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Global Sharing Week 2017 Puts Social Impact in the Spotlight

May 23, 2017 - 10:25

It's nearly that time of year again when Global Sharing Week, the largest mass engagement campaign on the sharing economy co-organized by The People Who Share and Shareable, turns the spotlight on just what sharing can achieve. 

Categories: Economics

German Nonprofit Creates New Open-Source License for Seeds

May 22, 2017 - 13:46

We know about open-source software and hardware, but can the concept – decentralized development and open collaboration for the common good – be expanded to address other global challenges? The nonprofit OpenSourceSeeds based in German town of Marburg has just launched a licensing process for open-source seeds, to create a new repository of genetic material that can be accessed by farmers around the world, in perpetuity.

Categories: Economics

Podcast: Anthropologist Jason Hickel on How Capitalism Fuels Climate Change

May 22, 2017 - 13:14

In this episode, we spoke with Jason Hickel, an anthropologist at the London School of Economics. Originally from Swaziland, Hickel's research has focused on development and globalization. He has written extensively on a number of topics, including inequality, climate change, basic income, and soil regeneration.

Categories: Economics

Q&A: David Bollier on the Potential of the Commons

May 18, 2017 - 10:05

David Bollier is an author, activist, blogger, and consultant who spends a lot of time exploring the commons as a new paradigm of economics, politics and culture. In 2010, he co-founded the Commons Strategies Group, a consulting project that works to promote the commons internationally. He was also founding editor of onthecommons.org and a fellow of On the Commons from 2004 to 2010. He has written, co-authored, or co-edited 12 books.

Categories: Economics

How to Set Up a Community Co-op

May 17, 2017 - 08:38

Before joining the Institute for Solidarity Economics recently, I spent the last five years working for rural communities charity the Plunkett Foundation, an organization which supports the establishment of community co-operatives. Community co-operatives are businesses which trade primarily for the benefit of their community. Controlled by the community themselves, they have open and voluntary membership and, crucially, they encourage people to get involved – either by becoming a member, or by volunteering time or getting involved in another way.

Categories: Economics

Podcast: Taking a Systems Approach to Designing the New Economy

May 17, 2017 - 00:51

"It's not enough to build your own company, you have to participate in building the whole ecosystem," says Jeffrey Hollender. In this episode of Next Economy Now, Kevin Bayuk, a partner and worker-owner at LIFT Economy, interviews Jeffrey Hollender, founder of Seventh Generation, the American Sustainable Business Council and Sustain Natural among other enterprises and organizations.

Categories: Economics

Podcast: Why Societies Based on Equality do Better

May 16, 2017 - 13:23

You probably already know that levels of inequality have reached staggering heights in the 21st century. Perhaps you've come across Oxfam's report detailing how the world's eight richest men own as much wealth as the poorest half of the population. Or maybe you heard Senator Bernie Sanders' assertion that 99 percent of all new income since the financial crisis has gone to the top one percent.

Categories: Economics

Meet g0v, the Open-source, Digital Community Transforming Democracy in Taiwan

May 16, 2017 - 12:45

In 2014, a digital-driven movement emerged in Taiwan that challenged the former ruling party Kuomintang's move to fast-track the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement. The members of the movement felt the trade deal between China and Taiwan would impinge on Taiwan's sovereignty. The Sunflower Movement, a youth-driven, tech-savvy, cross-sectoral coalition, occupied the Taiwanese Parliament for more than three weeks.

Categories: Economics

Q&A: NASA's Amy Kaminski on Crowdsourcing and Open Innovation Tools

May 15, 2017 - 14:51

Can open innovation stimulate critical improvements and breakthroughs that will provide direct benefits to the world? In recent years, many organizations have turned to open innovation to solve their toughest challenges and address their R&D needs.

Categories: Economics

Why the 'Power of Cities Deserves to be Explored'

May 15, 2017 - 14:20

Cities must prepare for a greater political role, but without retreating into isolation. This is the opinion of Arthur De Grave, veteran member of the OuiShare Collective, who will be tackling the question of cities as self-contained polities at the OuiShare Fest 2017.

Categories: Economics

Commons Governance as a Means and an End

May 15, 2017 - 13:49

My son Jake was born on Dec. 20, 2009. He was premature. He weighed less than five pounds. When my wife's maternity leave ran out five months later, we had to arrange childcare because we both worked. We had three choices:

Categories: Economics

Podcast: Cooperative Models for Community-based Economic Development

May 11, 2017 - 01:07

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Shawn Berry, a partner and worker-owner at LIFT Economy, interviews Jessica Bonanno from the Democracy Collaborative and Adam Trott from the Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives (VAWC). The Democracy Collaborative has been doing important work around community wealth building, one of their most notable projects being the Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Categories: Economics

Creative Commons' Bold New Strategy to Empower Its Community

May 10, 2017 - 16:33

There are substantial problems with copyright — notably, the burden it places on people from being able to freely quote, remix, and build upon cultural works. The public's right to do these things is critical, because it forms the basis for scientific progress, dynamic culture, and free expression. At the same time, the right of authors to retain some control over their works can be important too. But many laws around the world are written so that they completely prevent people from sharing or using digital works such as music, photos, movies, and research.

Categories: Economics

Podcast: How is the New Economy Embodied in a Pint of Beer?

May 10, 2017 - 13:25

Once an important life-force of early civilization and an ancient crafter of community, beer was — like many things under our current economic system — twisted by the forces of the market and the drive for profit.

Categories: Economics

A New Primer Sheds Light on the Commons and P2P Practices

May 9, 2017 - 10:35

The Commons is a concept and practice that has been steadily gathering increased attention and advocacy. Deeply rooted in human history, it's difficult to settle on a single definition that covers its broad potential for social, economic, cultural, and political change. The Commons is now demonstrating its power as a "key ingredient" for change in diverse locations and contexts around the world.

Categories: Economics

3 Things We Learned About the Sustainability Movement at Future Earth

May 9, 2017 - 09:35

Last week, I attended a three-day workshop held by Future Earth's Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SSCP) knowledge action network at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, Maryland. If that sounds bewildering, you're not alone. Half of the first day was spent just explaining the institutional context of the workshop.

Categories: Economics

Is it Possible to Have a Better, Democratic Co-op Without Elections?

May 8, 2017 - 08:30

All large cooperative and membership organizations (nonprofits, worker-owned enterprises, etc.) that seek to govern themselves democratically face a perennial problem. How can an organization maintain member interest in matters of organizational governance year after year, and avoid management capture?

Categories: Economics

How a Cooperative in Indonesia is Bridging the Digital Divide

May 4, 2017 - 12:32

Indonesia is one of the world's hottest and fastest growing digital markets. "With around 90 million Internet users and more than 281 million active mobile phone subscriptions, we can anticipate the development of the digital ecosystem in Indonesia that will lead the growth," Shinta W.

Categories: Economics

The 'Malaga Charter' is a Statement of Purpose for a New, Equitable Economy

May 4, 2017 - 09:42

We participated in the New Economy and Social Innovation Global Forum in Málaga, Spain, last month. It was an inspiring and thought-provoking event that explored how we can design economic systems that serve everyone, and not just the wealthy. The three-day conference drew approximately 700 people from around the globe. In addition to keynotes and panel discussions, there were "open space" sessions where participants worked together to come up with action steps that could be taken to support the growth of the new economy. 

Categories: Economics

The Urban Common Spaces That Show Us We Belong to Something Larger

May 3, 2017 - 08:40

An American friend living in Germany told me a story about when she first arrived. She and her German boyfriend were out walking when she heard a noise that got louder as they approached the town's main square. Puzzled, she asked her partner about the unfamiliar sound.

"That's the sound of people talking to each other," he told her.

People outside, not drowned out by the noise of cars or amplified music. Imagine!

Categories: Economics