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How Schools in Canada Successfully Engaged Kids in Participatory Budgeting

Shareable Magazine - 5 hours 4 min ago

Chelsea is a small municipality located in the province of Quebec, Canada, about 20 minutes drive from Ottawa. In 2015, Chelsea implemented the first school participatory budgeting (PB) project in North America that involved three elementary schools and a community center. The Meredith Community Centre allocated a small portion of its budget for this pilot project, and the schools mobilized the students to deliberate and make decisions on how to allocate those funds.

The Chelsea schools' participatory budgeting is unique for four reasons:

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 7/27 - Fed Is Preparing To Crash The System, BC LNG Project No Longer Proceeding

Chris Martenson - 9 hours 7 min ago
  • Why & How to Hedge the Growing Risks of Holding Equities
  • This Chart Might Make You Rethink the Adage “Stocks Always Come Back”
  • Warning: The Fed Is Preparing To Crash The System Again
  • Don’t Let a Stock Market Shake-Up Ruin Your Portfolio
  • Amid the Blaring Headlines, Routine Reports of Hate-Fueled Violence
  • Pacific NorthWest LNG project in Port Edward, B.C., no longer proceeding
  • Trump’s U.S.-Steel Pipeline Plan To Backfire On Energy Projects
  • Brutal Drought in the West Is Decimating This Year’s Wheat Crop

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Categories: Economics

Peak Prosperity Advanced Seminar Course: Developing Your Emotional and Social Capital

Chris Martenson - July 26, 2017 - 14:11

The old world is falling apart. Your ability to live a full and joyful life in these trying times depends on your ability to be with your emotions, learning what they have to teach you about your deepest self.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 7/26 - Venezuela’s Crises In Charts, IMF Says Calls For Stimulus End 'Premature'

Chris Martenson - July 26, 2017 - 05:40
  • Venezuela’s economic and political crisis in charts
  • Uncertainty Over Obamacare Leaves 2018 Rates In Limbo
  • Student loan borrowers, herded into default, face a relentless collector: the U.S.
  • IMF says ECB should maintain stimulus, calls for end are 'premature'
  • Record-Low ECB Rates Are a €1 Trillion Government Windfall
  • New Board Members Agree BOJ Is Far From Talking About Exit Plan
  • Loan default rate for risky retailers jumps above 5%; Fitch Ratings
  • Something Big, Bad And Ugly Is Taking Place In The U.S. Retirement Market
  • Electric Car Industry Faces A Looming Supply Shortage

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Categories: Economics

Oxford Internet Institute Launches Interactive Map of the Global Gig Economy

Shareable Magazine - July 25, 2017 - 14:39

This month, researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute, part of the University of Oxford, England, released their first worker supplement to the Online Labour index, which measures the gig economy in real time.

Categories: Economics

Podcast: What is the Transition Movement?

Shareable Magazine - July 25, 2017 - 10:10

In this episode we spoke with Rob Hopkins, the founder and figurehead of the Transition Movement, which is a grassroots community project aiming to increase self-sufficiency and address the ecological and economic crises currently faced by humanity. Hopkins is based in Totnes, Devon, which is a small town in the southwest of England. Totnes was the first town to begin the transition initiative, and there are now over fifty towns across the world that are part of the larger Transition Network. 

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 7/25 - Installing Microchips In Employees, Japan's Doomsday Preppers

Chris Martenson - July 25, 2017 - 08:08
  • Staving Off The Coming Global Collapse
  • Installing microchips in employees is 'the right thing to do,' CEO says
  • America's top lawman lied under oath. Can we seize his stuff?
  • Japan’s Doomsday Preppers Are Buying $19,000 Bomb Shelters
  • Beware the Sharing Economy
  • The 'Horrific' Human-Smuggling Tragedy in Texas
  • OPEC’s No.2 Goes Rogue, Plans To Pump 5 Million Bpd
  • From Inferno To Purgatory

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Categories: Economics

What can history teach us about the present?

Beyond Money - July 24, 2017 - 11:47

Is there a science of history? Are there patterns in human affairs that tend to repeat themselves? Can we understand what is happening in our time by studying the past? These are questions that have intrigued me for a long time. Based on my study of systems, networks, political economy, and human behavior, my conclusions tends toward the affirmative in each case.

Based on his book, 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed, Prof. Eric Cline, in this fascinating lecture, looks back more than 3,200 years to describe the collapse of an earlier “global” civilization.  He presents evidence of an elaborate trading network around the Mediterranean which was composed of what he calls “the G8 of the ancient world.”

Here is a portion of the description from the YouTube channel:
“From about 1500 BC to 1200 BC, the Mediterranean region played host to a complex cosmopolitan and globalized world-system. It may have been this very internationalism that contributed to the apocalyptic disaster that ended the Bronze Age. When the end came, the civilized and international world of the Mediterranean regions came to a dramatic halt in a vast area stretching from Greece and Italy in the west to Egypt, Canaan, and Mesopotamia in the east. Large empires and small kingdoms collapsed rapidly. With their end came the world’s first recorded Dark Ages. It was not until centuries later that a new cultural renaissance emerged in Greece and the other affected areas, setting the stage for the evolution of Western society as we know it today. Professor Eric H. Cline of The George Washington University will explore why the Bronze Age came to an end and whether the collapse of those ancient civilizations might hold some warnings for our current society.”

On the same general topic, Ian Morris, Professor of History at Stanford University, in his lecture Why the West Rules — For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future, points to the same primary factors that lead to the collapse of civilizations.

Mass migration
Epidemic diseases
State failure
Famine
Climate change

Historically, each collapse had been followed by a “dark age.” Is that what’s in store for us in our time? View the full lecture at https://youtu.be/wnqS7G3LmMo.


Categories: Blogs

Alex J. Pollock: Insights From The Recent Congressional Hearing On The Fed

Chris Martenson - July 24, 2017 - 11:43

On June 28th 2017, the United States Congress held a hearing titled: “The Federal Reserve’s Impact on Main Street, Retirees and Savings.” If you haven't watched it yet, we highly recommend doing so.

Joining us for today's podcast is Alex J. Pollock, one of the experts who participated on that Congressional panel. In this discussion, he details out his assessments of the Fed's major transgressions against the interests of the general public. But perhaps more interestingly, he shares his observations from the hearing and how it struck him that many of the members of Congress that convened it appear to be growing increasingly concerned about the Fed's lack of accountability, as well as its potential fallibility.

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Categories: Economics

Q&A with Scholar Juliet Schor on the Striking Differences Between Nonprofit and For-profit Sharing Enterprises

Shareable Magazine - July 24, 2017 - 10:52

It's easy to group all enterprises that promote "sharing" into a single category. New technology has made it much easier for people to share almost everything — cars, houses, work spaces, just to name a few. There's really no shortage of ways that people can pool resources. But there's a huge difference in the goals between for-profit sharing economy companies like Uber and Airbnb and nonprofit groups like tool libraries, time banks, and makerspaces.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 7/24 - Toxic Fires, Deutsche Bank To Shift $350B From London To Frankfurt

Chris Martenson - July 24, 2017 - 10:37
  • "Worse Than People Can Imagine" - Deutsche Bank To Shift $350 Billion Of Assets From London To Frankfurt
  • European Real Estate Is Entering Bubble Territory, Fidelity Says
  • Break up the cable monopolies? Democrats propose new competition laws
  • OPEC Meets Next Week To ‘Fix’ Compliance Problem
  • Toxic Fires 
  • A timeline map of the massive increase in human-caused earthquakes in Oklahoma 
  • Has the Moment for Environmental Justice Been Lost?
  • Why a total solar eclipse is such a big deal

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Categories: Economics

New Report Highlights the Role of Sharing in Promoting Urban Sustainability

Shareable Magazine - July 24, 2017 - 07:41

Over three years of research on urban sustainability at the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research in Israel, it became apparent to us that sharing is an innovative and promising avenue for creating a lifestyle that is far more sustainable than our current lifestyles. Israel has experience with sharing in the rural context, through the establishment of the agricultural "kibbutzim" model.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 7/22 - American Empire 'Collapsing,' Cash Becoming Obsolete In Urban China

Chris Martenson - July 22, 2017 - 07:49
  • There are more renters than any time since 1965
  • Staving Off the Coming Global Collapse
  • Pentagon study declares American empire is ‘collapsing’
  • Cyberwar looms as diplomats dither
  • In Urban China, Cash Is Rapidly Becoming Obsolete
  • Jeff Sessions wants police to take more cash from American citizens
  • Is Gerrymandering a Threat to Democracy?
  • A Stock Market Crash Is Coming
  • Can the Mall of America survive the retail apocalypse?

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Categories: Economics

What To Do With Your Cash?

Chris Martenson - July 21, 2017 - 21:19

Have you moved a material percentage of your financial portfolio to cash? Have you become so concerned about the meteoric ramp upwards in asset prices that you find it wiser instead to move to the sidelines, build "dry powder", and wait to re-enter the markets at saner valuations?

If so, you have my sympathies.

The past 5+ years have been brutal for savers pursuing this strategy. I know this well, as I'm one of those folks, too.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digset 7/21 - Good News Friday: Wireless Powered By Light, What Bitcoin And Solar Have In Common

Chris Martenson - July 21, 2017 - 07:30
  • Toronto man builds park stairs for $550, irking city after $65,000 estimate
  • I Dropped Out Of High School — And I’m Doing Just Fine
  • Judges ordered to set affordable bonds for defendants who pose no danger
  • A future for light-powered wireless connectivity, thanks to graphene
  • What Bitcoin And Solar Have In Common
  • House defeats amendment to strip climate study from Defense bill
  • Chile Just Converted 11 Million Acres Into New National Parks
  • Fireflies sparkle in a Pennsylvania field at dusk

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Categories: Economics

Off The Cuff: The Unsinkable(?) Market

Chris Martenson - July 20, 2017 - 23:06

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

  • The Unsinkable Market
    • No data is bad enough to stop its rise
  • The Disappearance Of Volatility
    • Gone, but for how long?
  • Failing Pension Plans
    • A truly massive crisis in the making
  • Cash, Gold & Bitcoin
    • The only places for capital to find safety?

During these doldrum days of summer, where no matter the news, today's "unsinkable" markets continue to march ever upwards, Mish shares his thoughts on what will finally cause asset prices to tank.

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Categories: Economics

How to Run Collaborative Projects That Don't Fall Prey to Bureaucracy

Shareable Magazine - July 20, 2017 - 14:05

Today, when people call something "bureaucratic," they usually mean that in a negative sense, but bureaucracy didn't always have this negative connotation. About 100 years ago when many professional bureaucracies were being built, they were seen as a means of bringing quality control, predictability, and integrity to administrations. But bureaucracy has taken on a life of its own since its inception, and now is often viewed as self-perpetuating itself in thoroughly mediocre and banal ways. People today hear "bureaucracy" and think of the opposite of innovation.

Categories: Economics

What can history teach us about the present?

Beyond Money - July 20, 2017 - 10:18

Is there a science of history? Are there patterns in human affairs that tend to repeat themselves? Can we understand what is happening in our time by studying the past? These are questions that have intrigued me for a long time. Based on my study of systems, networks, political economy, and human behavior, my conclusions tends toward the affirmative in each case.

Based on his book, 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed, Prof. Eric Cline, in this fascinating lecture, looks back more than 3,200 years to describe the collapse of an earlier “global” civilization.  He presents evidence of an elaborate trading network around the Mediterranean which was composed of what he calls “the G8 of the ancient world.”

Here is a portion of the description from the YouTube channel:
“From about 1500 BC to 1200 BC, the Mediterranean region played host to a complex cosmopolitan and globalized world-system. It may have been this very internationalism that contributed to the apocalyptic disaster that ended the Bronze Age. When the end came, the civilized and international world of the Mediterranean regions came to a dramatic halt in a vast area stretching from Greece and Italy in the west to Egypt, Canaan, and Mesopotamia in the east. Large empires and small kingdoms collapsed rapidly. With their end came the world’s first recorded Dark Ages. It was not until centuries later that a new cultural renaissance emerged in Greece and the other affected areas, setting the stage for the evolution of Western society as we know it today. Professor Eric H. Cline of The George Washington University will explore why the Bronze Age came to an end and whether the collapse of those ancient civilizations might hold some warnings for our current society.”


Categories: Blogs

What in the world is going on? — Part 3

Beyond Money - July 20, 2017 - 08:20

George Friedman, professional geopolitical analyst, founder of STRATFOR and author of The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century seems quite knowledgeable about history and the current status of military and economic power around the world.  In the following presentation he talks about U.S. strategy over the past 100 years and “the real interests of the United States.” He argues that the powers that control U.S. foreign policy have one overriding fear, which is “a united Eurasia”–“Our primary interest is to make sure that Russia and Germany do not form an entente,” neither by conquest nor agreement.

He observes that “Eurasia is now in complete chaos,” Russia and China are both weakening, and that Japan, Turkey, Poland are on the rise. He admits that “We staged the coup in Ukraine.” Regarding the Middle-East, he says “it will come down to Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey to work it out.”

He believes (or claims to) that the U.S. intervention in Libya was ethically motivated, but I find that hard to believe. The evidence of the past century of U.S. interventions around the world shows quite clearly that ethical and humanitarian motivations provide mere cover for quite different  objectives. In the case of Libya, I believe that the attacks by the U.S. and NATO forces, and the murder of Muammar Gaddafi, had more to do with keeping Libya within the global debt money regime than with rescuing the Libyan people from the clutches of a “brutal dictator.”–t.h.g.


Categories: Blogs

Daily Digest 7/20 - China Stocks Plunge, Thoughts On Gold

Chris Martenson - July 20, 2017 - 07:15
  • China stocks plunge on ‘Black Monday’, with nearly 500 stocks falling by daily limit of 10pc
  • Japan Central Bank's ETF Shopping Spree Is Becoming a Worry
  • Trump Fed chief candidates say ambitious growth targets can be met
  • Thoughts On Gold
  • Who are the Transportation Disadvantaged?
  • U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel
  • Together, technology and teachers can revamp schools
  • The Man Who Blew The Door Off The Microbial World
  • 'An insane amount of heat' as fire near Yosemite National Park moves with frightening speed

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Categories: Economics