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Legion M – A Hollywood Studio Owned by Fans

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 15:35

Take a look at Legion M, an innovative effort leading the way from worker-owned businesses to fan-based entertainment and have a lot to say on the opportunities:

“As a Legion M shareholder you’ll get a chance to go behind the scenes with us as we work with top Hollywood creators to release exciting new [...]


A conversation with Noam Chomsky on organizing for a next system

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 15:23

This is a fantastic, thought-provoking and conversation-starting interview with Noam Chomsky on the current and potential future global systems.

“Right now about 60% of the population are in favor of [national healthcare], which is pretty remarkable since nobody speaks for it and it’s constantly demonized.”

Read the full interview.


Ethan Roland: The 8 Forms of Capital

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 21:53
What permaculture can teach us about prosperity

Listen to a conversation between Ethan Roland, author of Regenerative Enterprise and Permaculture designer, and Chris Martenson of Peak Prosperity discuss the 8 forms of capital and how staying prosperous in changing and uncertain times is about building wealth in all 8 forms. This goes [...]


Regenerative Business: Diving Into the History, Etymology and Practice of ‘Regeneration’

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 16:39

Read the first of a series of blogs by Carol Sanford who has been researching and writing about the concept of regenerative business since the 70s. She will dive into the history, dissect the principles and hopefully make the practice more accessible to some of us just starting out. If you are [...]


Tools and case studies for starting co-ops!

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 14:17

Check out this simple website that has amassed a large collection of cooperative-related articles, videos, case studies and tools specific to the US (with a few for Canada). Read the startup guides, watch some TED talks and see who is offering classes and job opportunities. This is the place to be for up-to-date [...]


Community-based Cooperatives: Case Studies in the U.S. and Canada

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 20:53

These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers

This excellent article tells the story of two neighborhood economic cooperatives who are proving that this model can not only provide a return for investors but enliven an area and create jobs. The first is [...]


Holacracy Case Study: Voys/Spindle Telecom

Sat, 11/14/2015 - 10:46

Read this Holacracy article by Mark Vletter of Voys/Spindle Telecom to get a wonderful feel of what this system of governance can offer a growing company. He acknowledges that Holacracy is not easy to implement, but that its benefits far outweigh the learning curve. He shares advice and some of the positive [...]


Interview with Jessica Gordon Newbhard: Cooperative Economics of the Civil Rights Movement

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 21:02

Read The Next System Project’s interview with Jessica Gordon Nembhard to learn about the fascinating and extremely effective systems that Black people set up during the civil rights movement in direct contradiction to the current capitalism models. Men unionized and worked, and women studied and kept the co-ops and money flowing within [...]


Kickstarter goes B-Corp

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 16:40

Listen to this video where Yancey Strickler, the CEO of Kickstarter, announces that his company will become a Public Benefit Corporation, which is more binding than the voluntary B Corp. To be certified as a B Corp, any for-profit entity is on its honor to report its social and environmental record, whereas [...]


Podcast: Right Livelihood with Ben Weiss, Dave Jacke, and Charles Eisenstein

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 16:02

Check out this awesome new podcast from The Permaculture Podcast by Scott Mann, featuring some of the best-known permies and right-livelihood advocates. Hear each of them share their candid thoughts on our current culture and what it would take for us to change for the better. They take on Permaculture as a concept, [...]


Bioneers: Local Living Economies Video with Judy Wicks

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 09:04

Check out this remarkable video by Judy Wicks taken from a Bioneers conference talking about her local, sustainable business (The White Dog Café). She takes us through her activism and decisions in making her cafe more sustainable from paying a living wage to using green energy to making sure all her products were [...]


How to Multiply Your Time

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 22:22

Apparently you can multiply time! Most of us make endless lists, prioritize, procrastinate, feel guilty and still don’t make a dent in our to-do list. The fault is partly how much we are trying to accomplish in one day, but partly it is because we don’t have the secret ingredient Rory Vaden talks [...]


Purpose-Driven Work

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 16:47

This short article is part of a blog series about how to bring more positivity to the workplace. It describes the benefits of maintaining happy employees and provides strong, evidence-based techniques for achieving the best organizational performance. This is a necessary part of a healthy Financial Permaculture design for a business and a right livelihood (work that is socially [...]


The absurd trial of a Russian farmer who invented his own inflation-proof currency

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 11:54

This is an amusing day-in-the-life look at a group of farmers in a small Russian town who created their own barter currency to avoid the runaway inflation and stiff loan fees, and the way the government is trying to crack down on them. The trial is covered by a journalist who knows more about the [...]


Opening the Social Field for Social Change

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 17:29

Otto Scharmer, Co-founder of the Presencing Institute and lecturer at MIT, published a Blog in the Huffington Post this week laying out a pattern language to discuss how to access deeper layers of the social field to help people awaken to their co-creative potential. While the world of presencing may seem far from the world of economics, [...]


Understanding “New Power”

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 16:39

Sometimes it seems like we’ve already got big corporations on the run with new models like AirBnB, Uber, B-corps, time banks, open-source solutions and such. So why is Wall Street only getting more powerful? This article teaches us that there is a hierarchy of “new” power that needs to be in place to take on [...]


The Next Stage of Organizational Evolution

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 17:03

From Triple Pundit, article The Next Stage of Organizational Evolution states: “The old lens of separation, scarcity and selfishness are giving way to the deeper eyes of ecological-awareness … This ecological consciousness is the premeditation of regenerative, flourishing, soulful business; our future depends on it.”

Businesses as well as governments are dealing with the effects of climate change, and [...]


Circular economy could bring 70 percent cut in carbon emissions by 2030

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 22:20

“This new report considers a number of policy options and investments that would help advance a circular economy and benefit the climate and job market.” Read the full article.

What is a circular economy? It’s recycling on a global scale… output from one industry powers another, reusing valuable materials that are currently being thrown away [...]


Your Money or Your Life is a great resource for building a better relationship with money

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 19:17

There are many books about money out there, how to make it, how to save it, and how to spend it wisely. One of the best is Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin. Her approach to money is more about mentality, scarcity vs. abundance, than numbers and gimmicks. She eloquently describes the traps [...]


The Plant in Chicago Houses Integrated Food Enterprises

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 13:21

The Plant in Chicago has re-purposed a 93,500 square foot industrial building into an incubator for sustainable food production businesses. It houses demonstration farms, education facilities, and 125 good jobs for the community. They are exemplifying the principles of Financial Permaculture by cycling energy and resources between businesses, stacking functions, and creating financial intimacy among [...]