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A young woman from Canada, Anjali Appadurai, shook the UN Assembly with one of the most beautiful, impassioned speeches we’ve ever heard—and followed it with the first ever human “mic check” on the UN stage. Anjali spoke eloquently and powerfully for her generation. It’s a voice we’ll be doing all we can to back up in the months and years ahead.

(Source: montanabohemian, via earthhour)

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Thought Beyond Borders | A Nugget about Global Movement

The previously conceived high paying, glamorous jobs outside of the arts & film genre, finance will experience new changes. Generation Y and the emerging generation after it are frustrated about looking for hard to get jobs. Low paying jobs make dreams of grandeur natures seem like delusions. 

All this talk about emerging markets will cause a global movement of expats to move east, chasing jobs in finance and legal for companies that are either setting up subsidiaries or alliances with eastern corporations. The flipside is a new class of entrepreneurs, not chasing jobs, will emerge. Finance will be a laggard compare to fields like technology and entrepreneurship. In a way, this is exactly what we need. The US may just experience the most creative revolution ever. 

Nimay Parekh

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Occupy Student Debt Wants You to Stop Paying Your Loans

Could a mass movement of college students and graduates challenge the student debt status quo? That’s the aim of Occupy Student Debt, a new movement inspired by Occupy Wall Street that wants to send a clear message about the crushing burden of the debt by convincing a million Americans to pledge to stop paying their student loans.

Occupy Student Debt supporters say today’s college graduates would “give anything to pay our debt,” but they are either unemployed or underemployed because of the recession. President Obama recently fast-tracked debt relief for students set to graduate next year, but his plan doesn’t help someone who’s been out of school for a few years. A lack of consumer protections—particularly for students who borrowed from private lenders—means some of those recent grads are seeing interest rates as high as 25 percent.

(Source: GOOD, via infoneer-pulse)

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To solve the energy challenge, we will have to find a way to produce, every day, not just what we are producing right now, but at least twice that much. We will need to increase our energy output by a minimum factor of two, the generally agreed upon number, certainly by the middle of the century, but preferably well before that—despite the fact that oil and gas will have long since peaked. Considering that many people on the planet are not using much energy at all and that new energy sources have yet to be developed, billions of people would still be living without modern energy.

To give all 10 billion people on the planet the level of energy prosperity we in the developed world are used to, a couple of kilowatt-hours per person, we would need to generate 60 terawatts around the planet—the equivalent of 900 million barrels of oil per day.

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Future Global Energy Prosperity: The Terawatt Challenge

In 2004, the late Nobel laureate, Richard Smalley, one of the pioneers of nanotechnology, shared this incisive report on the future of the world’s energy needs. With world population passing 7 billion, this assessment is even more salient seven years later.

(via emergentfutures)

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The Protests and the Metamovement

“The Metamovement isn’t just a faint, transient echo, but the increasingly resonant reverberation of people challenging this brutal state of malfunction, this Great Splintering of institutions and social contracts. Their truth, I suspect, might be this: there’s no one left to turn to — and so the Metamovement has turned to each other. Not for yesterday’s notions of “solidarity”, or the corporatist ideal of “inspiration,” but as nodes in a pulsing network whose coherence defines it: to demand institutions which can literally deliver the goods of enlightened social contracts. That enshrine in the people, first and foremost, the inalienable right to be authors of their own destinies — instead of condemning them to be mute puppets. It is, of course, this sense of autonomy that is the cornerstone of eudaimonia, the belief that a good life is a life lived meaningfully, and that it ought to be possible to both live meaningfully and make a living. And in that foundational sense, I’d say the Metamovement is the first glimmering of a larger revolution that will burn over the globe like Bouazizi’s fire. No, not every revolt ends in revolution — but every revolution begins with revolt. And make no mistake, this is revolt — an insurrection against a monstrous status quo that’s failed too many, too deserving, for too long, while serving too few, too undeserving, far too well. It is not in the nature of man or beast to stay yoked to the gleaming machines of their own economic, social, and moral annihilation. Better — as perhaps Bouazizi thought — to commit the ultimate act; to choose. To choose to let loose a brutally human cry, one whose echoes might come to define a defining decade.”

- Umair Haque,  The Protests and the Metamovement

There is no doubt that the civil unrest sweeping the world shares common roots: the stark economics of an increasingly inequitable economic system, where the world is plundered by the few, while the many find scant opportunity beyond mere survival. 

Perhaps it is a metamovement, if you’d consider animals fleeing a forest fire a metamovement. [We can’t forget the backdrop of a radically degraded climate: the hottest year on record, drought, and enormous flooding, all contributing to rising food prices and unemployment.]

Umair suggests that people everywhere share a common vision: the right to live an engaged, meaningful life, which generally includes meaningful work. But we are living in a time where large-scale organizations are being dissolved by the corrosive effects of oligarchy: where it seems the powerful — including our leaders — feel little commonality with the weak. The world, though, is a commons, our shared birthright, not a prize to be ransacked by triumphalist billionaires. 

The revolt that Umair is talking about has begun, and cannot be stopped. The rioters in London believed ‘they had no future to risk’, as Owen Jones said

It will come down to the citizens of the West demanding that the banks and the rentiers write down the enormous global debt that they would like us to pay off through taxes and austerity. They have built a Ponzi scheme, and made trillions, and now that the bottom is dropping out, they have contrived a consensus that all that debt should be made public: absorbed by the governments, and paid off by the people.

So, enough is enough. We won’t pay. 

And then, perhaps, we can start to build new institutions, new ways of living on the earth together, but first, the revolt.

(via stoweboyd)

(via emergentfutures)

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