Date archives "March 2017"

Lessons from the Practice of Basic Income

Marcus Brancaglione. Lessons from the Practice of Basic Income: A Compendium of Writings and Data. Edited by Bruna Augusto. Translated by Monica Puntel, Leonardo Puntel, Carolina Fisher (São Paulo, 2016). This is a collection of writings by Marcus Brancaglione. Brancaglione is President of ReCivitas (Institute for the Revitalization of Citizenship); Bruna Augusto, who edited the… Continue reading

Timothy Rayner on Maker Democracy

From author Timothy Rayner: “The thought experiment I’d like to propose involves bringing together Unger’s argument concerning how progressives should attempt to revivify democracy with the empirical observation that collaborative experimentation is increasingly shaping the zeitgeist. I suspect that Unger is addressing the wrong community in his call to arms. Perhaps, instead of calling on progressives… Continue reading

Book of the day: The Safe Operating Space Treaty

Full title – The Safe Operating Space Treaty: A New Approach to Managing Our Use of the Earth System Editor(s): Paulo Magalhães, Will Steffen, Klaus Bosselmann, Alexandra Aragão, Viriato Soromenho-Marques Book description from the publisher’s site: It is clear that international law is not yet equipped to handle the “ecological goods and services” that exist… Continue reading

Can e-agriculture contribute to erode reciprocal practices?

A PhD thesis on reciprocal technologies by Eugenio Tisselli. Plymouth University, 2016. Full title: “Reciprocal Technologies: Enabling the Reciprocal Exchange of Voice in Small-Scale Farming Communities through the Transformation of Information and Communications Technologies”. Summary Industrial agricultural systems have compromised local, regional, and even planetary ecosystems, and have largely denied the voices and collaborative practices… Continue reading

A Prolegomena to any Future Politics

This post by Jordan Greenhall originally appeared on The following are a series of assertions around our present geo-political circumstances and hypotheses about our most effective actions. There is a global institutional order, largely initiated as the aftermath of WWII and growing organically through to the fall of the Eastern Bloc, at which point… Continue reading

Essay of the Day: An Introduction to Generative Justice

An article on Generative Justice written by Ron Eglash. Originally published at Revista Teknokultura. Abstract Marx proposed that capitalism’s destructive force is caused, at root, by the alienation of labor value from its generators. Environmentalists have added the concept of unalienated ecological value, and rights activists added the unalienated expressive value of free speech, sexuality,… Continue reading

The Information War Has Begun

This post by Danah Boyd was originally published on Yesterday*, Steve Bannon clearly articulated what many people have felt and known for quite some time when he told journalists, “You’re the opposition party. Not the Democratic Party… The media’s the opposition party.” This builds on earlier remarks by Trump, who said, “I have a… Continue reading

Samuel Bowles on the Death of ‘Homo Economicus’

This video was produced by the Institute of New Economic Thinking. Good incentives are no substitute for good citizens. Human beings, notes Sam Bowles, a Research Professor at the Santa Fe Institute, are complex, psychological beings given to all sorts of motivations well beyond naked self-interest. That might be news to the economics profession, which… Continue reading

Making as Reconnecting: Crafts In The Next Economy

The following is an edited version of my keynote talk, delivered by video to the Craft Reveals conference at the Chiang Mai Vocational School in December 2016. The conference was hosted (and my talk commissioned) by the British Council Thailand. Around the world, a new economy is being shaped by a “leave things better” story about… Continue reading

Degrowth in Movements: Buen Vivir

By Alberto Acosta. Originally published on Rethinking the World from the Perspective of Buen Vivir 1. What is the key idea of Buen Vivir? We will never create a perfect world. And we should be aware of that. Carlos Taibo, 2015 This article outlines the scope and limits of Buen Vivir, which can be… Continue reading

Interview with ‘Monsters of the Machine’ Artist, Eugenio Tisselli

An article by Marc Garrett, originally published at Furtherfield: “As curator of the exhibition Monsters of the machine: Frankenstein in the 21st Century, I thought it necessary to interview the artists in the exhibition, while it is shown in the magnificent gallery space at Laboral, in Spain, until August 31st 2017. I wanted to get… Continue reading

Ten Theses on Trump

The victory of Trump signifies the end of an era of neoliberal globalization in which the Western working and middle classes accepted the stagnation and decline due to the inevitable de-industrialization that was a unavoidable result of the neoliberal strategy. The tragedy, of course, is that the reaction takes the shape of a return to… Continue reading

Why Women in Brazil Are Turning to the Solidarity Economy

Anna Cash: With a broader understanding of the solidarity economy in Brazil in mind, testimonials from participating entrepreneurs themselves show the real advantages of this kind of work, from circumventing market exclusion to creating new kinds of spaces where women are reimagining the divide between domestic and productive spheres. There are upwards of 300 solidarity… Continue reading

Solidarity Economy Showcase: Shared Interest

The P2P Foundation is serializing videos on the Solidarity Economy produced by the SUSY (Sustainable and Solidarity Economy) Project. See all videos here. In the North East of England, the College team visited Shared Interest, a social enterprise based in Newcastle that uses the investments of individuals to make loans to Fairtrade producers around the… Continue reading

A New Institution to Build Commons Capital, Shared Wealth & Community Wellbeing

A commons is a way to express a very old idea—that some forms of wealth are foundational to the wellbeing of life and belong to all of us; and that these community resources must be actively protected and managed for the good of all. Currently there is no automatic mechanism within the market to protect,… Continue reading