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Interviewed: Roberto Covolo of ExFadda, a Design-led Social Innovation Hub in Rural Italy

Shareable Magazine - May 23, 2016 - 08:35

Roberto Covolo, ExFadda’s project manager. Article co-authored with Nicole Stojanovska. 

Jutting into the Mediterranean on the stiletto heel of Italy, the municipality of San Vito dei Normanni in Puglia is home to 20,000 Sanvitesi inhabitants. The Apulian countryside is peppered with olive groves, oak trees, and farms separated by wind-polished stone walls. Agriculture has long been the backbone of the local economy, but a lack of employment and social innovation has compelled a large portion of the town’s youth to emigrate.

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Sharing Depot Brings Library of Things to Toronto

Shareable Magazine - May 23, 2016 - 07:09

When the first Toronto Tool Library was launched in 2013, the project was so well received by the local community that it quickly grew to four locations and over 25,000 loans with a near 100 percent return rate.

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FerFAL: Understanding Societal Collapse

Chris Martenson - May 22, 2016 - 10:18

As we write about the risks of our over-indebted economy, of our unsustainable fossil fuel-dependent energy policies, and our accelerating depletion of key resources, it's not a far leap to start worrying about the potential for a coming degradation of our modern lifestyle -- or even the possibility of full-blown societal collapse.

Sadly, collapse is not just a theoretical worry for a growing number of people around the world. They're living within it right now.

This week, we catch up with Fernando "FerFAL" Aguirre, who began blogging during the hyperinflationary destruction of Argentina’s economy in 2001 and has since dedicated his professional career to educating the public about his experiences and observations of its lingering aftermath. Given his first-hand experience with living through, and eventually escaping, economic collapse in South America, we asked him to offer his insider's perspective on the current crisis in Venezuela, as well as the devolving situation in Brazil.

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Daily Digest 5/22 - Iran Won’t Freeze Output Before OPEC Mtg, The Digital Divide

Chris Martenson - May 22, 2016 - 08:08
  • Unemployed Detroit Residents Are Trapped by a Digital Divide 
  • Primed To Fight Their Government 
  • A World Of Walls
  • Will The New Overtime Rules Really Hurt Workers?
  • Four hundred miles with Tesla’s autopilot forced me to trust the machine
  • Iran Won’t Freeze Oil Output Before OPEC Meeting

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Daily Digest 5/21 - 'Death Cross’ Could Be The Real Deal, Is Organic Better For Your Health?

Chris Martenson - May 21, 2016 - 07:00
  • This S&P 500 'Death Cross’ Could Be The Real Deal
  • Mother of all Head & Shoulder Patterns & China Just Completed the Right Shoulder
  • Facebook ‘Trending’ List Skewed by Individual Judgment, Not Institutional Bias
  • In Sweden, an Experiment Turns Shorter Workdays Into Bigger Gains
  • International Markets Prove Hard To Conquer For U.S. LNG
  • Pray for Shade: Heat Wave Sets a Record in India
  • Is organic better for your health? A look at milk, meat, eggs, produce and fish.
  • Chicken Giant Perdue Just Nixed a Nasty Clause from Its Contracts with Farmers

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Daily Digest 5/20 - Good News Friday: The Brain Dictionary, FDA To Highlight Sugar Levels In Food

Chris Martenson - May 20, 2016 - 08:39
  • Hurrah For The Texas Gold Depository——-All The ‘Right People’ Hate It!
  • McDonald's (MCD) Earnings Report: Q1 2016 Conference Call Transcript
  • The Brain Dictionary
  • Lessons From America's First Memory World Champion
  • The End Of Code
  • It's official: employers can't force you to be happy. Hallelujah
  • Germany Just Got Almost All of Its Power From Renewable Energy
  • FDA Approves New Nutrition Panel that Highlights Sugar Levels

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How to Bootstrap a Bossless Organization in 3 Easy Steps

Shareable Magazine - May 20, 2016 - 05:44

Org chart for the Loomio cooperative in April 2016

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Meet the Citizens Who Helped Decide Their City’s Budget—and Got Better Buses, Benches, and Crosswalks

Greensboro, North Carolina, is the first Southern city to give citizens direct control over a slice of public spending.
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Observations From The Heart Of Silicon Valley

Chris Martenson - May 19, 2016 - 17:11

Yesterday I made the 2-hour drive back to Silicon Valley, where I lived for 15 years before moving out to the country.

I rarely go back, as I miss very little about the hyper-elite scene there. When I do, though, I feel I have a useful 'insider-now-outsider' perspective that allows me to see things there more accurately than those who live in that fishbowl 24/7.

What hit me most strongly upon arriving back in the Menlo Park/Palo Alto area, is how little of the craziness has changed since I left 4 years ago. I don't mean 'unchanged' though; rather that the same craziness is there, just more extreme than ever.

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Wood Mulch VS. Living Mulch

Chris Martenson - May 19, 2016 - 15:17

Last season I planted perennials in my zone 1 annual garden in an effort to transition away from annual gardening. I'll always have an annual garden, but I am limiting the size, given the amount of energy required for their upkeep. I much prefer to mix in my annuals among my young food forestry.

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Daily Digest 5/19 - Another Market Prop Falters, Is The Gold Rally Doomed?

Chris Martenson - May 19, 2016 - 07:58
  • Another Market Prop Falters: Q1 Buyback Announcements Down 38% From Prior Year
  • ‘Trapping atoms between laser beams’: AI research tool runs Nobel Prize physics experiment
  • Undeniable Evidence That The Real Economy Is Already In Recession Mode
  • George Soros Sells Stocks, Buys More Gold, Why Investors Should Care
  • Brexit Risks In 2016 – The Movie
  • Precisely Wrong on Cash?
  • Is The Gold Rally Doomed?
  • Signals: From Gold And The S&P
  • What Does The Next OPEC Meeting Have In Store?

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Who’s Lobbying for Millennial Interests? Meet the “AARP for Young People”

This is the first election year with the same number of millennial voters as baby boomers. Here’s how lobbyists for young people could change our politics on prisons, climate, and student debt.
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11 Platform Cooperatives Creating a Real Sharing Economy

Shareable Magazine - May 18, 2016 - 12:00

As “death star platforms” such as Airbnb and Uber continue their pursuit of global domination, an alternative is rising in its wake.

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Daily Digest 5/18 - Japan Sucked Into Deflation Again, U.S. Debt Dump Deepens

Chris Martenson - May 18, 2016 - 07:19
  • Sucked into deflation again - Japan's $2 cup noodle binge is sign of the times
  • Hungry Venezuelans Hunt Dogs, Cats, Pigeons as Food Runs Out
  • Aldermen on board with Emanuel borrowing another $600 million
  • IMF Proposes Eurozone Debt Relief for Greece Until 2040
  • D.C. Metro fare increases cause anger, apprehension
  • Italy 50-year bond: a sign of investors’ confidence or despair?
  • U.S. debt dump deepens in 2016

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With More Americans Going Far Left (And Right), an Anti-Corporate Agenda Takes Shape

Voters hit hardest by free-trade economics are rebelling against the status quo. We can use that energy to build a powerful, grassroots movement for democracy.
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Eugene Tiny House Villages Model Innovative Solutions to Homelessness

Shareable Magazine - May 17, 2016 - 07:44

Tiny houses in Eugene, Oregon, provide the formerly homeless with a sense of ownership and community. This article is cross-posted from Future Perfect.

Rhonda Harding was working as a live-in health care provider when she became homeless. Her client passed away, and Harding couldn’t find other housing. “Since I was technically not on his lease, I had nowhere else to go,” she says.

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Daily Digest 5/17 - Multiple Collapse Triggers Everywhere, A Terrible Year for Political Transparency

Chris Martenson - May 17, 2016 - 06:36
  • Why Conventional Investors Are Getting Slaughtered
  • BlackRock’s Fink Says Everyone Should Worry About China Debt
  • Neuroscience confirms that to be truly happy, you will always need something more
  • Multiple Collapse Triggers Everywhere 
  • ‘Who Is This Guy?’ In Connected Political World, Few Know Donald Trump
  • It's a Terrible Year for Political Transparency in America
  • Austin, Indiana: the HIV capital of small-town America
  • eSlice: a triple pricing economic system, designed for a reslient world

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Daily Digest 5/16 - Escape The Earnings Meltdown, What's The Arabic For Democracy?

Chris Martenson - May 16, 2016 - 07:57
  • What is the Arabic for democracy?
  • U.S. Breakup Becoming More Mainstream
  • Why America's Federal Debt is a Clear And Present Danger
  • Ludwig von Mises's Top 9 Quotes on Gold
  • Escape The Earnings Meltdown
  • Uncomfortable Truths About Banking and Money
  • Americans Don’t Miss Manufacturing — They Miss Unions
  • A Plan to Flood San Francisco With News on Homelessness

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Superpublic: A New Coworking Space to Connect Public, Private and Nonprofit Sectors in San Francisco

Shareable Magazine - May 16, 2016 - 07:41

A new coworking space in San Francisco aims to bring all levels of government together with businesses, nonprofits and universities to create solutions to San Francisco's problems. 

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How Much Does It Cost to Win a Seat in the U.S. Senate?

And other things you should probably know.
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