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An email from the Simplicity Institute Dear friends and colleagues, I'd like to bring your attention to a new short film, "Urban Abundance", produced by Jordan Osmond of Happen Films, in association with the Simplicity Institute. This uplifting film is available freely at the link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BSSB2zf2CI We're also happy to note that our documentary "A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity" has now been viewed more than half-a-million times in its first few months online.…

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CERN (Not That One!)

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Just another site that's worth a look at. Maybe I need to get another list going for Rob's wiki or something. http://www.communityeconomies.org/Home The Community Economies Collective (CEC) and the Community Economies Research Network (CERN) are international collaborative networks of researchers who share an interest in theorizing, discussing, representing and ultimately enacting new visions of economy. By making multiple forms of economic life viable options for action, these diverse, engaged…

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News From BIEN

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BIEN NEWSLETTER: http://us11.campaign-archive1.com/?u=1ee7284968c494ec88c2f40c9&id=6659c79eff&e=6d96ada97e I suppose this is part of the problem when liberal, don't-really-mind-capitalism-and -the-benefits-it-bestows-on-me-and-my-kind economists, start in on basic income debates. They no longer remain basic and become the domain of the coordinator class, going round and round, while the rest of us just get bored and leave it all to those in the nice suits and Italian leather shoes. But then, these…

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Latest From The NSP

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New Systems Series: Volume 5 FEBRUARY 28, 2017 Four new models for political-economic alternatives The fifth volume of papers in our “New Systems: Possibilities and Proposals” series offers visions ranging from an Economy for the Common Good and Earthland to a decentralized United States in Million Utopias and Community Economies. In The Economy for the Common Good – A Workable, Transformative Ethics-Based Alternative, http://thenextsystem.org/the-economy-for-the-common-good/ Christian Felber…

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Who Owns the Robots

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A recent essay published by the Next System Project Worth reading? A broad array of technological advances are set to converge on our political economy over the next few decades: advanced robotics, augmented reality, machine learning, machine vision, the internet of things, and beyond. A range of observers, from economists to labor organizers to businesspersons, are concerned that the resulting workforce disruption could cause serious economic and even political instability given the unprecedented…

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A Critique of Green Growth -Simplicity Institute

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Dear friends and colleagues, In late 2015 the CSIRO - Australia's most prominent scientific organisation - published the 'Australian National Outlook Report' which argued that Australia can grow its economy and achieve sustainability without questioning consumerist values. In response to that report, the Simplicity Institute has just published a new paper called 'A Critique of the Decoupling Strategy: A "Limits to Growth" Perspective', which was co-authored by Samuel Alexander, Jonathan Rutherford,…

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Netherlands, Green Left and Basic Income

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THE NETHERLANDS: 80% of GREEN LEFT Party Members vote in favour of Large-Scale Experiments with a Universal Basic Income January 8, 2017 At the party’s congress on December 17th, members of Dutch political party Green Left (“Groen Links”) were given the opportunity to vote on amendments to its election program. This document will be released soon, in advance of the country’s parliamentary elections, which will be held on March 15th, 2017. In the draft version of the election program, a basic…

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Our Cynicism Will Not Build a Movement. Collaboration Will

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By Alicia Garza Source: Identities.Mic February 7, 2017 I’ve been grappling with how to challenge cynicism in a moment that requires all of us to show up differently. On Saturday, I joined more than a million women in Washington, D.C., to register my opposition to the new regime. Participating in the Women’s March — if you count satellite protests around the country, the largest one-day mobilization in the history of the United States — was both symbolic and challenging. Like many other…

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