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The Democratized Economy: Big Boxes, Urban Centers, and Placemaking

The Democratized Economy is an economy in which there are many small-scale owners of the means of production with local or regional influence.

The War on Cash

Our concerns are unfashionable. Without any explicit declaration, the War on Cash has begun.

How We Went on an Energy Diet, and What We Lost (and Gained!)

In which I reveal the changes in our household energy usage from 2003 through 2015 and how we achieved them.

Protect the Earth. Live Simply... Our Future Depends On It.

In November and December of 2015, I visited a couple of places in India that inspired some questions and thoughts about what is involved in protecting the …

Helsinki Timebank: Currency as a Commons

In October 2009, while expecting another futile climate summit in nearby Copenhagen, a small group of friends in the Kumpula neighborhood of Helsinki got …

On Surplus, Part 3: How Surplus (Wealth) is Created

The foundational industrial and productive, surplus-creating, part of the economy still exists—only now it is mainly out of sight.

Homeownership is Dead! Long Live the Permanent Real Estate Cooperative!

Imagine that a group of people works hard to fill their neighborhood with urban farms, bike lanes, parks, murals, community services, and education …

Can a "Green Growth" Strategy Solve Climate Change?

Faith in decoupling deflects attention away from the problems that lie at the heart of global environmental (and social) problems...

Fantasies of “Socialism with an iPad”?: Inventing the Future by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams: Review

Sometimes you read a book that helps to crystalize your thinking, not because you agree with it, but because you don’t.

The Potato Park of Peru

Drive an hour northeast from Cusco, Peru, and you will encounter some beautiful high mountain lakes, historic Inca ruins, and the richest diversity of …

Grassroots Movements, Degrowth and ‘New Economies’

There are numerous grassroots movements and initiatives worldwide with the ambition to contribute to transformative change towards more sustainable, …
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