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The Blue Economy® Community

The Blue Economy® Community | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"The Blue Economy permits to respond to the basic needs of all with what we have. As such, it stands for a new way of designing business: using the resources available in cascading systems, where the waste of one product becomes the input to create a new cash flow.

 

We can evolve from an economy where the good is expensive, and the bad is cheap, to a system where the good and innovative is affordable – consumption for the better.

 

100 such innovations were presented as a Report to the Club of Rome, now published as a series of books."

 

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Inspire the Beauty industry! Tell them how to help you live a conscious lifestyle

Inspire the Beauty industry! Tell them how to help you live a conscious lifestyle | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Contribute to this beautiful piece. Share your values, perspectives, insights, questions with decision-makers of the 'beauty industry'.  Lets share with them the voices of cultural creatives who care about what is true, good and beautiful. Thank you all for your contributions!!!

 

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Joshua's comment, October 17, 2011 8:49 PM
True, good and Beautiful...
The Link Promoting Me...
I am Beyond,
that's a Glimpse
of Infinity, Eternal, Truth, G-d...
Thus saith the LORD G-d Almighty...
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Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia University professor) Supports Occupy Wall Street

"Watch Jeffrey Sachs, leading environmentalist and economist, and a respected Professor at Columbia University, speak out at the growing, inspiring Occupy Wall Street..."

 

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An Ecosystem for Movement

An Ecosystem for Movement | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

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 The great Kevin Kelly recently wrote a post titled “Cities are Immortal, Companies Die.” He states that

 

"Both are types of networks, with different destinies. There are two basic network forms: organisms or ecosystems. Companies are like organisms, while cities are like ecosystems."

 

The fact is that we need both, healthy organisms and a healthy ecosystem where these organisms can thrive. The industrial mindset continues to shape the social sector, and it can be challenging to transcend our organizations – we tend to over-identify with them, and to compete rather than collaborate with natural allies, this can make for an unhealthy ecosystem.

 

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Modern Networking Is Broken

Modern Networking Is Broken | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"This is the very best way to network: serve people.

 

Do a favor.
Go the extra mile.
Be a friend (even if it’s not reciprocated)."

 

by Jeff Goins @JeffGoins

 

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Organizing for Human Flourishing /  World House

Organizing for Human Flourishing /  World House | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"Some people are good at some types of work, but not good at others. A society organized according to industrial-era principles, and an economy that does not take our human differences into account, does not maximize our combined human potential.


So the task for this generation is to explore new ways of organizing. Ways that resemble the way that complex biological organisms work. Many different cells, each tailored to specific types of work, all working together towards a larger purpose to keep the organism healthy, charged with energy, reproducing, and alive.


This then, is the challenge set before us as those who would seek a better economy, better democracy, and better lives. We must organize to develop and utilize all of our skills, not just those of the few. We must organize to incorporate all of our opinions and perspectives, not just those of the few. We must organize, to benefit all of our lives, not just those of the few."

 

by Curtis Faith @inflector

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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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What’s real social enterprise?

What’s real social enterprise? | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

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"We have to shift to a new paradigm. This means shifting focus from the relatively small number of social enterprises that happen to fit an official definition, or can be used to forward a government agenda, towards the much larger movement of alternative lifestyle businesses, portfolio workers, organisations with or without staff, activists, freelancers and networks working not to redeliver public services but in more challenging and more internationally relevant areas like the environment, local food, fair trade and the open source movement."

 

"And we need to develop an entirely new brand-paradigm for this kind of social enterprise: one that will propagate brands that are participative and community-owned, that are about collaborating more and consuming less, and that can combine the trust in the familiar that drives conventional brands with a new respect for the unique and the local and the individual."

 

By Geof Cox FRSA

 

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What is possibilianism?

What is possibilianism? | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"An adherent of possibilianism is called a possibilian. The possibilian perspective is distinguished from agnosticism in that it consists of an active exploration of novel possibilities and an emphasis on the necessity of holding multiple positions at once if there is no available data to privilege one over the others. Possibilianism reflects the scientific temperament of creativity, testing, and tolerance for multiple ideas."

 

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THE IMAGINAL CELL STORY

THE IMAGINAL CELL STORY | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"The caterpillar's new cells are called 'imaginal cells.'
They are so totally different from the caterpillar cells that his immune system thinks they are enemies... and gobbles them up.

 

But these new imaginal cells continue to appear. More and more of them!
Pretty soon, the caterpillar's immune system
cannot destroy them fast enough.
More and more of the imaginal cells survive.
And then an amazing thing happens!"

 

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Economic systems thinking - Chris Cook

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@mikeriddell62's comment, September 21, 2011 8:03 AM
I agree largely with what you posit. Community currencies are set to displace money (evolution not revolution) but i posit that they will be backed by 'contribution' to community, which is set to become measurable (what get's measured gets done) using smart technologies and the third sector to validate such positive actions. These community currencies will incentivise co-production which will naturally build community and social capital. Being able to record contribution on an individual level (think Facebook credits) means that govt and business can see who's giving the most and reward against the stats. Business can use the points to shift excess inventory or spare capacity in real time thus generating new revenues and improving customer experience simultaneously.
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Better World Books

Better World Books | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

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"Always on a quest for untapped sources of used books, Xavier soon made a discovery that changed the business model – and the environment – in a major way. Every year thousands of libraries had millions of excess books as they made room for new editions. Some books sat in storage, and others were given away. But some were simply thrown out. Tossed. Abandoned to the landfills for all eternity.

 

Convinced that something could be done to rescue these discarded books and help the planet a bit in the process, the founders set about partnering with librarians all across the country. Not only could they rescue books from landfills, they could also sell those books and raise money for the libraries themselves. Environmental and social impact all in the same story."

 

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Shareable: How To Run a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Shareable: How To Run a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"Looking for advice on how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign? This article lays out some of the most important considerations you’ll need to take into account if you want to build your crowd, get them engaged, and drive them to a rewarding conclusion." 

 

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A Global Convergence of Social Movements?

A Global Convergence of Social Movements? | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
We stand at a cross-roads with an uncertain future. And we have important decisions to make. Will we integrate the great social movements of our time?

 

by Joe Brewer

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Alternative currencies, monetary systems

Alternative currencies, monetary systems | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
Compare Bitcoin vs Flattr vs Ithaca Hours vs LETS vs Metacurrency vs Open Bank Project vs Payswarm vs Ripple vs Sol vs Time/bank vs Ven (Hub Culture) vs WingCash vs WIR Bank...

 

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New Economy, New Wealth

We are entering a post-industrial age with a very different economy and needs for a different view of wealth. What does this mean for us?
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Evolutionize It: What is a Changemaker?

Evolutionize It: What is a Changemaker? | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"As I see us, we changemakers are a rapidly growing global tribe of hearts with minds who dare to accept and embrace that we actually can have a world where EVERYONE has the means and incentive to contribute to a thrivable human existence on this planet. We are the Blessed Unrest that Paul Hawken writes of - the largest movement in the world that nobody saw coming."

 

by Christina Jordan @ChristinasWorld

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Boldly creating a world that works for all

Boldly creating a world that works for all | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

“What can you and I do that really can lead to a radical positive shift? I will raise this question by proposing a candidate answer.” In the lecture I proposed ‘Trimtabs for systemic change’ as a strategy for creating a world that works for all. I introduced this as a strategy complementary to the conventional way of handling contemporary issues, where we strive to understand and control specific problems such as the climate change." - Dino Karabeg

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The 'Democratization Of Energy' Will Change Everything

The 'Democratization Of Energy' Will Change Everything | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"The Third Industrial Revolution will move apace over the next several decades, probably peaking around 2050, and plateau in the second half of the 21st century. Already, in the shadow of its ascending bell curve, we can see a new economic era that will take us beyond the industrious mode that characterized the last two centuries of economic development and into a collaborative way of life. The metamorphosis from an industrial to a collaborative revolution represents one of the great turning points in economic history." - Jeremy Rifkin

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“Come to the edge."

“Come to the edge." | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

“Come to the edge, he said. They said: We are afraid. Come to the edge, he said. They came. He pushed them and they flew.” 

 

Guillaume Apollinaire

 

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Pattern survival versus gene survival

Pattern survival versus gene survival | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"There is a brewing debate about whether it is truly possible to enhance the human experience, or whether the way we experience being is in fact already the most that we can aspire to. In general, we can ask: How well-considered are the different goals espoused by transhumanist thinkers? Which ones are supported by a sound rationale?"

 

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The (actual) future of the Big Idea

The (actual) future of the Big Idea | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"Far from living in a post-idea world, we’re creating a world so thoroughly saturated with new ideas that we’re shedding the need to distinguish them as ideas in the first place. Thought is everywhere; new ideas are springing up every day, and getting tested and tapered and honed; and they are, far from inculcating apathy, inciting revolutions both literal and figurative, around the world and across the web."

 

By MEGAN GARBER

 

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