Surveying Commons Activism on the International Stage

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The following is an adaptation of my notes for my talk at the Occupy Wall Street “Making Worlds” conference on February 16-18, 2012. I am so pleased that the Occupy and Commons movements are finding each other and starting a new conversation. Occupy is an incredible force for change. It has a bracing vision, a… Read more »

Update on Sociocracy Workshop, Brisbane (March 2012)

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What: Sociocracy Workshop When: March 16-17, with an additional, optional Advanced Training day on March 19 (1.1mb PDF flyer) Where: Synapse Conference Room, Level 1, 262 Montague Rd., West End, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia This is an update on a previous advert for the Sococracy workshop we ran on this site recently. Due to popular demand,… Read more »

A Manifesto for Psychopaths

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Ayn Rand’s ideas have become the Marxism of the new right. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. It has a fair claim to be the ugliest philosophy the post-war world has produced. Selfishness, it contends, is good, altruism evil, empathy and compassion are irrational and destructive. The poor… Read more »

Free Your (Eco)Mind

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Think like an ecosystem, and you just might save the world Gradually it’s dawned on me: We humans are creatures of the mind. We perceive the world according to our core, often unacknowledged, assumptions. They determine, literally, what we can see and what we cannot. Nothing so wrong with that, perhaps — except that, in… Read more »

ReOccupy Portugal

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I have seen a possibility and a lot of factors that are working in favor of this possibility, so it has motivated me to start working on my idea. It’s about collaboratively re-occupying and regenerating abandoned rural land, starting here, where I am in Portugal. Since I know of no other cases of this here… Read more »

Peer-to-Peer Themes and Urban Priorities for the Self-organizing Society

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by Nikos A. Salingaros, The University of Texas at San Antonio Abstract This essay presents desirable social functioning as basically a matter of free individual decision. I discuss two basic polarities: Left versus Right, and P2P (Peer-to-Peer) versus Global-mass-society. Each polarity takes certain distinctions and concerns as key to understanding political life. A self-organizing P2P… Read more »

The Search for Sustainability in the Negev

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The Bedouin of the Negev are an ancient people whose cultural history spans centuries, if not millennia. Historically, the Bedouin have been semi-nomadic pastoralists, who made the desert their own through a combination of dry-land farming of forage crops and cereals, rainwater harvesting and seasonal mobility: rotating their presence between their winter and summer grazing… Read more »

Community Design Template for 25-500 Families

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Introduction Back in 2008 I spent 6 weeks in Venezuela. I have a Venezuelan friend who believes as I do that permaculture could and should be a driving force for positive change. We both also believe that the Bolivarian Revolution, championed most famously by the charismatic and controversially colourful personality of Hugo Chavez, despite many… Read more »

Permaculture and Wall Street — We Must Tackle the Runaway Fiscal Economy Head On, “We Must Face Up and Fight”

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I admire the efforts of the permaculturists at the Occupy Wall Street camp, and I think, judging by his statement way back in 1983 (see below), that Bill would admire them also. Hunger is rising, absolute hunger is rising, food’s badly distributed, not distributed at all often. The waste of food, the whole deal of… Read more »

Permaculture in Damaged Lands: Degradation and Restoration in New Mexico

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A certain coal-strewn road in Madrid, New Mexico — the remnants of a now defunct railway. Alternately barren and spectacular, the southwest United States has piqued the imagination of Americans and people across the world for generations. The site of gold rushes, Native American homelands, and a culture of lawlessness that has yet to fade… Read more »