When smart-city programs aren’t designed to correct social inequality, they end up furthering it. We need our platforms to be real democracies.

The technology that brought us Airbnb and Uber can do so much more.  From Grist.com, By Amelia Urry, 7 April 2017 There’s a problem with the sharing economy, says Julian Agyeman, an urban studies and environmental policy scholar at Tufts University. “While useful in some ways,” he says, “the concept of a ‘sharing economy’ limits this very human value — sharing — …

Building the commons, new ways of structuring the economy and society that are empowering and more just and sustainable

This article initially appeared in the book “Moving Beyond Capitalism,” published in September 2016 by Ashgate Publishing Limited. The book was edited by Cliff DuRand of the Center for Global Justice. We participated in a week-long conference in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico during the summer of 2014. The book came out of that conference. We thought it would be …

Broadly sharing the benefits of decarbonization

An excerpt from John Farrell at ISLR.org 11 Jan 2017 The presentation suggests two key paths for reducing the carbon intensity of the U.S. economy: 1) to reduce the energy intensity of our economy by 70% by 2050 and, 2)  electrifying vehicles and building heating (for more on this, see our short presentation: 100% Renewable Energy, Fact or Fantasy). I was …

Summary highlights from Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons by David Bollier

Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons by David Bollier (2014), https://www.newsociety.com/Books/T/Think-Like-a-Commoner.  References below are from the kindle edition. This summary was produced in memory of and is dedicated to Goldman prize winner Isidro Baldenegro López and others working against illegal logging and land enclosure.  Isidro was a leader of the Tarahumara community in the country’s northern …