An important and chilling article!
Alternative consumption Interview with Benita Matofska, Chief Sharer of the U.K. and Aiden Enns [Winnipeg] , cofounder of BuyNothingChristmas.org about why we don’t need so much stuff
14th November 2012 was the first ever Global Sharing Day. It was big, it was a world first and it touched all corners of the globe! 161 partners with a reach of over 60 million people in 147 countries helped make it a big success. What did you share on the day?
Geoff Garver has written a report on the 3rd international conference on degrowth in Venice from the 19th to the 23rd of September 2012 conference, along with links to some of the talks and other information:
Read his report on Geoff’s blog
This article in the July 2012 issue of Red Pepper is quite relevant to our discussions about degrowth. Michel Bauwens’ article examines how collaborative, commons-based activities (including manufacturing, information and even money) are emerging to challenge capitalism. Hilary Wainwright poses some questions about how to achieve a commons-based alternative to capitalist production.
New words expressing new concepts usually indicate stirrings at other levels of reality. So when we read of widespread ‘peer-to-peer’ activity (sharing without central authorities) and the spread of ‘open source’ (the mutuality of creativity), or come across seemingly paradoxical concepts such as ‘produsers’ (users producing value as they use), or entirely new concepts such as ‘phyles’ (transnational networks of small companies in which the values of the commons are predominant), we should find out about the innovations that old language does not capture.
While I personally found Bauwens’ academic style sometimes hard to follow, he presents a very important discussion of how peer and/or commons centred activities (open hardware, information, currencies) are flowing or might flow from open source software and other intellectual sharing movements.
I think this is a very important area of research and discussion for the degrowth movement, as it has direct relevance to our vision of a new economic, social and political paradigm.
Peer-to-peer production and the coming of the commons
Bob Thomson and Geoff Garver made this brief presentation on our Montreal conference at the opening session of the 3rd international conference on degrowth at the Malibran Theatre in Venice on 19 September 2012.
Read the presentation here.
Janet Eaton, an Atlantic Canada activist and participant in the May 2012 Montreal International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas, has written a cogent introductory summary of “what is degrowth” in her Beyond Collapse blog.
Well worth reading and passing along to people wondering what it’s all about.
Read the article here
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by Betsy Hartmann
On July 11, World Population Day, the British government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are hosting an international Family Planning Summit in London to launch an ambitious $4 billion contraceptive program initiated by Melinda Gates. Its aim is to get 120 million poor women, mainly in Africa and South Asia, access to modern contraception as well as to stimulate research into new birth control methods… On the surface it all sounds good, wrapped in the language of saving and empowering women. But many reproductive health and human rights activists worry that the summit represents a serious backslide to the bad old days of population control when contraception was deployed as a technical fix to reduce birthrates.