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A BIEN newsflash people. Every month, it's awesome. Scored the book and reading it. Awesome. I hate that word and the book isn't awesome it's just a book, leaning toward the boring side as all this stuff is becoming! But let's not be negative everyone...so here's a little article about the exciting new book... Philippe Van Parijs and Yannick Vanderborght, Basic Income: A radical proposal for a free society and a sane economy, Harvard University Press, 2017, 384 pp, 0 6740 5228 4, hbk, $29.95…

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Six, No, TEN, More For Your Tired Little Eyes!

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Six, no, TEN, more visions from the NSP competition, if, to echo Peter's sentiments, anyone can be bothered. And sureley they can be, or you can be or someone...I haven't been bothered to read the little buggers...I mean who IS reading all this stuff and who's analysing it all...my mum and sisters certainly aren't, nor my wife and daughters...nor my friggin' boss/friend or anyone else I may know...like musos of various sorts...It's all boring as batshit and American anyway so it probably doesn't…

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Some more from the NSP (there was something just before but I kind of let it go)

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http://www.thenextsystem.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/RebuildingAmericasInfrastructureWeb.pdf The above is something, isn't it? Probably makes sense for Americans and those with good economic knowledge...who like to read the business section of the paper. The idea, I think, because I could only get through the first few pages is that there is a better way to fund infrastructure development than the way Trump is going to. Shit, really? Whoa, pretty amazing and ground breaking. Something about public…

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Simplicity Institute

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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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Rebecca Solnit, Protest and Persist

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[Solnit, always a breath of fresh air: hope beyond optimism-pessimism, rich knowledge of activist history, opening to the unexpected and the unkown, beyond the short-termism of 'winning/losing' mindset, the long haul... Peter] Protest and persist: why giving up hope is not an option   By Rebecca Solnit Source: The Guardian March 13, 2017 Change text size: [ A+ ] / [ A- ]   Posted in: Activism, Reimagining Society, US | No comments Last month, Daniel Ellsberg and Edward Snowden had a public…

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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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