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Csi social franchise guide. TCWCC INC Activate Westfield Info Sheet. About Empty Spaces. Empty Spaces Project at the University of Technology, Sydney, promotes the short-term, low cost 'meanwhile' use of empty sites for creative and community development.

About Empty Spaces

Here you'll find: tools to help you start-up an empty space project; stories on what others have done; tips on looking for a space; and information for landlords and local government to get engaged. Content includes: Bloomberglive. The concept of good business can stimulate productivity and attract talent, customers and investors but the effects of greenwash can be devastating.


Good business drives innovation, creativity, growth and long-term success but it requires a different way of doing things. The Bloomberg Good Business conference will bring together leaders looking to grasp the vast opportunities that focusing on people, planet and profit can bring. As a delegate you will hear from progressive companies already benefiting from doing business better as they share their insights, evidence and success stories. Discover the alternative business models that can lead to increased efficiency and profit. The predictable consumer no longer exists - our desires are too random.

Consumers today are often cast as god-like figures before whom markets and politicians bow.

The predictable consumer no longer exists - our desires are too random

Everywhere, it seems, consumers are triumphant. Consumers drive production; they fuel innovation; they dictate modern politics; they have it in their power to save the environment or to destroy the planet. The word consumer describes people as having certain experiences and taking certain actions individually or collectively (similar to worker, employee, manager). Never before have these actions been so closely scrutinised.

Every purchase, every mouse click is monitored for insights into what makes them tick. In a consumer society, choice reigns supreme. Yet, few people today act in response to a simple logic of consumption. Bristol pound is just one example of what local currencies can achieve. The budgets of local authorities are being cut while the needs of their populations remain the same.

Bristol pound is just one example of what local currencies can achieve

In this difficult financial environment, borrowing is rising. UK local authorities owed £81.8bn in the financial year 2011-12, costing hundreds of millions in interest on repayments. However, borrowing on the money market is not going to do anything for the local economy. Faced with this reality, some councils are discovering that the use of local currencies offers an alternative to more cuts or debt. Mayor Georg Moosbrugger from the Austrian village of Langenegg, which issues its own Talente currency, puts it best when he says: "Wherever the money rolls, there it has an effect. The community council can decide which local taxes may be paid in local currency to subsidise the rural economy, keep purchasing power in the region and support cultural and educational organisations as well as solar energy generation. The city of Nantes, France has been even more ambitious. A GREEN, SOCIALLY-INCLUSIVE AND CREATIVE SOCIETY. Who we are - Renewing the Countryside. Mission Renewing the Countryside strengthens rural areas by championing and supporting rural communities, farmers, artists, entrepreneurs, educators, activists and other people who are renewing the countryside through sustainable and innovative initiatives, businesses, and projects.

who we are - Renewing the Countryside

We do this by sharing stories of rural renewal, building awareness and support for sustainable endeavors, connecting people interested in sustainable rural development to each other, providing practical assistance and networking opportunities for those working to improve rural America, and fostering connections between urban and rural people. History The Renewing the Countryside Project (RTC Project) began in 1998 as a partnership of a few individuals and organizations who, inspired by a publications from the Netherlands that showcased rural renewal across the Dutch countryside, set out to develop a similar project in Minnesota. YouthfulCities. Inside Autodesk Pier 9. For an overview before you get lost… The Instructables mascot carved from a chainsaw welcomes you to Pier 9.

Inside Autodesk Pier 9

The DMS 5-Axis Enclosed Router is a huge machine that can mill materials up to 5’x5’x3’. Above the 5-axis CNC there are waterjet cut steel octopi used as counterweights - one is for for the dust collector tube that sucks out the milled material. To the right of the CNC - the Omax Waterjet is one of the most used tools on the pier and cuts materials as large as 10’x 5’x8”. Every cabinet and desktop is filled with tools and examples of what is possible to make. So organized! The woodshop is also insanely well organized. A table saw with a view! An artist went around illustrating what’s inside everything from the kitchen cabinets to the tool drawers! Moving into the next room it just keeps getting better. There’s that view again. Food waste cafes and urban orchards: five ways people are building a new economy. A new economy is coming into play.

Food waste cafes and urban orchards: five ways people are building a new economy

No longer wielded as a weapon to legitimise austerity, this is an economy where the community and the environment, not the corporate shareholder, benefits. Beneath its ruthless, business-as-usual veneer, Britain hosts a colourful array of grassroots enterprises. Some of these are sparked into action by artists or dynamic working groups, many are crowdfunded, and all of them foster more friendly relations between people. Community Shops/Plunkett Fdn. SEGUIDE_Web_Chapter_Four_0.