Green Mountain College: Master of Science in Resilient and Sustainable Communities The latest graduate program from Green Mountain College is the nation’s first online Master of Science degree in Resilient and Sustainable Communities (MRSC). This two-year program, accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), begins in February 2015 with a residency featuring Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and climate-change activist. "If we have one need on this planet, it's for resilient and sustainable communities,” said McKibben, “so it's good someone is thinking hard about how the heck to build them!" This program adopts GMC’s groundbreaking bioregional approach to distance learning, in which students apply what they learn in each course to their local communities. MRSC students will learn about land-use planning, economic development, energy production, food systems, and resource management, while developing skills in leadership, group organization and conflict resolution.
The Culture Game, The Culture Game Book, Tribal Learning, Dan Mezick Agility is the ability to rapidly identify– and respond to– change. The Culture Game is the book for managers who are seeking more agility and much more engagement for their team, their department and the wider enterprise. The book is a road map that provides sixteen learning practices and a proven strategy for socializing them throughout your organization. Open Source Ecology We are offering workshops each month at Factor e Farm between April and August, and also at other sites in North America. OSE workshops are intended to provide you with immersion, hands-on training in practical skills – so you can Build Yourself – and thereby build the world around you. The goal is to lay to rest the myth of technology – to tame technology so that it truly serves human needs – as opposed to humans serving the needs of technology.
Flow - Eric Harris-Braun I just signed up for Edgeryders and completed my first mission, which is to “share your ryde.” This provided me with an end-of-year opportunity to think about and document where I’ve been over the past years, so I’m reposting that “mission” here: I’ll start the story of my Ryde by quoting my first blog post ever (back in 2005): The Moneyless Manifesto by Mark Boyle That we need money to live, like it or not, is a self-evident truism. Right? Not anymore. Drawing on almost three years of experience as The Moneyless Man, exbusinessman Mark Boyle not only demystifies money and the system that binds us to it, he also explains how liberating, easy, and enjoyable it is to live with less of it.
New Rules for the New Economy 1) Embrace the Swarm. As power flows away from the center, the competitive advantage belongs to those who learn how to embrace decentralized points of control. 2) Increasing Returns. As the number of connections between people and things add up, the consequences of those connections multiply out even faster, so that initial successes aren't self-limiting, but self-feeding. 3) Plentitude, Not Scarcity. As manufacturing techniques perfect the art of making copies plentiful, value is carried by abundance, rather than scarcity, inverting traditional business propositions. Happy 69 Year Old Lady Has Not Used Money For 15 Years Heidemarie Schwermer, a 69-year-old woman from Germany, gave up using money 15 years ago and says she’s been much happier ever since. Heidemarie’s incredible story began 22 years ago, when she, a middle-aged secondary school teacher emerging from a difficult marriage, took her two children and moved to the city of Dortmund, in Germany’s Ruhr area. One of the first things she noticed was the large number of homeless people, and this shocked her so much that she decided to actually do something about it. She had always believed the homeless didn’t need actual money to be accepted back into society, only a chance to empower themselves by making themselves useful, so she opened a Tauschring (swap shop), called “Gib und Nimm” (Give and Take). Her small venture was a place where anyone could trade stuff and skills for other things and skills they needed, without a single coin or banknote changing hands. So in 1996. she took the biggest decision of her life: to live without money.
Indian Country the Site of New Developments in Community Wealth Building Indian Country is the site of some exciting new work taking shape in social enterprise and employee ownership. Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, one of the poorest areas of the country, is the planned site of a “Regenerative Community” being built by Thunder Valley Development Corp. The new community – recipient of federal funding and praised in a public speech by President Obama – is designed to be a net zero community, producing all the energy it uses.
Developing Next-Gen Profiles: Collaboratory Mockup I’ve been having a lot of fun the past few weeks fleshing out our next-gen profiles for the Collaboratory. One of the things I think is critical for any sufficiently advanced social network is a way for us to actually express who we are as human beings – emotion, passion, intent, inherent gifts, and the like. The problem with Facebook and LinkedIn is they predefine the scope of what it means to be human. Either you’re this or that. This religious affiliation, this political view, this relationship status, this sex, and so forth. And that’s all fine for those who find comfort in the rigidity of those labels. Heidemarie Schwermer - Living without Money Heidemarie Schwermer, a 69-year-old woman from Germany, gave up using money 15 years ago and says she’s been much happier ever since. Heidemarie’s incredible story began 22 years ago, when she, a middle-aged secondary school teacher emerging from a difficult marriage, took her two children and moved to the city of Dortmund, in Germany’s Ruhr area. One of the first things she noticed was the large number of homeless people, and this shocked her so much that she decided to actually do something about it. She had always believed the homeless didn’t need actual money to be accepted back into society, only a chance to empower themselves by making themselves useful, so she opened a Tauschring (swap shop), called “Gib und Nimm” (Give and Take).
amazon.co This is a frustrating book. Sometimes Greer hits its right on the head, like when he analyses empire by tracing the flows of wealth from the periphery to the imperial core, citing the Roman empire. Yet he fails to apply this same trenchant "follow the money" analysis to the current empire confronting imperial overreach - the United States - as the ruling elites switch to enriching themselves by exploiting their own countrymen like they would imperial subjects.