Economic Growth in mitigation scenarios: A blind spot in climate science

Kai Kuhnhen, Heinrich Böll Foundation : Climate change mitigation scenarios are important instruments for developing pathways towards a climate-friendly world. They form the basis for political and social negotiations regarding the climate protection measures to be adopted. Unfortunately, current mitigation scenarios follow a path of economic growth because underlying socioeconomic assumptions assume further economic growth,… Continue reading

Michel Bauwens on Technological Sovereignty in the Transition from a Marxist Capitalism to a Proudhonian Capitalism

Michel Bauwens: My keynote presentation for the platform cooperativism conference in Hong Kong, an argument that technology is NOT NEUTRAL, but the result of human design and therefore, to the values and interests of human groups Today, four socio-technical systems are competing for dominance, two of them extractive towards communities and resources, two of them… Continue reading

PIGS, from crisis to self-organisation

This article by Tiago Mota Saraiva is an excerpt from the book Funding the Cooperative City: Community Finance and the Economy of Civic Spaces. Reposted from Southern European countries were among the hardest hit by the 2008 economic crisis. In response to the economic pressure, declining public services and drastic unemployment situation generated by the… Continue reading

Let’s train humans first…before we train machines

Reposted from Hazel Henderson’s blog Hazel Henderson: Billions are spent by governments, corporations and investors in training computer-based algorithms (i.e. computer programs) in today’s mindless rush to create so-called “artificial” intelligence, widely advertised as AI. Meanwhile, training our children and their brains (already superior to computer algorithms) is under-funded, schools are dilapidated, sited in run-down,… Continue reading

Basic income in the ‘long now’: three critical considerations for the future(s) of alternative welfare systems

Originally posted on Rok Kranjc | Feb 6, 2018 | The Commons Post: Many of today’s proposals for and experiments with Universal Basic Income (UBI) in so-called developed countries seem to be congruent with, and indeed in some instances explicitly catered towards maintaining the dominant political economic architecture and status quo imaginary. Some of… Continue reading

When citizens take matters into their own hands: a closer look at citizen collectives established in 2015 and 2016

Originally posted on Download the full report in Dutch or French. By Dirk Holemans et a. Oikos, 2018: In order to find responses to current societal challenges, citizens increasingly take control, including in the form of citizen collectives that produce goods or services themselves, usually as a quest towards a more sustainable alternative. With the… Continue reading

Grenoble, France: Citizen participation in water utility delivers low tariffs for its poorest residents

In 1983, a right-wing mayor was elected in Grenoble. His administration was marked by corruption and the power he gave to large corporations in the management of public services. Elected officials and environmental activists mobilised in the 1980s and 1990s to prove that corruption was involved in many deals, and set up an alternative, municipal… Continue reading