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New book: Creating Sustainable Societies by John Boik

New book: Creating Sustainable Societies by John Boik | The P2P Daily | Scoop.it

"Creating Sustainable Societies: The Rebirth of Democracy and Local Economies first pinpoints the central problems within our financial, economic, and governance systems that have lead to high unemployment, massive debt, environmental degradation, mistrust of Congress and big business, and hyper-inequities of wealth and political power. The book then proposes a practical, bold blueprint for addressing these concerns and creating meaningful change."

 

Change from the bottom up, new local currency systems and direct democracy are the keywords in this new blueprint for a sustainable transition.


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The commons: beyond the market vs. state dilemma

"Rather than the vision of competition for scarce resources, the way of the commons is to look for support in what is needed, and not to consumption; to use more than to exchange, in the conviction that there are sufficient resources for all. In its concern for ‘us’ rather than an emphasis on resources; in its ability to share from the standpoint of autonomy as opposed to the idea of an authority that imposes rules when faced with inevitable conflict - this is an anthropocentric vision of cooperation and not a competitive and rational-economic vision. It exercises more concern over access and use than over property. More attention is paid to individual and collective wellbeing in sharing than to competing."

 

Brilliant article by Spanish professor Joan Subirats in Open Democracy on the "commons",  democracy and the internet. Must-read.


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