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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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The Exchange Presents: Peter Tatchell. 05/12/2012

The Exchange Presents: Peter Tatchell, 'We expect Political Democracy... Why not Economic Democracy Too?' Filmed at Sheffield University 05/12/2012
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Global Unionism: The Peer-to-Peer Model | New Unionism Network

Global Unionism: The Peer-to-Peer Model | New Unionism Network | real utopias | Scoop.it

The transnationalisation of production, along with the rise of global supply chains, informalisation, financialisation, and connecting of world markets through informationalisation have all hit hard on workers. It seems to have become impossible to overcome the resulting divisions among working classes, who have been so radically abused by capital. These new structural forces have created an immense need for connected self-organisations of workers, built from the bottom up, and operating simultaneously at local, national and international levels. This article argues for a new global unionism that goes beyond the IWW experience and allows workers to connect local, national, regional and international struggles by aligning with other struggles in life.

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The Geography of Happiness According to 10 Million Tweets

The Geography of Happiness According to 10 Million Tweets | real utopias | Scoop.it
The happiest city in America is Napa, California -- and the saddest all swear too much.
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The Human Mind Meld: The Perils of Unfiltered Knowledge Transfer | Collective Intelligence | Big Think

The Human Mind Meld: The Perils of Unfiltered Knowledge Transfer | Collective Intelligence | Big Think | real utopias | Scoop.it
We might like to think that we have completely original minds, but we are easily influenced by others and have an "unknowingness" of how our "human mind meld" works.    ([VIDEO] The Human Mind Meld: The Perils of Unfiltered Knowledge Transfer
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Why the free market fundamentalists think 2013 will be the best year ever | Slavoj Žižek

Why the free market fundamentalists think 2013 will be the best year ever | Slavoj Žižek | real utopias | Scoop.it

The Christmas issue of the Spectator ran an editorial entitled "Why 2012 was the best year ever". It argued against the perception that we live in "a dangerous, cruel world where things are bad and getting worse". Here is the opening paragraph: "It may not feel like it, but 2012 has been the greatest year in the history of the world. That sounds like an extravagant claim, but it is borne out by evidence. Never has there been less hunger, less disease or more prosperity. The west remains in the economic doldrums, but most developing countries are charging ahead, and people are being lifted out of poverty at the fastest rate ever recorded. The death toll inflicted by war and natural disasters is also mercifully low. We are living in a golden age."

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Fallacy of the creative class: Why Richard Florida's 'urban renaissance' won't save U.S. cities

Fallacy of the creative class: Why Richard Florida's 'urban renaissance' won't save U.S. cities | real utopias | Scoop.it

It was an urbanist’s nightmare. On Feb. 1, a teenager was shot dead in the middle of a popular art gallery walk and street fair in Oakland, Calif. — a town that highlights exactly what a city wins and loses when it attracts a huge influx of the vaunted “creative class.”

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Why American News Is Owned By Corporations – And How To Take It Back - PolicyMic

Why American News Is Owned By Corporations – And How To Take It Back - PolicyMic | real utopias | Scoop.it

Citizens need access to a variety of critical media sources so that they can properly evaluate the world they live in and make informed decisions about what they believe should be done next.

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BBC Radio 4 - The Drowning City

BBC Radio 4 - The Drowning City | real utopias | Scoop.it
Isabel Hilton reports on how New York is learning from the lessons of Hurricane Sandy.
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Bhutan Bets Organic Agriculture Is The Road To Happiness : NPR

Bhutan Bets Organic Agriculture Is The Road To Happiness : NPR | real utopias | Scoop.it
Bhutan wants to be the first country in the world to convert to a 100 percent agricultural system. Many farmers in Bhutan are already organic, which experts say should make the transition relatively easy.
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Michael Parenti, The Darker Myths of Empire: Heart of Darkness Series

College of DuPage, Writers Read, Heart of Darkness Series - "The Darker Myths of Empire" Michael Parenti Jason Snart, SRC 2800, November 16, 2005,

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Why the free market fundamentalists think 2013 will be the best year ever

Why the free market fundamentalists think 2013 will be the best year ever | real utopias | Scoop.it
Slavoj Žižek: As communists once did, today's capitalists blame any failures on their system being 'impurely' applied
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E. F. Schumacher on Participatory Democracy

Schumacher responds to a question from the audience on how to increase participatory democracy. Question & Answer Panel at Great Circle Center, 3/19/77. (Peter Gillingham Collection, E. F. Schumacher Library Archives.)

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Lawrence Lessig on Sortition and Citizen Participation

Lawrence Lessig on Sortition and Citizen Participation | real utopias | Scoop.it

When designing citizen engagement mechanisms I always consider sortition (or randomization) as a mechanism of participant selection. Nevertheless, and particularly in the #opengov space, my experience is that this idea does not resonate a lot: it sounds less sexy than crowdsourcing and more complicated than over-simplistic mechanisms of “civil society engagement”.

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Lauren Kelly's curator insight, February 20, 2013 12:45 AM

Lessig is a great writer and thinker about new online heterarchy and participatory/collaborative culture.  This source seems to be an insightful piece on how people can become engaged online and in public spaces.

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Management & Leadership Videos | Inspiring Today's Leaders

Management & Leadership Videos | Inspiring Today's Leaders | real utopias | Scoop.it
View exclusive documentaries, forums, and interviews with renowned thought leaders and entrepreneurs. (Watch author & #entrepreneur Lisa Gansky describe how social media & tech may allow us to share more and own less.
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New world-system? A conversation with Immanuel Wallerstein

New world-system? A conversation with Immanuel Wallerstein | real utopias | Scoop.it

The key point is that all systems (from the very largest, the universe as a whole, to the very smallest nano-systems), have three moments: their coming into existence, their “normal” life during which they are constructed and constrained by the institutions they have created, and the moment in which their secular trends move too far from equilibrium and bifurcate (their structural crisis). Structural crises cannot be overcome. The existing system cannot survive. The period is one of chaotic wild fluctuations in everything. There is a very fierce political battle over to which of two alternatives (the forks of the bifurcation) the world collectively will tilt

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One Billion Rising | U.S. Department of State Blog

One Billion Rising | U.S. Department of State Blog | real utopias | Scoop.it
Today all over the world people -- men and women -- will rise in solidarity and call for an end to violence against women. Why is this happening?
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Watch: Trailer For Michel Gondry's Animated Noam Chomsky Documentary 'Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?'

Watch: Trailer For Michel Gondry's Animated Noam Chomsky Documentary 'Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?' | real utopias | Scoop.it
Michel Gondry is just full of surprises in 2013. He kicked off the New Year with a short film, dropped a fairly gorgeous trailer for his upcoming "Mood Indigo" and one project he told us way back in 2011 would be finished "within two years.
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Joining forces for another Europe | Red Pepper

Joining forces for another Europe | Red Pepper | real utopias | Scoop.it
In November, European social movements will meet in Florence to plan continent-wide responses to austerity and the European crisis of democracy. Tommaso Fattori calls for us to make ‘Firenze 10+10’ a priority 
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Evolution and Culture - Huffington Post

Evolution and Culture - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it

The word evolution is popping up everywhere these days. We hear of businesses evolving, cars evolving, thinking evolving, consciousness evolving. I even heard a fitness trainer telling an obese woman on a TV show that she had to be ready to evolve! It seems that more and more people are realizing that there is much more to evolution than just the mutation of species that we've understood at the level of biology.

 

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If not the EU, who will Britain blame for its democratic deficit? - Open Democracy

If not the EU, who will Britain blame for its democratic deficit? - Open Democracy | real utopias | Scoop.it

‘Technocratic’, ‘Elitist’, ‘Unaccountable’ - these are some of the many adjectives used to qualify the European Union and its democratic deficit. Those terms are certainly true and the current challenge to the EU is without precedent. The Eurozone crisis is a litmus test for European solidarity, while the distance between EU institutions and European citizens has never been so acute.

 
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Self-management and Work as Alternatives to the Global Economic ...

Self-management and Work as Alternatives to the Global Economic ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
Such is the case of the worker-recuperated enterprises in various South American countries, and other forms of workers' control, both urban and rural. In some instances, these movements have gained some recognition and ...
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New world-system? A conversation with Immanuel Wallerstein

New world-system? A conversation with Immanuel Wallerstein | real utopias | Scoop.it

At some point, there is a tilt; there always is. Then we shall settle down into our new historical system. Wallerstein foresees one of two possibilities: more hierarchy, exploitation and polarization; or a system that has never yet existed, based on relative democracy and relative equality.

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Greek Workers Take Over a Factory [Video Interview] | The Nation - The Nation. (blog)

Greek Workers Take Over a Factory [Video Interview] | The Nation - The Nation. (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it

Tuesday February 12, was the first day of production under worker control at Viomichaniki Metalleutiki (Vio.Me), a building materials factory in Thessaloniki, Greece, which was abandoned by its bankrupt owners two years ago. Facing thirty percent unemployment and a dismal future for their community, workers in a series of mass assemblies decided to occupy the factory and operate it under direct democratic workers’ control.

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Occupied Greek Factory Begins Production Under Workers Control

Occupied Greek Factory Begins Production Under Workers Control | real utopias | Scoop.it

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 is the official first day of production under workers control in the factory of Viomichaniki Metalleutiki (Vio.Me) in Thessaloniki, Greece. This means production organized without bosses and hierarchy, and instead planned with directly democratic assemblies of the workers. The workers assemblies have declared an end to unequal division of resources, and will have equal and fair remuneration, decided collectively. The factory produces building materials, and they have declared that they plan to move towards a production of these goods that is not harmful for the environment, and in a way that is not toxic or damaging.

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Aiming at Global Disarmament by 2030 - Ethical Markets

Aiming at Global Disarmament by 2030 - Ethical Markets | real utopias | Scoop.it

BERLIN (IDN) – An eminent Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda is calling for an “expanded nuclear summit” in 2015 to solidify momentum toward a world free from nuclear weapons and become the launching point for a larger effort for global disarmament aiming toward the year 2030.

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