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Alternative currencies, monetary systems | Comparison tables - SocialCompare

Alternative currencies, monetary systems | Comparison tables - SocialCompare | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Alternative currency is a term that refers to any currency used as an alternative to the dominant national or multinational currency systems (usually referred to as national or fiat money). Alternative currencies can be created by an individual, corporation, or organization, they can be created by national, state, or local governments, or they can arise naturally as people begin to use a certain commodity as a currency.
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Worldwide, communities and initiatives spring up who transition to a culture of strong sustainability and harmony with the natural world. What is it that makes them tick?
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What is strong sustainability?

What is strong sustainability? | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

The concept of strong sustainability is based on the scientific fact that all human life and activity occurs within the limitations of planet Earth, or the 'biosphere' where humankind lives, including all societal functions, such as the economy.

 

It is a self-evident truth that without a functioning biosphere there can be no society or 'sociosphere', and without a sociosphere there can be no societal functions, including an economy or 'econosphere'.

 

Strong sustainability recognises that in order for human civilisation to continue, the true model for sustaining the planet on which we rely to survive should look like this (see above).

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Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'?

Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'? | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Nafeez Ahmed: Natural and social scientists develop new model of how 'perfect storm' of crises could unravel global system

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, March 15, 10:05 AM

Great must-read article in The Guardian.

Eli Levine's curator insight, March 15, 11:22 AM

The warning signs are all there.

 

No one of significance is paying attention to it, and the population of humanity remains bogged down in trivial issues.

 

It's funny that the conservative instinct to resist change and take everything for their own small self is the cause of most of the significant changes in our world for the worse.

 

Looks like we're going to have to develop plans for how to dig out of this crater that we're going to fall into.

 

Think about it.

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The Enterprising Ecovillager. Achieving Community Development through Innovative Green Entrepreneurship | Ecovillages Project

The Enterprising Ecovillager. Achieving Community Development through Innovative Green Entrepreneurship | Ecovillages Project | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

A handbook "THE ENTERPRISING ECOVILLAGER. ACHIEVING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT THROUGH INNOVATIVE GREEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP" focus on green business and entrepreneurship, offering a practical guide on how ecovillages can create business opportunities that adhere to the principles of truly green thinking. It gives an overview of the different aspects that should be considered by the aspiring ecovillage entrepreneur, and presents examples of successful business stories from various ecovillages around Europe. The book also strives to remedy the reluctance that many ecovillagers feel toward business. Furthermore, it demonstrates the ways in which ecovillages are ideally suited to run businesses that are compatible with the well-being of both people and planet, the businesses of the future. 

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Becoming an Ecopreneur

Becoming an Ecopreneur | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
From the Mother Earth News Fair, we hear about Life on the "Farmstead." Lisa Kivirist turns her dreams of small-scale food into a real living in Wisconsin. Lisa has tips for us all.
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Bitcoin and other financial fictions

Bitcoin and other financial fictions | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
How should we think about a currency like Bitcoin? The first thing to remember is this: Money is a sort of collective fiction. What money we choose to trust says much about how we see the world.
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What do you believe if you believe in Bitcoin?

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10 insights on the Ego-2-Eco Economy Revolution

10 insights on the Ego-2-Eco Economy Revolution | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

We live in an age of profound disruption. Global crises, such as finance, food, fuel, water, resource scarcity and poverty challenge just about every aspect of society. Yet, this disruption also brings the possibility of profound personal, societal and global renewal. We need to stop and ask: Why do we collectively create results nobody wants? What keeps us locked into the old ways of operating? And what can we do to transform these root issues that keep us trapped in the patterns of the past?

The book Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-system to Eco-system Economiesponders these questions and proposes a new line of thought that is summarized in the 10 insights here.

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The Money Myth Exploded

Video produced by Jay Horton of Pheye Creative www.pheye.co.nz The following story was written in the 1930s in New Zealand – about social credit. It was adapted…
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Intractable BIG PROBLEMS need to be tackled as a living system

If we focus on just one issue, say affordable housing, and forget about its relationship to bank created credit and a tax system which favours real estate investment, we will miss the target. Spain built more houses and it didn’t solve their affordable housing problem. If we think about the big problem of low wages for the working poor and just ignore its relationship to the tax system, the lack of investment capital for jobs and growing debt, we can come up with a temporary solution of a higher minimum wage. But it won’t solve the problem of  the declining affordability of food and housing. You see if you ignore the living system in which the problem is embedded, the problem persists. If we focus on climate change only and forget the flawed money system which demands economic growth, we won’t get very far at all. The next international conference will deliver exactly the same result where politicians favour economic growth over habitat protection. If you focus on getting a Universal Basic Income and forget about the fundamental reasons for tax havens (a faulty tax system) and the growing private debt issue, you won’t get very far.

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Wall of Films! | Over 400 Social Change Documentaries on 1 Page

Wall of Films! | Over 400 Social Change Documentaries on 1 Page | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Watch over 400 of the best social change documentaries free to watch online, all via one massive wall of films on a single page.
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You Might Already Be Rich In The Newest Alternative Currency: Social

You Might Already Be Rich In The Newest Alternative Currency: Social | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Bitcoins developed as an alternative to the international banking system, but a new form of financial interaction is taking shape on the world’s social networks. What is the currency of reputation and good will worth?
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so·cial in·vest·ment - GLOSSARY OF TERMS

Also downloadable as a pdf:

http://www.notforprofit.gov.au/sites/default/files/files/Social_Investment_Glossary.pdf

 

The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) has developed an online glossary of terms for social investment.

CSI’s director of research Les Hems said CSI has produced a social investment glossary because it demonstrates its ambition to help build knowledge and promote professional understanding of social finance across the social, business and government sectors of Australia.

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Planning for Change | Rethinking Complexity

Planning for Change | Rethinking Complexity | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

My fascination with change is twofold. First, I believe that life is in continuous evolution and incessantly changing. And, second, I believe evolution leads to higher complexity, which requires a greater ability to handle change. One of the capabilities that can assist us with both of these notions is planning. 

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Forget GDP And Start Measuring Inclusive Wealth

Forget GDP And Start Measuring Inclusive Wealth | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
We need an indicator that estimates the wealth of nations--natural, human, and manufactured.

The United Nations is now proposing the "Inclusive Wealth Indicator" as a challenge to the myopic focus on short-term profits and economic capital inherent in GDP. In its early findings, it found that natural capital declined 46% in Brazil and 31% in India during the last 17 years. This reduced the countries’ blazing GDP growth rates to a more modest "inclusive wealth" increase of 3% in Brazil and 9% in India. Much less to get excited about.

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Sustainability Surprise Party - Transition Leader Network

Sustainability Surprise Party - Transition Leader Network | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
We invite your creative participation in a bold new initiative: the global Sustainability Surprise Party. Its purpose is to bring the need for large-scale transformative change to the forefront of the public agenda in a way that vested interests cannot stop. During May 2014 individuals and organisations around the world will put on thousands of blogs, conversations and events telling the truth about the need and hopeful possibilities of transitioning to a life-sustaining society.
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Accepting Applications: Fuller Challenge Cycle Open Now! | The Buckminster Fuller Institute

Accepting Applications: Fuller Challenge Cycle Open Now! | The Buckminster Fuller Institute | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
The Buckminster Fuller Institute formally announces the Call for Proposals to the 2014 Fuller Challenge. Recognized as “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award”, the Challenge invites activists, architects, artists, designers, entrepreneurs, students and planners from all over the world to submit their innovative solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems. A $100,000 prize is awarded to support the development and implementation of one outstanding strategy. Entries will be accepted until April 11, 2014.
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Building the World's Most Sustainable Modern Town

Building the World's Most Sustainable Modern Town | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Kalu Yala, a sustainable settlement for innovators, may be the alternative real estate model the world needs.
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Homegrown Social & Eco-entrepreneurs | Sustainable Living Festival

Homegrown Social & Eco-entrepreneurs | Sustainable Living Festival | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Homegrown Social & Eco-entrepreneurs | Sustainable Living Festival

Willimstown, Sunday 9 February

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Will be helping to facilitate this event that is designed to bring entrepreneurs, investors, and other change makers into the same room to learn from each other, form new relationships and to begin working together on new enterprises for our community. What kind of enterprises? Social, sustainable, regenerative, resilient – new businesses that create meaningful livelihoods and contribute to the community in positive ways.

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Envisioning the future of money

Envisioning the future of money | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Is your organization prepared for the intelligent, autonomous and interconnected future of money?

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Scott A Gibbs's curator insight, January 24, 2:08 PM

So, is innovation in the concept of currency  going to be a disruptive technology?

Ferananda's comment, January 26, 8:18 PM
@ScotT A Gibbs the person I know that explores further how innovation the currency of the future to bring innovation forward is @ingenesist .My thoughts on that is that if we take the metacurrency distinction of what currency is then currencies is a new language, a new expressive capacity for humanity that holds the promise of radical innovation and change. (see the former video on Integral wealth).
june holley's curator insight, July 14, 5:17 AM

Great powerpoint...

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Green Party passed a motion to place money creation into public hands and end fractional reserve banking - Positive Money

Green Party passed a motion to place money creation into public hands and end fractional reserve banking - Positive Money | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

After a debate on the motion at the Autumn Conference in Brighton, the Green Party has collectively decided to instead place this power with a democratically accountable National Monetary Authority at the Bank of England. This represents a huge change in Green Party policy, as we are now calling for full reserve banking, alongside other radical policies such as a citizens income, land value tax and of course the decarbonisation of the entire economy as we move to a post carbon world.


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The Sharehood

The Sharehood | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
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The Sharehood is all about sharing resources and getting to know people in your local area. When you set your location below you'll see local notices and the things and skills local people are willing to share with you, and you can add your own as well.

 

We imagine a world of joyful, sustainable and resilient communities where people share locally to meet their needs and help others do the same.

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Let's play fantasy economics. Things could really get better

Let's play fantasy economics. Things could really get better | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Andrew Simms: A family-oriented nation of fairness, social justice and mutual ownership? It exists – just not all in one place
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What the Economic Crisis Really Means - and what we can do about it

Doing It Ourselves aims to broaden understanding of the debt crisis and peak resources and encourage action for the sake of personal preparedness, happiness ...
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Happyzine » Golden Bay – Rich in social capital – thanks to HANDS

Happyzine » Golden Bay – Rich in social capital – thanks to HANDS | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Charlotte Squire talks to Jill Hayhurst – PhD candidate at the University of Otago – about Golden Bay’s complementary currency HANDS (How About a Non-Dollar System) and the social capital benefits this system is having upon its community. 

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Milpa Films - Cultures en transition

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Milpa Films - Cultures en transition - A film by Nils Aguilar...

The film, optimistic but clear-sighted nonetheless, is showing that agro-food crises in fact are positive challenges!

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Society 4.0 | From Ego­‐System to Eco­‐System Economies

Looking at the difficulty of the challenges that confront us, it is easy to go into denial or to become frustrated or cynical. In our current research project on “Transformation of Capitalism” we pose the question: How can we create an economy that generates wellbeing for all?

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Cooperative living

Cooperative living | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Do you want to live more efficiently and reap the benefits of a closer community? Cooperative living is a great strategy for getting and staying out of debt while building community, resilience and security in a tenuous economy. But it requires a change in attitudes, and a return to more communal ways of living.

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