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The Industrial Age is Dead - Time is the New Money

The Industrial Age taught us to value money above time. Giant Corporation, Inc. wanted you to focus on making money, not on having time to do anything with it. They needed all your time to run the machines. In the 21st Century we will understand that riches may equal money, but wealth equals freedom – the ability to choose what to do with my time. We will understand that money does not give us freedom, only time can do that.

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Dibyendu De's comment, December 7, 2012 12:26 AM
The other shift that must happen if we were to change this paradigm is Energy Management and not Time Management.
Dibyendu De's comment, December 7, 2012 12:27 AM
The other change that must happen if we are to change this paradigm is Energy Management and not Time Management.
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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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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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Polyeconomy - diverse types of coexisting economic systems

Polyeconomy - diverse types of coexisting economic systems | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

• currencies - They include mainstream currencies like dollar, euro, pound etc. As well as growing number of alternatives like bitcoin, ripple, LETS and more. They have in common creation of virtual artifact and attempting to use it for measuring people perceptions of values.


• barter - In barter people exchange directly without using any virtual artifacts like currencies. In most cases by just looking what each party has to offer and than simple exchanging it.


• timeshare - In timesharing communities people use a natural measurement - time. People consider everyone’s time having same value and don’t make up hourly rates as it often happens in currency based systems.


• shared benefit - Shared benefit systems make an assumption that if we decide to support something with our contributions. We care about outcome of such collective effort. By participating in them we have possibility of choosing how we want to direct certain share of such beneficial outcome. Collectives practicing it can use many various ways of assigning shares of created benefit to individual contributions.


• social karma - Various systems incorporating elements of trust and reputations related to concept of social karma In what we could consider its pure form, for our contributions we only ask for public confirmation of them. This way over time we build up a portfolio which we can later present to others. It can play very well in situations where we support causes which we find beneficial for everyone in general. Also when we want to share something scarce, like a round trip to the moon, we can take advantage of social karma in process of choosing to who we want to offer them.


• free sharing - This system requires no accounting at all. All transactions happen because we want to share and care about each other. As more and more goods we can make abundant it becomes much simpler to freely share them.


Via Christophe CESETTI
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Ferananda's comment, September 14, 2012 9:18 PM
Oh yes...polyeconomy in all levels of wealth. I love the beginning of the website. Can`t wait for more!
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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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