Global and Local Sustainability – just references

Living with gratitude, acknowledging the gifts from past people, and the earth we live on —- open to change, finding ways to grow and flourish cooperatively and sustainably —- there is so much information that helps

This page is a list of websites and other resources. It has been begun to enable my own research, still in progress, from techy to worldwide to idealist, from ideology and philosophies of life  to quite small. There is overlap in the headings, and the classification is impossible, but I am trying to collect and updating as I go, to improve my actions  [huge thanks to all open source out there and to free assets like Zotero]. Scroll down – click and search, and I would very much like feedback or additions – so please send them in, and please return to see new additions and comments.

How do I judge a resource to be one of real worth? A quick look has to show values of transparency, openness to contact, respect for all, and if actions are suggested they offer commitment, mutual respect and integrity. That is the aims are clear, so I, or anyone, can choose Yes or No to what is on offer. [Very many sites that seek income for profit, rather than reasonable payment for a service, fail the transparency or integrity test, sites that carry a Creative Commons Licence often pass.]

Click to reach resources that are partly categorised:
Technical e-revolution; Value-based Ideals; Economy/Monetary Reform; Conservation/green; Peace Process; Social Justice/Inequality; Various/Unsorted.

Thirteen miles from the mainland… but connected to America, and the World, this is Block Island, a microcosm of community, a place to begin. [But anyone can begin, the start point is where you are.]

Technological Design and Software Development – Open Source

These sites and resources can appear as though they are only for the initiated, but often their “about” pages demonstrate transparency and openness.  They also have guides for local initiative, so even the non-techy can see how the proposals could enable. Remember – a local group could need only one technician. Remember too, lots of people once had no idea what a telephone could do, let alone envisaging internet. The sites listed are all based on a philosophy of connection and common interest, so do look!! No one has to have all the expertise.

Meta-currency – Developing Tools and Platforms for open sourcing the next economy http://metacurrency.org/

Community Forge – distributes free software and open-source to manage complementary currencies and provides websites hosted or not. These sites allow you to develop and manage your associations more easily. http://communityforge.net/en

Ceptr is one of those audacious, world-changing projects which can’t be summarized into a shiny catch-phrase, but a lot is really hard to understand for the non-technical person http://ceptr.org/

Value Based Ideals and Philosophy for Reform Processes

The Wealth of the Commons – a book of essays that convincingly describes  a different paradigm, a creative way to live, honoring human social connections. This is published on the internet under Creative Commons license so you can read each essay online.

“Feasta” aims to identify the characteristics (economic, cultural and environmental) of a truly sustainable society, articulate how the necessary transition can be effected and promote the implementation of the measures required for this purpose. http://www.feasta.org/

The Venus Project proposes an alternative vision of what the future can be if we apply what we already know – to achieve a sustainable new world civilization. https://www.thevenusproject.com/

Economics and Monetary Reform

Positive Money – a Campaign to change the monetary system, http://positivemoney.org

Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability http://www.feasta.org/

Entrepreneurship in the Social and Solidarity Economy, http://www.credoeconomics.com/entrepreneurship-in-the-social-and-solidarity-economy/

Conservation/green interests

Ocean View Foundation http://www.oceanviewfoundation.org/

Nature Conservancy https://www.nature.org/?intc=nature.tnav.logo
Seed banks and Sharing http://www.seedambassadors.org, seedsavers.org, howtosaveseeds.com, seedalliance.org

Peace Process interests

World Beyond War http://worldbeyondwar.org/

Scottish CND http://www.banthebomb.org/

An incredible list of peace activists and references to peace and anti-war movements on Wikipedia (which is itself an open source gift to all from all who enable it) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_peace_activists The first name on the list is Jane Addams – whose work during the first world war was denigrated.

Social Justice / Inequality interests

The Global Oneness Project is a digital, ad-free, education platform that has been publishing multicultural films, photography, and articles since 2006. https://www.globalonenessproject.org/

Wilkinson, Richard G., and Kate Pickett. The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger. 1. American ed., And updated. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Press, 2010.

Standing, Guy. The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class. London, UK ; New York, NY: Bloomsbury, 2014.

Various Resources, Unsorted

many but not all form the online course Money and Society run by The Institute for Leadership and Sustainability, the University of Cumbria https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/research/centres/iflas/

Wray, L. R. (2013). Modern Money Theory: A Primer on Macroeconomics for Sovereign Monetary Systems. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin Q1 2014 http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/publications/Pages/quarterlybulletin/2014/qb14q1.aspx

Positive Money http://www.positivemoney.org/2014/11/press-release-uk-parliament-debated-money-creation-first-time-170-years

NEF, A Green New Deal (2008) http://www.neweconomics.org/publications/entry/a-green-new-deal

UNEP Global Green New Deal (2009) http://www.unep.ch/etb/publications/Green%20Economy/UNEP%20Policy%20Brief%20Eng.pdf

Dyson, B. (2014, pers com) Personal communication with Jem Bendell

Ryan-Collins, Josh and Tony Greenham, Richard Werner, Andrew Jackson (2012) Where does money come from? New Economics Foundation.

UNEP (2014) “Inquiry on the Design of a Sustainable Financial System.” http://www.unep.org/inquiry/

Brown, Ellen Hodgson. The Public Bank Solution: From Austerity to Prosperity, 2013.

Bendell and Greco (2013) Currencies of Transition, in The Necessary Transition, McIntosh ed (2013), Greenleaf Publishing.

Ryan-Collins, Josh; Werner, Richard; Jackson, Andrew (2012). Where Does Money Come From?: A Guide to the UK Monetary & Banking System (2nd ed.). London: New Economics Foundation. p. 178. ISBN 978-1908506238. OCLC 816167522.

Werner, R., Jackson, A., 2012, Where does money come from: a guide to the UK money and banking system, 2nd edition, nef (the new economics foundation): London

Simmel, Georg, The Philosophy of Money (1907)

Dodd, N, The Social Life of Money, (2014) Princeton University Press.

Riegel, E. C, The New Approach to Freedom (1976) or full PDF book: https://duckduckgo.com/l/?kh=-1&uddg=http%3A%2F%2Fnewapproachtofreedom.info%2Fdocuments%2Fnaf.pdf

Lietaer et al (2012) Money and Sustainability, The Club of Rome.

Adams, J (1787) Letter to Thomas Jefferson, August 25, 1787. http://www.john-adams-heritage.com/quotes/

Standing, Guy. The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class. London, UK ; New York, NY: Bloomsbury, 2014.

BIEN, Basic Income Earth Network, http://basicincome.org/

http://www.unwelcomeguests.net/Debt,_The_First_5000_Years Or PDF of full book: http://www.datafilehost.com/d/ddc62659

Some excellent explanations: http://wfhummel.cnchost.com

The Cobden Centre, a collection of writers giving a broadly Austrian perspective

Episode 1 of this podcast:

http://www.robinupton.com/people/WizardsOfMoney/

Grignon, Paul, Money as Debt III: Two kinds of money 6 min

Martenson, Chris, Crash Course:

-chapter 6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8dq1bH1X6s 6 mins

-chapter 7 Fractional Reserve Banking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIxhsF6JLEA 4 mins

-Chapter 8 Government money creation with treasury bonds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3_Q1SiRN-A 7m

More on Margrit Kennedy
http://www.scoop.it/search?q=Margrit+Kennedy

BCCI bank of the CIA
http://www.unwelcomeguests.net/712#2

Cobden centre, a blogging platform for Austrian Economists
http://www.cobdencentre.org

First UK debate in 170 years in parliament
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6a_0zJDsr8

New Economics Foundation: Inequality and Financialisation,
http://www.neweconomics.org/publications/entry/inequality-and-financialisation

Money as Debt shows all money is promises, even Gold money at the end of the day
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlwQJSLPqD0

Hudson, Michael, The Bubble and Beyond (Book)
http://michael-hudson.com/books/the-bubble-and-beyond

Frederick Soddy, The Role of Money (PDF Book)
http://www.archive.org/details/roleofmoney032861mbp

Rickards, James, Currency Wars (Book)

Money and Life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL4cPujObDA

The Money Fix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwmM5Nb6hiE

Peter Joseph creator of ‘Zeitgeist’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBRXuKVEBaY

“People Money” and free tools from http://www.communityforge.net

Wizards of Money Podcast 6 – Democratizing the money system. http://www.robinupton.com/people/WizardsOfMoney/

Regulation http://www.coindesk.com/future-commodity-bitcoin-regulation-cftc

http://community-currency.info

Hearn, Mike, Turing Festival 2013: Future of Money (and everything else) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu4PAMFPo5Y#t=255

World Islamic Mint Study Centre http://www.islamic-finance.com/study_reading.htm

HISTORY of MONEY:

Davies, G (2002) The History of Money: https://archive.org/details/HistoryOfMoney

Ferguson, N (2008) The ascent of money , Penguin Books. Documentary: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-ascent-of-money

Graeber, David, 5000 years of Debt (2011) Chapter 8. Audio is here: http://www.unwelcomeguests.net/archive/audiobooks/Debt, The First 5000 Years/5000-debt-08-Credit-Versus-Bullion,-And-the-Cycles-of-History.mp3

Zarlenga, S (2002) The lost science of Money

Martin, F (2014) Money: The Unauthorized Biography.

Rickards, James http://www.internationalman.com/articles/jim-rickards-decline-of-the-petrodollar-system-is-good-for-gold

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