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. Douglas Rushkoff » Life Inc. Movies Books Life Inc. How Corporatism Conquered the World,and How We Can Take It Back This didn't just happen. In Life Inc., award-winning writer, documentary filmmaker, and scholar Douglas Rushkoff traces how corporations went from a convenient legal fiction to the dominant fact of contemporary life. Indeed as Rushkoff shows, most Americans have so willingly adopted the values of corporations that they're no longer even aware of it.
How To Hold A Design Jam In 53 Minutes Matthew May became a designer in less than an hour. Push your creative limits by holding a design jam of your own. July 14, 2011 When the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, aka the "d.school," announced a few weeks ago that they were holding an experimental crash course in design thinking free of charge for the first 200 people to sign up, I immediately signed up. I'm constantly on the lookout for opportunities to learn, hone my skills, and pick up new creativity coaching ideas. I was especially curious to see what could be done within a tight timebox.
Viewpoint: Manuel Castells on the rise of alternative economic cultures Prof Manuel Castells is regarded as one of the most-cited sociologists in the world. When most of us were still struggling to connect our modems in the 1990s, the Spanish academic was documenting the rise of the network society and studying the interaction between internet use, counter-culture, urban protest movements and personal identity. Newsnight economics editor Paul Mason interviewed Prof Castells in front of an audience at The London School of Economics for BBC Radio 4's Analysis about his latest book Aftermath: The Cultures of the Economic Crisis. Prof Castells suggests we may be about to see the emergence of a new kind of capitalism, with businesses growing out of the counter-cultures of the last 20 years. Here are some extracts from their conversation. The rise of new economic cultures
10 Questions You Should Know the Answers To Email Because the answers to these ten questions will help you discover the very best in yourself… 1. What would make you proud of yourself? When you follow your heart and intuition, people won’t always agree with you. When you find something that makes you happy, not everyone will be happy for you. 37 ways to join the Gift Economy You don't have to participate in a local currency or service exchange to be part of the cooperative gift economy. Any time you do a favor for a family member, neighbor, colleague, or stranger you're part of it. Here are some ways you can spend time in the gift economy, where you'll find fun, freedom, and connection. posted Jun 30, 1997 Start a dinner co-op.
Freemium In freemium business model, business tiers start with a "free" tier Freemium is a pricing strategy by which a product or service (typically a digital offering such as software, media, games or web services) is provided free of charge, but money (premium) is charged for proprietary features, functionality, or virtual goods. The word "freemium" is a portmanteau neologism combining the two aspects of the business model: "free" and "premium". Origin Give your service away for free, possibly ad supported but maybe not, acquire a lot of customers very efficiently through word of mouth, referral networks, organic search marketing, etc., then offer premium priced value added services or an enhanced version of your service to your customer base. Jarid Lukin of Alacra then suggested the term "freemium" for this model.
Digital Resources for the Jam While working away during the weekend, you will create material for upload. It might be presentations or films, and you must respect the copyright on any images, films, logos and especially music you use. Please do not use copyrighted material as one of the risks is that whatever you publish will soon be blocked. ‘Safe’ material is that published as ‘public domain’, ‘Creative Commons’ license, bought online material or material you make yourself. Here’s a list of suitable online resources to get you started (please just check the ‘Creative Commons’ conditions of use if necessary):
Chrystia Freeland When Branko Milanovic, a World Bank economist, published “The Haves and the Have-Nots,” a study of global income inequality last year, one of his most striking observations was the extent to which the subject was taboo in the United States. As Milanovic explained, “I was once told by the head of a prestigious think tank in Washington, D.C., that the think tank’s board was very unlikely to fund any work that had ‘income’ or ‘wealth inequality’ in its title. Yes, they would finance anything to do with poverty alleviation, but inequality was an altogether different matter.” “Why?”
The 3 Most Important Facts about What Really Matters to Get Happy Customers 988 Flares Filament.io 988 Flares × The customer of today is an “infovore.” Before doing business with you, a huge majority of customers will now use the information available on the web to find out a plethora of things about your company and your service quality. Transparency is the way the business world works these days, and it’s forced companies to re-examine their sales process for the benefit of the customer. This highly informed customer isn’t going away anytime soon, in fact, the web has made it better than ever for honest, upstanding businesses who take care of their customers to succeed in a world where most companies fall short.
Giftegrity GIFTegrity is a software that allows to organise the gift economy and non-reciprocal exchange, produced by Timothy Wilken and friends at Synearth.org. Since it is somewhat complex to explain we start with a indirect citation, followed by the explanation by Dr. Wilken. Chris Anderson on FREE: The Future of Radical Price Bio Chris Anderson Chris Anderson has served as editor in chief of WIRED since 2001. Under his leadership, the magazine has garnered nine National Magazine Awards and 19 additional nominations and has won the prestigious top prize for General Excellence three times. In 2010, AdWeek named WIRED the Magazine of the Decade. Anderson is the author of two New York Times best sellers, The Long Tail and Free: The Future of a Radical Price, both of which are based on influential articles published in WIRED.
Experience Economy Strategies: Adding Value to Small Rural Businesses Introduction Nationally, the number of small, independently owned businesses is substantial, accounting for over 90% of all U.S. business activity (Scarborough & Zimmerer, 2006). Small firms also comprise a majority of rural business establishments (U.S. Small Business Administration, 2004) and are central to rural economic development (Muske & Stanforth, 2000; Muske, Stanforth, & Woods, 2004). In spite of their prevalence and importance, small rural firms have found the business environment increasingly challenging (Henderson, 2002; McDaniel, 2001; Miller, Besser, Gaskill, & Sapp, 2003; Miller & Kean, 1997). To meet this challenge, rural areas need access to education and training as well as assistance from economic development agencies (Connell & Wall, 2004).