Sepp Hasslberger: Silicon Valley Testing Basic Income

Economics/True Cost, Money
Sepp Hasslberger
Sepp Hasslberger

Basic Income is getting more and more serious consideration. Can’t have a society where work is the passport to life and then there is no work to be found…

Why a bunch of Silicon Valley investors are suddenly interested in universal basic income

Basic income is having a moment. First Finland announced it would launch an ambitious experiment to see if it would work to give everyone in a given area is given a set amount of cash every year from the government, no strings attached. Now the Silicon Valley seed investment firm Y Combinator has announced it wants to fund a basic income experiment in the US.1

Brian Butler: GE Seeks to Own All Cars, Use Software as Barrier to Generic Repairs and After-Market Parts

Economics/True Cost, Software
Brian Butler
Brian Butler

GM says you don’t own your car, you just license it

GM has joined with John Deere in asking the government to confirm that you literally cannot own your car because of the software in its engine. Like Deere, GM wants to stop the Copyright Office from granting an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that would allow you to jailbreak the code in your car’s engine so that you can take it to a non-GM mechanic for service, or fix it yourself. By controlling who can service your car, GM can force you to buy only official, expensive parts, protecting its bottom line.

Jean Leavins: Blockchain Will Decentralize Everything!

Advanced Cyber/IO, Design, Economics/True Cost
Jean Lievens
Jean Lievens

How Blockchain Technology Might Decentralise Everything (Not Just Currency!)

Do you know that blockchain technology could decentralise everything and not just currency? Do you even know what Blockchain is? One example that you just might have heard of is Bitcoin, the online currency. That in itself may not enlighten you to what blockchain is, however. According to Pearl Chan (2015) reporting for Venture Beat, a blockchain is:

“A transaction database shared by all nodes participating in a system. In essence it is a distributed method of tracking and transferring assets online without need for a trusted party.”

Yoda: Matt McAlister on Need for $1B Journalism Fund

#OSE Open Source Everything, Cultural Intelligence, Earth Intelligence, Economics/True Cost, Knowledge, P2P / Panarchy, Sources (Info/Intel)

yoda with light saberGoogle and Facebook as the dark force…

Silicon Valley should follow Google and create a $1bn journalism fund


The Guardian


Europe has assumed the role of digital media regulator in the apparent absence of a moral compass within these platforms that exert increasing influence over our lives.

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Joe Brewer: Ethical Sourcing App & Database

Economics/True Cost
Joe Brewer
Joe Brewer

A good start on educating consumers about true costs.

GoodGuide. Receive on your handheld device safe, healthy, green, & ethical product reviews based on scientific ratings.With over 250,000 products on our site, we can help you find what you’re looking for. The overall score for a product is an average of three scores: health (ingredients, health impacts, certifications), environment (resource use, environmental impact, transparency), and society (consumers, worker safety, community). Home Page

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Yoda: Sustainable Development Cost Estimates

#OSE Open Source Everything, Collective Intelligence, Commercial Intelligence, Earth Intelligence, Economics/True Cost, Ethics, Officers Call, Peace Intelligence, Threats, United Nations & NGOs

yoda with light saberUseful onventional wisdom.

Cost of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

$1.3 trillion a year or 11% of GDP in international dollars. This assumes conventional financing and conventional technologies and conventional processes.

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Sepp Hasslberger: Backfeed, Blockchain, Distributed Everything

03 Economy, 09 Justice, 11 Society, Advanced Cyber/IO, Collective Intelligence, Commercial Intelligence, Economics/True Cost
Sepp Hasslberger
Sepp Hasslberger

The vision is one where we can do, with direct collaboration, much of what corporations and governments do today, and we can do it better.

Backfeed wants to decentralize the Internet and help you earn what you deserve

The blockchain makes the local to global egalitarian economy possible.

David Bollier: Commons as Tool for Sharing Wealth

Economics/True Cost, P2P / Panarchy
David Bollier
David Bollier

I recently spoke at a conference, “Property and Inequality in the 21st Century,” hosted by The Common Core of European Private Law, an annual gathering of legal scholars, mostly from Europe. They had asked me how the commons might be a force for reducing inequality. Below are my remarks, “The Commons as a Tool for Sharing the Wealth.” The conference was held at the University of Göteborg, Sweden, on June 12-13, 2015.

Tip of the Hat to Jean Lievens

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Jean Lievens: Open Source Block Chain Reveals True Cost Economics of Everything — This Is a Revolution!

Economics/True Cost
Jean Lievens
Jean Lievens

Blockchain Can Bring Transparency to Supply Chains

The open source, decentralised database blockchain allows consumers to check the authenticity and ethical standards of their products, says Dr. Jutta Steiner.

The key to transparency is the decentralisation of data, meaning no single party can control what is seen.

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Jean Lievens: SHARE – the Public Library of Things

Access, Economics/True Cost, P2P / Panarchy, Resilience
Jean Lievens
Jean Lievens

A Library of Things Puts Frome On the Map as a Sharing Town

Imagine going to a shop, borrowing anything you like, and returning it when you’re finished. This is the idea behind SHARE: a Library of Things. Opened in late-April in Frome, a town in southeast England, the aim of SHARE is to enable people to spend less, waste less, and connect more. The first of its kind in the U.K., SHARE has already sparked interest from other communities.

Jean Lievens: Can Accountants Save the Planet? True Cost Economics Gaining Traction

Economics/True Cost
Jean Lievens
Jean Lievens

Can accountants save the planet?

An international movement has begun in the finance world, and a few innovative global companies are starting to look at how nature and society can be included in their bottom line. Accounting historian Jane Gleeson-White on the revolution starting to take place in boardroom, and how it could transform the global economy.

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