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Greece needs a Plan C: for the commons and communal solidarity

Greece needs a Plan C: for the commons and communal solidarity | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Whatever the outcome of the referendum, tough times are ahead. To survive, Greek society will need to reinvigorate the commons and communal solidarity.
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Written before the No referendum and Tsipras surrender to the politico-financial complex, this article shows the correct way for Greece: a plan C for a radical transformation of the economy based on communal action from below.

Syriza's mistake: to accept the austerians framing of the alternatives.

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From basic income to social dividend: sharing the value of common resources | P2P Foundation

From basic income to social dividend: sharing the value of common resources | P2P Foundation | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Given the various problems associated with existing basic income schemes, not least of which is funding, issuing social dividends from user fees on shared resources could be a sensible alternative to the tax-funded benefit programs considered above. The social dividend approach would address a number of the concerns that drive proponents of a citizen’s income, such as providing a non-labour supplement to falling wages and incomes, or reducing social and economic exclusion.
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Brilliant must-read analysis of the basic income debate looking at social and ecological alternatives to the current neo-liberal hegemony.

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The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% - ex CIA spy

The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% - ex CIA spy | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Nafeez Ahmed: The man who trained more than 66 countries in open source methods calls for re-invention of intelligence to re-engineer Earth
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Fascinating article by Nafeez Ahmed in the Guardian on 'open source everything' and the possibility of a revolution against predatory capitalism.

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The Quiet Realization of Ivan Illich's Ideas in the Contemporary Commons Movement

The Quiet Realization of Ivan Illich's Ideas in the Contemporary Commons Movement | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

" It’s important to stress that the commons is not a resource.  It’s a resource plus a community plus that community’s particular rules and norms for managing the resource.  You could say that the commons is a socio-ecological-political-cultural paradigm and worldview."

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Interesting talk by David Bollier on Illich and the new paradigm of the commons.

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Beyond contemporary economic thinking - John B. Cobb

Beyond contemporary economic thinking - John B. Cobb | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"John B. Cobb, Methodist theologian and longstanding critic of the of the political-economic establishment, talks to Kulturos barai editor Almantas Samalavicius about his communitarian and ecology-based critique of neoliberalism and the potential for world religions to inform an alternative."

 

Cobb wrote in the 1989 with Herman Daly one of the classics for the transition to a new economy. Their book "For the Common Good. Redirecting the Economy towards Community, the Environment and a Sustainable Future" was years ahead of its time.

 

Must-read article from Eurozine.

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The commons law project: A vision of green governance

"It is our premise that human societies will not succeed in overcoming our myriad eco-crises through better ‘green’ technology or economic reforms alone; we must pioneer new types of governance that allow and encourage people to move from anthropocentrism to biocentrism, and to develop qualitatively different types of relationships with nature itself and, indeed, with each other. An economics and supporting civic polity that valorizes growth and material development as the precondition for virtually everything else is ultimately a dead end—literally."

 

Interesting introduction to a new approach to solve the world's sustainability crisis by developing new laws of the commons.

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Spain's CIC Tries to Build a New Economy from the Ground Up

Spain's CIC Tries to Build a New Economy from the Ground Up | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
CIC regards all of this as evidence that the state is no longer willing to honor its social contract with citizens. Accordingly, it has called for civil disobedience to unjust laws and is doing everything it can to establish its own social order with a more humane logic and ethic.
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David Bollier on the Catalan Integral Cooperative, 'one of the more audacious commons-based innovations to have emerged in the past five years'

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Civil Power and the Partner State: A Social Solidarity Economy Response to Austerity in Greece

Civil Power and the Partner State: A Social Solidarity Economy Response to Austerity in Greece | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
What we are talking about is a new conception: The idea of the Partner State. At its essence, the Partner State is an enabling state. It facilitates and provides the maximum space and opportunity for civil society to generate goods and services for the fulfillment of common needs.

It is a State whose primary orientation is the promotion of the common good, not private gain. And, in contrast to a view of the citizen as a passive recipient of public services, the Partner State requires a new conception of productive citizenship. Of citizenship understood as a verb, not a noun.
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Three Strategies For Managing The Economy Of Access

The Internet has shredded vertical value chains, created vast new horizontal value chains, and spawned a generation that prefers access to ownership. To survive in the emerging Economy of Access, firms will need radically different strategies and management.
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Good Forbes article on the "sharing economy" or economy of the commons, based on Rifkin's new book 'The zero marginal cost society'. But lacks, as most writing on this new paradigm, some critical reflections on the social implications of these new trends.

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Commons: Alternatives to Markets and States

"...what is emerging fast is the alternative of a commons based economy. Peer to peer, social sharing, collaborative consumption, commons, economic democracy are all terms that cover economic activity that moves beyond the market and the state, based on cooperation and harnessing human creativity."

 

Excellent analysis by Derek Wall on the need to move to an economy of sharing, an economy of the commons as an alternative to failed socialism (state) and failed capitalism (market).

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The commons: beyond the market vs. state dilemma

"Rather than the vision of competition for scarce resources, the way of the commons is to look for support in what is needed, and not to consumption; to use more than to exchange, in the conviction that there are sufficient resources for all. In its concern for ‘us’ rather than an emphasis on resources; in its ability to share from the standpoint of autonomy as opposed to the idea of an authority that imposes rules when faced with inevitable conflict - this is an anthropocentric vision of cooperation and not a competitive and rational-economic vision. It exercises more concern over access and use than over property. More attention is paid to individual and collective wellbeing in sharing than to competing."

 

Brilliant article by Spanish professor Joan Subirats in Open Democracy on the "commons",  democracy and the internet. Must-read.

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Planning for the Rio+20 Conference: Enter the Commons?

Planning for the Rio+20 Conference: Enter the Commons? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"The world’s governments are not likely to come up with anything significant. The G-20 nations, which have been described as the “executive board of the world,” have little interest in bold political and institutional reform. That would only disrupt the desperate search for economic growth. An open, candid inquiry into the growth economy, consumerism and the finite carrying capacity of Earth’s biophysical systems would be far too politically explosive. It is far easier to talk about a “green economy,” as if greater efficiencies alone will save the planet."

 

Very good article by David Bollier on the importance of the concept of the "Global Commons" as the real solution to the challenges raised at the Rio+20 summit.

 

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