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TEDxBerkeley - Nipun Mehta - Designing For Generosity

TEDxBerkeley - Nipun Mehta - Designing For Generosity
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Gift Currency A new project called datti is offering a way to build gift economies on a community level by witnessing and memorializing gift transactions using beautiful, pewter coins. Inspired in part by the work of Charles Eisenstein, the creators of the datti have designed a special pewter coin that functions like “money in reverse,” or as a pay-it-forward token, inspiring future gifts to flow in all directions. The organizers explain it like this: If a person gathers a bag of food from her vegetable garden and gives it to you as a gift, along with this gift she may give you a datti. In order to help spread the reach of this special currency, the datti organizers are currently offering to provide a mold and instructions to anyone interested in making coins. The Datti Project is also looking for interested parties with coding skills to help build an electronic mutual “gift-credit” clearing system based on the datti, integrated with Chrome/Google+/Facebook.

Matthieu Ricard - Plaidoyer pour l'altruisme - version longue In These Times - Give It Away Give It Away By David Graeber Have you noticed how there aren't any new French intellectuals any more? There was a veritable flood in the late '70s and early '80s: Derrida, Foucault, Baudrillard, Kristeva, Lyotard, de Certeau ... but there has been almost no one since. Trendy academics and intellectual hipsters have been forced to endlessly recycle theories now 20 or 30 years old, or turn to countries like Italy or even Slovenia for dazzling meta-theory. There are a lot of reasons for this. Of course this in itself is hardly going to faze the sort of Americans who read Deleuze and Guattari. As a result, some of the most interesting scholars in France today you never hear about at all. A word of background. By all accounts, though, Mauss was never taken completely seriously in his role of heir apparent; a man of extraordinary erudition (he knew at least a dozen languages, including Sanskrit, Maori and classical Arabic), he still, somehow, lacked the gravity expected of a grand professeur.

VIDEO : L’altruisme, une réponse aux défis de notre temps L’altruisme, une réponse aux défis de notre temps Revoir la rencontre organisée par Jean-Paul Delevoye, Matthieu Ricard et Christophe André Publié le 06/10/2013 Revoyez les échanges entre Jean-Paul Delevoye, président du CESE, Matthieu Ricard, moine bouddhiste et Christophe André, médecin psychiatre autour du thème de l'altruisme. Notre époque est confrontée à de nombreux défis. Comment concilier les impératifs de l’économie, de la recherche dubonheur et du respect de l’environnement ? L'altruisme, une réponse aux défis de notre temps par le_cese D’autres vidéos de Mathieu Ricard sur l’altruisme à la conférence de l’INREES : LIEN VIDÉOS

Crowdfunding the commons The Social Coin is a NGO fully dedicated to producing and distributing coins that initiate chains of random acts of kindness, which can be followed and measured. How does it work? 1. Pay it forward Main features It’s a proven fact, random act of kindness improve people's lives both for the giver, and the receiver. Why this is important We've realized that performing acts of kindness is a source of universal happiness, any person can benefit from it. Our goals include the research and massive distribution of social coins, with the aim of improving quality of life around the world (limited by our capabilities). The Social Coin has been awarded the Youth Ashoka Changemakers 2012 prize. We want to mint and distribute social coins among volunteer organizations, aiming the initiation of helping chains around the globe. Goals of the crowdfunding campaign With the help of thousands of people we want to initiate this Project. To date we have finished 50% of the website (coin tracking) and design.

Ecoutez le plaidoyer pour l'altruisme de Matthieu Ricard Il y a un défi tout nouveau : le sort des générations à venir dépend de nos actes. Il est possible qu’il y ait des points de non-retour mais nous ne savons pas où ils sont. Par rapport à l’environnement : Voici la situation en 1900. La situation en 1950 : L’image en 2010 : Quand on observe cette dégradation constante de notre environnement, on peut se demander si « L’homme est définitivement un loup pour l’homme ? Cette conclusion serait un peu trop hâtive. Cet homme a perdu ses deux jambes mais s’est occupé des autres toute sa vie. La joie de coopérer autour de la construction L’esprit de coopération existe aussi chez les animaux Darwin a parlé de la coopération pour la lutte pour la vie. Passons à un degré supérieur de coopération. Nous sommes des super-coopérateurs. L’altruisme n’est plus un luxe mais une nécessité. Les gens diront qu’il y a des motivations cachées et égoïstes derrière chaque acte altruiste. L’altruisme véritable existe. Essayons de redécouvrir cette bonté humaine en nous-même.

News: The ideal of self-sufficiency puts brakes on sharing economy - Aalto University According to a recent study, fear of owing a debt of gratitude and reluctance to ask for help are slowing the success of online services that facilitate joint use, borrowing and exchange of services. People who engage in exchange activities were not as concerned about becoming the target of unfair accusations about being a ‘free rider’. Helsinki Institute of Information Technology HIIT researchers Airi Lampinen and Vilma Lehtinen worked with Coye Cheshire from University of California and Emmi Suhonen from Aalto University to study the views of Sharetribe (sharetribe.com) users concerning indebtedness and reciprocity. Study participants were particularly worried about ending up indebted and made efforts to avoid or repay that debt. – Asking for help is equally important as offering in terms of maintaining the vitality of the community. Further information: Airi Lampinen, Doctoral candidateHelsinki Institute for Information Technology HIITTel. +358 50 301 6971airi.lampinen@hiit.fi Back

Enseigner l'empathie à l'école : un exemple concret Et si l’empathie était enseignée à l’école ? J’aime beaucoup le programme présenté dans cette vidéo. C’est vraiment une approche qui gagnerait à se généraliser dans toutes les écoles tant la gestion émotionnelle (identification, acceptation, expression,…) est primordiale pour renforcer la confiance en soi, développer l’écoute, le respect, les compétences sociales et prôner le dialogue via une communication non-violente. Un premier pas serait effectivement de demander régulièrement aux élèves comment ils se sentent, ce qu’ils ressentent et de les aider à verbaliser en leur apportant du vocabulaire et des outils. Il serait également judicieux de les aider à observer, décrire plutôt que juger ou étiqueter. Cela favoriserait la pleine conscience et un retour à notre vraie nature, puisque nous sommes conçus pour être empathiques (grâce aux neurones miroirs). Notons aussi que la lecture permet de nommer les émotions et entraine à l’empathie (via la psychologie des personnages).

Radical Generosity by Paul Van Slambrouk What’s better than turning a profit by selling your work? Filmmakers, cafe owners, and even corporations like Panera Bread point to the satisfaction that comes with giving it away. posted Jan 04, 2013 This article originally appeared at Global Oneness Project. A still from the film El Ambulante, which depicts the activities of Argentine filmmaker Daniel Burmeister. Daniel Burmeister is an Argentine handyman turned filmmaker. Daniel is a one-man film crew. What makes someone come alive is a gift that they do not possess. Beyond Daniel’s ingenuity, though, is a system. He became a rallying force for small communities. I got to know Burmeister through El Ambulante, a 2009 documentary about him by Eduardo de la Serna, Lucas Marcheggiano, and Adriana Yurcovich. There are many smart people poking, exploring, and parsing this term, all the while giving it a growing cache and even making it a source of some intellectual argument. A smile is integral to the design of a gift economy. Interested?

Create More Value Than You Capture As alternative energy advocate Steve Baer once noted, the commons is often ignored in economic analysis. He used a humble analogy to name this "the clothesline paradox": When you put your clothes in the dryer, the energy you use is measured and counted, but when you hang them on the line, the energy "disappears" from the measured economy. But it doesn't disappear from the real economy. In this talk, Tim O'Reilly explores how sharing economies are subject to the clothesline paradox. "When you build things for the love of it, jobs will emerge and as a result", read PICNIC's report on Tim O'Reilly talk at PICNIC Festival 2012.

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