Monthly Archives: October 2013

Silence is a Commons by Ivan Illich

“Asahi Symposium Science and Man – The computer-managed Society,” Tokyo, Japan, March 21, 1982 Computers are doing to communication what fences did to pastures and cars did to streets. Illich addresses the distinction between the commons within which people’s subsistence … Continue reading

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Naomi Klein: How science is telling us all to revolt

Is our relentless quest for economic growth killing the planet? Climate scientists have seen the data – and they are coming to some incendiary conclusions. http://www.newstatesman.com/2013/10/science-says-revolt

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A Co-operative Response to the Greek Crisis

By John Restakis, 17 Oct 2013, TheTyee.ca News about the Greek crisis gave me a sense of foreboding about the upcoming trip to visit my family in Athens. The memories of the street riots from a few years before and … Continue reading

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Reduce working week to 30 hours, say economists

Cutting the hours we work each week to 30 instead of 40 would improve our wellbeing, our family life, friendships and communities, they say. Combined with a range of new career breaks, it could also lower carbon emissions, it was … Continue reading

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Speth: Growth Fetish – Five Reasons Why Prioritizing Growth Is Bad Policy

James Gustave Speth, 30 September 2013, Huffington Post Not much in our society is more faithfully followed than economic growth. Its movements are constantly monitored, measured to the decimal place, deplored or praised, diagnosed as weak or judged healthy and … Continue reading

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De-growth an opportunity to remake our economy – a mainstream media article

Much, even most, of our economic activities – from eating doughnuts to building car-dominated cities – lie on a continuum between useless and destructive. Therein lies an opportunity. Not only would we be happier and healthier if we gave up … Continue reading

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The Elephant in the U.S. Debt Crisis Room: An opportunity for different ways of thinking and acting

by Jen Hinton and Donnie Maclurcan, 15 October 2013 The ‘Great Recession’ of the last few years has been fertile soil for the emergence of new economic initiatives. People worldwide have grown weary of the inequalities in our modern societies … Continue reading

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