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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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The woman driving Patagonia to be (even more) radical

The woman driving Patagonia to be (even more) radical | real utopias | Scoop.it
CEO Rose Marcario is leading the rebellious outdoor-clothing maker into a new era of growth—and planet-friendly practices.
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Sustainability and social movements: interview with David Harvey

Sustainability and social movements: interview with David Harvey | real utopias | Scoop.it
Interview with David Harvey performed by our colleagues Ecosistema Urbano about the concept of sustainability and social movements.
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Economic Democracy: People Power and Cooperative Alternatives for a Sustainable Black Future

Economic Democracy: People Power and Cooperative Alternatives for a Sustainable Black Future | real utopias | Scoop.it
We'll know black lives matter when the capitalist system that enslaved our ancestors and is intent on disposing of our future is replaced by a new socio-economic system, based on economic democracy and self-determination....
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A World That Counts - Data Revolution Group

A World That Counts - Data Revolution Group | real utopias | Scoop.it

Data are the lifeblood of decision-making, and the raw material for accountability. Without data, we cannot know how many people are born and die; how many men and women still live in poverty; how many children need educating, and how many teachers to train or schools to build; the prevalence and incidence of diseases; if water is polluted or if the fish stocks in the ocean are dangerously low; how many adolescent girls are getting pregnant and what policies are effective in helping them; what companies are trading and whether demand for their product is expanding.

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How the zero-waste economy benefits everyone - GreenBiz.com (blog)

How the zero-waste economy benefits everyone - GreenBiz.com (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

“Don’t let fashion go to waste,” says H&M, the global clothing retailer that booked $20 billion in revenues last year. So I brought a bag of old T-shirts, sweaters and khaki pants to an H&M store in Washington, D.C., which took them, no questions asked, and gave me a coupon for 15 percent off my next purchase. H&M takes back clothes in all of its 3,100 stores in 53 countries.

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Are you a Pessimist or an Optimist? | Sustainability Next

Are you a Pessimist or an Optimist? | Sustainability Next | real utopias | Scoop.it

“This planet came with a set of instructions, but we seem to have misplaced them,” Paul Hawken told the graduating class of the University of Portland in 2009. “Civilization needs a new operating system. You are the programmers, and we need it within a few decades.”

 
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SSPP Blog: From Activists to Big Corporations, Doing the Hard Work of Sustainability: The Fuller Symposium (Part 2)

SSPP Blog: From Activists to Big Corporations, Doing the Hard Work of Sustainability: The Fuller Symposium (Part 2) | real utopias | Scoop.it
The worldwide movement toward sustainability has numerous actors, many seemingly at odds, yet with at least some similar aims. Last week’s blog covered community- and incentives-based programs discussed at the Fuller Science for Nature Symposium on communities and conservation around the globe that was held in Washington, DC on November 13th. This week, I examine global activists and big corporations, players that act with a global scope in mind. While activists occupy a lofty realm guided by a pure morality, corporations are pragmatic and self-interested. Yet the contributions of both are needed for the planet to have any hope of developing toward a sustainable future. While heterogeneous, many of the symposium’s presentations discussed the need for local activism, global thinking, and the precarious balance between the two. If anything, the overall symposium leaned in favor of the local, of multiple individual actors doing the right thing and learning from each other, without the need for strong global governance mechanisms. The effect is that of an orchestra of skilled musicians, improvising, responding, and learning from each other, yet without any sort of conductor arranging the various parts, from governments to NGOs to activists to corporations. 
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The road to harmony between humans and Nature lies in a philosophical revolution - Interview with Pr. J. Baird Callicott | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

The road to harmony between humans and Nature lies in a philosophical revolution - Interview with Pr. J. Baird Callicott | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | real utopias | Scoop.it
The American environmental philosopher J. Baird Callicott replies to questions of the Global Environmental Team of UNESCO's Social and Human Sciences Sector in light of his conference “Narratives and Building Environmental Responsibility” which took place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 4 June 2012.
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Back to growth, or forward to sustainability? - New Europe

Back to growth, or forward to sustainability? - New Europe | real utopias | Scoop.it

Europe is badly in need of a new mobilizing project that maps out a bold vision for the future, and forms a pact with citizens on how to get there. The transition to a sustainable society/is/ that project, and, unlike the creation of the internal market and the single currency, this is a project that should aim not only to change Europe, but to change the way the EU governs in the process.

 

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The Bankruptcy Of Modern Economics - Forbes

The Bankruptcy Of Modern Economics - Forbes | real utopias | Scoop.it


Changing the intrinsic value of money no more leads to sustainable growth than would changing the number of minutes in an hour or how many inches constitute a foot.

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Paul Hawken - Office of Sustainability - University of Alberta

Paul Hawken - Office of Sustainability - University of Alberta | real utopias | Scoop.it

Carbon is the currency of life on earth – a molecule that weaves a net connecting us to the countless forms of life that currently and historically existed on this planet. It is the building block of all living things.  As the basis of our emotional and physical connection as a civilization to our environment – carbon holds answers to all our climate change-driven dreams (and nightmares).

 
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'Growth imperative' versus 'climate imperative' - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

'Growth imperative' versus 'climate imperative' - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | real utopias | Scoop.it

November 3, 2013 -- Climate and Capitalism -- Attempts to use capitalist markets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions ignore the fact that fossil fuels are the lifeblood of the capitalist economy, and the strongest forces in the market are fossil fuel producers

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Sustainable Business: Where Our Moral Compass Meets the Bottom Line - Huffington Post

Sustainable Business: Where Our Moral Compass Meets the Bottom Line - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

It was Winston Churchill who famously said that "democracy was the worst form of government apart from all the others that had been tried." Much the same can be said for capitalism, particularly the form of capitalism that has been practiced over the past 20 years.

 

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The Biggest Misconceptions People Have About Renewable Energy - Wall Street Journal

The Biggest Misconceptions People Have About Renewable Energy - Wall Street Journal | real utopias | Scoop.it

While energy sources like wind and solar receive a lot of attention from the media and politicians, there is still a lot of confusion out there on renewable energy

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The 10 Cities That Are Leading The Way In Urban Sustainability

The 10 Cities That Are Leading The Way In Urban Sustainability | real utopias | Scoop.it

With a few exceptions, national governments aren't going to make a big dent in climate change and associated environmental problems. They're too big, slow, and in many cases, don't even want to acknowledge a problem that's so politically inconvenient. Over the past half decade or so, it has become increasingly apparent that cities are leading the way--and ultimately, have the greatest chance at boosting our chances for survival in the face of declining resources and rising seas.

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Post-Carbon Institute's (En)Rich List:: do we really need sustainability stars?

Post-Carbon Institute's (En)Rich List:: do we really need sustainability stars? | real utopias | Scoop.it
The (En)Rich List celebrates a wealth of inspirational individuals whose contributions enrich paths to sustainable futures.

 

I have ambiguous feelings about this list. Although some of these men and women are my personal heroes too, I wonder whether we should really celebrate individuals as "stars". Is this not the logic we should be fighting? Where is the role of the social movement?


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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation