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Over the past year, I’ve been exploring the many examples out there of communities forming peer-to-peer networks in order to rebuild local economies, resilience and trust. These range from gift economies to barter groups, from loyalty programs to mutual credit systems. The latter, mutual credit systems, is the focus of this post.
As we saw in the previous post , the U.S. has expanded its use of energy at a typical rate of 2.9% per year since 1650. We learned that continuation of this energy growth rate in any form of technology leads to a thermal reckoning in just a few hundred years (not the tepid global warming, but boiling skin!). What does this say about the long-term prospects for economic growth, if anything?
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How to design a healthy business: The use of the Viable System Model in the diagnosis and design of organisational structures in co-operatives and other social economy enterprises A manual for the diagnosis and design of organisational structures to enable social economy enterprises and function with increased efficiency without compromising democratic principles Based on The Viable Systems Model Pack , originally published as part of the SMSE Strategic Management in the Social Economy training programme carried out by ICOM, CRU, CAG and Jon Walker with the financial assistance of Directorate General XXIII of the Commission of the European Communities.
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Posted by venessa miemis on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 · 25 Comments Over the upcoming months leading up to the Contact Summit in October , I’ll be highlighting various projects and initiatives working to construct a globally networked society. As humanity and technology co-evolve into higher orders of complexity, it can be said that social media is now facilitating the emergence of new forms of culture, commerce, and governance.
I gave a talk last year to a group of TV executives gathered for an annual conference.
[Translations: Chinese , French , German , Hebrew , Italian , Japanese , Portuguese , Romanian , Spanish ] The long tail is famously good news for two classes of people; a few lucky aggregators, such as Amazon and Netflix, and 6 billion consumers.
The New Economics Institute is working to make the new economics, one which supports people and planet, mainstream in the United States.
IFTF is pleased to release the latest research report written by game designer Jane McGonigal. In Engagement Economy, McGonigal turns her attention to the pressing problem facing leading organizations today: how to actively engage users. She writes: In the economy of engagement, it is less and less important to compete for attention, and more and more important to compete for things like brain cycles and interactive bandwidth. Crowd-dependent projects must capture the mental energy and the active effort it takes to make individual contributions to a larger whole.