Elinor Ostrom’s eight point recipe for groups with commons

Great summary from David Sloan Wilson’s article in Evonomics. Elinor Ostrom received the Prize in Economics in the memory of Alfred Nobel for her work on commons.

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Theory T just got a political dimension

We are glad to see that Senator Bernie Sanders is explaining what is at the hear of his policy development: we are all in this together. The T in together fits very well with Theory T …. it IS in fact Theory T.

Enjoy this video. And Please vote for him if you are in the States.

 

LEADERSHIP

Long long ago, in the misty dawn of humankind the ancient ancestors of you and me woke in the morning and came together to eat and organize the tribal day.  The tribes had been developing the process of organizing in different ways for many generations, each generation teaching the next and adding new ways to contribute to their mutual needs.  Those needs included safety and protection for everyone, shelter, clothing and food, the making of tools and weapons and the caring for children, the aged, sick and infirm that could not care for themselves. Continue reading

Permaculture of the heart and personal relationships

Never give up! Together there is nothing we cannot do.

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In permaculture we have realized the dependence of our health and well-being on our relationship with and care for the plant life and its needs. That has had a strong and salutary effect on many lives, in our individual homes and gardens, in our communal sharing through community gardens, Transition Towns and especially ecovillages, all good models for the future.

There is a great need for us to focus on the health and well-being of our relationships with each other as human beings. Even when we gather in common cause to create better relationships with the plants and the Earth, we still get confused in our interpersonal relationships. That often surprises us, when we began our relationships with such high hopes for them, but more and more we have seen ourselves and others give up and abandon those relationships saddened, or angered, or just bewildered.

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We need an economy built on caring

Tania Singer presents evidence that the ‘homo economicus’ theory is simply wrong. The theory we are selfish and act in our own immediate economic interest has no basis in research

Writing in the New Economic Forum blog, Tania Singer, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, explains that a new economy based on the way humans really work, needs to be created.

The article contains a lot of the theoretical basis for Theory T, including how Neuroscientific studies show that we have many different motivational systems. We can be motivated by power and achievement, by consumption and wanting; but we are also motivated just as deeply by care and systems of affiliation. These have evolved to allow us to form stable relationships, to build trust and to take care of children. Once we realise these motivational systems are common to all humans, and most are even shared with animals, the world starts to look very different.