Summify - The Old Economy’s Not Coming Back. So What’s Next? Meet the people and ideas on the cutting edge of the movement for a new economy. posted May 26, 2011 Editor's Note: When our friends at The Nation asked us to share this article with you, we were excited. We're big admirers of the author, Gar Alperovitz, a visionary thinker on economic possibilities and a former YES! Magazine board member. The idea that we need a “new economy”—that the entire economic system must be radically restructured if critical social and environmental goals are to be met—runs directly counter to the American creed that capitalism as we know it is the best, and only possible, option. The new economy movement seeks an economy that is increasingly green and socially responsible, and one that is based on rethinking the nature of ownership and the growth paradigm that guides conventional policies. Democratizing Ownership For-profits have developed alternatives as well. New Economy, New Ways to Work Leading Thinkers and Organizations
Euros discarded as impoverished Greeks resort to bartering | World news It's been a busy day at the market in downtown Volos. Angeliki Ioanitou has sold a decent quantity of olive oil and soap, while her friend Maria has done good business with her fresh pies. But not a single euro has changed hands – none of the customers on this drizzly Saturday morning has bothered carrying money at all. For many, browsing through the racks of second-hand clothes, electrical appliances and homemade jams, the need to survive means money has been usurped. "It's all about exchange and solidarity, helping one another out in these very hard times," enthused Ioanitou, her hair tucked under a floppy felt cap. In this bustling port city at the foot of Mount Pelion, in the heart of Greece's most fertile plain, locals have come up with a novel way of dealing with austerity – adopting their own alternative currency, known as the Tem. Greece's deepening economic crisis has brought new users. Other grassroots initiatives have appeared across Greece.
Angel "Java" Lopez en Blog Ya presenté los dos grandes protagonistas de la electrodinámica cuántica en: Introducción a la Electrodinámica Cuántica Eran el electrón y el fotón. Es sabido que en física se maneja el espacio y el tiempo, en lo que ha sido llamado algo ampulosamente el espaciotiempo. En el espacio, consideramos tres dimensiones, y le sumamos la del tiempo. En los diagramas que viene, tomaremos un suceso como una posición en el tiempo y el espacio: El eje horizontal es el espacio, y el eje vertical representa el tiempo. La electrodinámica cuántica describe, mediante fórmulas, el comportamiento del electrón y el fotón. El que un electrón se mueva desde el punto a en el espaciotiempo al punto b, se dibuja con una línea contínua, que llamamos propagador. En cambio, la trayectoria de un fotón, estará representada por un propagador dibujado con línea punteada (en los libros lo encontrarán también como propagador de línea ondulada, pero me es más fácil dibujarlo de esta forma). Veamos otro diagrama: Nos leemos!
french - Comment l’économie du partage crée du lien social Alors que les échanges marchands créent de plus en plus d'exclusion sociale et de défiance, l'économie du partage, par le don, transforme les relations grâce à la reconnaissance et l'inter-dépendance. Le XXème siècle aura été incontestablement celui de l’échange marchand. Jamais l’humanité n’avait autant commercé, exporté, importé. Jamais les transactions n’avaient été aussi simples et rapides. Le volume du commerce mondial a triplé depuis la chute du mur de Berlin et a connu une croissance presque exponentielle [en] jusqu’à la crise économique de 2008. Bizarrement, alors que les hommes entraient toujours plus en interaction et devenaient toujours plus dépendants les uns des autres, ce XXème siècle aura connu un immense délitement des structures sociales traditionnelles sans création d’autres structures alternatives efficaces. Quand l’échange marchand abolit la relation Frédéric Laupiès, Leçon philosophique sur l’échange Don et contre-don Vers de nouvelles civilisations ? Photos flickr
Paying with 'kisses' as Brazil’s social currencies spread 2 January 2013Last updated at 04:05 ET By Manuel Toledo BBC, Vitoria, Brazil Heraldo Rodrigues da Silva has taken two loans from a community bank Shopkeeper Heraldo Rodrigues da Silva, 55, owns a small store in Sao Benedito, one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Vitoria, the capital of the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo. On the wall behind his counter, a sign announces that besides the real - Brazil's legal tender - he accepts the "bem", an alternative currency from a local community development bank, Banco Bem. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote The goal of...a social currency is to encourage people to use that money within their community and contribute to the development of the local economy” End QuoteLeonora MolManager, Banco Bem The bank was founded in 2005 by an association of seamstresses who decided to lend their profits to a group of furniture makers so that they too could start their own collective. "Trade has grown a lot recently. Buying locally Community confidence
The Meaning Organization By Umair Haque Welcome to the roaring teens. We’re in the aftermath of the worst economic crisis, many people argue, since the Great Depression. As mightily as governments, central banks, and scholars have labored, a jobless, fruitless, and suspiciously meaningless recovery has begun. Perhaps that's because the so-called Great Recession wasn't truly a recession at all. Ponder, for a moment, a troublesome paradox: The noughties (2000–2009) were a lost decade for America. A better and very different global economy made up of novel, more beneficial industries, more purposive types of organizations, and more passionate work will bring radically more fruitful approaches to commerce, trade, and exchange. In this era, it’s the ability to make up for the shortcomings of the prior decades—the belching, wheezing, crashing economic engine that gave us plenty materially, but has left us spiritually, relationally, emotionally, and developmentally empty. Enter, the Meaning Organization. Signiﬁcance.
Agenda for a New Economy - from phantom wealth to real wealth Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth David C. Korten Paperback, 2nd Edition, August 2010, 288 pages List Price: $19.95. Nearly two years after the economic meltdown joblessness and foreclosures are still endemic, Wall Street executives are once again getting massive bonuses, and there doesn’t seem to be the will in Washington to make desperately needed fundamental changes to the economy. In this revised and updated edition Korten offers more in-depth advice on how to mount a grassroots campaign to bring about an economy based on locally-owned, community-oriented "living enterprises," whose success is measured as much by their positive impact on people and the environment as by their positive balance sheet. "At last, a book by one of our most brilliant economic thinkers that outlines the real causes of—and solutions to—the current economic crisis." — John Perkins, NY Times bestselling author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man You Might Also Be Interested In:
Do local currencies work? November 27, 2012 Six years on from its launch, a local currency in the United States continues to inspire others. But what can it tell us about their potential to nurture vibrant, distinctive local economies? Austin Macauley reports Two months on from the launch of the UK’s first city-wide local currency, the Bristol Pound, the scheme continues to create a buzz. There’s a confident feel to the Bristol Pound website. The Bristol Pound is the first to have electronic accounts managed by a regulated financial institution – Bristol Credit Union – and the most ambitious of the local currencies seen so far in the UK. A few clues as to what the future might hold can be found in The Berkshires, western Massachusetts. Examine the Berkshares website and you find an altogether more sober and scholarly tone, perhaps reflecting its development by the E F Schumacher Society, now the New Economics Institute. Six years on, the evolution of BerkShares offers a reality check to other local currencies.
toolbox Living Economies Forum Can Local Currencies be the Foundation for the Sharing Economy? A relatively new financial tool is emerging that could greatly strengthen the sharing movement. The tool is local currencies, which are popping up in cities across the globe. The Boston Bean is one of the newest U.S. examples. The local currency in Bristol, U.K., can even be used to pay local business taxes. Excitement is spreading, in part due to desperate economic conditions and the potential of local currencies to boost local economies. At the moment, most currencies are essentially “buy local” programs which encourage residents to purchase goods and services within their communities. A local currency could become a full-fledged local monetary system that creates new currency free of debt and uses it to drive smart, sustainable growth, as well as fund education, public works, and social services. A Prototype A prototype is the Token Exchange System, described in my book Creating Sustainable Societies and now being developed by the Principled Societies Project.
How Design Triggers Transformation By Kristina Loring - October 22, 2010 Last week, frog hosted a design mind Salon in Amsterdam that featured a presentation by Microsoft researcher and computer scientist Bill Buxton. Sixty select guests turned up to the Felix Meritis Building to hear Buxton, frog Executive Creative Director Tjeerd Hoek, and independent Dutch Creative Director Marcel Kampman speak about “how design triggers transformation.” Co-hosted with Microsoft, the event attracted a mix of business leaders, designers, and local influencers. Click through the slides below to get Hoek’s perspective on how change is the central problem facing business today, and how frog strives to tangibly embody change through products, services, and systems to help organizations turn insights into designs. For highlights of the event, watch the video below.