How do we organise to create a new local economy? You are here: Home » News & Blogs » How do we organise to create a new local economy? One of the biggest challenges to human beings living sustainably on the planet is not so much about the technology or lack of resources- its more about how we can work together and organise ourselves to respond to the collective challenges we face. So many of the challenges of today require us to work things out together to find a shared response- in groups, teams, organisations, communities, nations…. And that’s fine working in groups, teams or organisations- except that they are full of people! So many social change groups and organisations who try and do things like create a more sustainable, resilient and equitable local economic system come up against the challenges of working together. It was Winston Churchill who said ‘”Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others”. The first ever Holacracy Introductory Workshop is happening this Friday 21st June in London.
The Political Compass The Two Moons During Franklin Roosevelt’s era, Democrats were the Sun Party. During Ronald Reagan’s, Republicans were. Then, between 1996 and 2004, the two parties were tied. We lived in a 50-50 nation in which the overall party vote totals barely budged five elections in a row. But something strange happened. It used to be that the parties were on a seesaw: If the ratings of one dropped, then the ratings of the other rose. Ronald Brownstein summarized the underlying topography recently in The National Journal: “In Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor polls over the past two years, up to 40 percent of Americans have consistently expressed support for the conservative view that government is more the problem than the solution for the nation’s challenges; about another 30 percent have backed the Democratic view that government must take an active role in the economy; and the remaining 30 percent are agnostic. In these circumstances, both parties have developed minority mentalities.
The National Security Archive Brazil uprising points to rise of leaderless networks - life - 26 June 2013 BRAZILIANS are calling the protests sweeping through their country the Salad Uprising after police began arresting people carrying vinegar as a remedy for tear gas. The name could be more apt than protesters realise: uprisings of this sort could also have food links. But they spread like a disease. Brazil's uprising came "totally out of the blue", says Marcus de Aguiar at the University of Campinas in São Paulo, Brazil. "We never had anything like this before." It began when police responded violently to protests over a 6 per cent hike in bus fares in São Paulo. That may not be surprising. Braha's modelling studies of unrest over the past century in 170 countries show how long-standing social stresses leave a society susceptible to the spread of unrest once it is sparked off. Brazil's social stresses are clear, say the protesters. In fact, most protestors worldwide are not the grindingly poor, but the newly prosperous, says Martin Scheffer of Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
The Cabinet of Invisible Counselors Have you ever had a discussion with someone who posed this question: “If you could invite any five people, living or dead, to dinner, who would they be?” It’s an interesting question to consider, but one that doesn’t have to remain strictly a hypothetical. Now, of course you can’t drag the bones of history’s greatest corpses to your table (“Oh dear, Teddy’s hand just fell off into his soup. I believe that every man should create his own personal “Cabinet of Invisible Counselors”–a sort of imaginary team of mentors whom he can consult for advice and inspiration throughout his life. Napoleon Hill’s Invisible Counselors As we discussed in our post about famous Master Mind groups, success guru Napoleon Hill believed that when two of more people met together and blended the energies of their minds in harmony, a sort of “third brain” was formed–a potent “Master Mind” the whole group had access to. Why Create Your Own Cabinet of Invisible Counselors “Nurture your minds with great thoughts. 1. 2.
How we (should) decide Caspar Hare is interested in your choices. Not the ones you’ve already made, but the ones you will make, and how you’ll go about making them. The more important, the better. By way of example, suppose you’re deciding between two careers: journalism and physics. You enjoy both, but for different reasons: Journalism lets you interact with a broad swath of society, exercise your passion for writing and reach a wider audience; physics, though, represents the allure of science, with the freedom to chart a research trajectory at the forefront of human knowledge. Suppose, too, for argument’s sake, that you had a pretty good idea of how each career would turn out. In your mind, the two options — call them J and P — are so equally and oppositely attractive that you truly cannot decide. If you’re like most people, the answer is “not really.” Incommensurate values To understand negative intransitivity, first recall the transitive property: If you prefer A to B and B to C, then you prefer A to C.
The Political Machine 2012 PC Video Game | Buy The Political Machine 2012 for PC | Rent The Political Machine 2012 Steam account required for game activation and installation. Do you have what it takes to be president? Play as more than 20 candidates including Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich or create your own candidate from scratch. Players take to the campaign trail against a computer controlled opponent or a human challenger over the Internet. The Political Machine 2012 features updated political topics from across the United States. Make your run for the White House as a famous politician or create your own.Take a stance on the issues, stretch the truth, or smear your opponents! This title is available for purchase in Canada, Mexico and United States. © Stardock Entertainment.
Co-opoly: The Game of Co-operatives - The Toolbox for Education and Social Action Order Co-opoly in the UK In Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives, players collaborate to found and run a democratic business. In order to survive as individuals and to strive for the success of their co-op, players make tough choices regarding big and small challenges while putting their teamwork abilities to the test. This is an exciting game of skill and solidarity, where everyone wins – or everybody loses. Will the Point Bank continue to dominate the players’ lives, or will they break free and take control by jump-starting the movement for a truly democratic and cooperative economy in their community? By playing Co-opoly, players discover the unique benefits, challenges, and operations of the cooperative world – as well as the skills needed to participate in a co-op! Co-opoly is the world's first and only board game that is sustainably and ethically produced in the spirit of Fair Trade. Co-opoly is for teens and adults. Testimonials & Accolades for Co-opoly Check this one out!
Russell's teapot Russell's teapot, sometimes called the celestial teapot or cosmic teapot, is an analogy first coined by the philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872–1970) to illustrate that the philosophic burden of proof lies upon a person making scientifically unfalsifiable claims rather than shifting the burden of proof to others, specifically in the case of religion. Russell wrote that if he claims that a teapot orbits the Sun somewhere in space between the Earth and Mars, it is nonsensical for him to expect others to believe him on the grounds that they cannot prove him wrong. Russell's teapot is still referred to in discussions concerning the existence of God. Origins of the analogy In an article titled "Is There a God?" In 1958, Russell elaborated on the analogy as a reason for his own atheism: I ought to call myself an agnostic; but, for all practical purposes, I am an atheist. The burden of proof argument Other thinkers have posited similar analogies. Analysis Objections