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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."

 

ht @SteveBrant

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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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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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Reuniting America

Reuniting America | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"Reuniting America: A Toolkit for Changing the Political Game is a manifesto for a “transpartisan up-wising,” a movement-of-movements. It is the story of the eight year journey of a serious citizen on a quest to discern the principles and practices for transforming the political game from win/lose to win/win. It weaves bold truth telling about power, control and the game of politics with the enlightened humor of a jester willing to point out “the Emperor has no clothes.” As old top-down ways of governing prove inadequate in the face of increasing complexity, it is intended to direct attention to the early signs of a new, cooperative form of political behavior emerging from the bottom-up and inside out."

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Paul Hawken: Blessed Unrest

How the largest movement in the world came into being, and why no one saw it coming. Paul Hawken has spent over a decade researching organizations dedicated ...

 

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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.

 

shared by Jean Russell @NurtureGirl

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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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Douglas Rushkoff, "Radical Abundance: How We Get Past "Free"

From Web 2.0 Expo NY 09

 

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The Presencing Institute Community

The Presencing Institute Community | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
the PI community focuses on co-creating awareness based social technologies for change makers and social innovators around the world.

 

Recommended by George Por @technoshaman 

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Planet Schools

Planet Schools | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

IDEA: LET US CREATE “PLANET SCHOOLS”

 

"Ahead is a huge transformation of our economical system. The goal is a sustainable and resilient smart green economy. To support the huge transformation of our systems we have to re-design and re-educate on all levels: Attitude, values, methods, habits. In the end we might even be more happy than with destructive consumerist mindsets."

 

Willi Schroll
@wschroll

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