Resilience Circles | Community Support Groups and Local Action Hacking Abundance But if the technological, demographic and geopolitical tsunami that Abundance predicts and celebrates is truly coming, we're all going to need to learn to ride giants--fast. That, or risk getting buried by them. That shift hints at entrepreneurs with world views and self-senses not merely satisfied with a stable of fancy cars, or a hall full of exotic hunting mounts--of leaders who thrive in solving complex problems, within and beyond their chosen industries, and within and beyond their own immediate spheres of concern. Any way you cut it, to be a successful leader today means juggling a lot more open windows on your browser, and upgrading your OS so you don't crash and lose everything right when it matters most. Conscious Complexity trumps Categorical Competency. The problem is, with the ever increasing rate of change, and the general overwhelm that most of us feel just keeping up with the mundane--who's got time to train like Superman? (and where's our Jet-Ski ?) Flow more.
Walk Out Walk On: A call to action « The Hub Amsterdam [ Video link to Petra Kroon's interview with Deborah ] “The System” provides a cosy hang out for those looking to hide, but breaking out can be a shaky process. What guidance is there for those walking out of organisations that run the mainstream economy? What exactly are they walking away from? And what is it they want anyway? Deborah Frieze’s Walk Out Walk On workshop and seminar provided a great context for analysis of the beliefs we currently hold, and those we might find more desirable. Through her seminar, and more deeply in the workshop, Deborah painted these and similar transitions of belief, not as prescriptions, but as a provocation for participants to see where they stand, what beliefs they might hold, and what they wish to walk on to. Most inspiring was the Warriors without Weapons project in Brazil that invited members of a community to “play” for 30 days in a disused warehouse that was filled with junk, dirty needles and faeces. Petra Kroon her website
BigPictureSmallWorld: Home Black&amp;White &raquo; Blog Archive &raquo; Slaves of the feed &#8211; This is not the realtime we&#8217;ve been looking for Let’s start with what most people probably can agree. Information is accumulating online. The amount of available information is increasing at an exponential rate, some say it doubles every second year. Most people know this, yet that is exactly exactly what we all seem to be doing. There is no shortage of content aggregators and aggregators of aggregators, daily developed to give us a better overview of all the sources of information we have subscribed to and found ourselves now depending on. This has resulted in an endless stream of articles, news, pictures, websites, products, updates, comments of updates and comments to these comments, being delivered to us second by second that each of us have to deal with. It almost seems like an obsession and many critics of digital technology would argue that by consuming information this way we are running the danger of destroying social interaction between humans. The digital space is real but different. It’s not without problems though.
The Democratic Society #postscarcity or bust! by Philip Richlin We live on a planet with finite resources, however scarcity is relative to the way we manage those resources. “Scarcity” as a condition is artificial in the 21st century. Scarcity is artificial in the sense that it literally has to be enforced by a socioeconomic system of structural and behavioral violence. To quote the sociologist Philip Slater “Inequality, originally a consequence of scarcity, is now a means of creating artificial scarcities.” Anti-authoritarians have traditionally defined themselves as opposed to socioeconomic hierarchy. Capitalism is an authoritarian economic system, based on private property rights (property based on the threat of violence as well as money rather than needs or use), the private ownership of the means of production, economic competition, and a network of top down organizations that people are forced into in order to survive. We live in a system where 66 people have more wealth than 3.5 billion people.
Måske har venstrefløjen alligevel ret fakta Frank Schirrmacher, født 1959, er medredaktør af det konservative tyske dagblad Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Han er kendt som essayist og forfatter, senest til en bog om kapitalismens fremtid. Copyright: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung og Politiken. Et tiår med uhæmmede finansmarkeder afslører sig som den venstreorienterede samfundskritiks mest succesrige resocialiseringsprogram. Dens kritik kan virke afdanket, men den er tilbage, og den bliver brugt. Realpolitik og pragmatisme skjuler et gabende tomrum, og den undskyldning, at også andre begår fejl, rækker som en skrædder i helvede. Det handler om, at udøvelsen af politik demonstrativt ikke blot beviser, at den nuværende ’borgerlige’ politik er falsk, men mere overraskende, at dens største modstanderes antagelser er rigtige. Der gives sætninger, der er falske. Det fuldkomne drama omkring den borgerlige tænknings bristede illusioner udspiller sig netop i England. Tjener det politiske system kun de rige? Oversættelse: Peter Wivel.
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Resilient Cities - ICLEI: Home 15 April 2014 Together with eight international organizations ICLEI joined a new urban resilience partnership which was announced at the World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia last week. “There has been a tremendous outpouring of support for urban resilience in recent years. This new collaboration represents a consolidation of those efforts as we prepare for an explosion of urbanization in the 21st century” said Margareta Wahlström, UNISDR Chief and Co-patron of the Resilient Cities congress 2012 and 2013. The partnership has been established by UN-Habitat, UNISDR, The World Bank Group, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR); the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); the Rockefeller Foundation; the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge Programme, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation; the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group; and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.