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The Next Big Social Idea: Unconditional Basic Income  Total Freedom Short from Tree Media on Vimeo.

The Next Big Social Idea: Unconditional Basic Income 

In 2014, serious voices from Pope Francis to Thomas Piketty, in his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, have lamented ever-widening inequality. Others have expressed concern that "the second machine age" of digital technologies will entail the massive elimination of jobs. Few, however, have proposed policy solutions equal to the scale of the problem. But there is one proposal -- perhaps the next big social idea -- that has emerged: Unconditional Basic Income. The UBI is a monthly monetary income granted every month, unconditionally, by a political community to each of its members from birth. The Next Big Social Idea: Unconditional Basic Income 

Robin Hood Open Offices, Events & Labs. UK's First 'Share Shop' Opens for business. By Lucy Purdy / positivenews.org.uk SHARE - in Frome, Somerset - may be the first shop in the UK where lending rather than selling rules.

UK's First 'Share Shop' Opens for business

At this ‘borrowing hub’ items are loaned out rather than sold – and everything is personalised with the story of its previous owner. SHARE founders believe this nurtures trust and respect as well as providing a practical service. The store also aims to reduce waste, save customers money and train young people with practical skills through workshops and social events. People are asked to donate or lend useful, high quality items which the shop then lends out to others for several days at a time.

Duncan McCann: Community currencies is the real answer to Scotland’s currency conundrum. Duncan McCann, New Economics Foundation (NEF) researcher, writes for CommonSpace introducing NEF’s new book People Powered Money, and argues that whether or not Scotland has another independence referendum, progressives need to look beyond the myopic boundaries of 2014’s ‘currency debate’ FEW places have been forced to think about currency issues as much as Scotland over the last few years.

Duncan McCann: Community currencies is the real answer to Scotland’s currency conundrum

Indeed, the ‘Better Together’ campaign’s relentless emphasis on the uncertainty over whether an independent Scotland would continue to use Pound Sterling is thought to have been one of the most decisive factors in delivering a ‘No’ vote. Socially Responsible Shopping Crawls Upward While Charitable Giving Makes a Comeback in Third Annual Conscious Consumer Spending Index (#CCSIndex) TOMS Shoes, Microsoft, Honest Company, Whole Foods Among Most Cited Organizations in Inaugural #CCSIndex Top 20 Good Company Poll NASHVILLE, Tenn., Apr. 08 /CSRwire/ - All signs point toward continued, albeit modest, growth in social enterprise and the number of Americans who are doing more good with their daily spending, according to the third annual Conscious Consumer Spending Index (#CCSIndex).

Socially Responsible Shopping Crawls Upward While Charitable Giving Makes a Comeback in Third Annual Conscious Consumer Spending Index (#CCSIndex)

In total, 1,021 Americans were polled this year for the ongoing benchmarking study, which is fueled by Good.Must.Grow. (GmG), a socially responsible marketing consultancy. The 2015 study found that 32 percent of Americans are planning to spend more with companies who are socially responsible in the year ahead, up from 30 percent in 2014 and 29 percent in 2013. Additionally, 64 percent confirmed the importance of buying from socially responsible companies, up from 60 percent in 2013.

Despite the subtle progress over the past three years, there are causes for concern. This Shoemaker Has Turned A Peruvian Town Into A Fair Labor Fashion Hub. Lesley Riddoch: Share in community-led enterprises. You too could buy into businesses which are run by and for the benefit of local people, writes Lesley Riddoch I BOUGHT shares in a company last week – for the first time in my life.

Lesley Riddoch: Share in community-led enterprises

As a young leftie my formative years at university were spent opposing the gigantic sale of family silver by Margaret Thatcher. Introducing the Local Bites Podcast. The International Society for Ecology & Culture (ISEC) is pleased to announce the launch of Local Bites, our new podcast series featuring leading voices and inspiring examples from the worldwide movement for localization (listen to one of our first two episodes below).

Introducing the Local Bites Podcast

Across the world, millions of people are challenging corporate power and rebu ilding more just, democratic, ecological and human-scale economies – from the ground up. Literally hundreds of thousands of pro-local initiatives are sprouting out between the cracks of a destructive, consumerist and corporate-controlled global economy. Trade alternatives: an introduction. MEMEnomics by Said Dawlabani (summary) COULD ICELAND LEAD THE WAY TO A MONEYLESS ECONOMY? - Shout Out UK. Iceland could become the world’s first moneyless economy according to Irishman Colin Turner, founder of the Free World Charter (FWC), who has started a campaign to promote the idea of a resource based economy on the North Atlantic island.

COULD ICELAND LEAD THE WAY TO A MONEYLESS ECONOMY? - Shout Out UK

Colin, who founded the FWC in 2011 and has already attracted almost 50,000 signatories from over 200 nations, believes that the self-sufficient nature of the Icelandic economy would make it a perfect candidate for a radical shift away from traditional capitalism. The campaign is already garnering support from prominent Icelandic individuals and organisations as Colin explained: “So why Iceland?

It’s an island that could easily become fully self-sufficient in terms of energy and food. There’s also a high degree of political and economic awareness and debate especially after events in recent years that have affected the global economy.”