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Podcast: What Would an Economy Based on Wellbeing Look Like?

Shareable Magazine - May 2, 2017 - 11:38

In last week's episode Upstream explored the theme of economic inequality and looked at how neoliberal policies have impacted many communities, including Frome. This week's episode asks the following question: How can towns and communities around the world begin to make wellbeing and happiness the ultimate goal of their economy? 

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Daily Digest 5/2 - High Ground Becoming Hot Property, Carbon Intensity Is Falling In Energy Sectors

Chris Martenson - May 2, 2017 - 07:24
  • Washington Is the Real Threat to Peace on the Korean Peninsula
  • Trump's U.S. Looks Past Energy Independence to Global Dominance
  • Do We understand?— Nazca lines
  • The secret to honesty revealed: it feels better
  • Carbon intensity is falling in industrial, electric power sectors
  • Canadian Oil Patch Shrugs Off Trumps Trade War Threat
  • Monsanto accused in court of conducting an army of shills to crackdown on negative online comments
  • High Ground Is Becoming Hot Property as Sea Level Rises

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Categories: Economics

Stepping Way Out Of The Comfort Zone

Chris Martenson - May 2, 2017 - 06:21

Most people have nightmares about finding themselves onstage in front of an audience with no idea what they're doing. Perhaps an even worse fear is finding yourself naked (or nearly so) in public.

Mash those two phobias together and you pretty much get how last weekend went for me.

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Categories: Economics

6 Ways to Put Public Interest Ahead of Big Pharma Profits

Increase access to generics, end “evergreening” drug patents, and other ways to put people before profits.
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Read an Excerpt from Creative Commons' Upcoming Book — 'Made with Creative Commons'

Shareable Magazine - May 1, 2017 - 16:29

About 1.5 years ago, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, we set out to research and write a book about the ways creators and businesses make money when they share their work using Creative Commons licensing. We had a particular vision for the work. We would identify and interview 24 diverse enterprises. We would analyze their revenue models and customer segments. We would figure out what makes them work and turn it into advice that applies to everyone.

Categories: Economics

Why Bike-Sharing Platform Bluegogo's Planned Launch in San Francisco Went Downhill

Shareable Magazine - May 1, 2017 - 14:05

One would think San Francisco and bike sharing would be a match made in heaven. To some extent it is, but like all relationships, it isn't without friction. In the past few years, the city has been steadily increasing its biking infrastructure, earning the title of the second most bike-friendly city in the U.S., from Bicycling magazine (Chicago took first place).

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/1 - Global Elite Headed For Fall, Insane Bond, Stock and Real Estate Markets

Chris Martenson - May 1, 2017 - 05:44
  • The global elite are headed for a fall. And they don't even know it.
  • ‘My Brexit advice to Theresa May is to avoid negotiating at all costs’
  • Insane Bond, Stock and Real Estate Markets: Mike Maloney
  • French Presidential Elections: And Then There Were Two
  • Detroit Is A Reminder Peak America Was Over 50 Years Ago
  • Emboldened by Trump but Divided by Generations, Democrats Look to 2020
  • Future World Economic Growth In Big Trouble As Oil Discoveries Fall To Historic Lows
  • Archaeologists Dig Up An 800-Year-Old Native American Pot. What They Found Inside Is Changing History
  • A farewell to kings? New ideas on the vanishing monarch butterflies

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Categories: Economics

Melissa Zimdars: The Truth About Fake News

Chris Martenson - April 30, 2017 - 07:54

On this week's podcast we discuss the "fake news list" with its creator, Dr. Melissa Zimdars, assistant professor of communications at Merrimack College.

In the aftermath of the 2016 US Presidential election, "fake news" was blamed as a major reason for Donald Trump's upset victory over Hillary Clinton. A wide range of players, from Russian propagandists to paid partisan puppeteers, were accused of fabricating stories which were then widely circulated via social media to influence the hearts and minds of voters.

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Daily Digest 4/29 - Who Controls The Gold Price, Will Trump Spark An Offshore Drilling Boom?

Chris Martenson - April 29, 2017 - 08:39
  • As College Deadlines Near, Families Wonder What They Can Pay
  • What I Learned About Civil Unrest During The Los Angeles Riots 25 Years Ago
  • Under the Trump Tax Plan, We Might All Want to Become Corporations
  • Who Really Controls The Gold Price? The Answer is Quite Surprising
  • Standing at the Precipice of Next Great Crash - Mike Maloney
  • NSA ends spying on messages Americans send about foreign surveillance targets
  • Will Trump Spark An Offshore Drilling Boom?
  • California drought: then and now

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Categories: Economics

The Relentless Push Towards War

Chris Martenson - April 28, 2017 - 20:53

As I’ve written extensively in the past, as was the case with Russia last fall, this push to war includes a series of carefully-crafted talking points being endlessly repeated over the print and airwaves. 

It’s an ever-present condition of living in our manufactured reality, where what we are told to care about is beamed at us around the clock  in a rather tediously but emotionally-manipulative way on the “news.”

Today's big ‘bogeyman’ is North Korea.  Have you wondered why?

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Categories: Economics

The Relentless Push Towards War

Chris Martenson - April 28, 2017 - 20:53

As I’ve written extensively in the past, as was the case with Russia last fall, this push to war includes a series of carefully-crafted talking points being endlessly repeated over the print and airwaves. 

It’s an ever-present condition of living in our manufactured reality, where what we are told to care about is beamed at us around the clock  in a rather tediously but emotionally-manipulative way on the “news.”

Today's big ‘bogeyman’ is North Korea.  Have you wondered why?

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Daily Digest 4/28 - Good News Friday: North America's Native Pollinator, Bright Future For Self-Charging Batteries

Chris Martenson - April 28, 2017 - 07:59
  • To Be a Genius, Think Like a 94-Year-Old
  • Incredible discovery places humans in California 130,000 years ago
  • Bright future for self-charging batteries
  • Inexpensive Drug Prevents Deaths in New Mothers, Study Finds
  • The Scientists Fighting to Save Us From a World Without Coffee
  • The Next Place To Invest
  • Meet North America’s Native Pollinator: The Blue Orchard Bee
  • How a wild berry is helping to protect China’s Giant Pandas and its countryside

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Categories: Economics

Explore Creative Commons' Biggest Report Yet: State of the Commons 2016

Shareable Magazine - April 28, 2017 - 07:36

Today marks another milestone for the commons: the release of the 2016 State of the Commons, our annual deep dive and celebration of the global community working to further collaboration, creativity, and access to creativity and knowledge.

Categories: Economics

How Taxpayer Money Provides the Research for Big Pharma

Public money and public universities boost Big Pharma’s profits, so shouldn’t the public be able to afford the drugs?
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Explainer: What are Open Co-ops and Platform Co-ops?

Shareable Magazine - April 27, 2017 - 19:01

In the last few years, you've probably seen some articles about the flaws and failures of the what has been called the "sharing economy." Critics often cite the disingenuous use of the word sharing, and the exclusion of users as potential stakeholders or owners of the intermediary platforms. Much of the public criticism for these and other issues has been aimed at high-profile online platforms, usually Airbnb and Uber, with good reason.

Categories: Economics

Q&A With 'The Age of Sharing' Author Nicholas John on the Meaning of the Word 'Sharing'

Shareable Magazine - April 27, 2017 - 11:52

The word "sharing" is everywhere these days. Technology has opened up numerous avenues for us to share almost every part of our lives, from our cars to our couches. But as more and more sharing economy companies crop up around the globe, it's necessary to pause and reflect on what the word "sharing" actually means. When we hail an Uber or rent an apartment on Airbnb, are we really participating in the sharing economy? What exactly is being shared in those two scenarios?

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 4/27 - Improvised Explosives In Markets, The Housing Bubble Is Back

Chris Martenson - April 27, 2017 - 07:26
  • America is Regressing into a Developing Nation for Most People
  • The Housing Bubble Is Back
  • Tax Reforms Prioritize Jobs and Industry Over Colossal Debt Burdens
  • New home buyers will pay for that new Canadian lumber tariff
  • Breaking New Ground In Economic Theory
  • Our Military Has Been Hijacked
  • Improvised Explosives In Markets
  • Can An OPEC Extension Push Oil To $60?

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Categories: Economics

Stop 'N' Swap Events Make New York City More Sustainable

Shareable Magazine - April 26, 2017 - 08:58

When I put a Free Stuff box in the laundry room of my apartment building on the Upper East Side of New York City, I wasn't thinking about the bigger idea of holding a live swap event with the neighbors, and what that could mean for us as a community. I was simply focused on how much waste we could reduce by swapping gently used articles, silently, anonymously via a 3' x 2' x 2' box. Perfectly decent stuff would be intercepted before it hit the trash by neighbors, housekeepers, and building staff. And I would feel good that I made it all happen. Then a light bulb went off in my head.

Categories: Economics

Podcast: A Mayor's Take on How to Defend Local Solutions

Shareable Magazine - April 26, 2017 - 08:16

In this episode, Andrew Gillum, mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, and founder of the advocacy group, Campaign to Defend Local Solutions, joins Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR's Community Broadband Network's initiative and Nick Stumo-Langer, ILSR's communications manager for the latest episode of the Building Local Power podcast. The trio go into detail on the issue of preemption and what the state-level attacks on local sovereignty mean for communitie

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Daily Digest 4/26 - Teachers Sue For Pensions, Greek Food Prices On The Rise

Chris Martenson - April 26, 2017 - 07:25
  • Teachers Continue Lawsuit Against State For Underfunded Pensions
  • New warning: Schools face ‘mini-recession’ tied to pension costs
  • Weak cooperatives and high input costs hike Greek food prices
  • Italy hikes taxes to rein in 2017 budget deficit
  • China's Hidden Debt Stirs Investor Angst as Defaults Rise
  • Poorest Households Pay More In Taxes Than The Richest 10%, New Figures Reveal
  • 2 graphics show why Illinois’ social services and taxpayers are getting stiffed
  • Central Banks Ponder What to Do With All Their Assets

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Categories: Economics