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‘Workplaces are commons’: Q&A with Sustainable Economies Law Center’s Ricardo Nuñez and Chris Tittle

One of the foundational elements of modern society is the idea of democracy. Nations were built upon it, wars have been fought over it (at least in name), and millions have struggled for the right to participate in it. Many of us truly believe that we are living in democratic societies, and that our ability to vote in elections is proof of that. But how democratic are our societies in reality?

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IRTA Issues Warning about Barter Related Cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrency, blockchain and ethereum are developing at lightning speed across the globe. IRTA views these sectors as both a risk to, and a potential opportunity for the barter industry. On the risk side, IRTA released a “Cryptocurrency Money Transmitter Advisory Memo,” in February of 2016 that detailed the differences between cryptocurrencies and barter exchange trade dollars. It is important for …

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German citizens invest in a sustainable local food system with Regionalwert AG

Here’s the problem: The development of sustainable local food production requires long-term investments. These investments often yield relatively low rates of return. Distribution poses additional challenges because conventional buyers demand large quantities, and small-scale distribution methods such as community-supported agriculture may require a lot of time and effort. Artisanal food processors face similar issues. How do we address these problems in producing food locally?

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How a community development bank in Brazil stimulated the local economy

Here’s the problem: The Conjunto Palmeira, created by local fishermen who were pushed inland when the coast of Brazil was developed and became prime real estate in the 1970s, became a poor suburban community of 32,000 people close to Fortaleza, a city of 2.5 million. Most of the residents were unable to make a basic income as their livelihood had been dependent on the sea, which had become inaccessible. Not only were the local authorities unable to provide welfare, they also did not provide basic infrastructure.

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