Inspiration Feed – 11.08

Emancipatory catastrophism, universal basic dividend, post-growth, the commons paradigm & more.

links selection – 08.nov.16

A new politics of climate change could save the world
by Fred Pearce (

We need a “Declaration of Interdependence” and “new norms to outlaw crimes against the planet”.

“emancipatory catastrophism” could be the key to unlocking a transformation in global politics that will be our salvation. Peering over the precipice could bring us to our senses. Or, to put it in the language of sociology, it will change our “normative horizons”.

Capitalism is ending because it has made itself obsolete, former Greek finance minister Yannis Varoufakis says
By Tom Embury-Dennis (

one effective policy would be for 10 per cent of all future issue of shares to be put into a “common welfare fund” owned by the people. Out of this a “universal basic dividend” could be paid to every citizen.”

12 Steps to Post-Growth Sustainable Business
By Douglas Rushkoff (

An “exit strategy” is for Ponzi schemes. The world is connected. The environment is limited. The economy is circular. There is nowhere to run.”

“If you need to grow in order to survive, then you’re not a real business – you’re just a brand name on debt.”

What Will Replace Outdated Left and Right Economic Thinking? The Commons Paradigm.
by David Bollier (

State bureaucracies and even competitive markets are structurally incapable of addressing many problems. The limits of what The System can deliver—on climate change, inequality, infrastructure, democratic accountability—are on vivid display every day. As distrust in the state grows, a very pertinent question is where political sovereignty and legitimacy will migrate in the future.”

* weekly inspiration illustration by Ilan Katin

Lenara Verle

Lenara Verle researches media art, collaboration and alternative currencies.

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