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It’s Time for a “Participatory” Democracy Instead of our “Consumer” One

By on October 25, 2017

How can democracies use technologies to strengthen themselves? Answers are emerging around the world, with the central theme being that technology can make politics more engaging, successful and legitimate by enabling people to become active producers of political outcomes instead of passive consumers.  Devin Balkind writes about how technology can advance participatory democracy practices while citing policy-led... Continue reading

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Design global, manufacture local: a new industrial revolution?

By on October 18, 2017

Vasilis Kostakis and Jose Ramos: What if globally designed products could radically change how we work, produce and consume? Several examples across continents show the way we are producing and consuming goods could be improved by relying on globally shared digital resources, such as design, knowledge and software. Imagine a prosthetic hand designed by geographically... Continue reading

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7 Reasons Climate Action In Cities Is Our Ultimate Lifeline

By on September 2, 2017

Hubs of commerce and culture. Seats of geopolitical power. Throughout history they’ve been pulling country folk to seek their fortunes with these massive magical concrete magnets. In pre-industrial times, cities were still the cores of political power and the economy, but less so. More people lived and worked in the surrounding countryside. That trend has... Continue reading

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Capital in the twenty-first century, and an alternative

By on August 1, 2017

We need a new paradigm, informed by the past, which can address most of the problems that capitalism has been creating, for the benefit of the many and of the environment. Four years ago, Thomas Piketty published his best-seller that tried to provide a working model for capital in the twenty-first century. The reasons why Piketty failed... Continue reading

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Universal Basic Income

By on July 27, 2017

Click here to read all our curated stories on Universal Basic Income (UBI). This post by The Next Era was originally published on futurism.com Basic Income and the New Universalism Universal basic income is firstly universal, secondly about income and only thirdly basic. In short, the most radical thing about basic income is that it... Continue reading

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