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Recycling Is Not Enough. Zero-Packaging Stores Show We Can Kick Our Plastic Addiction

It's Our Economy - January 18, 2019 - 8:00am
Zero-packaging stores show, in their own small way, a viable and healthier alternative to the current system. Both for ourselves, local economies and the planet. Wrapped, sealed, boxed, cling-filmed and vacuum packed. We have become used to consumables being packaged in every way imaginable. The history of “packaging” goes back to the first human settlements. First leaves, gourds and animals skins were used. Then ceramics, glass and tin. Then paper and cardboard. But with the invention of plastic and the celebration of “throwaway living” since the 1950s, the environmental costs of an overpackaged world have become manifest.
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How the nonprofit 42 is creating a free, collaborative approach to education

Shareable - Commons - January 17, 2019 - 4:05pm

The nonprofit software engineering school 42 founded and funded by billionaire businessman Xavier Niel is taking a unique approach to education. The organization aims to free students from the isolation and economic burdens associated with higher education institutions in the U.S.

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More Signs The US Is Losing Status As Global Reserve Currency

It's Our Economy - January 14, 2019 - 3:00pm
The US dollar may one day be rivaled by the Chinese national currency – the yuan – which is likely to become a major global reserve currency, according to the governor of the Bank of England (BoE), Mark Carney. “I think it is likely that we will ultimately have reserve currencies other than the US dollar,” the UK top financial official claimed during an online question-and-answer session carried out as part of the Bank of England’s Future Forum.
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The 2018 Retail Apocalypse, In 6 Charts And A Map

It's Our Economy - January 14, 2019 - 1:00pm
One of the big trends of 2017 was the ongoing “retail apocalypse,” the apparent disaster of declining sales and store closures facing brick-and-mortar retailers. Well, 2018 was more of the same. One year after rounds of store closures by J.C. Penney and Macy’s, 2018 brought shutdowns by Sears and Toys “R” Us—not to mention Mattress Firm, Bon-Ton, Abercrombie & Fitch and more. But just how apocalyptic is this retail apocalypse? CityLab took a closer look at the data and found a much more ambiguous picture than the headlines might suggest.
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Interview: Fight For Promised Peace Dividend

It's Our Economy - January 13, 2019 - 11:00am
In 1992 with the collapse of the Soviet Union the citizens of the United States and the world were promised the arrival of a new era of peace and prosperity. The Cold War was over. Much of the money spent in the military standoff with the Soviets, and the preparation for a cataclysmic war, would now be diverted to peaceful ends. This massive reordering of our priorities and the windfall which would result was called the peace dividend (2). It never arrived. I know the Peace Dividend proposal is an outrageous, unprecedented, completely outside-the-box idea. That is entirely intentional.
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