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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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The Future of Work for the 99%?


“Yes Magazine” shared this wonderful look at worker-owned cooperatives… 7 minutes of video inspiration, from Cleveland, Ohio Evergreen Cooperatives to the mountains of Spain and Mondragon… towards a new world of working for ourselves and the greater good. video: Shift Change – Putting Democracy to Work p.s. 2012 is the International Year of the Cooperative!

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Occupy the solutions


By Colin Davis America, as a culture is very goal oriented. We have a hard time getting a lot from process itself and we want to see results. It’s a cultural thing. Keeping that in mind, I think, will help Occupy related groups to keep the energy going. I find it healthy that Occupy groups […]

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Working groups are seeds for a healthier healthcare infrastructure


We often talk about “an idea whose time has come”, but have you ever wondered how we can be sure that its time has really come? I have and here’s what I concluded: its time has come when it helps us see new kinds of answers to the urgent problems we’ve long been stuck in. […]

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Grow, Deepen, Build, Liberate and Fight!


An article by Yotam Marom speaks not only for OWS although Yotam was clearly inspired by that. He has a message relevant for the whole of the Occupy movement. He summarised his message to the movement of how to stay powerful, create solid foundations and expand in 5 words: Grow, Deepen,  Build, Liberate and Fight. The quotes in […]

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Model Community Bill of Rights Template for Occupy Communities


Prepared by Jeff Reifman, Envision Seattle and Thomas Linzey, Esq. What is this document? We’re offering the model Community Bill of Rights template below for Occupy communities that wish to begin mobilized initiative campaigns in their region. Think of the template as a menu to pick and choose what’s important in your community. It’s meant to provide a framework and a […]

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Pittsburgh Challenges Corporate Personhood: Bill of Rights Template for Occupy


Jeff Reifman, Envision Seattle and Thomas Linzey, Esq of Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) recently posted a major message to the Occupy movement, both a warning and a challenge… “Mainstream progressive groups have failed by constraining their activities within legal and regulatory systems purposefully structured to subordinate communities to corporate power. Real movements don’t operate that way. Abolitionists never sought to regulate […]

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