The potential of time currencies to serve as a tool of social change remains relatively unexplored, and yet these alternative currencies make it possible to combine into a single mechanism several different social and environmental goals: reducing work hours, increasing civic engagement in public affairs, lowering public debt, and redistributing…

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Global Civil Societies

André Gorz’s multiform thought is entirely centred on liberation: from work, which prevents individuals from thriving; from consumption, which grows ever higher; and from the social system, which reduces individuals to mere pawns in a “megamachine”.   http://www.booksandideas.net/Andre-Gorz-Thinker-of-Emancipation.html

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Global Convivialism

Global Civil Societies Global Convivialism

Current developments in academia are going against the idea of a convivialist university. Universities are ranked and put into a worlwide hierarchy, competitive funding erodes the friendly competition among researchers (based on gifts), a managerial logic is implemented, and universites are increasingly seen as mere assets in global economic competition.…

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Convivialist Academica

This is a bad and sad day to start a blog on transnational convivialism. Yesterday evening several dozens of people were killed in Paris. They went out for a concert, met friends and just wanted to enjoy a Friday evening. The attackers aimed at destroying these forms of convivality. My…

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Global Convivialism