What Cities Are Doing About Affordable Space

This report examines what’s causing commercial rents to skyrocket and explores six broad policy strategies that elected officials and community leaders are proposing to address it. Report: Affordable Space. How Rising Commercial Rents Are Threatening Independent Businesses, and What Cities Are Doing About It. By Olivia LaVecchia and Stacy Mitchell. Institute for Local Self-Reliance, April… Continue reading

What Are Thresholds & Allocations, and Why Are They Necessary for Sustainable System Value Creation?

This article by Bill Baue and Ralph Thurm is part 8 of the Reporting 3.0 series that highlights the ‘burning questions’ of Boards and Sustainability Professionals why we need Reporting 3.0 and what it aims to deliver with its Blueprints on Reporting, Accounting, Data and Integral Business Model Design. Reposted from Medium.com What’s the issue?… Continue reading

Participatory budgeting: When government really is by the people

Originally published on thenextsystem.org This week we are talking about deepening democracy in our communities through participatory budgeting and participatory decision making more broadly. We’re joined by three great guests: Shari Davis of the Participatory Budgeting Project, Lorian Ngarambe of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, and Yale University Ph.D. student Alexander Kolokotronis. Adam Simpson: Welcome to… Continue reading

Cochabamba, Bolivia: Community-led response to water pollution crisis

Fundación Abril/Platform for public community partnerships (PAPC) Originally published on Transformative Cities An estimated 52% of Bolivia’s population have no access to sanitation and 80% of wastewater is not treated before re-entering the environment. The Water and Sanitation for All project aimed to guarantee the right to sanitation in the San Pedro Magisterio neighbourhood by… Continue reading

Let nature heal climate and biodiversity crises, say campaigners

This post by Damien Carrington is republished from the Guardian.com Restoration of forests and coasts can tackle ‘existential crises’ but is being overlooked The restoration of natural forests and coasts can simultaneously tackle climate change and the annihilation of wildlife but is being worryingly overlooked, an international group of campaigners have said. Animal populations have… Continue reading

Sacred Economics (2019 Remix)

Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth. Video reposted from Youtube Today, these trends have reached their extreme – but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great… Continue reading

Alex Pazaitis on Blockchain and P2P value creation in the information economy

Republished from youtube.com Science-fiction or social reality, the Blockchain. Fact. Fiction. Future. event brought together artists, activists, hackers, designers, scientists, sociologists and political scientists to analyse, question, and discuss the distruptive, cultural and creative potential of this technology. iMAL, Brussels, 4 November 2016. Alex Pazaitis (GR) P2P Foundation / P2P Lab Blockchain and P2P value… Continue reading

Networks are not Communities

This post by Henry Mintzberg is republished from Medium.com and mintzberg.org Social media certainly connects us to whoever is on the other end of the line, and so extends our social networks in amazing ways. But this can come at the expense of deeper personal relationships. When it feels like we’re up-to-date on our friends’… Continue reading