- In the Wake of Protest: One Woman's Attempt to Unionize Amazon
- Bank of England UK Housing Market Bubble Panic is Mark Carney Playing Game of Thrones
- Secret city design tricks manipulate your behaviour
- How Finland is preparing for its future economy
- Italian officials spend almost $3B on dubious expenses including lap dances, truffles and sheep
- American Psychosis
- 'Peak toilet' problem puts brakes on northwest development
- Europe and Its Slippery Energy Slope
- Shanghai Warns Children to Stay Indoors on Air Pollution
Whether you’re in the Northern hemisphere, cozied down for a long winter’s night or in the Southern hemisphere, enjoying the sunshine, there’s always time for a good read and we’ve rounded up the top 15 new sharing movement books (plus two bonus books). Topics covered include the power of cities to create positive change; a living, utopian experiment in Spain; how to achieve personal happiness and fulfillment; transparency in government; the maker movement; urban farming; and how sharing is good...and good for us.
Perhaps you still remember the speed and depth of the 2008 credit crisis' arrival, and its toxic impact on asset prices, jobs, and overall trust in the financial system. Maybe you took notes during the preceding tech and housing bubbles and their aftermath. If so, you likely swore that "Never again!" would you put your wealth at risk during such obvious times of public mania.
So, if this sounds at all like you, five years after the 2008 crisis, how is the "prudent" strategy looking today?
Fifty cities around the world began mapping their shared resources in October and November during Shareable's worldwide Map Jam. This is just the beginning of the Sharing Cities Network - an ambitious project to create one hundred sharing cities by 2015.
I have to confess, these are trying times for those of us trying to make sense of the markets from a fundamentals standpoint. We are back in serious bubble territory, and during the heights of bubbles, all sorts of newly-minted rationalizations are bandied about as the new wisdom or a 'new normal'.
I am simply amazed that we are in yet another massive bubble, so soon after the last ones, and that so few remember the lessons from those events.
- Gloomy Numbers for Holiday Shopping’s Big Weekend
- Farmers describe 'worst storm in 150 years'
- Currency Suicide: Japan Experiencing The Ugly Effects Of Its Own Policy
- Amazon Floats the Notion of Delivery Drones
- Ground Control
- New Study Finds Higher Methane Emissions from Fracking
- Venomous Spiders Are Hiding in Our Grapes
- In New Jersey Pines, Trouble Arrives on Six Legs
The first Foundation House, pictured above, is located in the Richmond district of San Francisco.
“Give the gift that keeps on giving,” is not a cliché. It is a sound philanthropic strategy. Want to see your donation dollars multiply? Give to an organization that supports sharing. Here are some great examples of where your support can have an amplifying effect on sharing worldwide.
- Where Factory Apprenticeship Is Latest Model From Germany
- That ‘Made in U.S.A.’ Premium
- Sophisticated, Large-Scale Thefts Plague California’s Nut Industry
- From Hurricane Sandy’s Muck, Salvaged Bits of Staten Island Lives
- As Oil Floods Plains Towns, Crime Pours In
- Warsaw Climate Talks: Bad News for Farming
TEDx Brighton: The Dynamics of Modern Money (video) - Positive Money
Tweet Brilliant TEDx talk by Mick Taylor! Mick is a former teacher of mathematics with a PhD in mathematical epidemiology. He explains eloquently the problems with our money system as well as the principles of necessary reform in a very engaging way in just 15 minutes: Mick is fascinated by human sy...
- The Workers Who Bring You Black Friday
- Michael "Big Short" Burry: After Every Over-Consumption, "A Brutal Hangover Is Inevitable"
- FX to Libor Probes Leave U.K. Traders Looking for Lawyers
- $1 coins: Unwanted, unloved and out of currency
- Salad trafficking rings and the business of food
- Canadian woman refused U.S. entry because of depression
- Silicon Chasm
- $24.2M federal grant to hire 150 Detroit firefighters a 'godsend'
- Poodwaddlle World Clock
- The Money Changers Serenade: A New Plot Hatches — Paul Craig Roberts
- Comex Registered Gold Inventory Levels - 65 Potential Claims Per Ounce
- Dr. Paul Craig Roberts Interview
- Japanese firm proposes LUNA RING to send solar energy from moon to Earth
- How Gold Price Is Manipulated During The "London Fix"
- FATCA Invades Canada
- Shell Produces Gas at Record Low Cost in China
- When Money Is Corrupted
- Growing pains of nation's first high-speed rail line, in Calif.
- Sears Christmas Catalog from 1969 Shows Holiday Gift Inflation Is for Real
- Why the French are turning to fast food
- How To Make A Garbage Can Smoker
- Gangster scarecrows keep robbers away from Detroit home
- Today's student loan sell-off is just the tip of the iceberg
- The Government's Secret Plan to Shut Off Cellphones and the Internet, Explained
- How we save, spend and invest around the world
- International fruit growers up in arms over Canadian-designed GM apple that cannot brown
- Living Large on a Little: Campgrounds Go Residential in Germany
- Monsanto, the TPP, and Global Food Dominance
- An Open Letter to the FOMC: Recognizing the Valuation Bubble In Equities
- Reading between the lines on the IEA’s mix of hype and warnings on oil
- Nicole Foss : Where the Rubber Meets the Road in America
- Ron Paul vs Paul Krugman: Who Is The True Prophet, Who Is The False?
- Mind-reading skateboard gets cues from neuroheadset
- Nuclear engineer creates novel skateboard propulsion
Still Report #134 -- Quarks & China
The Chinese have dominated the crypto-currency market for the last week. Despite not being listed on a Chinese exchange, Quarks have appreciated at an unprec...
In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Gregor discuss:
- Unjust Wealth Inequality
- Growing by money printing vs productive output
- The Evils of Reflationary Policy
- Stealing from the many to reward the few
- Our Low-Growth Future
- Less to go around
- Local Solutions
- Where hope lies
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Below, Chris and I share our reasons for why we are so thankful this year.
- City Council Approves 2014 Chicago Budget
- Record Gold Fee Spurs Gitanjali’s Diamond Push: Corporate India
- Spaniards take deep wage cuts, fearful for their jobs
- Florida's prepaid college tuition cost has skyrocketed for cash strapped families
- Food stamp cuts, holidays stress food banks
- Rupiah Drops to Weakest Level Since 2009 After Failed Debt Sale (Indonesia)
- India Office Boom Turns Glut With Vacancies
- Venezuela Oil Rut Makes Dollars Even More Scarce
- Credit-card binge leaves many Brazilians deep in debt
- Emanuel plans more debt refinancing (Chicago)
- Some call on city to explore eminent domain to combat blight
- Bank of Cyprus makes 1.8 bln euro H1 loss on Greece, provisions
- Spain to Split Rail Operator to Clear 13 Billion Euros of Debt
A great article on the concept of using the heat for a compost pile to heat a volume of water. Great for showers, space heating and managing a greenhouse in the winter.
Community Currency 2.0: get paid in kind for being an active citizen! - EYCA
Did you know that Bitcoins and the money used in Second Life are not the only community currencies used nowadays? Have you ever heard that you can get paid in kind for being an active citizen? The NGO Qoin took up the challenge of introducing, implementing, and managing social and professional Commu...