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OSCEdays: an Open Source Circular Economy Global Hackathon

Shareable Magazine - May 25, 2016 - 08:07

The intersection between open source, with its emphasis on free use, modification and sharing, and a circular economy which produces no waste, is an exciting and increasingly important one.

Categories: Economics

What the War on Reproductive Rights Has to do With Poverty and Race

Forty years after Roe v. Wade, discourse about reproductive rights must acknowledge how crucial the abortion decision is to gender equity, economic stability, and a healthy life free from violence.
Categories: Economics

Amid Election Chaos, Communities Show Where the Real Power Is

In every community I visited, I found people working hard to lay a different foundation for our society.
Categories: Economics

Ignoring Reality Doesn’t Work

Chris Martenson - May 24, 2016 - 16:30

Right now, we humans are busy creating a major eco-tastrophe for ourselves. I’d be a lot more hopeful about our ability as a species to at least notice that, and possibly even do something positive and proactive about it; but ecological destruction is slow, complex, and doesn't change much on a day-to-day basis -- making it poorly visible to the key decision makers. 

My lack of hope stems from our oft-demonstrated inability to rally around workable solutions for the serious predicaments that are blatantly near-term, obvious and straightforward.  Take for example the current Greek debt crisis.

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Categories: Economics

66 Things You Can Grow At Home

Chris Martenson - May 24, 2016 - 08:58

There are an amazing assortment of plants that one can grow in containers and pots that make building resilience without a big garden space easier.  Check out these 66 ideas of plants to start with.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/24 - Fear the U.S. Dollar Kill Switch, Indoor Farms Could Revolutionize Agriculture

Chris Martenson - May 24, 2016 - 08:22
  • House to Consider I.R.S. Commissioner’s Impeachment
  • Fear the U.S. Dollar Kill Switch
  • New Political Earthquake in Brazil: Is It Now Time for Media Outlets to Call This a “Coup”?
  • If Citizens United Falls, Will Progressives Notice?
  • Students Boost Food Production With Simple Technologies
  • The War On Cash Is A War On Your Freedom To Opt Out
  • What Caused The Great Depression?
  • Oil Heads Lower As Supply Concerns Abate
  • Indoor Farms Could Revolutionize Agriculture

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Categories: Economics

City Repair: From Illegal Street Painting to City-Sanctioned Placemaking

Shareable Magazine - May 24, 2016 - 08:17

City Repair in action. Photo credit: Greg Raisman

In 1996, Portland, Oregon was rocked when two young girls were killed by a car while crossing a road to get to a playground. The tragedy led to the creation of the first Intersection Repair project, where neighbors painted and reclaimed the street for their community.

Categories: Economics

Tribes Create Their Own Food Laws to Stop USDA From Killing Native Food Economies

From blue corn to bison, narrow federal food-safety codes impact tribal food systems. But advocates are writing their own food laws to preserve Native food sovereignty.
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Off The Cuff: Jackass Leadership

Chris Martenson - May 23, 2016 - 13:52

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

  • Implications Of The Recent Fed Minutes
    • Per usual, good for stocks/bad for gold
  • The Dying Middle Class
    • Sucked dry by central planning policy
  • The Dirty Trick Of Politics
    • Both parties are worth throwing out
  • Jackass Leadership
    • In the Fed, on the Hill, in the White House...

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Categories: Economics

Trying Something New: Live Q&A With Chris

Chris Martenson - May 23, 2016 - 12:20

It's been made abundantly clear over the years that many of you would relish the chance to sit down with Chris and ask him anything.'s your chance!  :)

For a long time now, we've been looking for the right platform to make this happen. Of course, we have our annual seminars where you can meet Chris, Becca and and me in person; but that's only once a year and requires a pretty substantial travel commitment. We've been on the hunt for a technology solution that instead offers an affordable yet high-enough quality online experience for us to have real-time discussions with Peak Prosperity members.

We've finally found one we think will work well, and we're excited to try it out.

So we'll be hosting our first-ever live Peak Prosperity webinar this Wednesday night, at 8pm EST. It's only going to be available to our premium subscribers, such as yourself -- and will be offered to you at no cost.

If you're interested in joining this pilot, please register for the webinar in advance by...

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/23 - U.S. Companies’ Cash Hits $1.7T, What About Maximum Wage?

Chris Martenson - May 23, 2016 - 08:47
  • Washington’s Betrayal of America
  • The ‘scariest chart out there’ looms over pivotal week for markets
  • US companies’ cash pile hits $1.7tn
  • What About Maximum Wage?
  • Next Up For Our Chaotic World
  • Vietnam Arms Embargo to Be Fully Lifted, Obama Says in Hanoi
  • When We Can Expect The Next Oil Shock
  • Bayer’s $62 Billion Monsanto Bid Raises Alarm on Final Price

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Categories: Economics

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.

Categories: Economics

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.

Categories: Economics

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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Categories: Economics

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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Categories: Economics

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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Categories: Economics

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

Categories: Economics

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.
Categories: Economics

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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Categories: Economics