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Global Noise takes on austerity: 'We are not going to be silent'

Global Noise takes on austerity: 'We are not going to be silent' | The P2P Daily | Scoop.it
Demonstrators across the world are calling for an end to austerity as Global Noise protests kick off in more than 30 countries, including many in the Nobel Peace laureate European Union.

 

Is Global Noise the new "Occupy"? Opposition against globalised new class warfare will need more than just a narrative. It will need organisation.


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How Huge Food Corporations Will Make Upcoming Food Price Hikes Even Worse | Alternet

How Huge Food Corporations Will Make Upcoming Food Price Hikes Even Worse | Alternet | The P2P Daily | Scoop.it

"Now is perhaps a good time to reflect on the extent to which the entire American food system is built on one crop – corn. And within that one crop, we rely on a very narrow range of genetics; although there are more than 250 known genetic races of corn, the U.S. almost exclusively relies on just two of them. Because the U.S. is the world’s number-one producer, consumer and exporter of corn, global food prices are also linked to America’s ability to grow corn. This year, we are going to find out what happens when the crop fails in many parts of the country. Now is a good time to ask ourselves: is it smart to bet the global food supply on a few varieties of one crop grown in one country?"

 

Good article on Alternet on how food industry short-term profit-thinking is endangering our global food system.


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Power to Which People? The new ecological and social class war

Power to Which People? The new ecological and social class war | The P2P Daily | Scoop.it

"The rich and powerful are lining up to ensure that they protect the unfair share of the earth's resources that they enjoy. Now that the finance scam has fallen apart they are adopting more direct strategies."

 

Good analysis by Molly Scott Cato on how the capitalist elites are protecting themselves from the Great Disruption and how high-level conferences co-organised by business and the military are preparing for the new ecological and social class war.


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Creating 'Shared Value': Delivering On Social Values

Creating 'Shared Value': Delivering On Social Values | The P2P Daily | Scoop.it

"Business leaders, said Porter, should focus on creating win-win outcomes that strengthen society as well as satisfy the profit motive. They can do so by reaching out to serve broader constituencies and by being attentive to long-term social impact."

 

The World Bank blog tackles Michael Porter's "Shared Value" concept but avoids the tough question: what if "shared value" approaches bite into corporate profits? If interests of shareholders clash with interests of society, which side wins in a world rules by the financial markets?


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Commons: Alternatives to Markets and States

"...what is emerging fast is the alternative of a commons based economy. Peer to peer, social sharing, collaborative consumption, commons, economic democracy are all terms that cover economic activity that moves beyond the market and the state, based on cooperation and harnessing human creativity."

 

Excellent analysis by Derek Wall on the need to move to an economy of sharing, an economy of the commons as an alternative to failed socialism (state) and failed capitalism (market).


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Declare Your Radicalness

Declare Your Radicalness | The P2P Daily | Scoop.it

Great post again in the Harvard Business Review blog, written by Umair Haque, on the need for radicalism instead of the pragmatic incrementalism of our crisis management.

 

"Sure, radicalism's dangerous. But what's even more is dangerous is not enough radicalism in a time of mega-failure."


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