Answering Globalization with Global Learning That question aptly set the stage for a two-day conference on “Developing Global Competencies in Higher Education,” held at Fairleigh Dickinson’s College at Florham April 4 and 5. Designed to foster a dialogue among educators about global education and global citizenship, the program was sponsored by the University’s Office of Interdisciplinary, Distributed and Global Learning and the Internationalization Collaborative of the American Council on Education (ACE) — and supported by a grant from the AT&T Foundation. Speakers included Adams, current and former United Nations ambassadors; a sociology professor who has written two books on globalization; a leading international advocate from ACE; a veteran study-abroad administrator; key members of FDU’s global education efforts, particularly faculty involved in using technology to bring the world to the classroom; and members of the University’s innovative Global Virtual Faculty program. A Need for Global Citizenship Defining the Skills
Biomimétisme: la vraie nature de l'économie collaborative ? Et si l’économie collaborative était au fond inspirée de la Nature ? C’est en tout cas l’avis de Gaëtan Dartevelle, co-fondateur de Biomimicry Europa et directeur de Greenloop. Interview On ne présente plus le biomimétisme, principe vulgarisé à la fin des années 90 par la biologiste américaine Janine Benyus selon lequel la Nature dans la diversité de ses formes, procédés et stratégies peut être une source d’enrichissement et d’innovation pour nos propres systèmes humains. Du scratch de nos baskets – invention inspirée de la Badiane- au train Japonais -réplique du bec profilé du martin-pêcheur- nombreuses sont les innovations de notre environnement quotidien qui utilisent une intelligence forgée par plusieurs millions d’années d’évolution. Les systèmes d’échanges n’y dérogent pas. La crise de notre système impose en effet un bouleversement de nos façons de créer, concevoir et échanger qu’incarnent notamment le peer-to-peer et l’économie collaborative. Ce deal va même plus loin. sj_sanders
It's Time For Breakthrough Capitalism There are periods of creative destruction when an old, dying order comes apart at the seams, opening up the space for a new order currently struggling to be born. That’s what the Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter told us, mapping the cycles. And now here we go again. A decade or two from now, the "long year" straddling 2011 and 2012 will likely be seen as one of those pivotal transitions, like when the development of "breakthrough" steam engines fueled the Industrial Revolution. But where is all of this on business radar screens? Whatever it is that they think they have embedded, it definitely isn’t system change. The B-word is used often, but for us Breakthrough is about making the sort of bets that got astronauts to the Moon in 1969, or that created the Internet. Breakdown is the unremittingly bleak scenario, a world in which early experiments and enthusiasm fade in the face of wider incomprehension and resistance to change.
Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.” “If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.” Mahatma Gandhi needs no long introduction. So let’s just move on to some of my favourite tips from Mahatma Gandhi. 1. “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” If you change yourself you will change your world. And the problem with changing your outer world without changing yourself is that you will still be you when you reach that change you have strived for. And so in this new situation you will still not find what you hoped for since your mind is still seeping with that negative stuff. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Unwrapping the Gift Economy | Solarium It has become popular to declare that we need to move to a gift economy, in which we share more freely and value community more deeply, and in which our relationships are less often money-based and transactional. Clearly, this is an important and appealing proposition. But there’s far more wrapped up in the concept than it may appear. To get to “the more beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible,” as Charles Eisenstein so eloquently implores, we’ll need to understand the full implications - and possibilities - behind the concept. Often, the argument in favor of a gift economy begins with reference to its historical origins in hunter-gatherer societies. What is also needed is a full understanding of (1) why those societies were based on sharing and community, (2) why ours is not, and (3) what exactly we need to bring forward from the past if we want to have what they had, even in today’s vastly more complex reality. Let’s start by taking a closer look at those historical origins. ...
Could a circular economy provide a solution to our current linear system? This short animated video by the Ellen MacArthur Trust looks at the demise of our linear economic system. Presently, our economies depend heavily on fossil energies to create vast volumes of material products with shortened lifespans. A clear distinction is made between the linear decline of this system compared to the sustainable management of our resources as a circular system. Whilst most of the world strives to own the latest gadgets and electronics, this video introduces the notion of a circular economy, where it is in the interest of manufacturers to build the highest quality products. This 'performance model' is flexible and could of course apply to many different products and services, increasingly important as we are eventually forced into transition. Prepare yourself for transition with Permaculture.
Global Issues : social, political, economic and environmental issues that affect us all Collaborative Cities | The Documentary - An interactive documentary featuring inspiring entrepreneurs and communities in a new economy built around sharing and collaboration. Can we live inside the doughnut? Why the world needs planetary and social boundaries This blog summaries a new Discussion Paper published by Oxfam. It does not represent Oxfam policy, but is intended to encourage public debate in the run-up to the UN conference on sustainable devolpment (Rio+20) in June. When crossing unknown territory, a compass can be pretty handy. Achieving sustainable development for nine billion people has to be high on the list of humanity’s great uncharted journeys. So here’s an idea for a global-scale compass to point us in the right direction (Fig 1). Fig 1. Source: Oxfam, inspired by Rockström et al (2009) What’s going on here? Putting excessive stress on these critical processes could lead to tipping points of abrupt and irreversible environmental change, so Rockström et al proposed a set of boundaries for avoiding those danger zones. That’s a compelling approach to environmental sustainability, but humanity is glaringly absent from the picture. So how about combining planetary boundaries together with the concept of social boundaries? 1. 2.
WEO 2013 Global growth is projected to remain subdued at slightly above 3 percent in 2013, the same as in 2012. This is less than forecast in the April 2013 World Economic Outlook (WEO), driven to a large extent by appreciably weaker domestic demand and slower growth in several key emerging market economies, as well as a more protracted recession in the euro area. Downside risks to global growth prospects still dominate: while old risks remain, new risks have emerged, including the possibility of a longer growth slowdown in emerging market economies, especially given risks of lower potential growth, slowing credit, and possibly tighter financial conditions if the anticipated unwinding of monetary policy stimulus in the United States leads to sustained capital flow reversals. Stronger global growth will require additional policy action. Financial market volatility increased globally in May and June after a period of calm since last summer.
The Rise of the Sharing Communities Creative Commons photo by Lobkovs As the sharing economy picks up momentum, its reach has become global. In cities and towns around the world, people are creating ways to share everything from baby clothes to boats, hardware to vacation homes. There are also groups emerging that consciously identify with the big-picture sharing movement. These groups focus on education, action and community-building, and advocate for a cultural shift toward widespread sharing. From neighborhood-level cooperatives to global organizations, these groups work to bring sharing into the mainstream. What follows is a far-from-exhaustive list of sharing advocacy groups around the world. Ouishare With hubs in Paris, London, Berlin, Barcelona, Rome and Brussels, Ouishare is an international network of entrepreneurs, citizens, activists, journalists and designers working toward the development of the collaborative economy. “We need complex solutions to solve complex world issues,” he says. Let’s Collaborate!
If You Don't Like Capitalism or State Socialism, What Do You Want? | New Economics Institute by Gar Alperovitz The very first book I wrote—my Ph.D. thesis, basically—was on the bombing of Hiroshima. An odd place to start. The puzzlement for me was why this country and its leaders, knowing there were alternatives—which is now established as fact—nevertheless went ahead with those bombings. What was the nature of our culture, the expansionism that created it, and the system that had driven it, which led us to do that? The flaw is an odd kind of imperialism. I've worked at high levels of the U.S. government, including the Senate. This situation has led me to the kinds of questions that I think are being posed by Occupy Wall Street and the young people who have spoken here today. I don't pretend to offer you a final answer, but I do think those questions are on the table. I don't think the system will collapse. Those movements, particularly the feminist movement and the civil rights movement, were largely about getting into the system. We haven't even stepped up to that question.
WEO 2012 Lately, the near-term outlook has noticeably deteriorated, as evidenced by worsening high-frequency indicators in the last quarter of 2011 (Figure 2: CSV|PDF). The main reason is the escalating euro area crisis, which is interacting with financial fragilities elsewhere (Figure 3: CSV|PDF). Specifically, concerns about banking sector losses and fiscal sustainability widened sovereign spreads for many euro area countries, which reached highs not seen since the launch of the Economic and Monetary Union. Bank funding all but dried up in the euro area, prompting the European Central Bank (ECB) to offer a three-year Long-Term Refinancing Operation (LTRO). Bank lending conditions moved sideways or deteriorated across a number of advanced economies. Capital flows to emerging economies fell sharply. The updated WEO projections see global activity decelerating but not collapsing. Overall, activity in the advanced economies is now projected to expand by 1½ percent on average during 2012–13.
Les monnaies complémentaires d’un système en crise | Créacrise Elles sont aujourd’hui monnaie courante. Vous en êtes d’ailleurs sûrement des utilisateurs à travers les cartes de fidélité, timbres ou jetons de casino. Mais connaissez-vous le palmas, le Chiemgauer ou l’éco iris ? Et plus important encore : savez-vous quelles théories et remises en question ces monnaies recèlent ? « Une monnaie complémentaire est une monnaie qui circule en complément de la monnaie officielle entre un groupe de personnes ayant un objectif commun ». Le palmas : relocaliser pour mieux régner L’action se déroule à Conjunto palmeiras. C’est ainsi qu’une enquête menée auprès des habitants révèle que seulement 20% des achats se font à l’intérieur même de cette zone précaire. C’est finalement en 2002, que le palmas, dont la valeur est calquée sur le réal brésilien, sera officiellement lancé. Le Chiemgauer : cette monnaie qui fond, qui fond, qui fond… Traversons maintenant l’Océan Atlantique, la Manche puis le Rhin. Pour parler pommes, voici un exemple imagé. Like this: