Category «Economy»

Want to See a New Kind of Economy?

It’s easier than it looks – if we draw upon our common wealth     by Peter Barnes There are many visions of what a new economy might look like: more local than global, more sharing than exploitative, more respectful of the earth than of profit. What’s missing in most of these visions, however, is the system architecture needed to guide the …

Free Online Courses

By Bronwyn Slater The rise of the internet has brought with it a huge growth in the availability of free online courses. For advocates of the Knowledge Commons this must be seen as a very progressive step. The diversity of topics which you can now study for free is amazing. You can learn new skills …

Homeschooling Pros and Cons

We discuss the benefits of homeschooling and the difficulties parents may face. Is homeschooling better or worse for children than standard education? Is homeschooling better than public school? The critically acclaimed American film Captain Fantastic, directed by Matt Ross, has made many families think about the problems and benefits of homeschooling. In the film Ben Cash …

America’s Deficit Attention Disorder

by David Korten The following is an excerpt from the 10th August, 2012 Yes! article. Any normally intelligent 12-year-old is fully capable of understanding the distinction between a living forest or fishery and a system of financial accounts that exists only as electronic traces on a computer hard drive. Unfortunately, this simple distinction seems to …

Giftivism

by Pavithra Mehta The following article has been re-printed from The Daily Good “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing”.  ~Oscar Wilde More than a 100 years later we’ve put pricetags on things that Oscar even in his wildest dreams (or nightmares!) could not have seen coming. For example, today …

Voluntary Simplicity by Duane Elgin (book review)

by Bronwyn Slater To quote Gandhi: “Civilization, in the real sense of the term, consists not in the multiplication, but in the deliberate and voluntary reduction of wants.  This alone promotes real happiness and contentment.”  This statement pretty much summarises what Duane Elgin’s book ‘Voluntary Simplicity’ is all about.  It essentially shows us how we …

The Economics of Happiness (movie review)

by Bronwyn Slater   This is a documentary which was written, produced and directed in 2011 by Helena Norberg-Hodge, founder of ‘Local Futures’ and author of the widely-acclaimed book ‘Ancient Futures: Lessons from Ladakh for a Globalising World’.  The book is an account of her time spent with the people of Ladakh in the Himalayas, …

Ethical Investments

by John McDonnell   Do you have some money to spare? Hoping to start some long term savings? You may be wondering if there’s any where better than a bank to place your hard-earned cash – especially if you want it to be invested ethically. In fact, you may even be wondering if any bank …

Green Gyms

Get fit and lose weight for free – no gym fees! Plus you get to go out in nature and help your local community as well.   by Bronwyn Slater Green Gyms are an initiative set up by a group called The Conservation Volunteers (a community volunteering charity) in the UK. There are now over …