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George Monbiot on the Commons

By on December 13, 2017

George Monbiot, a columnist for the British newspaper and website The Guardian, may be the most prominent champion of the commons that I’ve discovered in mainstream journalism today.  He has long been a compelling, out-of-the-box thinker on all sorts of economic and environmental issues.  Now he is introducing the commons to his large readership and... Continue reading

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The Big Bad Fix – The Case Against Geoengineering

By on December 12, 2017

ETC Group, Biofuelwatch and Heinrich Böll Foundation have released “The Big Bad Fix: The Case Against Geoengineering”. The report warns that political and economic elites in key emitting countries are turning to geoengineering as a would-be technological fix for the climate crisis, at the same time they refuse to break with an economic model based on fossil fuels and high emissions.... Continue reading

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Make America Plural Again: The Paradox of Choosing Your Words Carefully

By on November 19, 2017

One of the quirks of people on the leftish end of the political spectrum is that we pay a lot of attention to language, especially to the words we use when we’re talking about a group of people. It’s a quirk that folks on the right know how to exploit. Let me explain… A couple... Continue reading

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Make America Plural Again: The Paradox of Choosing Your Words Carefully

By on November 19, 2017

One of the quirks of people on the leftish end of the political spectrum is that we pay a lot of attention to language, especially to the words we use when we’re talking about a group of people. It’s a quirk that folks on the right know how to exploit. Let me explain… A couple... Continue reading

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Barcelona’s Decidim Offers Open-Source Platform for Participatory Democracy Projects

By on November 18, 2017

Kevin Stark: The word Decidim translated from Catalan means we decide, and it’s the name of Barcelona’s digital infrastructure for participatory democracy. One part functional database and one part political statement, organizers say Decidim is key to a broad digital transformation that is taking place in Barcelona — its institutions, markets, and economy. Organized by the Barcelona City... Continue reading

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