, expert advice, and growth strategies for small business owners.

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WTF lecture: John Moravec on Knowmad Society | Knowmads | Bambuser

Broadcast by Knowmads on Bambuser.com (WTF lecture: John Moravec on Knowmad Society (Knowmads) - LIVE at http://t.co/oCLWOoIM)

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Collaboration is the New Competition

Five ways to drive large-scale social change by working cooperatively.

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Leaders and organizations are acknowledging that even their best individual efforts can't stack up against today's complex and interconnected problems. They are putting aside self-interests and collaborating to build a new civic infrastructure to advance their shared objectives. It's called collective impact and it's a growing trend across the country. (...)

While collaboration is certainly not a foreign concept, what we're seeing around the country is the coming together of non-traditional partners, and a willingness to embrace new ways of working together. And, this movement is yielding promising results.

... five lessons for driving large-scale social change through collaboration:


  1. Clearly define what you can do together: As Dana O'Donovan of the Monitor Institute has noted, many organizations find collaboration to be messy and time consuming. From the very beginning, you must develop clarity of purpose and articulate, "What can we do together that we could not do alone?" (...)
  2. Transcend parochialism: Even the most well intended collaboration is often crippled by parochialism. Individual organizations earmark their participation and resources for activities that perfectly align with their own work or they use the collaboration platform as a way to get other participants to fund their own priorities. (...)
  3. Adapt to data: The complex, multidisciplinary problems that many collaborative projects tackle do not have easy fixes. These challenges require continuous learning and innovation and the use of real-time data to help participants understand what is and isn't working. Adjustments must be made on the fly. (...)
  4. Feed the field: You have an obligation to share what you learn — both the results and the methods for achieving them. Living Cities has long understood the value that our member institutions get by learning and working together. (...)
  5. Support the backbone: In our experience, progress is best achieved when a "backbone organization," keeps the group's work moving forward. Staff at these organizations ensure that work is completed between meetings, track data, enable adaptation, disseminate knowledge, and build buy-in and ownership from all participants.(...)

Ben Hecht

Ben Hecht is President & CEO of Living Cities, an organization that harnesses the collective knowledge of its 22 member foundations and financial institutions to benefit low income people and the cities where they live.



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Europe's largest Urban Farming Roof

On the roof of Zuidpark office in Amsterdam is a huge Urban Farming roof constructed by Leven Op Daken...

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Nurture your passion and feel the flow

Nurture your passion and feel the flow | soul rebels | Scoop.it

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his book “Good Business. Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning” ... describes Flow in terms of eight conditions, the meanings of which might vary in different situation, but still they are the most important components of what it feels like to be in Flow.

 


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Stadslandbouw in New York: groene oplossingen | Productschap Tuinbouw

Stadslandbouw in New York: groene oplossingen | Productschap Tuinbouw | soul rebels | Scoop.it

Stadslandbouw levert in New York een belangrijke bijdrage aan het oplossen van problemen die spelen in een wereldstad. Het is niet nieuw. Al in de jaren ’70 en ’80 werden in arme wijken Community Gardens ingericht waarmee een bijdrage geleverd wordt aan het oplossen van problemen in de stad. De Community Gardens zorgen voor waterberging, sociale binding, vers voedsel voor bewoners en educatie. Programmamanager Groen en Welbevinden van het PT Niko Moerman zag tijdens zijn studiereis naar New York dat groen daadwerkelijk een bijdrage kan leveren aan het oplossen van problemen in de grote stad.


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De kracht van stadslandbouw | HappyNews | Positief Nieuws

De kracht van stadslandbouw | HappyNews | Positief Nieuws | soul rebels | Scoop.it
Steden bieden alleen maar ruimte aan steen en beton? Niets is minder waar. In oktober nam Velt-directeur Jan Vannoppen deel aan de studiereis ‘Stadslandbouw New York’. Zijn collega’s Riet Janssens en Geert Gommers bezochten een aantal initiatieven in Rotterdam. Tijd om het fenomeen ‘stadslandbouw’ eens onder de loep te nemen.

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TED: Beth Noveck: Demand a more open-source government

What can governments learn from the open-data revolution? In this stirring talk, Beth Noveck, the former deputy CTO at the White House, shares a vision of practical openness -- connecting bureaucracies to citizens, sharing data, creating a truly participatory democracy. Imagine the "writable society" ...


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Beyond Blended Teaching to Self-blended Learning

Blended learning is a powerful and promising strategy, but what happens when we flip the blended learning model and think of it from the self-directed learning and the student-centered learning perspective? What happens when students choose what and how to blend?


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Jeugd wil kromme komkommers - PowNed

Jeugd wil kromme komkommers - PowNed | soul rebels | Scoop.it
Jeugd wil kromme komkommersPowNedVan een groentenbezorgservice tot stadslandbouw en diensten als proviandruil.nl en thuisafgehaald.nl.

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The Four Stages Of The Self-Directed Learning Model

The Four Stages Of The Self-Directed Learning Model | soul rebels | Scoop.it
The Four Stages Of The Self-Directed Learning Model

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Food Guerrilla

Food Guerrilla | soul rebels | Scoop.it

Een offensief op meerdere fronten

De strijd voor wereldwijd gezond, eerlijk en duurzaam voedsel winnen we alleen als we samenwerken. En dat doet FoodGuerrilla. Een koepelcampagne die verschillende initiatieven op het gebied van voedselzekerheid steunt en verbindt. Initiatieven van jonge, bevlogen mensen die we helpen een effectieve communicatiecampagne te voeren. Zodat er een ware buzz ontstaat om ons voedselsysteem duurzaam te vernieuwen. Dus doe mee.


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10 Global Sustainability Megaforces That Will Impact Every Business | Green Business Times

10 Global Sustainability Megaforces That Will Impact Every Business | Green Business Times | soul rebels | Scoop.it
What are the sustainability megaforces that will impact every business over the next 20 years?

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Seattle builds nation’s largest food forest | SmartPlanet

Seattle builds nation’s largest food forest | SmartPlanet | soul rebels | Scoop.it

In Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, plans are in place to turn an empty seven acre lot that didn’t receive much attention (expect from the occasional lawn mower) into a “food forest” for everyone to use. And when it’s complete, the Beacon Food Forest will be the largest public food forest in the United States, according to the Seattle news website Crosscut. It will look something like this:

[A]n entire acre will feature large chestnuts and walnuts in the overstory, full-sized fruit trees like big apples and mulberries in the understory, and berry shrubs, climbing vines, herbaceous plants, and vegetables closer to the ground.

Further down the path an edible arboretum full of exotic looking persimmons, mulberries, Asian pears, and Chinese haws will surround a sheltered classroom for community workshops. Looking over the whole seven acres, you’ll see playgrounds and kid space full of thornless mini edibles adjacent to community gardening plots, native plant areas, a big timber-frame gazebo and gathering space with people barbecuing, a recreational field, and food as far as you can see.

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In a food forest, everything from the tree canopy to the roots is edible or useful in some way.


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