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Towards a Resilient Global Economy

It is this profound vulnerability that I would like to address in calling for a new metric to characterize the health and stability of our economic system — that of Global Resilience.


Resilience is the capacity for a system to absorb disruptions without losing key functionality. The human body, as one example, is resilient against parasitic viruses like influenza when it bolsters a strong immune response and preserves the vital functions of circulation, digestion, mobility, and consciousness. By contrast, it is not resilient against a physical blow to the brain stem that quickly produces a vegetative state or death. Resilience is the dynamic repose of the system that enables it to mitigate disruptions or adapt to them in a timely manner.

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Resiliency, Risk, and a Good Compass: Tools for the Coming Chaos

Resiliency, Risk, and a Good Compass: Tools for the Coming Chaos | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Joi Ito - There are nine or so principals to work in a world like this:

 

1. Resilience instead of strength, which means you want to yield and allow failure and you bounce back instead of trying to resist failure.


2. You pull instead of push. That means you pull the resources from the network as you need them, as opposed to centrally stocking them and controlling them.


3. You want to take risk instead of focusing on safety.


4. You want to focus on the system instead of objects.


5. You want to have good compasses not maps.


6. You want to work on practice instead of theory. Because sometimes you don’t why it works, but what is important is that it is working, not that you have some theory around it.


7. It disobedience instead of compliance. You don’t get a Nobel Prize for doing what you are told. Too much of school is about obedience, we should really be celebrating disobedience.


8. It’s the crowd instead of experts


9. It’s a focus on learning instead of education.

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Occupy Rio+20: OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING

Occupy Rio+20: OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

What does Open Source Everything mean to the UN?: Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Sustainable Development (RDSD) empowers The 99% with deep participation in the United Nations:

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ARE BEST HANDLED WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF ALL CONCERNED CITIZENS, AT THE RELEVANT LEVEL... EACH INDIVIDUAL SHALL HAVE APPROPRIATE ACCESS TO INFORMATION CONCERNING THE ENVIRONMENT THAT IS HELD BY PUBLIC AUTHORITIES...

 

Since the last Earth Summit, humanity has mastered the open communications systems, information technology and software to enable global collaboration, participation and innovation. As Marshall McLuhan predicted, today's living generations are birthing one of the greatest social transformations in history — the shift from the Industrial Age to the Age of Shared Wisdom and Innovation. The Internet and associated technologies form an evolutionary system for the human race, encompassing the tools and diverse traditions to harness a holistic and resilient approach to build future civilization.

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Edible City

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Edible City is a 72 minute documentary film that asks a few burning questions…

 

“How can we live in cities and still eat local, healthy, sustainable food?”
“How can we create jobs, build local economies, and increase food security all at the same time?”
“How can we create food systems that are economically, socially, and environmentally just?”

 

Edible City follows ten extraordinary stories exploring what’s going on in the food movement today, from the grassroots growth to the politics in Washington, D.C., from Occupy Oakland to creating community resiliency and local economic infrastructure.

 

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Social Networks for Free and Resilient Communities

Online groups can now offer "anytime, anywhere" catalysts in economically challenged regions for a freer and more resilient future.

 

by Mark Frazier @openworld

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Make the UN Data-Driven

Make the UN Data-Driven | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

The UN Global Pulse is out to make the UN more data-driven. UNGP acts as an intermediary for all of the data needs of groups within the United Nations. Currently we are collecting projects to partner on with the UN, but previous DataDive projects together entailed studying low-altitude imagery of African crops to determine fertilizer effectiveness and analyzing the results of a global cellphone survey on happiness and wellbeing around the world.

 

About The United Nations Global Pulse
Global Pulse is an innovation initiative of the UN Secretary-General, harnessing today’s new world of digital data and real-time analytics to gain a better understanding of changes in human well-being. Global Pulse hopes to contribute a future in which access to better information sooner makes it possible to keep international development on track, protect the world’s most vulnerable populations, and strengthen resilience to global shocks.

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Defining Resilience | NewAmerica.net

Defining Resilience | NewAmerica.net | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

The ability to bounce back, to absorb shocks, to persevere, to retain functionality over time, to endure, to adapt, to succeed, to survive, to sustain... so many verbs are conjured up by the term "resilience." Whether we're talking about our bodies, our minds, our communities, our institutions or our natural environment, the R-word provides a conceptual framework for designing a better tomorrow. Please join us for a wide-ranging inquiry on what it means to be resilient and what a resilient future could look like.

 

On Twitter? Join the conversation at #resilience

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DIY Urbanism - Almere Oosterwold

MVRDV‘s proposal for an urban development in Almere Oosterworld, the Netherlands, is a template for a D.I.Y. project that puts power into the hands of neighborhoods and communities. This development strategy is bottom-up, inclusive and very intuitive to the needs of individuals and their communities. It allows the design to develop organically and over a stretch of time as needs change and neighborhoods grow. MVRDV writes that the proposal “is a revolution in Dutch urban planning as it steps away from governmental dictate and invites organic urban growth in which initiatives are stimulated and inhabitants can create their own neighbourhoods including public green, urban agriculture and roads”.

 

more - http://bit.ly/MvL7PX ht @mbauwens

 

 

 

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Designing Ecosphere Economies for Planet of Cities

Designing Ecosphere Economies for Planet of Cities | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Integral Cities in different locations must adapt differing solutions to the same infrastructure problems. We need to evolve our internal environments and design our external environments in ways that honour the ecosphere that we are inextricably a part of . Only by doing so can both individual and collective human life optimize the amazing diversity our DNA has gifted us with and the deep resilience of the natural ecology Gaia supports us with.


Via Anne Caspari
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Deborah Frieze - resilience, friendship, play

"What does change for good really take? What three words say it best for you? Deborah Frieze is an author, entrepreneur and social activist."

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