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Named by Time magazine as one of the “10 Ideas That Will Change the World,” collaborative consumption describes the shift in consumer values from ownership to access. Collaborative Consumption (www.collaborativeconsumption.com) currently has a network of global curators from every continent, except Antarctica, who catalogue local organizations in this space. Lauren Anderson is the Chief Knowledge Officer for Collaborative Lab.
So how does collaborative consumption actually work?
Collaborative consumption describes the reinvention of traditional market behaviors such as renting, bartering, swapping, exchanging, with technology enabling...
You could argue that a more comprehensive, albeit wonky, word for farmer is “nutrient steward.” Think about it. Farmers till the soil, manage the flow of water, and do much more to grow the food and fiber products that our society needs to stay fed and clothed.
Unfortunately, most farmers are only compensated for their final products, like corn and cotton. In reality, however, farmers are stewarding the nutrient processes that result in these end products. So why shouldn’t they be compensated for these services?
The current large-scale industrial agricultural approach relies on economies of scale and cheap fossil fuels to function. (“Industrial agriculture” emerged on a widespread basis after World War II, but its roots generally coincide with the Industrial Revolution.)...