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    10. Crafting the Shadow Structure

    George Bernard Shaw famously said that all progress depends on not being reasonable. It’s time for a large amount of civic unreasonableness. – James Gustave Speth At the beginning of Part III, I quoted David Ehrenfeld. He reminds us that…

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    9. Strive for a Socially-Just Economy

    Economics and social injustice is such a significant issue that it demands its own Practical Tool point. Our society currently has deep economic divides which are worsened by race, culture, geography and prejudice. NEF writes of the Great Redistribution where…

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    Social Enterprise

    The concept of “social enterprise” has been gathering traction in the U.S. It’s kind of like a hybrid of the business world and the nonprofit world. In its most basic form, there’s the example of a gift store within a…

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    6. Community-based investment

    The shift from a growth economy to economic contraction has turned our concepts of “profit” and “income” upside down. The idea of “investment” has similarly been radically altered. In the old paradigm, when we thought about “investments,” it meant turning…

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    5. A Multiplicity of Financial Vehicles

    At the beginning of Part III we reminded each other than the economy is basically the sum total of transactions between people. At that same basic level, “money” is simply the markers we use to record those transactions. There is…

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    4. Resilience-building businesses and industries

    In the past 20-30 years, the concept of “outsourcing” has stripped most of our local communities of the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker – the craftsmen, merchants, and artisans who have skills and know-how to provide the basic…

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    3. Rethink the idea of “Jobs”

    Become a jack of all trades and a master of one. – David Holmgren, quoting a European Permaculturist Perhaps this segment, more than any other, calls upon that “raw courage” I mentioned in Part I. “Jobs” as we know them…

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    Resilient nonprofits

    As we rethink society for a post-petroleum, economically-lean future, it’s opportunity to rethink nonprofit structures, too. As stated before, we need to set up environmental and social change organizations as entities that will endure, instead of going bankrupt. Rather than…

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    How do you do all this and still conduct a “normal” life?

    That’s exactly the point: You don’t. At some time within the next few months or years, circumstances will be such that you will relinquish the feeble attempts to hang onto that gluttonous consumption, compete-with-the-Jones’s (or “keep the kids competitive” with…