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Poverty isn’t just a game
You’ve lost your job. You’ve lost your house. You’re down to your last $1,000. Can you make it through the month? Jenny Nicholson is tired of hearing how the poor are poor because they make poor choices. Let’s see what kind of choices you make when it’s your turn to be flattened by the economy. That’s the idea behind Spent, an online game Nicholson created to challenge popular misconceptions about poverty. Play it at www.playspent.org. So far, it’s been played more than a million times by people from around the world. And Nicholson is challenging every member of Congress to play it, too. She’s got a petition going at www.petition2congress.com/5008 . Jenny Nicholson, creator of Spent. Nicholson, 32, is a copywriter for McKinney, a national advertising agency in Durham, N.C., whose clients include Nationwide Insurance, Sherwin-Williams, Gold’s Gym, Coldwell Banker and the phone company CenturyLink. Another client is Urban Ministries... Continue Reading
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Connected | In Theaters 9/16
We humans are all ever-increasingly connected with one another [as cell phones and the internet foster still-further-reaching institutions, as global trade networks continue to expand, etc] is beyond dispute. What the sum total impact of this dizzying array of newfangled connections will be is, on the other hand, entirely disputed. Some hold out hope that a world in which we are ‘interdependent’ on the millions of people we’ve never met will be a world in which we take better care of each other, as well as our resources. Others see a world of festering apathy, of populaces glued to screens... Continue Reading
Mark Horvath, homeless activist
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Can you spare some change?
Mark Horvath, a homeless activist is taking long strides to raise awareness regarding the issue of homelessness. Claiming the reasons why people end up on the streets are complex. He went from six figures to zero after making a series of bad decisions in his life. Other reasons could include mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, job loss, living beyond a person’s means, and loss of a loved one. “For me it was 20 years of bad decisions, for some it’s hurricanes,” said Horvath. He aims to break the stereotypes, and call attention to a flawed shelter system that does... Continue Reading
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Plentitude Economics
New Dream Mini-Views: Visualizing a Plenitude Economy from Center for a New American Dream on Vimeo. Presented by The Center for a New American Dream, and summarizing the content of Schor’s book Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth, what I love about this video is that it absolutely brims with positivity, excitement and optimism. This is not about letting go of a system that is working well, yet is unsustainable—it is about accepting our status quo is broken, and taking our culture and our economy to the logical next step in ensuring health, happiness and planetary stability.   Related... Continue Reading
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