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‘Community Development Solutions’

News on local, regional efforts by communities, NGOs, local businesses, banks, governments, to become more self-reliant and less dependent on global financial casinos, big banks and Wall Street. Covers local currencies, farmers markets, co-housing, Transition Towns movements, new bioregional urban re-developments and small communities.

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Cornerstone Flagship Report: “Dissecting the ‘Sharing Economy': Business model opportunities and risks”

To Cornerstone Clients and Colleagues, The sharing economy was founded on an ethos of collaboration for mutual benefit. However, as the basic concept has taken hold, entrepreneurs have shifted the emphasis from “open-source” collaborations to commercial enterprises. Between Uber’s $50 billion valuation, Etsy’s IPO and the large venture [...]

New issue of The Bridge focuses on lending

New issue of The Bridge focuses on lending

  New issue of The Bridge focuses on lending   The Bridge profiles and celebrates the Federation and member credit unions' experiences and successes in helping low-income people and communities achieve financial independence.  This issue focuses on lending. As lenders to low-income consumers our [...]

Living Like It’s 2050: A Transition Farm in North Carolina – See more at: http://www.nextworldtv.com/videos/transition/living-like-its-2050-a-transition-farm-in-north-carolina-.html#sthash.WRmNA09F.dpuf

What is the Transition Town Movement? It is a worldwide movement, working off a template created in Totnes, UK. They are comprised of vibrant, grassroots initiatives that seek to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis. Whatever your conclusions may be regarding Peak Oil and [...]

Local Governments Win Solar at 9 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour With Collaborative Procurement

"I cannot tell you how exciting it is to be at another landfill," said Administrator Gina McCarthy of the U.S. EPA while at this week's announcement of the nation's largest "multi-agency collaborative procurement for solar power." That procession of bureaucratic terms is actually a lot more exciting (and difficult to accomplish) than it [...]

Monique F. Leroux Advocating for Cooperatives before the IASB, the FSB and the B7

Monique F. Leroux Advocating for Cooperatives before the IASB, the FSB and the B7

  Monique F. Leroux Advocating for Cooperatives before the IASB, the FSB and the B7 Sharing the Alliance's perspective on international accounting standards Last January, acting in her capacity as Chair of the International Accounting Standards Working Group of the Alliance, Monique F. Leroux, Chair [...]

New Book Celebrates the Booming Little Free Library Movement

New Book Celebrates the Booming Little Free Library Movement

New Book Celebrates the Booming Little Free Library Movement How the first Little Free Library came to be, and how the movement has spread to include over 25,000 of them in 70 countries! Read more » > TECH Interviewed: Joel Dietz on Distributed Collaborative Organizations Building off the ‘blockchain’ technology that [...]

Neighborhood Exchange Boxes Help Geneva Reuse 32 Tons of Goods

Neighborhood Exchange Boxes Help Geneva Reuse 32 Tons of Goods

Neighborhood Exchange Boxes Help Geneva Reuse 32 Tons of Goods On street corners throughout Switzerland, colorful painted boxes the size of a pay phone booth declare: BOÎTES D’ÉCHANGE ENTRE VOISINS (A box for exchange between neighbors). Read more » > COMMUNITY SHARING Celebrate ShareFest Season by Hosting an [...]

Public Banking Springs Forward

Public Banking Springs Forward

“Ethical Markets  endorses the Public Banking institute and  I am proud to  serve on its Advisory Board  and  contributed a Foreword to  founder Ellen Brown’s latest book, THE PUBLIC BANKING SOLUTION “ .  Check it out !,  Hazel Henderson, Editor “ Public Banking Springs Forward During this long dark night of [...]

The Next System Project: Can We Imagine a Future Worth Fighting For?

The Next System Project: Can We Imagine a Future Worth Fighting For?

The Next System Project: Can We Imagine a Future Worth Fighting For? Creating the kind of society—and world—we’d like now and for future generations. Read more » > TECH Creative Commons Launches Open Business Models Initiative Helping entrepreneurs, organizations, and governments to use Creative Commons [...]

Welcome to the April 2015 issue of GISR Insight.

Welcome to the April 2015 issue of GISR Insight.

Updates from the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR). April 2015 Welcome to the April 2015 issue of GISR Insight. We are very pleased to announce an important new strategic milestone for the organization, a four-pronged [...]

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