Jean Lievens: Beyond the market-state – decentralising power in a sharing society

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

This is broadly in line with what P2P theorist Michel Bauwens refers to as the partner state – a reformed governmental apparatus that builds on the welfare state…

Beyond the market-state: decentralising power in a sharing society

CONCLUSION: Resilient and socially inclusive communities can clearly play an immediate role in the great transition that still lies ahead, but it will remain impossible to establish economic systems that are structurally just and truly sustainable until political power is radically decentralised – especially at the national and global level – and wealth is distributed more equally throughout society. By recognising the global roots of our local struggles, those working towards local alternatives to economic globalisation therefore have a central role to play in democratising our governance systems from the top down as well as the bottom up.

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Mar 27

Open Agriculture Data Alliance

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Open Agriculture Data Alliance

Modern production agriculture has the potential to dramatically improve crop yields and reduce environmental impacts by enabling farmers to properly evaluate past, current and future farm management decisions through analysis of agronomic data generated in the field. However farmers are currently overwhelmed with walled gardens of incompatible data generated by their existing systems (geodata images, logs, reports, charts). Farmer’s want the hardware and software systems they use to interoperate – that is, to share information and be able to adequately rely on each other to help support decision-making. Learn more.

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Mar 27

Independent Voter Network: 8 Reforms to Fix Politics in the United States

IVN8 Reforms to Fix Politics in the United States

Three of the eight elements are now in public consciousness – our task is to nurture a public conversation about all eight – together – and now, in 2015.

Independent Voter Network, 24 March 2015

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Mar 24

Shawn Griffiths: 6 More States Consider Independent Redistricting

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Shawn Griffiths

Shawn Griffiths

6 More States Consider Adopting Independent Redistricting Groups

Independent Voter Network, 23 February 2015

Redistricting has been a contentious process since the early 1800s, when Governor Elbridge Gerry signed a bill that reshaped electoral districts in Massachusetts to benefit the Democratic-Republicans. This manipulation of the redistricting process was nicknamed a Gerry-Mander, partially after Governor Gerry, and partially after the shape of one of the Boston districts, which resembled a salamander.

The practice, now commonly referred to as gerrymandering, presents a challenge to the U.S.’s republican system, where representatives are supposed to represent all of the voters in a given district. In an attempt to curb the practice, 9 states have already implemented independent redistricting commissions designed to make the redistricting process fairer and more representative of a population. Additionally,13 states use a hybrid method involving more than one government branch or agency working together to draw district lines.

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Mar 24