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16 Ways to Lead a Zero Waste Life

Shareable Magazine - October 18, 2016 - 05:15

With just 111 possessions and an adventurer’s heart, Rob Greenfield is on a mission to create a “happier, healthier existence for all humans, creatures, and plants.”

Categories: Economics

Consider Joining a Nonprofit Member-Owned Bank on International Credit Union Day

Shareable Magazine - October 17, 2016 - 10:54

It seems like hardly a week goes by without some Big Bank's fraudulent scheme coming to light. Food and Water Watch released a stunning graphic last month that shows how more than 30 banks from around the world have extended billions in credit to the companies behind the Dakota Access pipeline.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 10/17 - TX Making Energy Recovery, RT Accounts Blocked In UK

Chris Martenson - October 17, 2016 - 06:59
  • RT's Bank Accounts Blocked In The UK; Russia Foreign Ministry Slams RBS' Decision
  • The World’s Most Dangerous Systemic Risks for the Week Ending October 14
  • Executive Order -- Coordinating Efforts to Prepare the Nation for Space Weather Events
  • The Best Days to Trade Stocks
  • Ever Ask Yourself, "What Does It Really Mean?"
  • Texas Is Making An Energy Recovery
  • Tesla, Panasonic deepen ties with tentative solar panel manufacturing agreement
  • How the Chemical Industry Joined the Fight Against Climate Change

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Categories: Economics

How Democracy Collaborative Will Create 50 Million Employee Owners by 2050

Shareable Magazine - October 17, 2016 - 06:56

There are currently an estimated 10 million employee owners in the U.S. What if that number grew to 50 million by 2050? What kind of impact could that have on individual lives, local communities and the national economy? One project aims to find out.

50 by 50 is an initiative designed to make employee ownership—through worker cooperatives, employee stock ownership plans, and other models— a "major part of the U.S. economy.”

Categories: Economics

Former Army Base Could Become World's First Sharing Economy Mega Commune

Shareable Magazine - October 17, 2016 - 03:30

Army bases often must be all-inclusive. Many of them feature housing, schools, medical clinics, department stores, gas stations and other services in order to fully support service people and their families. Such was the case for Patrick Henry Village -- the U.S. Army base established in Heidelberg, Germany at the end of World War II. Though it once boasted a population of 16,000, Patrick Henry Village has been largely deserted since it closed in 2013, save for its use as a refugee camp late last year.

Categories: Economics

New Social Movement Board Game Pits Activists Against "The System"

Shareable Magazine - October 17, 2016 - 03:29

The creators of Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives are back! The Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA) folks are currently crowdfunding their latest project -- Rise Up: The Game of People and Power.

Categories: Economics

The Next Big Thing: Job Benefits That Go Where You Go

We need to overhaul America’s social safety net, which was designed for a different labor market and economy.
Categories: Economics

Wolf Richter: The Economy Is Cracking Under Too Much Debt

Chris Martenson - October 16, 2016 - 09:25

Wolf Richter joins the podcast this week to discuss the deterioration of the global macro situation, and how he is seeing growing signs of recession breaking out across the economy.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 10/16 - Yellen Calls For 'High-Pressure' Policy, The Haunting Song Of Climate Change

Chris Martenson - October 16, 2016 - 07:33
  • Fed's Yellen says 'high-pressure' policy may be only way back from crisis
  • Do Lawn Signs Make a Difference in Political Campaigns?
  • The Key To Political Persuasion
  • Fast Fashion Is Creating An Environmental Crisis
  • Climate Change Blamed for Collapse of Hawaiian Forest Birds
  • The haunting song of climate change, in D minor

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 10/15 - Scenes From The Apocalypse, The Deadly War For Sand

Chris Martenson - October 15, 2016 - 06:08
  • The Deadly Global War for Sand
  • Journalist Amy Goodman Shouldn't Be Arrested for Covering Dakota Pipeline Story
  • Iranian warships deployed off Yemen coast after US bombs Houthi targets
  • Jim Grant & Ron Paul discuss gold, interest rates & the bankers’ war on the rest of us
  • Scenes From The Apocalypse - Mass Immigration Ruins The Streets Of France
  • The Grapes Of Wrath, 2011
  • How Did Walmart Get Cleaner Stores and Higher Sales? It Paid Its People More
  • EmDrive exclusive: Roger Shawyer confirms MoD and DoD interested in controversial space propulsion tech

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Categories: Economics

What Triggers Collapse?

Chris Martenson - October 14, 2016 - 14:33

Though no one can foretell the future, it is self-evident that the status quo—dependent as it is on cheap oil and fast-expanding debt—is unsustainable. So what will trigger the collapse of the status quo, and what lies beyond when the current arrangements break down?  Can we predict how-when-where with any accuracy?

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Categories: Economics

Opportunity In Crisis

Chris Martenson - October 14, 2016 - 14:33
Executive Summary
  • The systemic markers that precede collapse
  • The approaching end of our current 'unlimited growth' paradigm
  • Is a collapse inevitable? Or can we evolve gracefully to a new model?
  • The opportunity within the coming change

If you have not yet read Part 1: What Triggers Collapse? available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

What Triggers Collapse?

Many authors (Jared Diamond, Joseph Tainter, Thomas Homer-Dixon, David Hackett Fischer,   Michael Grant and Peter Turchin, to name a few) have delved into the question of why civilizations decay and fail.  The question of how nations/empires endure gets considerably less attention, but economic/social adaptability, the resilience of shared purpose/social cohesion, social mobility, the ability to generate reliable surpluses, secure trade routes, a professional army and navy to defend borders and trade routes, a merit-based a professional bureaucracy to collect taxes and oversee commerce, a stable form of money and competent leadership all play critical roles.

But history is replete with examples of nation-states and empires that possess all these positive attributes that still decay and collapse once critical supplies of energy and food fail, or invaders conquer essential territories or trade routes.

Can we generalize the dynamics that weaken a nation/empire to the point where collapse cannot be staved off?

The authors listed above have highlighted the following systemic dynamics...

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Categories: Economics

Off The Cuff: Topping Markets

Chris Martenson - October 14, 2016 - 07:48

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Mish Shedlock discuss:

  • The Rush To War
    • Tensions with Russia continue to mount
  • Odds Of A Fed Hike Rising?
    • Even if the Fed wants to, can it?
  • Recession Warning Signs
    • It's getting harder to argue we're not already in one
  • Topping Markets
    • To keep them elevated, we're going to need a bigger stimulus package...

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 10/14 - Good News Friday: Where to Find Vitamin B12, 3-D World Map Of Unprecedented Accuracy

Chris Martenson - October 14, 2016 - 07:29
  • SolarReserve Planning World’s Largest Solar Farm for $5 Billion
  • Meet the Ex-Inmate Whose Successful Prison Rehab Program Goes Beyond Drug Treatment
  • The Paris Agreement Is Officially Coming Into Effect
  • Don't Fear The Tech Revolution
  • Five years of observations from tandem satellites produce 3D world map of unprecedented accuracy
  • Here’s why you need vitamin B12, and where you can find it 
  • Coconut Oil Changed My Life

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Categories: Economics

Another Victory for Workers in Seattle—This Time It’s Their Schedules

Thanks to an ordinance passed last month, service and retail workers will finally get reasonable shift schedules, along with their $15-an-hour minimum wage.
Categories: Economics

The Blockchain: Change Everything Forever

Shareable Magazine - October 13, 2016 - 08:14

Article cross-posted from P2P Foundation. Authored by Ruth Catlow.

This new film by Furtherfield in collaboration with Digital Catapult broadens the current debate about the impact of emerging blockchain technologies.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 10/13 - Russia & U.S. Will Engage In ‘Global War,’ Why Energy Prices Are Headed Lower

Chris Martenson - October 13, 2016 - 06:40
  • US, Saudis to grant 9,000 ISIS fighters free passage from Iraqi Mosul to Syria – source
  • Russia & US will engage in ‘global war’, unless ‘proxy’ Syria conflict resolved – Turkey’s deputy PM
  • Grading the Presidential Candidates on Science
  • Silver, Debt, and Deficits – From an Election Year Perspective
  • EmDrive (Propelantless microwave resonant reactor by Roger Shawyer) 
  • Russia orders all officials to fly home any relatives living abroad, as tensions mount over the prospect of a global war
  • A Eulogy For Democracy
  • Why energy prices are ultimately headed lower; what the IMF missed
  • Scientists May Have Identified the Protein That Controls Aging

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Categories: Economics

For Those Who Don’t Want to Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils

Ranked-choice voting is catching on, and Maine might become the first state to help citizens vote for candidates they actually want.
Categories: Economics

Trump’s Fake Critique of Trade Deals Leaves Out Workers

We must build a movement for trade justice that rejects both Trump’s opportunism and the long-standing neoliberalism of the major political parties.
Categories: Economics

How to Scientifically Measure a Coworking Space to Increase Productivity

Shareable Magazine - October 12, 2016 - 07:42

Authored by Joshua Ng, creative director at The Connectors Society, a Swedish interdisciplinary studio blending collective intelligence and urban design.

Coworking spaces aim to replace the stiff, competitive, closed office with an open, community-based environment. As coworking grows, the variet of spaces also grows. While many are open-plan spaces that offer meeting rooms and private offices, a growing number offer facilities for people whose main work tool is not a laptop.

Categories: Economics