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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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The Future of the Commons


‘Excerpts from The Future of the Commons, by David Harvey, in Radical History Review Issue 109; Winter 2011   “Suppose, says Marx, a capitalist begins production with $1,000 in capital and in the first year manages to gain $200 surplus value from laborers mixing their labor with the land, and the capitalist then uses that surplus in […]

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Social Charters: A comprehensive program for (re)claiming sovereignty over our natural and social commons resources


Social Charters:  Praxis of the Commons By James Bernard Quilligan, Commons Economist & Advocate                 Beyond the Market State There are two operating systems involved in the provision and allocation of goods and services in modern society. Each has familiar roots in history. Adam Smith’s legacy is that the […]

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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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‘Occupy’ as a business model: The emerging open-source civilisation


Reposted from aljazeera.com, authored by Michel Bauwens,  originally published on Friday, March 9, 2012 The Occupy Wall Street movement is a model for a new economic paradigm, in which value is first created by communities. In Zuccotti Park, protesters created an ‘ethical economy’ based on the group’s shared values [GALLO/GETTY] Chiang Mai, Thailand – Last week I discussed the […]

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Achievements of Occupy London’s Working Groups


This article is re-posted from Occupied Times, London. So long as the headlines of mainstream and corporate media remain the dominant billboards adorning the motorway of our media landscape, the prospects and achievements of Occupy London will remain stories untold to all than those who were here – venturing off-road. Rarely comprehended – and not […]

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Declarations of Possibility for Occupy and the New Economy


This is the letter of invitation, originally posted at Occupy Cafe. An Open Letter to everyone who has been inspired by the Occupy movement: The rapid emergence of “a New Economy that Works for All” is both necessary and possible. We invite you to join us in making a personal declaration of this possibility – one that has […]

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Occupy Economics – Economists declaring solidarity with Occupy


 On November 13th 2011, economists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst drafted an open statement to the Occupy Wall Street movement pledging their support. Since then, more than 200 economists from around the world have added their names. Read more at econ4.org They consider the occupiers as advocates of the public good and state: “The […]

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