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Radical Simplicity and the Middle-Class - Exploring the Lifestyle Implications of a ‘Great Disruption’

Radical Simplicity and the Middle-Class - Exploring the Lifestyle Implications of a ‘Great Disruption’ | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"How would the ordinary middle-class consumer – I should say middle-class citizen – deal with a lifestyle of radical simplicity? By radical simplicity I essentially mean a very low but biophysically sufficient material standard of living, a form of life that will be described in more detail below. In this essay I want to suggest that radical simplicity would not be as bad as it might first seem, provided we were ready for it and wisely negotiated its arrival, both as individuals and as communities. Indeed, I am tempted to suggest that radical simplicity is exactly what consumer cultures need to shake themselves awake from their comfortable slumber; that radical simplicity would be in our own, immediate, self-interests."

 


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Against the Professional Cooptation of Community - P2P Foundation

Against the Professional Cooptation of Community - P2P Foundation | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

E.F. Schumacher:


"The professional co-option of community efforts to invent appropriate techniques for citizens to care in community has been pervasive. Therefore, we need to identify the characteristics of those social forms that are resistant to colonization by service

technologies while enabling communities to cultivate and care. These authentic social forms are characterized by three basic dimensions: they tend to be uncommodified, unmanaged, and uncurricularized.


The tools of the bereavement counselor make grief into a commodity rather than an opportunity for community. Service technologies convert conditions into commodities and care into service.


The tools of the manager convert communality into hierarchy, replacing consent with control. Where once there was a commons, the manager creates a corporation.


The tools of the pedagogue create monopolies in the place of cultures. By making a school of every-day life, community definitions and citizen action are degraded and finally expelled.


It is this hard-working team—the service professional, the manager, and the pedagogue—that pulls the tools of "community busting" through the modern social landscape. If we are to recultivate community, we will need to return this team to the stable, abjuring their use."

 

http://web.archive.org/web/20050207124554/http://www.smallisbeautiful.org/lec-mck.html

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VOID MIRROR: "Digital Culture and Sustainability" by Michel Bauwens

VOID MIRROR: "Digital Culture and Sustainability" by Michel Bauwens | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
The Rio+20 mandate recognizes three pillars of sustainable development – the economic, the social and the environmental. However, the process does not challenge the fundamental toxicity of the current operating system, and ignores that such a ‘faulty’ DNA has strong culture roots.

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Venessa Miemis: Birth of a Meme – The Rise of Culture Tech « Public Intelligence Blog

Venessa Miemis: Birth of a Meme – The Rise of Culture Tech « Public Intelligence Blog | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

I’m seeing a leveling up as we move beyond mapping “social graphs,” and move consciously towards mapping intentions, emotions, capacities, worldviews, desires, value creation, gratitude, and energy.

 

All of this has essentially been leading me to the same place:

 

There is an urge to redesign human culture, to construct life and work in a way that enables everyone to ‘follow their bliss’ and show up fully in their gifts and experience. We want to experience higher intelligence and capacities, and to choose what represents meaning and significance in life. We want to do it with style, grace, ease, beauty, and simplicity — as art.

 

While this is still a work in process, I’m defining culture tech as follows:

 

‘the systems, tools, processes and etiquettes designed to cultivate the full expression of the authentic self, liberate collective creativity and imagination, and foster the expansion of universal human capacity’

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Reframing the Problems - The Long Now

"Now" is the period in which people feel they live and act and have responsibility. For most of us, "now" is about a week, sometimes a year. For some traditional tribes in the American northeast and Australia, "now" is seven generations back and forward (350 years). Just as the Earth photographs gave us a sense of "the big here," we need things which gives people a sense of "the long now." (That phrase comes from British musician and artist Brian Eno.)

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Schooling The World: The White Man's Last Burden

"If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it? You would change the way it educates its children."

 

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how to hack your culture | networks

how to hack your culture | networks | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Ideas, information, trust, influence, opportunity and other resources move through networks of relationships without necessarily adhering to what the org chart says. Social network analysis tools now allow us to make the invisible visible so that we can be more deliberate in our approach to networks. There are a couple of big opportunities here:


Good ideas often have social origins. Innovation is fueled by the exchange of ideas and perspectives and identities, and the accompanying creative tension. It is in this exchange that we have the opportunity to recombine and synthesize, generating brand new opportunities. By deliberately and proactively building networks we can create more of those valuable intersections.

 


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Why Millennials Don't Want To Buy Stuff

Why Millennials Don't Want To Buy Stuff | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Compared to previous generations, Millennials seem to have some very different habits that have taken both established companies and small businesses by surprise. One of these is that Generation Y doesn't seem to enjoy purchasing things.


The Atlantic's article "Why Don't Young Americans Buy Cars?" mused recently about Millennials' tendency to not care about owning a vehicle. The subtitle: "Is this a generational shift, or just a lousy economy at work?"


What if it's not an "age thing" at all? What's really causing this strange new behavior (or rather, lack of behavior)? Generational segments have profound impacts on perception and behavior, but an "ownership shift" isn't isolated within the Millennial camp. A writer for USA Today shows that all ages are in on this trend, but instead of an age group, he blames the change on the cloud, the heavenly home our entertainment goes to when current media models die. As all forms of media make their journey into a digital, de-corporeal space, research shows that people are beginning to actually prefer this disconnected reality to owning a physical product.

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The Shared Patterns of Indigenous Culture, Permaculture and Digital Commons

The Shared Patterns of Indigenous Culture, Permaculture and Digital Commons | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

I love the idea of “catchment in webs of trust” – Blais’ idea that extended networks of trust can begin to harness flows of energy within a group of people. The community can then become a generative social infrastructure for all sorts of amazing endeavors.

Blais urges to go even a step further, however, by recognizing that we must somehow “move beyond the logic of commons/enclosed, of free/private” so that the intrinsic dynamics of nature – beyond human control – can have their play.

 

She cites the Six Nations of the Lakota, who suggested in the late 1940s that even the very notion of human rights needs to evolve:

 

- There is a hue and cry for human rights – human rights, they said, for all people. And the indigenous people said: What are the rights of the natural world? Where is the seat for the buffalo or the eagle? Who is representing them here in this forum? Who is speaking for the waters of the earth? Who is speaking for the trees and the forests?

 

One can imagine the commons being the crucible for an enlarged conception of human rights — one that more closely integrates human needs with those of the rest of the bio-physical world.”

 

- Michel Bauwens

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When we venture beyond the edge of our knowledge,...

When we venture beyond the edge of our knowledge,... | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

When we venture beyond the edge of our knowledge, all we have is art.


Jonah Lehrer on creating a “fourth culture” where we “freely transplant knowledge between the sciences and the humanities, and focus on connecting the reductionist fact to our actual experience.”

 

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The Alliance for Wild Ethics | David Abram | Stephan Harding | Per Espen Stoknes | Per Ingvar Haukeland

The Alliance for Wild Ethics | David Abram | Stephan Harding | Per Espen Stoknes | Per Ingvar Haukeland | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
Alliance for Wild Ethics is a consortium of individuals and organizations working to ease the spreading devastation of the animate earth through a rapid transformation of culture.

 

ht David McConville

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Global City Symphony

This is a short demo of the development of Global City Symphony, a future creative learning and knowledge sharing platform in a network of seven cities will allow citizens to creatively express issues affecting their lifes and the future of the...
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