ISSS fellow Stephen Hinton recently led a complementary time-based currency workshop as part of a project to set up a student knowledge exchange at CEMUS, Uppsala University, Sweden.
The students, coordinated with the tireless energy of Jesse Shrage and his friends Christina Fagerlund and Adam Elinder , want to set up a collaborative exchange system where skills and knowledge could be swapped based on a time currency.
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LOKAL VALUTA SOM MOTOR I LANDSBYGDS- OCH LOKALEKONOMISK UTVECKLING
Kan en lokal, volontär valuta vara ett sätt att organisera och stimulera landsbygdsutvecklingsprojekt? Tidigare har ISSS utfört pilotstudier och utveckling av modeller för introduktion av lokalvaluta. Dessa studier visade bl.a. stora möjligheter för användning av volontärvalutan ITK. ITK, som står för Ideell Tid Kuponger, introducerades inom projekt som syftar till att stärka den lokala ekonomin och öka den lokala beredskapen inför t.ex. extrem väder, elavbrott, ekonomiska svårigheter mm. Denna workshop ger dig som är involverad i landsbygdsutveckling, beredskap, lokalekonomi, miljöutveckling osv. nya insikter och metoder för att organisera, uppmuntra och finansiera projekt. Continue reading “Lokalvaluta dagen”
SITUATION: The think tank AVBP took on the challenge of working with the narrative of the sustainable city. Instead of seeing how we live as being a burden on the Earth, and dire prospects of having to give up our comforts, AVBP explored how tell the story of how we can create great places to live sustainably.
SITUATION: The think tank of AVBP was given an interesting challenge: how to develop tourism in areas of natural beauty that have easy access to cities? The need was to encourage visitors to be tourists closer to home. These tourists were looking for active holidays, with high interest and with a high degree of health involved.
FRAMING QUESTION: how can we develop our tourism business using our proximity to cities, areas of natural beauty and focus on health to develop a booming tourist industry, where people come back year after year.
An important background briefing for all who want to understand sustainability: why the element phosphorus is one of the limiting factors in soil fertility and why we cannot rely on mined sources indefinitely.
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SITUATION: Despite best efforts, rural areas – even some close to large cities – are experiencing a decline in population, investment and or services. As unemployment is rising, and the production of services is moving away from the area, the ability of the area to handle challenges such as economic downturn, food shortages, freak climate, power failure etc. is decreasing.
When disaster strikes, the authorities and corporations cannot alone be relied upon, it is up to citizens to meet these challenges.
SECONDARY SITUATION: The above applies too, to the task forming the sustainable society. The challenges are similar but the time-frames differ. Firm public engagement, and collaboration between authorities and businesses is needed to meet the nation’s ambitious environmental goals.
After leaving Ericsson in 2001 I started exploring alternatives to the Industrial Society. During recent years, volunteering for the Water and Food Award, and helping start an Eco -Village were profound experiences. Among others things I had the opportunity to step back and look at what is happening.
Many businesses in going about their business are actually undermining the conditions needed for people to live well. Albeit inadvertently.
No-one means it to be this way, I am sure, but the planet is becoming crowded, our financial systems are leading to uneven wealth distribution and our energy systems are depleting non-renewable energy and climate systems. Several boundaries have already been breached and more are on their way to being exceeded. We are entering into times when we are living outside the safe zone. Continue reading “Why I am starting consulting again”