Mark your calendars: Global Sharing Week 2016 takes place June 5-11.
At a time when endless consumption and the privatization of the commons grows ever more pervasive, the simple act of sharing can be revolutionary. It challenges the notion that for-profit companies and other private enterprises must be the suppliers of all goods, services, and experiences in our day-to-day lives. That's why people are coming together to share resources and knowledge with each other. It's empowering, sustainable, and leads to stronger, more resilient communities.
Daily Digest 5/2 - The Clueless Lawmakers Controlling Your Digital Future, Human Extinction Isn't That Unlikely
- Listen Carefully for Hints of the Next Global Recession
- The Lawmakers Who Control Your Digital Future Are Clueless About Technology
- Recovery Lies, Debt Lies, Retirement Lies, Immigration Lies: John Rubino
- The Housing Sector Is Waving Red Flags
- 6 EU member countries ask Brussels for 2-year internal border control - report
- How Microgrids May Transform The Future Of Energy
- Dredging of Miami Port Badly Damaged Coral Reef, Study Finds
- Human Extinction Isn't That Unlikely
- Greenpeace Publishes Leaked TTIP Documents Revealing ‘Grave’ Environmental, Public Health Concerns
- Advanced Economies Must Still Make Things
- A New Option For Gold Buillion
- Scandal-plagued Rome is becoming a 'do it yourself' city
- Jim Bianco Warns "The Risk Of An 'Accident' Is Very High"
- New discovery means more U.S. states will face a risk from Zika
- South Florida's Tourist Season From Hell
- Russia’s nuclear nightmare flows down radioactive river
- Scientists say there’s basically no way the Great Barrier Reef was bleached naturally
I was fortunate to attend a permaculture conference, 'Better Soil, Better Food...A Better World' at Tara Firma Farms in Petaluma, California this past weekend that Adam Taggart (co-founder of Peak Prosperity) was responsible for producing. Joel Salatin (author of nine books, including Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front and head farmer at Polyface Farms, Virginia), Paul Kaiser (Singing Frogs Farm, Sonoma, California), Toby Hemenway (author of Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition), and Robb Wolf (author of The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet) were on hand to explain the connections between the way our food is grown, processed and distributed and our ill-health.
Though these connections are common sense—we all know about garbage in, garbage out—the linkage between our extractive, monoculture agriculture and all the other subsystems of food and health remains opaque to most Americans.
- We know how to farm regeneratively, not extractively, today. We just need to choose to do so.
- Learning from the recent summit with Joel Salatin, Toby Hemenway & Singing Frogs Farm
- The 3 most important components underlying our future health
- What you can do to take control of your health in ways that will enhance your quality of life
In Part 1, we examined the structure of our self-organizing centralized food/illness/healthcare system. In Part 2, we look at what we can do to foster a better, healthier and ultimately much more affordable alternative system.Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture/Horticulture
I have to start by thanking Peak Prosperity’s Adam Taggart for organizing the permaculture conference we attended, Better Soil, Better Food...A Better World. As a long-time gardener, I learned some things that I can apply to my own postage-stamp urban garden (for example, never leave soil bare—plant seedlings immediately after harvesting the current crop of veggies).
I also learned about the perniciously destructive nature of our system of growing, processing, distributing and consuming food. As noted in Part 1, the only possible result of our unhealthy food/illness/health system is ill-health.
The best way to become healthy is to opt out of the entire system. Removing oneself from one subsystem is a good start but insufficient, due to the interconnected nature of the system. Eliminating fast food, for example, is a good start, but the vast majority of packaged and convenience foods are made with the same ingredients as fast food.
This is difficult to do by design. As Joel Salatin explains...
Urban gardening initiative in Syria keeps people from starving during constant siege; food sovereignty allows people to resist domination by surviving the blockades, but not the bombings.
Daily Digest 4/29 - Good News Friday: Philly Encourages 'Vertical Farming,' Bringing Back 'Monotasking'
- Monotasking Gets A Makeover
- Living Simply With A Flip Phone
- ‘Sound of silence’ from anti-gunners after highly publicized self-defense shooting
- Man Goes From Being Homeless to a Homeowner by Selling Newspapers
- Colorado Weighs Replacing Obama’s Health Policy With Universal Coverage
- In Proof We Trust
- Ecocapsule: A Tiny Solar-and-Wind-Powered Mobile Home
- City Council encourages 'vertical farming'
As we look at preparing for uncertain times, we seek to have the resources on hand to weather the storm and be more resilient in our daily lives. We store water and put food away for shortages or emergency situations. We make sure we can communicate with family, friends, and loved ones. We are all working on building resilience our own ways and learning from each other.
Knowledge and skills acquisition is a topic that resonates greatly with the Peak Prosperity community. In this article we will explore a critical skill to learn and practice that can help you in really tough times or emergency situations – the skill of making fire.
- Spy planes catching property tax cheats in Spain with possible Brexit looming
- A Commonwealth In Crisis
- The Market’s Mirage of Higher Wages
- Smoke And Mirrors: False Dilemmas In Monetary Policy
- Why Real Reform Is Now Impossible
- Your Pay Is About To Go Up
- Beware Of Basic Income
- 50% Of Proved Oil Reserves May Have Just Vanished
- Another Farm Under Siege: Animal Rights and The War Against the Farmers
- The Chernobyl Conundrum: Is Radiation As Bad As We Thought?
- Whether or Not He Wins, Bernie Sanders Has Already Changed the Climate Debate
In this current era of central planning, malincentives abound. We raced to frack as fast we could for the quick money, while leaving behind a wake of environmental destruction and creating a supply glut that has killed the economics of shale oil. Our stock exchanges sell unfairly-fast price feeds for great sums to elite Wall Street high-frequency-trading firms, and as a result have destroyed investor trust in our financial markets. The Federal Reserve keeps interest rates historically low to encourage banks to lend money out, yet instead the banks simply lever up to buy Treasurys thereby pocketing vast amounts of riskless free profit. The list goes on and on.
One particular malincentive has been catching my attention recently, one that feels especially pernicious because it does not seem easily reversible, if at all. For US employers both large and small, it's becoming increasingly less appealing to employ human labor.
Milan, Italy is home to Milan Sharing City, a municipal program dedicated to supporting sharing enterprises and practices. Photo by: Mariano Mantel / Flickr. Interview by Monica Bernardi and Christian Iaione.
If you want to invest in a publicly traded company, you simply purchase securities in the company. But if you want to invest in the organic farm down the road, or a new renewable energy startup in your town, it’s not that easy.
- Fridges Go Off As Venezuela Power-Rationing Hits
- Facing Revenue Shortfalls, Kansas May Delay Pension Funding
- Gov’t takes on failing shippers and shipbuilders
- Retail layoffs in 2016 could be highest since 2010
- The Collapse of BHS is a Warning for the U.K’s Faltering Pension Schemes
- China May Loosen Bad-Loan Provision Rules, Bank Chairman Says
- UBS Says Hong Kong Traders Should Be Worried Amid China Defaults
- The $7 Trillion Market Flood of Negative Yield Debt
- South Korea first-quarter GDP slows on weak capex, exports
- S.Korea's president says quantitative easing should be considered
Southern Italy's per capita GDP is 45.8 percent lower than Northern Italy's. Despite this alarming statistic, many Southern Italians believe that the unique beauty and overlooked potential of their country could sustain them financially through tourism alone.