Arkansas Utility Leads On Energy & Broadband

August 17th, 2017 by John Farrell Originally published at ilsr.org.  This article was co-written with ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative research associate, Hannah Trostle, and this piece is cross-posted on MuniNetworks.org. Ouachita Electric Cooperative, nestled deep in south-central Arkansas, is an unlikely innovator in a pair of industries struggling to adapt to shifting market dynamics: electricity and broadband. Despite rising demand for energy efficiency and …

Parking ranges from 14-25% of land used in urban areas and parking charges are 1-2% of local revenues. AVs need up to 90% less parking space.

Researchers from the University of Oregon released a study detailing how the rise of autonomous vehicles (AVs) could change how cities operate and how a city’s budget could be impacted by the rising prevalence of AVs. Among those impacts is a loss of parking and other traffic-related revenue. According to the white paper, parking charges, on average, account for between 1% and 2% of …

The Overcommited Organization

Excerpt from the Harvard Business Review, August 2017 Over the past 15 years, we have studied collaboration in hundreds of teams, in settings as varied as professional services, oil and gas, high tech, and consumer goods. By carefully observing people during various stages of project-driven work, we have learned a tremendous amount about multiteaming. In this article we discuss why it …

Reversing inequality: Unleashing the transformative potential of an equitable economy

From the P2P Foundation and the Democracy Collaborative A new report explains how the rules governing the US economy are tipped in favour of asset owners over wage earners, and offers solutions to transform our system. Authored by Chuck Collins and published by the Institute of Policy Studies and the Next System Project. The US economy’s deep systemic inequalities of …

Review of Anthony Flaccavento’s Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up: Harnessing Real-World Experience for Transformative Change.

By Chuck Collins in Yes! Magazine, July 2017. Review of Anthony Flaccavento’s Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up: Harnessing Real-World Experience for Transformative Change. Bottom Up is a comprehensive primer on the transition to a new economy—the place-based movement to rewire the economy for equity and ecological sustainability. It is rich in stories and detail for the curious or discouraged …

The Long Game For Progressives: areas to start being proactive

By John Atcheson on Common Dreams 24 Aug 2017 “Progressive values include fairness, equity, a level-playing field, compassion, justice, reverence for our planet and environment, and a genuine pursuit of peace, not war – all things which play extremely well in the hearts of Americans, not to mention in political polling. One of the reasons Sanders is the most popular politician in America is …

Book Review: The Spirit Level

2017 AUGUST 21 Inequality.org, by Ian Welsh Given all the controversy around inequality, this is a must read book. About three-quarters of it is what I call “proving the obvious”: that inequality is in fact bad in every way imaginable. Inequality correlates to almost every bad social metric you can imagine. Health, lifespan, performance, violence, happiness and so on. The more …

EVs now 5 percent of California new-car sales: report

By Sean Szymkowski, Green Car Reports, 22 Aug 2017 Tesla Supercharger site in Vacaville, California, before expansion [photo: George Parrott] California continues to lead the country in adoption rates for cars that plug in, both battery-electric and plug-in hybrid models. The state offers numerous local and statewide incentives, and many utility companies reward customers for choosing an electric car over a …

9 Awesome Urban Commons Projects in Ghent

P2P Foundation, August 28, 2017   Mai Sutton: Urban commons initiatives are booming in the Belgian city of Ghent, according to a new report. One of the researchers behind the study, Michel Bauwens of the P2P Foundation, says that “the ecosystem of commons-based initiatives in Ghent is quite exemplary precisely because it covers an ecosystem in an area that requires a lot of …

The US coal industry is going out, not with a whimper, but with a burst of rent-seeking: “Picking winners” doesn’t look so bad when you’re losing.

Updated by David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Aug 26, 2017 “Welcome to the small-government party. What kind of subsidies would you like?” (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) The US coal industry is dying — but not with any dignity. As the end approaches, its sense of aggrieved entitlement is increasingly naked, its demands for government handouts increasingly frantic. As dread builds, shame has left the building. The story …