Inspiration Feed 01.15


local currencies, bullshit jobs, collaborative funding, debating the sharing economy, revolution paradigms & more…
links selection  – 15.jan.15

Debating the Sharing Economy
By Juliet Schor (

While the for-profit companies may be “acting badly,” these new technologies of peer-to-peer economic activity are potentially powerful tools for building a social movement centered on genuine practices of sharing and cooperation in the production and consumption of goods and services. But achieving that potential will require democratizing the ownership and governance of the platforms.”

Revolution, Part 2: The New Paradigm
By Nafeez Ahmed (

The model that is fast disrupting this paradigm from within, is premised on open access to information; distributed and effectively free, clean energy; local, community and democratic ownership over planetary resources; and a form of prosperity and well-being that is ultimately decoupled from the imperative for endless material accumulation.”

On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs
By David Graeber (

Huge swathes of people, in Europe and North America in particular, spend their entire working lives performing tasks they secretly believe do not really need to be performed. The moral and spiritual damage that comes from this situation is profound. It is a scar across our collective soul. Yet virtually no one talks about it.”

Why Local Currencies Could Be On The Rise In The U.S. — And Why It Matters
By Katie Gilbert (

They allow communities to make decisions about where capital should flow, rather than giving sole decision-making power to banks.”

Collaborative Funding: dissolve authority, empower everyone, and crowdsource a smarter, transparent budget
By Alanna Krause (

Collaborative Funding is not a budgeting panacea. All the problems every organization faces are still right there. The difference is they are transparent, and collectively owned. Loomio is a tool for collaborative decision-making that Enspiral developed with activists from the Occupy movement.”

* weekly inspiration illustration by Ilan Katin

Lenara Verle

Lenara Verle researches media art, collaboration and alternative currencies.

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