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Community Currencies in Action World debt comparison: The global debt clock Welcome - New Currency Frontiers U.S. National Debt Clock : Real Time theselc Legal education, research, advice, and advocacy for just and resilient economies. Our Mission SELC cultivates a new legal landscape that supports community resilience and grassroots economic empowerment. We provide essential legal tools so communities everywhere can develop their own sustainable sources of food, housing, energy, jobs, and other vital aspects of a thriving community. Or as Lady Justice says it: How We Create Change Learn how all of SELC's work interrelates to create systemic change for community resilience. Our Supporters See the indispensable Sustainers that provide SELC with funding to continue our work. The New Economy in Practice We strive to model the change we want to see in the world. Our Allies (Coming Soon) Check out our partner organizations, working to build more just and resilient communities. SELC's Story (Coming soon) Janelle Orsi, co-founder of SELC, shares the story of how the Sustainable Economies Law Center came to fruition.

[Carte Interactive] La Chine investit l’Europe En pleine crise financière, les liquidités chinoises font craindre des vagues d'acquisitions en Europe. OWNI a recueilli et traité les données relatives à ces prises de contrôle de la Chine. Elles dessinent une stratégie réfléchie mais mesurée. L’application interactive ci-dessus permet de visualiser l’essentiel des prises de participations réalisées par des investisseurs chinois en Europe Châteauroux, paisible préfecture de l’Indre avec ses champs environnants, sa vieille base militaire agonisante, son pâté berrichon. Et son futur “Business District”. Rachats de bons de dettes publiques, acquisition d’entreprises en difficulté, obtention de concessions portuaires, guerre des monnaies… Dans une Europe en crise, la Chine et ses montagnes de billets impressionnent toujours, effrayent parfois. Les investissements chinois doivent cependant être relativisés. Mais leur rythme de croissance donne le tournis. Mesurer l’implication de la Chine en Europe s’avère un exercice délicat. Mathias M /

How to farm - backyard farming on under an acre - Small Plot Intensive Farming - SPIN « La dette neutralise le temps, matière première de tout changement politique ou social » - Contrôle social Basta ! : Vous dites que l’Homo debitor est la nouvelle figure de l’Homo economicus. Quelles sont les caractéristiques de ce « nouvel homme » ? Maurizio Lazzarato : De nombreux services sociaux, comme la formation ou la santé, ont été transformés en assurance individuelle ou en crédit. Le mode de développement néolibéral est fondé sur le crédit et l’endettement. Le droit à la formation ou au logement s’est transformé en droit au crédit… C’est une logique qui ne fonctionne que si l’économie est en expansion. En quoi cela fonde-t-il un nouveau rapport social, et un nouveau rapport au temps ? J’ai repris l’hypothèse que développe Friedrich Nietzsche : le rapport social fondamental n’est pas l’échange économique ou l’échange symbolique, mais le rapport débiteur/créditeur. Une dette, ce n’est pas seulement de l’argent à rembourser, mais des comportements à ajuster, du temps passé à se plier à des contraintes, écrivez-vous. C’est une nouvelle forme de contrôle. Photo/CC : Ma Gali via Flickr

It’s Money that is Killing the Local Economy A recent report on local currency and local economy from Sweden, complied by Transition member Steve Hinton, sheds light on some of the pitfalls and opportunities for local community action. The report comes in the wake of a resilience project to create a “back-up” currency, envisioned as a preparedness tool should Sweden’s ubiquitous digital money system fail due to loss of electrical power over a longer period. Most money today in Sweden is digital, only a few percent is notes and coins. The first part of the project involved creating a currency without clearing. Then Local Transition groups participated in workshops – conducted in a way resembling a fluid world café -to learn more about the currency and the possibilities to use it in local resilience projects to develop the local economy. The workshop involves making your own paper money and getting it endorsed by people who know you. Thinking about what to offer in the exchange Trading Conclusion: local economies need local projects.

11 Innovative Crowdfunding Platforms for Social Good The Commerce With a Conscience Series is supported by Fedex. FedEx does more than shipping. They offer solutions like transporting heart valves to those in need and helping entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life. See how. Why crowdsource? In addition to funding, the tools below can engage new supporters, constituents and future advocates. If it’s ideas you're looking for, collaborative thinking can provide solutions faster and with input from people with diverse backgrounds, thus strengthening the project. Below, we'll look at some of the best crowdsourcing platforms on the web, along with successful campaigns funded on each one. 1. What: FundraisingWhy: Effective and entertainingWho: Use it if you are a non-profit or individual supporting a non-profit Yes, if you are reading this article now you have probably already heard about Crowdrise, but that’s because it works, and is easy to use. 2. Both platforms are project-based fundraising sites, but they differ slightly. 3. 4. 33needs

O-NET community supported hi-speed btoadbannd Open Source Permaculture On Its Way to the Internet Samuel Mann/CC BY 2.0. A permaculture garden in Otago, New Zealand. From the urban sprawl of Istanbul and Mexico City to the Rocky Mountains in the United States and the deserts of Jordan, permaculture activists are gently greening the world one small patch at the time. Prague-based documentary filmmaker and environmentalist Sophia Novack is hoping to help accelerate that process with the creation of Open Source Permaculture, a free online resource that she says would teach "anyone (including you!) Permaculture Social NetworkingThough the full definition is more complex, permaculture, short for "permanent agriculture," is essentially a way of designing farms and gardens so they work like natural ecosystems. Richard Patterson/Sterling College/CC BY 2.0. With six days left in its campaign, Open Source Permaculture has raised more than $9,000 of its $15,000 goal.

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