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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Building a Better Economy That Works for Everyone

Poor Man Survival

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Never grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be.
- Helen Keller


   Despite reports of an uptick in the economy and in the employment reports, most aware citizens know it’s probably another short term bubble and that jobs which pay a living wage are becoming more difficult to find.  For those who have read our posts know that we’ve been covering many elements of a new economy, one with a focus on self employment, less debt and alternative forms of money such as community bucks and barter.


On a personal note, I’ve been restructuring my personal economy during the past two years.  For many, including ourselves, online sales have plummeted and we’re actually using the internet less and less to generate income as fewer people are buying anything except puff and fluff items, electronic gadgets and other toys.


Our personal ‘new’ economy is beginning to work for us, slowly but surely replacing online sales and traditional jobs.  As fewer Americans participate in self improvement programs, we’ve given up seminars, classes and lectures and we’re phasing out much of our information business.


Want to Build an Economy that Works for Everybody?

YES! Magazine have written regularly about something we call the “new economy.” Readers will recognize the worker-owned cooperatives, local food initiatives, and alternative ways of measuring wealth that have been hallmarks of our reporting on this topic. But if someone cornered you in the bulk foods aisle and demanded to know what, exactly, the new economy is, what would you tell them?

New Economy Week will have plenty going on offline as well.

The answer, it turns out, is up for debate. Even among the thinkers and organizers most invested in the term “new economy”—Gar Alperovitz and Chuck Collins come to mind—vigorous debates and conversations are going on all the time about what it is, where it should focus, and how to make it spread.

To focus that discussion, the New Economy Coalition, a nonprofit organization that supports more than 100 member groups, has set next week aside as the second annual “New Economy Week.”

Monday through Friday, the days will be packed with online panels, local events, and writings. The coalition has picked five juicy questions about new economy issues and sent them to its members to see what they think. We’ll be curating their responses each day from Monday to Friday. You can find links to all five days here (we'll be updating the page with articles and links daily).

And New Economy Week will have plenty going on offline as well. The activities range from multi-day conferences such as “Who Owns Vermont?”—which will explore alternative ownership models in that state—to more intimate gatherings like happy hours celebrating October—our “national cooperative month”—in San Francisco and Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, several hundred inventors, entrepreneurs, activists, and organizers will gather in Detroit for the “New Work New Culture” conference to discuss topics like the financing of community-owned projects, the way cooperatives are portrayed in the media, and the role of local food production.



The Credit Suisse global wealth report (pdf), is out and it has some surprising findings on the world wealth distribution. The report says that the richest 1% of the world’s population is not only getting wealthier but owns more than 48% of global wealth. The bottom half of the world population owns less than one percent of the world's wealth.


How Con Artists Trick Your Mind

If you think that only the less-educated or senior citizens fall for scams, think again. Research suggests that scammers use seven different techniques to help separate you from your money. Here are some of the tricks of the trade.




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My family likes to wear white clothes. I don't mind, but sometimes it's hard to keep them from getting dingy. One solution that works for me is to pour approximately 1/2 cup Cascade® powder automatic dishwasher soap into the washing machine with enough cold water to just cover the clothes. I let them soak for an hour or so. Then I just run a regular wash cycle. Our clothing practically sparkles!


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