Jean Lievens: Buen Vivir – Future South

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Buen Vivir: South America’s rethinking of the future we want

Buen Vivir is a concept and practice influencing politics and communities across South America. It involves a radically different way of thinking about collective wellbeing and sustainable living.

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Unlike any index based on logarithmic economic indicators, in Buen Vivir the subject of wellbeing is not the individual, but the individual within a community in relation to a specific cultural-natural environment.

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Jul 30

JZ Liszkiewicz: Achieving Democracy

JZ Liszkiewicz

JZ Liszkiewicz

One perspective is that the more energy and trust we direct at a system that doesn’t deserve our energy and trust, the more lost opportunities accumulate (what could have been). People will counter this broken system, but I don’t think it’s going to be led by those within the political structure/re-structuring, or even be overtly deliberate.

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Jul 24

Al Rozich: Beyond Global Warming — Other Inconvenient Truths with Focus on Water

Al Rozich

Al Rozich

The resource crisis is bigger issue than global warming. Water-energy-food nexus is critical.

Radio Interview (12:31)

Book Website

Review: Other Inconvenient Truths Beyond Global Warming

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Jun 25

Jean Lievens: SHARE – the Public Library of Things

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

A Library of Things Puts Frome On the Map as a Sharing Town

Imagine going to a shop, borrowing anything you like, and returning it when you’re finished. This is the idea behind SHARE: a Library of Things. Opened in late-April in Frome, a town in southeast England, the aim of SHARE is to enable people to spend less, waste less, and connect more. The first of its kind in the U.K., SHARE has already sparked interest from other communities.

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Jun 19

Michel Bauwens: The Transition Will Not Be Smooth

Michel Bauwens

Michel Bauwens

Tip of the Hat to Jean Lievens.

Michel Bauwens: The Transition Will Not Be Smooth Sailing

This is an English translation of Arthur De Grave’s interview in French. Cross-posted from OuiShare.

Michel Bauwens is one of the pioneers of the peer-to-peer movement. Theoretician, activist, and public speaker, he founded the P2P Foundation in 2005. His work, both rich and complex, is built around the concepts of networks and commons, and lays the conceptual foundations of a production system that would serve as an alternative to industrial capitalism. I had the opportunity to meet him at the French release of his latest book, Saving the World: Towards a Post-Capitalist Society with Peer-to-Peer (published by “Les Liens qui Libèrent”).

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Jun 10