How can we arrive at common decisions on what is to be valued? Do we value personal bonds or do we value anonymity? Do we value community or do we value individuality? Is there a way to bridge these apparent opposites or dissolve their inherent contradictions, or will they forever be in conflict? What do we value about ourselves? What do we value about others? What do we value in nature, in work, in leisure? And how can we embed these values — both moral and economic — in the very money-form? Ultimately, if we are talking about creating a radically different society, the question of value will have to somehow be detached from money.
Media artist Josephine Dorado (and friend of ISOC-NY) has developed an online game and mobile app to promote activism.
reACTor is a location-based mobile gaming app that connects news with social action”(working title, based on fractor.org) is an initiative to create a mobile game that allows users to “play the news” — players would be shown the news 1000 feet around them (or other specified distance), and then are presented with social actions and volunteer opportunities associated with that news.
Interview with activist and economic pioneer Wayne Walton. Wayne is an entrepreneur and founder of Mountain Hours: a community-based, usury-free, alternative currency. Much of his activism takes place in his native Summit County, Colorado where he is currently working toward restoring human sovereignty through monetary reform. More information about Wayne, Mountain Hour Money, and Jubilee Shares can be found at http://mtnhours.com/ as well as http://start.hourmoney.net/
New York Times, 15 March 2014
We are beginning to witness a paradox at the heart of capitalism, one that has propelled it to greatness but is now threatening its future: The inherent dynamism of competitive markets is bringing costs so far down that many goods and services are becoming nearly free, abundant, and no longer subject to market forces. While economists have always welcomed a reduction in marginal cost, they never anticipated the possibility of a technological revolution that might bring those costs to near zero.
Building the infrastructure for a global community of a commons-based peer society
Realizing, merging, funding, organizing & expanding the global commons – knowledge, culture, means of production and land property.
Solidaria will open up a space where all our activity is aimed towards extending the commons – open knowledge and freeculture as well as the material commons like housing, property and means of production!
It enables you to work in cooperatives of the commons based peer-to-peer economy, no matter if you’re working in the knowledge economy or in a classical field. And it enables you to work for the commons even in projects that normally wouldn’t be economically viable – and still make a living off it! The decision which project you want to work on does not depend on the question if it is convertible into something commercial – all that matters is that you are contributing to the commons.
And it gives you back the power over how the economy works by opening up economic and environmental decisions to all stakeholders – it’s not the capitalist elite deciding anymore, but also not only the people inside the cooperatives, it’s everyone!
It gives you the opportunity to consume inside the commons-based economy wherever possible. It also opens up powerful ways of collaborative consumption or producing things yourself.
And last but not least it even gives you the possibility to financially support the extension of the commons even with the big part of consumption that is not possible inside of it yet.
Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people‚ where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Today, we have over 100.000 members all over the world. Find out more about us and what we do. Join us today.
Jean Lievens: P2P Podcast of the Day/XE: Gwendolyn Hallsmith and Bernard Lietaer on Growing Local Economies with Local Currencies
From our friends at The Extraenviromentalist Podcast.
From the episode notes:
Occupy Wall Street has directed our attention to the extreme concentration of wealth resulting from decades of policy designed to trickle down prosperity. Through using a single type of bank debt currency, we allocate our labor and resources to benefit a global elite instead of our communities. Can we engage our local leaders and municipal governments to break this currency monoculture? Can global examples of currency ecology provide a map for improving educational experiences, enhancing the arts and building resilience to the fragility of central bank finance mechanisms?
ThoughtWorks, a global technology company, in partnership with the Christian humanitarian agency World Vision Canada, announced that over 137,000 people affected by Typhoon Haiyan have received supplies, including rice and cash distributions via World Vision’s Last Mile Mobile Solutions (LMMS) system. The mobile program empowers mobile users to register recipient information electronically and ultimately produce a bar-coded photo card. When swiped on the same hand-held device, this card produces the information needed to determine and distribute food and non-food items.
Generating reports through LMMS takes just seconds and the time associated with planning and distribution of relief supplies has been significantly reduced. This allows aid agencies to reach more distressed communities in the Philippines with the same human and financial resources. To date, more than 27,500 households in the areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan have been registered through LMMS World Vision staff in the Philippines. In addition, global humanitarian agencies, such as Oxfam, are being trained to implement the use of LMMS in their own relief efforts for Typhoon Haiyan.
By Elliot Sperber
While gains have certainly been made toward a more inclusive, egalitarian society over the half-century since Martin Luther King delivered his iconic I Have a Dream Speech (as part of the March for Jobs and Justice in Washington, D.C.), in many respects – particularly in economic matters – there has been little or no progress at all.
Indeed, by certain measures equality has significantly diminished in the US. Accompanying a minimum wage that, when adjusted for inflation, is lower than it was in 1968, and wages that – except for the wealthy – haven’t risen in decades, the economy has polarized wealth to a greater degree than ever, reducing the economic classes more and more to two – rich and poor – and squeezing the middle and working classes into little more than a memory in the process. In among other places, this lack of change is observable in the fact that it’s five decades later and people are still talking about jobs – coveting jobs as though jobs were those necessities and luxuries that work is obtained to secure.