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Emerging EcoNomics #5: Gifting – and the gift economy

For years I’ve known people who gave away their professional services as a gift, explicitly encouraging (though not requiring) gifts in return to allow them to continue their work. I’ve also loved the idea of “paying it forward” – enjoying as a gi…

Emerging EcoNomics #2: The Emerging New Economy Movement

AlterNet has published an excellent article that seeks to summarize the “new economy movement” – at least from a progressive perspective – including sustainability, community, co-ops, localization, collective ownership, stockholder activism, corpo…

Strategies to rein in corporate power?

There are many emerging strategies to counter corporate control of our political life (quite in addition to efforts to counter their control of our economic lives). Seeing this as a necessity if we are to have effectively empowered public wisdom, …

Game changers in education and local economics…

Every now and then potentially game changing innovations show up. Wikileaks is one of them, something that shifts the relationship between centralized power and broader national and international populations. We don’t know what exactly will happen…

A story of two investments

The essay below is from Paul Krafel, one of my teachers about systems and nature. Paul, author of SEEING NATURE, one of the more influential books in my life, runs Chrysalis, a nature-based charter school in northern California http://www.chrysali…