background preloader

Commons Entrepreneur

Facebook Twitter

'The Dream of Internet Freedom is Dying,' Warns Top Civil Liberties Attorney. Jennifer Granick, addressing security professionals at the annual Black Hat conference in Las Vegas on August 5, said "the Four Horsemen of the Infocalypse: terrorists, pedophiles, drug dealers, and money launderers" are allowing the government to push for even more regulation and control of the Internet.

'The Dream of Internet Freedom is Dying,' Warns Top Civil Liberties Attorney

(Photo: Lily Hay Newman via Slate) "The dream of Internet freedom is... dying," said attorney and civil liberties expert Jennifer Granick during her keynote speech before a major computer security conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Granick, formally the civil liberties director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and now the director of civil liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, was addressing some of the world's foremost technology experts attending the annual Black Hat information security event this week.

At Issue: Bringing free, farm-fresh food to kids during the summ. BARTON, Vt.

At Issue: Bringing free, farm-fresh food to kids during the summ

This Sliding Scale Café Takes Food Access to the Next Level. SAME Café co-owner Libby Birky says it isn’t uncommon for people to stand confused at the front entrance of this Denver, Colorado, lunch spot, trying to understand exactly how to order a meal.

This Sliding Scale Café Takes Food Access to the Next Level

What looks like a casual restaurant is actually a community café—a new, but increasingly popular, business model using a “pay-what-you-wish” approach. Customers walk in, place their order, and sit down with their food. Most diners do pay for their meals—about 75 percent pay something—but none are handed a bill. Using TimeBanking to provide respite for caregivers. UNDESA Population Div., World Population Prospects, the 2012 Revision, 2013 By Hannah Lobb (Intern at TimeBanks USA) WDSU News in New Orleans recently ran a story on the NOLA Timebank.

Using TimeBanking to provide respite for caregivers

In the news clip, Gretchen Zalkind, founder of NOLA Timebank, explained how timebanking is both important to the community and her personally. Zalkind is extremely grateful for the timebank community, as it has enabled her mother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, to remain living at home. 10 Fascinating Documentaries About Native Americans You Can Watch Right Now. Information is power, and communicating it is vital.

10 Fascinating Documentaries About Native Americans You Can Watch Right Now

Stories left unrecorded can be rewritten, or worse, can simply vanish. Many thoughtful and often courageous documentary filmmakers have taken it upon themselves to tell Native American stories, sometimes with little, if any, encouragement or fanfare. Native Americans' stories -- the truth about Native people, who they are, what they've seen, and what they've survived -- make for some of the most compelling films you're likely to see, and thanks to the democratizing force of the Internet you actualy can see them from the comfort of your own desktop browser.

RELATED: 11 Essential Native American Films You Can Watch Online Right Now Here is a varied collection of great films on a number of topics, encompassing art, culture and history. Totem Culture (2012) Institute of Urban Homesteading. Remineralize the EarthRemineralize the Earth. Fields of Farmers. Helping Communities Achieve True Self-Determination.

These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers by Olivia LaVecchia. This article was produced by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, as part of its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and partners with a range of allies to implement public policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen locally owned enterprise.

These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers by Olivia LaVecchia

The intersection of Central and Lowry Avenues in northeast Minneapolis is bustling. On the northwest corner is a trifecta of local businesses: A bike shop, a cooperative brewery, and a bakery, in buildings with eye-catching exteriors of rough-hewn wood and silvery porcelain bricks. The neighborhood grocery co-op is one block up the street. Spring Membership Campaign - Sustainable Economies Law Center. Owning is the New Sharing. Image from's post, "Don't Build a Better Mousetrap.

Owning is the New Sharing

Change the Business Model. " One chilly morning last winter, I reconnected with an old friend, Joel Dietz, on a video chat. We hadn’t seen each other for years, and we’d each had several starts and stops in our lives since. Beyond the CSA: Four Ways Communities Support Everything From Books to Beer by Dana Drugmand. You know the model: Consumers purchase a share of the season’s harvest upfront and get a box of fresh produce each week from the farm.

Beyond the CSA: Four Ways Communities Support Everything From Books to Beer by Dana Drugmand

Now you can get your medicine that way too. posted Sep 05, 2014 Since the first community supported agriculture program was established in western Massachusetts in the 1980s, the concept of buying food directly from local farms has taken off. The Control of Seed and Seed Sovereignty. Rye Ramble (from the 2015 Adaptive Seeds Catalog) The Control of Seed and Seed Sovereignty.

The Control of Seed and Seed Sovereignty

Sowing and Distributing Centuries-Old Seeds. “Feel them.

Sowing and Distributing Centuries-Old Seeds

Smell them. Taste them,” urged instructor Melissa Kruse-Peeples, the Conservation Program Manager at Native Seeds/SEARCH. These urban farmers want to feed the whole neighborhood — for free. The Beacon Food Forest is giving away dozens of strawberry plants. For free. It’s a drizzly, chilly, gray Saturday, typical of January in Seattle. In just a few hours, the Seahawks will host the Packers for the NFC Championship. While the rest of the city slugs its first tailgate beer of what will become an epic afternoon of football, 60 or so unpaid farmhands are hard at work. They wheelbarrow wood chips, prune pear trees, and remove invasive species from the hillside urban garden, preparing it for spring. Pay-As-You-Feel Cafe Feeds Thousands on Food Waste. Adam Smith knows food. A trained chef who has worked in numerous restaurants, the 29-year old also knows firsthand how much perfectly good food is wasted.

Smith hails from Leeds, England, but it was a year spent working on farms in Australia that inspired The Real Junk Food Project (TRJFP), which changed the direction of his life. A pay-as-you-feel cafe model, TRJFP intercepts food headed for the landfill and turns it into restaurant-quality meals. As Smith tells it, all the downtime on sunny Australian beaches got him thinking about his life—what he had done so far and what he envisioned for the future. Protect Our Manoomin - Opening Page / Main Menu Below. Seed Libraries: And Other Means of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People by Cindy Conner. Bolivia passes "Law of Mother Earth" which gives rights to our planet as a living system. The Law of Mother Earth ("Ley de Derechos de La Madre Tierra") holds the land as sacred and holds it as a living system with rights to be protected from exploitation, and creates 11 distinguished rights for the environment.

It was passed by Bolivia's Plurinational Legislative Assembly. This 10 article law is derived from the first part of a longer draft bill, drafted and released by the Pact of Unity by November 2010. Can we please spread this law? International Society for Ecology and Culture. Planet Local is our web series showcasing inspiring localization initiatives from around the world. The series highlights diverse examples of localization in action in such areas as community renewable energy, local food and farming, local economy, eco-villages, alternative education, radical democracy, the local commons, and more.

Planet Local demonstrates that the movement for localization is broader and more diverse than many people realize, manifesting as a powerful mosaic of small-scale solutions happening on a planet-wide scale. The series aims to inspire a politics of hope, grounded in actual existing projects that too often go unnoticed by the mainstream media. Planet Local provides tangible proof that localization is already sprouting up all around us - out of the cracks of a faltering global economy - in communities from every corner of our sacred planet. View the latest initiatives below. Global Alliance. Press Advisory Hacer clic para Español UNFCCC COP 20 NGO Press Conference D – Press Conference Room 2 14:00 – 14:30pm 9 December 2014 Prominent International Tribunal issues verdicts on 12 cases of violations to nature and communities Panel finds corporations, United Nations and governments guilty of violating nature’s rights.

For Facebook, A Modest Proposal. Growing Power News "Commercial Urban Agriculture" Urban agriculture contributes nutritious, flavorful food to communities through year-round local food production. Reclaim the power! Democratic energy must replace corporate capture. Britain suffers the worst levels of fuel poverty in Western Europe, with one person dying of cold every seven minutes last winter. 5 Ways to Start a Community Garden - Urban Farm. Grow healthy food and make new friends in the process by starting a community garden. How Farming Almost Destroyed Ancient Human Civilization. How to Start a Bike Kitchen. Time-based currency. Think Like a Commoner. Hind Swaraj or Indian Home Rule (Complete Book Online) Permaculture. The Future of Business and Beyond. An Interview Compilation (PVP081) Farmstead Chef - Harvest Haystacks: The Ultimate Community Meal. Civic Agriculture: Reconnecting Farm, Food, and Community by Thomas A. Lyson. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

[VIDEO] How Money Can Buy Happiness. Food, Farming, Healing Arts - Weston A Price Foundation. 'Groceryships' Could Set a Course for Healthy Eating. Co-production: Creating Better Public Services Through Empowerment. Award-Winning Director on New Film, the Number One Most Damaging Chemical & More.

Permaculture and the 8 Forms of Capital. WI NPR -project-better-understand-impact-farmers-markets. Apocalypse Prophecies: Native End of the World Teachings. Indian Country the Site of New Developments in Community Wealth Building. The Moneyless Manifesto by Mark Boyle. Open Source Ecology. Community supported Arts, festval, Viola WI. Resurgence. Green Mountain College: Master of Science in Resilient and Sustainable Communities. Food is Free: Growing Food & Community in the Front Yard! Center for an Ecology-based Economy. Charity Ending Hunger And Poverty. Geeks Doing Good. Funding Available for Rural Cooperative Development. 9 Things America Needs to Understand About Native Values.

Parecon: envisioning a life beyond capitalism. Open Knowledge Society. Civic agriculture. For Sale: Vacant Lots On Chicago Blocks, Just $1 Each. California Climate & Agriculture Network. About - Sustainable Economies Law Center. Tools and Resources » Community Land Trust. Exploration Archives » Community Land Trust. Biomimicry 3.8. COMMUNITY FOOD EDUCATION. What would a Transition hospital look like? Go Beyond Sustainability with Community Resilience Guides. Underminers. Reconomy: Where Cash takes a Back Seat. Linking Anchor Institutions to Outcomes for Families, Children, and Communities. Community Land Trusts (CLTs) Infographic: Community Land Trusts. Training to Advance Conservation — Land Trust Alliance.

Crowdfunding 101: understanding the many forms of fundraising from the masses : Finance for Food. The Community Land Trust Reader. Employment/Enrollment Opportunities. TimeBanks USA. Slow Money: The CSA of Investing - Nature and Environment. Start a Food is Free Project in Your City. Hacking the Future of Money: Building Creative Commons: The Five Pillars of Open Source Finance. How To Create Land Trusts: A Free Land Trust Mini-Course. Land Trust Alliance. Community Land Trust.

Food Trucks, Moving Companies Get in on Food Waste Reduction. Wpr - supersurvivors. Building the Commons Sector. Farm Commons. Capitalism 3.0. Cooperative Grocer Network. Public Knowledge. Capitalism 3.0. Buy Fresh Buy Local Iowa. How to Kickstart your Local Sharing Movement with a ShareFest. Social Investments. Commons Way of Life vs. Market Way of Life.

The Wealth of the Commons. No Child Left Inside - NATURE TOUS FOR YOUTH. Center for Environmental Transformation. It’s Money that is Killing the Local Economy.