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The Share Economy Creating Sustainable Food Systems

The Share Economy Creating Sustainable Food Systems
By Bronwen Morgan Posted in Occupy.com At the end of the first week of August 2014, two different crowdfunding pitches closed almost simultaneously. FarmDrop, based in the UK, had raised three quarters of a million pounds, which was not far from double their original goal, from 359 investors. Open Food Network, based in Australia, had raised Aus$35,877 from 398 investors. Peering through the windows opened up by these two initiatives gives a ... Read more

The RAD-ical Shifts to Public Housing

The RAD-ical Shifts to Public Housing
By Rachel M. Cohen Originally posted in Prospect.org Traditional public housing is out of favor and substantially out of funds. It’s bureaucratic, concentrates the very poor, and is literally crumbling due to a huge backlog of deferred maintenance. Yet despite real catastrophes—such as Chicago’s bleak, crime-ridden Robert Taylor Homes, dynamited over a decade ago—public housing provides low-rent apartments to some 2.2 million people, and ... Read more

The Expanding World of Poverty Capitalism

The Expanding World of Poverty Capitalism
By Thomas B. Edsall Originally published in the www.nytimes.com Above photo: People at Sacramento County family court wait for a number, before standing in another line for a service window. Dennis McCoy | Sacramento Business Journal In Orange County, Calif., the probation department’s “supervised electronic confinement program,” which monitors the movements of low-risk offenders, has been outsourced to a private company, Sentinel Offender ... Read more

Ten Ways We Can Build A Better Economic System

Ten Ways We Can Build A Better Economic System
BY GARY ENGLER Originally published in Rabble For the numerous readers who asked: “But what can we do?” after reading my “10 reasons to smash capitalism,” here are ten ways we can build a better economic system: 10. We can elect governments that represent people rather than corporations. This will require serious electoral reform and include laws to make it clear corporations are not people and therefore cannot ... Read more

Nobel-winning Economists Challenge Conventional Thinking on Recovery

Nobel-winning Economists Challenge Conventional Thinking on Recovery
Debt isn’t always bad, fearing inflation is stupid and governments should spend far more, suggest top economists By Phillip Inman Originally published in The Guardian Any gathering of economists since the financial crash has usually been an occasion for blinkered self-justification. In most cases these self-styled scientists cannot bring themselves to admit they missed even the most basic signals that flashed red as we headed ever ... Read more

SOS! Alternatives To Capitalism Needed Please

SOS! Alternatives To Capitalism Needed Please
By Errol Sharpe Originally published in www.rabble.ca Richard Swift’s book, SOS: Alternatives to Capitalism, is a much needed antidote to the myriad of political clap trap that spouts from our daily newspapers and much of our “left” journalism which suggests that capitalism can be reformed and regulated in such a way that an ecological and economic disaster can be avoided. Right of the bat, Swift speaks of “species suicide” in reference to ... Read more

New Work New Culture Conference

New Work New Culture Conference
October 18 - 20, 2014 Detroit, Michigan Samaritan Center 5555 Conner , Detroit, MI 48213 Convening activists, organizers, theorists, farmers, culture creators, builders, artists, inventors, entrepreneurs from all over the world! A better way is possible... and necessary... and already happening! Read more

Is Worker Ownership A Way Forward For Market Basket?

Is Worker Ownership A Way Forward For Market Basket?
Above photo: Save Market Basket Rally, August 5, 2014. (Photo: Tim Carter) By Gar Alperovitz Originally published in TruthOut The Market Basket situation is indeed, as many commentators have remarked, nearly unprecedented in the annals of American labor relations: When have we ever seen so many workers protest so vigorously for, rather than against, their boss! (For those new to the story, the New England supermarket chain has been wracked ... Read more

Regenerative Agriculture: Sowing Health, Sustainability And Climate Stability

Regenerative Agriculture: Sowing Health, Sustainability And Climate Stability
By Sarah Streat and Katherine Paul Originally pubilshed in www.organicconsumers.org A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt In his opening address to the Savory Institute global conference in London on August 1,Alan Savory said that while agriculture is the foundation of civilization and of any stable economy, it is also, when poorly practiced, the most destructive industry—even more so than coal mining. The ... Read more

Banking At The Post Office Is Better Than Payday Loans

Banking At The Post Office Is Better Than Payday Loans
By Raul Carrillo, www.yesmagazine.org Above photo: New York City post office. By John Donges. The U.S. post office on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. is a bastion on its Harlem block. Entrenched beside a pawnshop, a cash-for-gold business, and a commercial bank many in the neighborhood are unable to use, the facility is essentially a fortress. Complete with heavy brick walls, steel screens, vaults, ATMs, and armored trucks, the premises evoke ... Read more