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Ii. Foreword by Charles Eisenstein

Ii. Foreword by Charles Eisenstein
FOREWORD by Charles Eisenstein Going into my first conversation with Mark Boyle a year ago, I was feeling a little bit defensive. “He probably thinks he is better than the rest of us,” I thought. “More ethical, more pure, less complicit in the sins of civilization.” When we actually began talking, though, I found Mark to be free of sanctimoniousness or self-congratulation. One contribution of this book is to open that path to others. While we might for very good reasons choose to use money, we may not actually have to. Here, then, is another illusion: we cannot actually achieve independence via money. Mark Boyle offers us one way to do this. None of this means that living moneyless is the only way to enter the spirit of the gift. What about the collective level? That is why I believe Mark’s work has a significance beyond merely describing a more joyful, connected way of living. Charles Eisenstein August 2012, author of Sacred Economics – Money, Gift & Society in the Age of Transition Great! The next step is to verify your address. There was a problem connecting your Facebook account. Please sign in to Nextdoor Design District to continue. If you don't have an account, sign up. Nextdoor The private social network for neighbors in Design District. San Francisco, CA Map data ©2014 Google Terms of Use Connect your Nextdoor account Sign in to your Nextdoor account to connect it to your Facebook account. Forgot your password Don't have an account? Flag thisthese s for review Please select a reason for flagging this

Embassy Network Guests are a cornerstone of our house and we love having new (and familiar) people stay with us. This isn’t your typical B&B – it’s more of an adopted family. We’re working on the hypothesis that density breeds ideas and collaborations, and that’s a big part of what we hope to foster here. We know and expect that guests are usually traveling for specific projects and collaborations. Events To aid in your enthusiasm, we try to keep the house lively, fun and interesting, with anything from casual chats in the evenings to movie nights, dinners, performances and salons. Projects As a community house there are also many ways you can contribute! Home Finally, one of our most important traditions is Sunday night dinner: our weekly community meal with new and familiar faces, boisterous conversation, many helping hands, and most importantly, our way to say Thanks to all the amazing people we know.

Local Currencies: Communities Printing Own Money To Keep Cash Flowing UPDATE: USA Today's reporting on local currencies gives the impression that this is a NEW phenomenon born from the recession. Rather, many of these programs have existed for some time. The organization that runs BerkShares, told Huffington Post that it has been producing currency since 2006, well before the financial crisis dominated headlines. Read the article from USA Today on local currencies. A small but growing number of cash-strapped communities are printing their own money.Borrowing from a Depression-era idea, they are aiming to help consumers make ends meet and support struggling local businesses. Do you know of other local currencies that have been circulated in response to the recession? Keep reading for more info on local currencies: The Detroit News expands on the movement, with an article on its local currency, "Detroit Cheers," which was re-born from the Depression era push to create currencies. Below is a slideshow of some of the local currencies out there:

Street Party - Meet your Neighbours in your Traffic-free Street Stop Fearing, Start Thinking: The Fixperts Social Project | Environment on GOOD We're lucky. I mean, really lucky. We live in a global culture of makers, imaginers, and inventors. Every single day brings with it amazing, new technological advances. But somewhere between the constant innovation and endless product releases, we forgot something important. When did people start believing that stuff was too complicated or too far-gone to repair? And we are compliant. But when we don't fix our things, we risk something far more vital than just the money in our wallets. Fixperts, a social project in the UK, is based on one simple idea: Fixing is thinking. "We tend to forget that fixing is really a gateway to creating, making, building, and imagining beyond fixing a cracked drawer in a fridge," says London-resident and Fixperts' co-founder James Carrigan. The last decade has seen a rise in organizations that share the same sentiment. "Repair is global. Fixperts' goal: Feed the people. Want to see Ben, a cycling paramedic in London, waterproof his medical equipment?

Subbable: Subscription crowdfunding for rabid YouTube fans By Carmel DeAmicis On September 30, 2013 Two brothers — Hank and John Green — have produced online videos since 2007. Known as the VlogBrothers, they gained notoriety for their work on early Web shows such as “Brotherhood 2.0″ and “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.” They caught Google’s eye and got funded as part of the YouTube Original Channel Initiative. In their current series “Crash Course,” the duo teach high school courses for free in a frenetic, fun, and fast-paced manner. But all is not well in the VlogBrothers’ world — the Google money is running out, and they’re not sure how to keep funding the show. Then, Hank Green had an idea. That didn’t stop the entrepreneurially minded VlogBrothers — they just decided to start their own crowd-funding site. Enter, Subbable. “The content for Subbable will be stuff people are addicted to and can’t live without,” Green says. Subbable is still in beta and hasn’t gained the attention of the masses yet. [Image via New Media Rockstars]

CUSTOMER-MADE | Co-creation, user-generated content, DIY advertising and more! CUSTOMER-MADE: time to tap into THE GLOBAL BRAIN! Last updated: May 2006 | Let’s get this out of the way once and for all: trends are not one-off coining affairs. Some trends are worth tracking for years and years, especially if they represent a radically new definition of what constitutes value to consumers. INFOLUST is one of them. So is GENERATION C. So here’s yet another CUSTOMER-MADE update, exactly one year after our last coverage, bringing you new insights and hands-on examples of firms already profiting from co-creating with their customers. CUSTOMER-MADE: “The phenomenon of corporations creating goods, services and experiences in close cooperation with experienced and creative consumers, tapping into their intellectual capital, and in exchange giving them a direct say in (and rewarding them for) what actually gets produced, manufactured, developed, designed, serviced, or processed.” Consider any or all of the following: What goes for phones, also goes for coffee. Check out:

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