Rights of Indigenous Peoples ‘Critical’ to Combat Climate Change | Other News

ROME, Jul 25 2016 (IPS) – No longer it is about restoring the legitimate rights of over 370 indigenous peoples spread across 70 countries worldwide, many of them living in dire situation, but now about their central, critical role in combating climate change.


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Documentary: Building Communities of Commons in Greece | P2P Foundation

A documentary on networks in Sarantaporo area produced by the media arts collective Personal Cinema:

“Sarantaporo area, situated at the North of Greece, is an agricultural and husbandry region, also hit by the crisis. But even prior to the crisis, state’s attention to the area was poor. Youths were migrating to big cities or abroad. There was no Internet connection, and locals were isolated and deprived of basic services, e.g. medical aid.

At 2010 a group of people forms a community wireless network aiming to connect the villages among them and with the rest of the world. In time, and as the project matures, Sarantaporo.gr community aims even further. They want to be the catalyst so that the locals (re)organize cooperatives based on the wireless network, (re)enliven their economy, make it sustainable, more extrovert and independent of state and corporative control.

In doing so, they produce knowledge and build bridges between the hi-tech of a wireless network community and the real-life challenges of a rural community.


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The Degrowth Alternative: The Great Transition debate – February 2015

Degrowth is a “missile concept” to open up a debate silenced by the “sustainable development” consensus. The lively debate triggered by my viewpoint suggests it is doing well. Here I will respond to five overarching critiques, clarifying and advancing the case for degrowth.


The full original Kallis article together with comments and critiques and Giorgos’ response to them (linked above), can be found at this link.


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Shann Turnbull on Establishing Sustainable Units of Value – P2P Foundation

An interesting note on monetary policy in a post growth economy. And another interesting P2P Foundation source ( a Wiki).

“The purpose of this note is to suggest how to connect the value of money to the natural environment to allow both society and the environment to exist together on a symbiotic perpetual basis. This would correct the current problem of modern official money, and the numerous complementary currencies tethered to them, that are not fit for purpose because amongst other reasons their value cannot be specified by any one or more specific quantities of real goods and/or services The value of money has become indefinable, unpredictable and not subject to control by any Nation State. Central banks of each nation try to manipulate its value but are overwhelmed by external factors like their nation’s terms of trade, government policies, international interest rates, currency wars, exchange controls, hedge funds, speculators, market sentiments and unpredictable financial problems.”


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Lessons in Viking Economics | Inequality.org

George Lakey’s new book, Viking Economics explains how the Nordic countries achieved created their egalitarian society and high standard of living.


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From Argentina and Brazil to Turkey and Kurdistan, despite any cultural and social differences, occupied factories and work collectives represent an act of resistance against the depreciation of labour power and the destruction of productive structures, a response to unemployment and marginalisation; at the same time they help flesh out a proposal for the construction of a different economy, alternative to the capitalist mode: a workers’ economy. This is a form of activity based on self-management and aims to defend the interests of those who live off their work. Such experiences may include recuperated factories, worker cooperatives, solidarity clinics, forms of collaborative economy and other struggles for self-organization of work and self-management of the economy.



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Degrowth and social movement(s) | degrowth.de

From Degrowth Germany

What common proposals, but also which contradictions, oppositions and tensions exist between the degrowth movement and other social movements? What alliances could be possible? In 32 essays, representatives of different social movements, currents or initiatives discuss these and other questions.

The texts are published together with images, as well as audio and video recordings. The German texts are published in several groups between June 21 and the Degrowth Conference in Budapest in the beginning of September. So far only a couple of texts are planned to be published in English. You will find them here at the End of August. Some material is now available under the Introduction link at the link below.


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