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Is the Local Economy Too Local? Why Co-Ops and Credit Unions Need a Broader Strategy

Author and activist Gar Alperovitz calls it a “checkerboard strategy.” In the first piece in a series, we look at the organizations working to transform our economy, and how they can benefit from working together.
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Interviewed: Joel Dietz on Distributed Collaborative Organizations

Shareable Magazine - April 28, 2015 - 12:21

Distributed Collaborative Organizations use blockchain technology to achieve participatory governance. (Swarm)

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Prefab Root Cellar

Chris Martenson - April 28, 2015 - 11:39

An interesting design for a prefabricated root cellar that might provide an easy turnkey solution for helping folks establish a food storage room for their garden produce.

http://www.treehugger.com/kitchen-design/get-back-your-roots-groundfridge-prefab-root-cellar.html

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Daily Digest 4/28 - Money Worries, The Dying Sea

Chris Martenson - April 28, 2015 - 08:25
  • Baltimore Enlists National Guard and a Curfew to Fight Riots and Looting
  • Nonviolence as Compliance
  • Money Worries
  • Jim Rogers: Next Economic Problem Will Be Worse Than 2008
  • Where The Islamic State Gets Its Weapons
  • A Rundown Of The EIA’s Latest Energy Predictions 
  • The Dying Sea
  • Don’t Just Plant, Plan!

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Google's Street Art Project Brings 10,000 Works Online

Shareable Magazine - April 28, 2015 - 02:48

It’s not news that Google has a creative streak, but the tech giant’s foray into street art comes as a bit of a surprise. In an effort to catalog street art before it disappears, the Google Street Art Project features audio tours, online exhibitions, stories about the street artists, collections of street art from around the world, animated street art, and more.

Categories: Economics

How to Build a Timber Forest Area

Chris Martenson - April 27, 2015 - 12:22

I have installed two areas that I would consider my timber forest area and my zone 4. I originally planned for three areas, but I decided against making a timber area in front of the pond as I already have a swale here with fruit trees that I did not want to shade too bad. Also, I have existing forest that is moving in, so I will simply let it go for the area that I want to cover without shading the sun for my fruit trees.

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6 Cheap DIY Greenhouses

Chris Martenson - April 27, 2015 - 09:15

A great selection of inexpensive greenhouse ideas that are inspired by simple housing structures.  Time to swap out the canvas on my tipi for greenhouse plastic.

http://waldenlabs.com/6-diy-greenhouse-designs/?inf_contact_key=fd723eac4823897da941ff12b69e43fcc4b209c3ffe5bfd0a81d8e6f8f2dde6f

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Daily Digest 4/27 - NJ Caught In Foreclosure Crisis, The End Of The Eight-Hour Day?

Chris Martenson - April 27, 2015 - 07:04
  • Have We Seen The End Of The Eight-Hour Day?
  • New Jersey still caught in foreclosure nightmare
  • The “War on Cash” Migrates to Switzerland
  • The Virtual Immunity Of The Well-Connected: Gen. Petraeus Edition
  • King World News: Michael Pento Interview
  • Seasoned Investigative Journalist Exposes Inside Strategies to Censor News
  • Mysterious Oil & Gas Worker Deaths Across Americ
  • A California Chef's Dish-Pit Hack Could Help Restaurants Address the Drought

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Categories: Economics

Inside Italy's Urban Commons and Sharing School Movements

Shareable Magazine - April 25, 2015 - 08:52

I met architect Andrea Paoletti four years ago at Impact Hub SoMa in San Francisco, the coworking space where I’m a long-time member. He was visiting from Milan to lead a collaborative interior design project with Hub members. His job was to help Hub members design their space to foster collaboration. His work interested me and was relevant to Shareable. I asked him to write an article about his work co-designing collaborative spaces.

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Daily Digest 4/25 - The Financial Black Hole, Rethinking Extinction

Chris Martenson - April 25, 2015 - 07:44
  • The Private Equity Firm That Grew Too Fast
  • Negative Interest Rates: The Financial Black Hole
  • Wired Is Right And You Damn Well Ought To Raise Hell
  • A mega-Comcast could have squashed online competition, government says
  • War For Hire
  • The downside of “Drill, baby, drill!”—degraded North American ecosystems
  • California orders no water diversions despite legal rights
  • Rethinking extinction

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Rising Police Aggression A Telling Indicator Of Our Societal Decline

Chris Martenson - April 24, 2015 - 09:22

It’s time to face some uncomfortable ideas about the state of civilization in the United States.  It is no longer the beacon of freedom illuminating a better way for the world, because it is becoming more and more uncivilized by the day.

The recent spate of police brutality videos and the complete lack of a useful or even any reasonable response by the police unions has shaped this piece of writing, but it goes well beyond those incidents and extends into all corners of the lives of US citizens now.

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Preparing for the Coming Breakdown

Chris Martenson - April 24, 2015 - 09:18
Executive Summary
  • The boom in fossil energy has allowed us to enjoy a stability that we may not be able to maintain in the future
  • As society erodes, power concentrates in those intent on grabbing it
  • Nurturing cultural capital is key to maintaining freedom and fairness
  • Strategies for reducing your risk to societal breakdown

If you have not yet read Part 1: Rising Police Aggression A Telling Indicator Of Our Societal Decline available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

Now we need to prepare those people who live in borderline uncivilized nations, which include the US, Mexico, much of South America, and a few European nations for what is coming next.

Ask yourself this: If tensions are this bad now, while relatively abundant resources exist, how bad do you think they’ll get during the next economic downturn or financial crisis?

One of the core predicaments is that the future simply cannot be more wonderful than the past in terms of ease of life and living standards. The pie is no longer growing like it used to, and someday it will begin to shrink.

My Monkey Brain

I have a confession to make. I react strongly to injustice. It simply makes my blood boil. Writing this article has been one of my less fun adventures in a while because of all the horrible injustices I had to wade through to assemble it.

For a long time I thought that my angry reaction to injustice had to do with old childhood slights around unequal Christmas gifts or something, but I’ve since learned it’s a more primal reaction than that.

Or perhaps I should say primate reaction.

Watch how Capuchin monkeys react an unfair situation and if you are like me, you’ll...

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Interviewed: The Leaders of Kenya's College for Cooperatives

Shareable Magazine - April 24, 2015 - 07:49

Established in 1952, The Co-operative University College of Kenya trains students to lead the country's many cooperatives. (Nathan Schneider)

The Co-operative University College of Kenya (CUCK), on the outskirts of Nairobi, looks like any other college. Students walk along its manicured paths and drab hallways with their books and phones—alone, absorbed in thought, or in groups, gabbing with each other. Visiting, I felt like I'd been on campuses like this a million times. But I had never been to a college for cooperatives.

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Daily Digest 4/24 - Guide to the Coming Collapse, "The Time To Accumulate Gold Is Now"

Chris Martenson - April 24, 2015 - 07:06
  • Jim Rickards - "The Time To Accumulate Gold Is Now"
  • Armageddon Down South: Learning from the Calbuco Volcano Eruption in South America
  • Facebook says it doesn't save your unpublished posts
  • A Practical Utopian’s Guide to the Coming Collapse
  • You Can't Get an Apartment Because Rich People Need Them All
  • Switzerland And Gold: What's Next?
  • Oil markets bullish as US shale boom grinds to temporary halt
  • The real losers in Brazil's Petrobras scandal
  • Big Hit For U.S. Oil Production In January
  • Food Chain Catastrophe: Emergency Shut Down Of West Coast Fisheries: “Populations Have Crashed 91 Percent”

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Off the Cuff: Our Culture Is Failing Us

Chris Martenson - April 23, 2015 - 19:15

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

  • Broken Markets
    • When all signals are false, how does one invest wisely?
  • The Decline Of Culture
    • A fundamental crisis within Western society
  • The Decline Of Civilization
    • We are on a track to repeat history, and not in a good way
  • Crafting A New Narrative
    • What should a more functional society aspire to?

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 4/23 - IMF Warns Of Potential Instability, Is Europe Worth The Investment?

Chris Martenson - April 23, 2015 - 07:56
  • IMF Reports Warns of Financial Instability – Low Interest Rates Will Be Our Doom
  • Obama’s Republican Collaborators
  • Is Europe Worth The Investment?
  • MSNBC’s Touré Has the Taxman on His Case
  • Expect Deflation, Inflation And Hyperinflation In This Distorted Financial System
  • Record Numbers Of Drivers Trading In Electric Cars For SUVs
  • How to Make Money in Renewable Energy
  • Big oil warns world to brace for a different, but equally daunting, price shock to come
  • U.S. Oil Production May Not Drop In Earnest Until 2016
  • Your White Teeth and Smooth Skin Are Damaging the Environment
  • 1,015 gallons of water were used to make this plate

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New Bill to Spur Growth of Worker Coops in California

Shareable Magazine - April 22, 2015 - 07:59

A new bill in California is a step toward recognizing worker cooperatives as a solution to the state’s growing income inequality and worsening prospects for low- and middle-income people.

AB 816 clarifies language in the existing coop statute and creates the legal structure, capital structure, and certain exemptions from registration requirements to make it easier to form worker cooperatives.

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Spain's CIC Tries to Build a New Economy from the Ground Up

Shareable Magazine - April 22, 2015 - 07:49

Top image: Enric Duran. Article and image cross-posted from Resilience.org and Bollier.org.

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Daily Digest 4/22 - Greek Bank Shares Slide, Eurozone Gov't Debts Continue To Rise

Chris Martenson - April 22, 2015 - 07:07
  • Greece buys six weeks’ space with order transferring city funds
  • Atlantic City Managers In Talks to Hire Restructuring Lawyers
  • Surging medical, nursing care costs strain Japan's public finances
  • Chicago Schools Haunted by Bankruptcy Chatter Ahead of Bond Sale
  • Eurozone government debts continue to rise in 2014
  • Key European interbank rate drops below zero
  • Fink Says Central Bankers ‘Destroying’ Insurers With Low Rates
  • Greek bank shares slide to record low as ECB considers pulling the plug
  • India’s Central Bank Chief Looks for More Accommodation
  • Hungary Central Bank Flags More Easing as Rate Cut to Record

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Food Stamps Are Worth Double at These Michigan Farmers Markets—Helping Families and Local Businesses

The USDA is putting $31 million behind a program that helps low-income families take home twice the veggies, and local farmers make twice the money.
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