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TIME BANKS: BUILDING COMMUNITY BY VALUING MORE HUMAN CONTRIBUTIONS – First Things First Series – 8


Posted on February 3, 2014by nowmanrightnow First Come First Series By Dan Nowman Niswander © 2014 by Daniel Niswander “Time banking is…rooted and based outside the commercial economy where money changes hands and it’s really in the economy of family and neighborhood, community, kinfolk, civil society.” “Helping professionals are trained to say how can I help you, […]

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Sustainability- First Things First Series- 6


© 2013 by Dan Nowman Niswander “We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this […]

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ARTIST’S RIGHTS AND I: T Bone Burnett and Others Discuss Internet Freedom


As part of the Hammer Museum’s public forums, a famous music artist and producer, an author and professor, and a legendary radio broadcaster came together to discuss issues pertaining to the complexity of the Internet’s impact on the business and the morality of the entertainment industry, and more. In front of a live audience in […]

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What Dreams May Come?… May Day and Beyond


As a biologist and commons activist, and an avid meditator with a universalist bent, i always look forward to the Spring Festivals, Holidays, and Holy Days of celebration and renewal.  I tend to think of April (Passover – Earth Day – Easter), May (Beltane – International Workers Day – The Buddhist Festival of Wesak) and […]

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Who Owns The Sky? Occupy the Global Atmosphere Commons!


Commons Institution for the Sky?  As we move thru the Occupy Spring, Earth Day comes to mind… Many climate activists will be asking if one of the largest commons on the planet, our global atmosphere, can serve as the fulcrum to turn this unsustainable and unjust ecological, economic and political situation in a better direction […]

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99% Spring inspired by the Occupy Movement


Are our social, economic and political crises unsurmountable?  Bill Moyers talks with young but very experienced organizers George Goehl, Ai-jen Poo, and Sarita Gupta and finds out what we can do and how we can bring about change and get involved. I was impressed by the well designed interview style and by the insights  the movement organisers […]

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Swarms, multitude, and activism: weaving the transatlantic conversation with OWS


This post is about an event that will happen tomorrow, a continent away, the other side of the Atlantic. Few of you reading it will have a chance to read it in time to decide to go there and be part of it. Yet, I’m writing about it because its portent goes way beyond the […]

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The Future of Occupy: From Occupying People’s Park to Changing the System


This piece is from Jackie Smith and Bob Glidden (Occupy Pittsburgh Outreach Working Group) The closing of Occupy camps around the country has generated some important soul-searching and strategizing by activists, and in Pittsburgh feelings are divided. On the one hand, many of the camp residents are deeply saddened by the loss of their home […]

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Occupy Vancouver Occupies Brookfield


Reposted from Occupy Vancouver Media, authored by Stephen Collis,  originally published on: 26 February 2012 Most of us know the story by now: Brookfield Asset Management – a vast global corporation which owns property all over the world, including OWS’s Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park) – also owns Island Timberlands, a BC company about to log […]

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Surveying Commons Activism on the International Stage


Reposted from Bollier.org, authored by David Bollier,  originally published on Friday, February 24, 2012 The following is an adaptation of my notes for my talk at the Occupy Wall Street “Making Worlds”conference on February 16-18, 2012.  I am so pleased that the Occupy and Commons movements are finding each other and starting a new conversation.  Occupy is […]

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