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Rio+20: This is not the 'future we want' – Bolivian social movement response to UN draft agreement

Rio+20: This is not the 'future we want' – Bolivian social movement response to UN draft agreement | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"It is wrong to assume that deepening the neoliberal model via a green economy will simultaneously lead to sustainable economic development, the eradication of poverty and the maintenance and management of ecosystems. As peoples of the world we know this is the same neoliberal model – even more inhuman – that will exacerbate social inequalities that have destroyed and harmed Mother Earth and nature."

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There Are 100 Million Working Age Americans That Do Not Have Jobs ***UPDATED***

There Are 100 Million Working Age Americans That Do Not Have Jobs ***UPDATED*** | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

The unemployment crisis in America is much worse than you are being told.  Did you know that there are 100 million working age Americans that do not get up in the morning to go to work?

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Fourth Sector | Imagine Rural Development Initiative

Fourth Sector | Imagine Rural Development Initiative | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Something’s definitely going on, because over the past ten years the boundaries between what is public (district, state, national), what is private (companies), and what belongs to voluntary organisations (non-profit) have become less and less distinct. Parallel to which the contours of an entirely new social arena have started to emerge – which Europe has been the first to dub the “for-benefit ” or “fourth” sector.

 

A sector populated by organisations, institutions and companies that are characterised by being self-financing – i.e. they operate on the free market – but who, on top of the bottom line, want to be measured and judged on the level of their social, ethical and environmental sense of responsibility.

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Hippie Capitalism: How An Impoverished U.S. City Is Building An Economy On Co-ops

Hippie Capitalism: How An Impoverished U.S. City Is Building An Economy On Co-ops | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

With sky-high unemployment, Richmond, California, is not a place where traditional business models alone can dent poverty. The city has turned to co-ops in hopes that people who might be unemployable in the traditional economy gain access to both jobs and control over their own labor.

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Maybe Just Maybe | Imagine Rural Development Initiative

Maybe Just Maybe | Imagine Rural Development Initiative | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

As a species we are stumbling blindly due to a model of separation based on nationality with no coherent system of monitoring or design. We are engaged in economic and political power-play, a fight for unsustainable resources, a religious war rearing its head between Islam and Christianity and to top it all off have done more damage to the biosphere in the last 10 years than in the whole history of humanity. We are waging wars on the trivial and sometimes I wonder if it is a self protection mechanism to prevent us from seeing the truth that is staring us right in the face at this moment of human history.

 

The facts are clear, we as a species have created a situation where we have to stop, stop to think, stop to address the major issues that can and are potentially affecting us as a species. This is a very small planet indeed, we as individuals tent to look at it from our personal perspective that stretch about as far as we can see, and for the ones being a little more engaged as far as our national interest lies. This small perspective of a “large planet” can and might be the undoing of a sustainable abundant planet for our future generation.

 

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the life-or-death pursuit of creative-badass joy (+ why we’re all entrepreneurs now) | Justine Musk

the life-or-death pursuit of creative-badass joy (+ why we’re all entrepreneurs now) | Justine Musk | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

We’re trained to be productive. We have to put food on the table. Who can afford the time and money to be creative, especially with all that daydreaming involved, that pointless wandering around? We’re coming out of an Industrial Age that trained us to be factory workers, sensible professionals, linear thinkers. Creativity had little to do with any of this. It was banished to the sidelines otherwise known as Bohemia, not exactly known for a flourishing economy.

 

But now, as we enter this post-consumer era where we differentiate ourselves not through our factories, but our ideas, the question has flipped upside over. As we step into The Creative Age, who can afford not to be creative?

 

by @justinemusk

thx @venessamiemis

 

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How solar power can help the billion people without electricity

How solar power can help the billion people without electricity | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

One of the major opportunities lies in providing energy access for the more than 1.2 billion people who don't have electricity, most of whom, in business-as-usual scenarios, still won't have it in 2030. These are the poorest people on the planet. Ironically, the world's poorest can best afford the most sophisticated lighting — off-grid combinations of solar panels, power electronics, and LED lights. And this creates an opportunity for which the economics are compelling, the moral urgency profound, the development benefits enormous, and the potential leverage game changing.

 

The cost of coal and copper — the ingredients of conventional grid power — are soaring. Meanwhile, the cost of solar panels and LEDs, the ingredients of distributed renewable power, are racing down even faster.

 

If we want the poor to benefit from electricity we cannot wait for the grid, and we cannot rely on fossil fuels. The International Energy Agency, historically a grid-centric, establishment voice, admits that half of those without electricity today will never be wired. The government of India estimates that two-thirds of its non-electrified households need distributed power.

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Brave New Bank? BRICS moot dropping dollar, IMF

The BRICS summit has wrapped up in India. Creating an alternative global lender and stepping away from the dollar as a reserve currency were among their main objectives...

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ON LOVE and OTHER CURRENCIES

ON LOVE and OTHER CURRENCIES | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Many of us exist in a state of barely contained disgust and disappointment with many of the dominant systems and practices of financial and governmental institutions. We differentiate ourselves wholeheartedly from these systems as a matter of fact -- we coexist, often uncomfortably. We recognize that within these systems, standard currency is disproportionately lionized -- and that this is understood by most as "true," regardless of the illusory nature of any a priori "value" associated with the paper, coin, or plastic by which each currency is circulated.

 

As a result of this division, and in keeping with our desire to exist/persist within a different system/to reject the status quo/normative models and operations, we reject this notion of value (and by extension, its hard medium) instinctively, as an energetic refusal of the falsehood it so often promotes and represents.

 

However. In rejecting money and "the system," we legitimize/make real the dominance/existence of a "system" external to our selves and our native abilities/values -- as though were were not, by our very presence here, an essential, dynamic, and (a)evolutionary part of any system on this planet.

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Blueprint for P2P Society: The Partner State & Ethical Economy

Blueprint for P2P Society: The Partner State & Ethical Economy | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

A new way to produce is emerging. By this I mean: a new way to produce anything and everything, whether it is software, food, or cities. What once required rigid organisations and a society defined by the mentality of hierarchies, we are discovering now (and in many cases re-discovering) how to do through free association of peers.

 

By Michel Bauwens | Shareable

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Stop Stealing Dreams

Stop Stealing Dreams | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

The economy has changed, probably forever.

 

School hasn't.

 

School was invented to create a constant stream of compliant factory workers to the growing businesses of the 1900s. It continues to do an excellent job at achieving this goal, but it's not a goal we need to achieve any longer.

 

In this 30,000 word manifesto, I imagine a different set of goals and start (I hope) a discussion about how we can reach them. One thing is certain: if we keep doing what we've been doing, we're going to keep getting what we've been getting.

 

Our kids are too important to sacrifice to the status quo.

 

by Seth Godin

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Endgame of an Era

Endgame of an Era | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

As a civilization we are in the throes of living out an "endgame." No, not the endgame of our species or any similar dire situation, but the endgame of an era. For many of us living in the developed nations, we are witnessing the endgame of the Second Industrial Revolution. Yet overall, this endgame concerns a way of living, a social-political model that has now come to the end of its life. Simply put, we cannot go on living as we have been for the past 150 years. Why 150 years? Well, this is roughly the time since oil was first discovered and utilized for fueling our rapid social expansion.

 

by Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.

Sociologist, writer, co-founder of WorldShift International

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My 100-Day Journey Into the Creative Economy

My 100-Day Journey Into the Creative Economy | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
Rethinking my existence as Homo Economicus, and hopefully growing a new kind of wealth within and around myself.

 

follow the journey with @sebpaquet

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Societal Transformation: How Radical Does It Need to Be?

Societal Transformation: How Radical Does It Need to Be? | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Global resource consumption has increased 10-fold since 1900, and Americans now use an estimated 88 kilograms of goods per day, with modern gadgets requiring some 60 different elements in their manufacturing. This has led to a boom in mining, especially for rare earth materials that are used in technology such as computers. Meanwhile, our gadget lust is forcing us to develop more unconventional and costly resources, which generate significant amounts of waste. To produce the same amount of ore as 100 years ago, for example, companies must now process three times as much total mining material.

 

Written by Antonia Sohns » Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity

 

(photo: People on Black Friday in Seattle via Flickr, Michael Holden)

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Emerging EcoNomics

Emerging EcoNomics | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

If you enjoy the 'Emerging new economy' article this one is a must as it goes beyond our current monetary system by offering wider perspectives about what we are witnessing emerge. 

 

ECONOMICS THAT PUTS MONEY IN ITS PLACE

Finally, there are major theoretical breakthroughs that support all of these approaches and "de-monetize" both economic activity and our very ideas of what constitutes "value" and "wealth". In addition to theories of "the commons", equity, and slow-growth noted in Alperovitz's essay, we see the following ideas also emerging:


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How Trust Is Built in Peer-to-Peer Marketplaces

How Trust Is Built in Peer-to-Peer Marketplaces | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

As the sharing economy continues to gain momentum, the importance of security and trust between users is becoming increasingly apparent. Not only the Airbnb incident in June 2011 or the shutdown of the luxury carsharing company HiGear have shown that peer-to-peer (P2P) marketplaces involve higher risks than business-to-consumer e-commerce. The key advocates of the sharing economy Rachel Botsman and Lisa Gansky have also identified “trust between strangers” as a necessary foundation for the functioning of P2P asset-sharing marketplaces. While the existing reputation systems such as eBay’s rating system may have been sufficient for e-commerce, the newer P2P platforms, such as car or flat sharing, require more complex trust systems. Since acting anonymously is far easier on the Web than in real life, P2P transactions also call for some type of identity verification, that confirms that you are who you say you are. Having recognized these issues, several entrepreneurs in different countries have begun to build portable cross-platform trust and identity systems meant to facilitate the sharing of assets between individuals, such as TrustCloud, Briiefly, Legit and Peertrust.

 

 

http://trustcloud.com/

http://briiefly.com/

http://legit.co/

http://peertru.st/

 

By Francesca Pick

Sharable

Image by opensourceway on Flickr.

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Forget GDP And Start Measuring Inclusive Wealth

Forget GDP And Start Measuring Inclusive Wealth | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

... GDP is not the be all and end all of economic success. There are other ways to measure the progress of a society. One way to think about economies is as the aggregate of three sorts of capital: physical (infrastructure and the means of production), human (skills and education) and natural capital. While the first two are renewable (some argue inexhaustible), natural resources such as fossil fuels, soil, biodiversity, and even forests may be depleted, sometimes permanently.

 

The Inclusive Wealth Indicator, which is scheduled to launch later this year, captures economic growth as the aggregate of a country’s wealth including its natural resources. "Our goal is to provide national governments with a bi-annual report to assess transition to the so-called green economy, to create productive and sustainable economic bases for the future," says Anantha Duraiappah, executive director of UNU-IHDP in a release.

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the Economics of Happiness

the Economics of Happiness | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
'The Economics of Happiness' - a documentary about the worldwide movement for economic localization.

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The Commons at the Core of our Next Economic Models?

The Commons at the Core of our Next Economic Models? | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Could a new economic model be built around the commons? Think a minute. What are the commons? All the things that we inherit from past generations that we 'find' around us, which enable our livelihood. The natural, genetic, material, physical, social, cultural, intellectual, creative resources; the capital and assets that belong to no one or to humanity collectively, that enable us to become what we can become, live what we can live, access what we can access, accomplish what we can accomplish and evolve as part of an ecosystem. They are the pillars around which the social and economic couplings can be catalyzed, where the corporation can meet society’s needs and where economy can meet ecology.

 

by @HeleneFinidori

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Money as gift vs monetizing our gifts

Money as gift vs monetizing our gifts | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

This is an inquiry I have been in for some time. More and more we are seeing the rise of a sharing culture in the world. Thanks to being globally connected now, and facing the same challenges all around the world, we are waking up to the potential of sharing information, resources, ideas, networks, and more. Open source everything is springing up all around the world, from open source software, to time banks, to skill-share to wikipedia to ride-share.

 

Yet, when it comes to money, we are still fearful, we are still hesitant. In most cases we’re willing to share our time, our ideas, our presence but not so much the money. There’s still such complex social and emotional baggage around it. It’s almost the pinnacle of our attachment to our separation, a kind of primitive survival fear and all the social construct – assumptions and beliefs – around money – If I have money, I am powerful. If I don’t have any, I am a failure.

 

By Filiz | Brave New World - stories from the new paradigm

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Multitude Project: Commanding Heights

What are the new commanding heights?

 

It is very clear what those in control of Google aim at: the control of data and information.
Controlling data and information at global scale gives one more power than one gets from controlling value exchange systems. Monetary systems can become open, transparent, decentralized, based on distributed trust mechanisms. Markets can become freer, more open. The multitude can be allowed to play freely in those spaces. Production can become even more distributed, with the advance of CNC and 3D printing. But WE will still not be free if we don't have control over our data and information!

 

The control of data and information is the new commanding height the new elite wants to create and occupy. Think about it. Screw it well and deep into your mind! This idea should guide all our future actions. We need to avoid the formation of this new leverage of power. We need to prevent it reaching a critical mass, to become an attractor from which it will be very hard to escape.

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Carsharing saves U.S. city governments millions in operating costs - O'Reilly Radar

Carsharing saves U.S. city governments millions in operating costs - O'Reilly Radar | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
Whether it's co-working, bike sharing, or cohabiting, there are green shoots throughout the economy that suggest the ways we work, play and learn are changing.
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Occupy Economy: The case for soft money

Occupy Economy: The case for soft money | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Money is a tool to facilitate exchange.

 

Money follows, like everything else here on this physical plane, the principles of yin and yang. There is "hard" (yang) money and there is "soft" (yin) money. At this time, the world is dominated by yang money. My purpose with this article is to convince you that we need to find a better balance in matters of exchange and economics.

 

by Sepp Hasslberger

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The end game

"The end game is about to begin. On the one hand you have the noise and rhetoric. Greedy speculators gouging gasoline prices; mad mullahs preparing to wipe Israel off the map; bunker buster bombs and fleets being positioned; huge demand for oil from the BRIC countries; China's insatiable thirst for oil; the oil price will head for $200 a barrel and will never again fall below $130 ...

 

On the other hand you have the reality."

 

by Chris Cook

- Asia Times Online

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