Daily Archives: February 14, 2016

Sustainable Human Launches New Gift-Based Economic System

Sustainable Human

Published on Feb 14, 2016
Find out how you can participate in creating a new economic system that helps humanity to live in harmony with each other and the planet: http://sustainablehuman.com/

The mission of Sustainable Human is to assist in creating and promoting a new economic system based on the collective voluntary gifts of everyday people. The goal is to transition from our current, scarcity-based economic system to a new system capable of creating abundance for all. Bypassing the monetary system, we will voluntarily collaborate on projects aimed at creating goods and services that are given freely to the world, helping to create a bottom-up, participatory, global gift economy.

After 7+ years of holding space for a conversation about the deep underlying roots of our many sustainability-related crises, the time has come to be more proactive towards a solution.

We recognize at the very root of many of our systemic issues is an economic system that measures progress and success in only one metric – growth or profit. Economic growth means consuming more resources each year than were consumed in the prior year, which means that more of Nature must be turned into product for human consumption. The scale has reached ecocidal proportions.

At the same time, fewer people are able to meet their needs from the present economic system as wealth inequality only continues to grow. Complicating matters is the fact that technology is rapidly replacing human workers in a variety of ways in both the virtual and creative markets. The idea of income being attached to work is coming undone.

We need a new economy and it is going to be up to each of us to co-create one.

Sustainable Human is creating a new, voluntary, global gift economy called the Sustainable Human Gift Economy Network (powered by Hylo – an emerging, open-source social network designed to help communities to collaborate). Its purpose is to transcend the economics of scarcity and transition humanity into the economy capable of delivering sustainable abundance for all.

The idea is simple.

We all have a gift to give. When we work together in sharing our gifts, we are able to accomplish amazing achievements. However, most ideas we create are limited by the need to make a profit. No longer.

Now we can voluntarily work together using our unique gifts and skills to create anything we want and give it freely to the world. As more people decide to join the gift economy, the size and scope of the gifts will grow to a point where people will be able to meet some of their needs through this economy, reducing the need for us to participate in the life-destroying, soul-crushing, industrial, growth economy.

Learn more about the gift economy at:

The best part about the gift economy is everyone can participate. Join the gift economy here:

Learn how the Sustainable Human Gift Economy Network can help you to create and give your gift to the world:

Questions? Check out the FAQ:

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UN: More than 11,000 Afghans killed in 2015

Al Jazeera English

Published on Feb 14, 2016

A United Nations report says more than 11 thousand civilians have been killed or injured in Afghanistan in 2015.It’s a four percent increase on the previous year.Reza Sayyah reports from Kabul.

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Washington Braces for Brawl Over Supreme Court Vacancy

VOA News

Published on Feb 14, 2016

The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has set off a legal and political earthquake in Washington and beyond. The arch-conservative jurist’s passing guarantees a confrontation between the White House and the Republican-led Senate on confirming a successor, and could put ideological control of the high court at stake in this year’s presidential election.
Originally published at – http://www.voanews.com/media/video/wa…

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Naomi Klein — Grassroots-Global — A new vision for a global education and awareness movement

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Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything – Capitalism vs. The Climate

Naomi Klein asserts:

This Changes Everything…

So, how will it change your life?

If this really does change everything, how will this change our education?  How will it change the way we learn?  and the way we reach and teach one another?

What difference should it make in what we expect –or demand — of our educational institutions?  Can these institutions possibly prepare us fast enough for the transitions we must all now confront?

If colleges and universities cannot move fast enough to inform global public awareness, where else can we turn to learn?  What new teaching and learning environments can we devise and mobilize for the enormous task at hand?

Naomi Klein’s Vision ==> and The Global Education Challenge

Naomi Klein has emerged — along with other grassroots activists and global visionaries around the world — to articulate a fresh level of insight about our global environmental crisis.  Moreover, she has galvanized a renewed level of commitment among all who hear her, inspiring them to confront the dysfunctional logic of an economy of endless accumulation that is driving our world towards mass extinction.

Some of her recent writings, interviews, discussions and presentations can be viewed through Transition-Studies.TV, including the following:


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Other Grassroots–Global visionaries include:

      For updates on the contributions of Naomi Klien and other Grassroots-Global Visionaries you can follow the links to resource material provided in

and “follow” the Transition-Studies.TV website.

For resources useful in self-education on climate change see:

Where Can We Turn to Learn?

Further resources are available from outreach publications and streaming web facilities from universities both in this country and abroad:


Naomi Klein, “This Changes Everything”

Politics and Prose

Published on Aug 7, 2015

In this important call to action, now available in paperback, Klein, the syndicated columnist and author of The Shock Doctrine and No Logo points to climate change as both an imperative for rethinking how we live and an opportunity for reforming social and economic inequalities. A habitable Earth demands reducing greenhouse gases, and such reductions, in turn, will help create new kinds of communities.

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Pirate TV- Naomi Oreskes


Published on Oct 30, 2012

Pirate TV- Naomi Oreskes

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Food Justice Vol. 1

Last updated on Nov 4, 2015

This powerful Collection shows ingenious, effective approaches for a “Fair Food” system of food justice for people in an ecologically restorative system. Food justice means access to healthy, fresh and sustainably grown food as a human right, including strong local food systems and economic democracy. It recognizes healthy, affordable food as a solution to the public health crisis.

These food justice visionaries are innovating diverse crops, foods, markets, forms of ownership, and scales of farms and enterprises. They illustrate the worldwide movement for an ecological agriculture and fair food access to all. They are regenerating the land for future generations, building resilience against climate disruption, and caring for people.

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Agricultural Solutions to Climate Change produced by Bioneers


Published on Dec 22, 2015

Welcome to Agricultural Solutions to Climate Change produced by Bioneers.

Bioneers highlights visionary activists and breakthrough solutions for restoring people and the planet through our annual conference, which is held the third weekend in October at the Marin Center in San Rafael CA.

To learn more go to www.bioneers.org and Subscribe to our award winning radio series Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature.

Rancher John Wick of the Marin Carbon Project and Renata Brillinger of CalCAN (California Climate and Agriculture Network) will talk about the role of carbon in farming and ranching systems

John Wick, the co-founder of the Marin Carbon project, is a California rancher working with UC Berkeley developing carbon-farming practices that help sequester carbon in rangeland soils, benefitting the climate and increasing soil fertility. And share ideas in the policy realm on how agriculture can play an important role as a solution to climate change.

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Naomi Klein on Paris Summit: Leaders’ Inaction on Climate Crisis is “Violence” Aga inst the Planet


Published on Nov 30, 2015

Ahead of the 21st UN climate change conference in Paris, more than 170 nations submitted plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions. But experts say the proposed targets end up falling far short of what is needed to mitigate against drastic heating of the planet, and that the agreements during the negotiations are not likely to be binding.

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Supreme Court’s Blow to Emissions Efforts May Imperil Paris Climate Accord


WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s surprise decision Tuesday to halt the carrying out of President Obama’s climate change regulation could weaken or even imperil the international global warming accord reached with great ceremony in Paris less than two months ago, climate diplomats say.

The Paris Agreement, the first accord to commit every country to combat climate change, had as a cornerstone Mr. Obama’s assurance that the United States would enact strong, legally sound policies to significantly cut carbon emissions. The United States is the largest historical greenhouse gas polluter, although its annual emissions have been overtaken by China’s.

But in the capitals of India and China, the other two largest polluters, climate change policy experts said the court’s decision threw the United States’ commitment into question, and possibly New Delhi’s and Beijing’s.

“If the U.S. Supreme Court actually declares the coal power plant rules stillborn, the chances of nurturing trust between countries would all but vanish,” said Navroz K. Dubash, a senior fellow at the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi. “This could be the proverbial string which causes Paris to unravel.”

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