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4 Expert Tips on Launching a Community Organization

Shareable Magazine - January 24, 2017 - 11:00
Community groups have the power to create long-lasting change. Ioby, an organization based in New York City, New York, that works on neighborhood mobilization, recently published its "Recipes for Change" toolkit. The guide is brimming with tips on how to organize, launch, and promote community-based projects. It's a must read if you're interested in starting a community garden, tool library, or other sharing projects in your neighborhood. Here are some key points mentioned in the guide:  
Categories: Economics

Off The Cuff: Meeting The Enemy

Chris Martenson - January 24, 2017 - 09:45

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:

  • The Intelligence Wars
    • When everyone is pointing fingers, whom are we to believe?
  • The Need For Humility
    • Our current hubris is destroying the systems we depend on
  • The Enemy
    • Is our our "neo'" agenda, whichever side of the aisle it's on
  • Fixing Our Broken Healthcare System
    • Reform needs to start with our own behavior

"We have met the enemy and he is us"

~ Pogo (Walt Kelly)

This week Chris and Charles hold up a harsh mirror to American society. So many of the long-term predicaments we face are issues of our own making, pursuits that benefit an elite few at the expense of the rest of us. The good news here is that we still have time to dramatically improve our odds of a better future by choosing to make different decisions going forward. The all-important question is: But will we?

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Categories: Economics

A Short History of the Word 'Sharing'

Shareable Magazine - January 24, 2017 - 09:43

Shareable is dedicated to sharing, and if you are reading this, it is most likely because sharing interests you. But what do we know about the English word — "sharing?" Today the word is accompanied by a series of positive associations, but they have not always been there. As part of the background for my new book, "The Age of Sharing," I looked into the evolution of the word. The following is a very brief history of the word sharing.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 1/24 - India On A Downward Spiral, The Surveillance State Is Here

Chris Martenson - January 24, 2017 - 07:44
  • Russian Warplanes Fly First Joint Mission With US-Coalition Aircraft Kremlin Says, Pentagon Denies
  • India - On A Downward Spiral
  • Doug Casey: Making the Chicken Run, Part I
  • The Surveillance State Is Here 
  • A District Divided: Harlem Schools Are Left to Fail as Those Not Far Away Thrive
  • Seeding Doubt
  • Does Trump’s ‘America First’ Tax Plan Benefit Oil & Gas?
  • Four ways to save our food system if bees disappear

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Categories: Economics

The Spirit of Standing Rock on the Move

People from more than 300 tribes traveled to the North Dakota plains to pray and march in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux. Back home, each tribe faces its own version of the “black snake” and a centuries-old struggle to survive.
Categories: Economics

How to Create an Outdoor Living Room in Your Neighborhood

Shareable Magazine - January 23, 2017 - 11:12
Lifelong friendships often start with a simple conversation with a stranger. BenchesCollective, a grassroots community organization, wants to spark those conversations by inspiring and teaching people how to create outdoor living rooms. The initiative, which originated in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, has more than 1,000 registered benches throughout the Netherlands and several other countries, including Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, and the U.S.
Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 1/23 - Trump The Disruptor, Climate vs. Weather

Chris Martenson - January 23, 2017 - 06:52
  • Trump The Disruptor
  • Why Trump Is Thriving in an Age of Distrust
  • India: Crime of the Century – Financial Genocide
  • Pope Francis Now International Monetary Guru
  • A Fair Minimum Wage In America
  • Trump has the power to fight China on human rights. Will he use it? 
  • How can we predict the hottest year on record when weather forecasts are so uncertain?
  • The hipster hunger for superfoods is starving India’s adivasis

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Categories: Economics

How 'Open Source' Seed Producers from the US to India are Changing Global Food Production

Shareable Magazine - January 23, 2017 - 06:45

Frank Morton has been breeding lettuce since the 1980s. His company offers 114 varieties, among them Outredgeous, which last year became the first plant that NASA astronauts grew and ate in space. For nearly 20 years, Morton's work was limited only by his imagination and by how many different kinds of lettuce he could get his hands on. But in the early 2000s, he started noticing more and more lettuces were patented, meaning he would not be able to use them for breeding.

Categories: Economics

What the U.S. Can Learn From “Viking Economics”

Author George Lakey explains why Scandinavia tops world lists for equality, health, and happiness.
Categories: Economics

From Grocery Stores to Labor Unions, Cooperatives Were the Answer

Worker-ownership economics catch on in Ohio, Nevada, and North Carolina.
Categories: Economics

James Howard Kunstler: The World's Greatest Misallocation Of Resources

Chris Martenson - January 22, 2017 - 10:11

James Howard Kunstler returns to the podcast this week, observing that despite the baton being handed to a new American president, the massive predicaments we face as a society remain the same. And it seems the incoming administration is just as in denial of them as the old.

Kunstler adds fresh critique to his now decades-old warning that we are sleepwalking our way deep into the Long Emergency. The longer we delude ourselves and waste our energies in pursuit of reviving the failed "endless growth" model, the farther our journey back to a sustainable way of living will be when our current system collapses.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 1/21 - Women March On Washington, What To Expect From An Unexpected Presidency

Chris Martenson - January 21, 2017 - 07:47
  • Live Coverage of the Women's March on Washington
  • All the Anger in America Has Come to Washington, D.C.
  • Donald Trump takes oath of office—what to expect from an unexpected presidency
  • Donald Trump era begins with Obamacare rollback and missile defence plan
  • Marine Le Pen hails patriotism as the policy of the future
  • Activism That Actually Works
  • California Utilities Want $1 Billion to Promote Electric Cars
  • On the climate change frontline: the disappearing fishing villages of Bangladesh

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 1/20 - Good News Friday: Inauguration-Goers Hope Life Will Improve Under Trump, How To Run For Office

Chris Martenson - January 20, 2017 - 08:30
  • Inauguration Day
  • Inauguration-goers: Here’s how I hope my life will improve during Trump’s presidency
  • In 1971, the People Didn’t Just March on Washington — They Shut It Down
  • What Wall Street Wants From Trump
  • If You Want to Run for Office (and You Should), Start With These Resources
  • How One Piece Of Furniture Is Fighting Off Depression
  • A Tactile Atlas Helps the Blind 'See' Maps
  • Solar Could Be A Cheaper Power Source Than Coal Within A Decade

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 1/19 - CA v. Trump, The Year When The World Economy Starts Coming Apart

Chris Martenson - January 19, 2017 - 11:00
  • 2017: The Year When the World Economy Starts Coming Apart
  • Major Markets at Turning Points
  • Price hearing: dramatic ACA metaphors and the meaning of “access”
  • What’s Yours Is Theirs
  • The Great Exception: California v. Trump
  • OPEC Commitments Push Iraq Towards Oil Export Deal With Kurds
  • U.S. scientists officially declare 2016 the hottest year on record. That makes three in a row.
  • Ticks, Thriving in Warm Weather, Take a Ghastly Toll on New England Moose

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Categories: Economics

Too Much Complexity Is Killing Us

Chris Martenson - January 18, 2017 - 19:13

There’s a line of thinking -- one that we ascribe to here at -- that says today’s problems are far more complex and numerous than those we've dealt with in the past. In fact, some of them are actually predicaments -- meaning they have no solutions, only outcomes that we'll need to manage.  Moribund economic growth is only as high as it is due to massive debt binging. Ecological and energy issues are accelerating, and will for sure rear their heads at inopportune times not of our choosing.

Said another way: Eventually we're going to have to pay the bill.

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Categories: Economics

10 Ways Vancouver Created a Greener, More Efficient Transportation System

Shareable Magazine - January 18, 2017 - 18:02
In 2012, the city of Vancouver in Canada's British Columbia province set a lofty transportation goal — for people to make more than 50 percent of their trips in the city by foot, bicycle, and public transit by 2020. In 2015, the city had already met its target.    As the short video by Streetfilms below shows, the city accomplished this through a multi-modal approach by making sustainable transportation safer, more convenient, and more accessible. These are some notable points mentioned in the video:  
Categories: Economics

Barcelona Crowdsourced its Sharing Economy Policies. Can Other Cities Do the Same?

Shareable Magazine - January 18, 2017 - 15:09

When the City Council of Barcelona asked democracy activist and researcher Mayo Fuster Morell for policy recommendations regarding the sharing economy, she suggested that the councillors take a different approach: Rather than relying on an expert to dictate policy from the top down, why not use a collaborative process to build a sustainable set of institutions and practices that would draw strength from the grassroots?

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 1/18 - Italy's Credit Rating Cut, Central Bank Normalization Isn’t as We Know It

Chris Martenson - January 18, 2017 - 06:40
  • IRS letters warn millions about health insurance penalty
  • Italians’ Public-Debt Load Up 2,617 Euros Each on Renzi Miss
  • ECB prints money at record pace amid bank bonds bonanza
  • Brazil to Revise Growth Figures After IMF Slashed Outlook
  • Central Bank Normalization Isn’t as We Know It, Davos Panel Says
  • IMF Slashes Saudi Arabia Growth Forecast on Lower Oil Output
  • DBRS cuts Italy's credit rating, posing problems for its banks

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Categories: Economics

How Co-ops Can Make Infrastructure Great Again

If the Trump administration is serious about bringing jobs and pride back to rural America, they should take a lesson from cooperatives of the 1930s.
Categories: Economics

EU Committee Releases Report on Regulating the Collaborative Economy

Shareable Magazine - January 17, 2017 - 16:28

Last year, LabGov, a think tank and action platform focused on the urban commons that's based in Rome, Italy, asked us to provide feedback on the draft of an opinion report on how to regulate the collaborative economy. The effort was spearheaded by Benedetta Brighenti — vice mayor of Castelnuovo Rangone — for the European Committee of the Regions.

Categories: Economics