"The United States spends more on medical care per person than any country, yet life expectancy is shorter than in most other developed nations and many developing ones. Lack of health insurance is a factor in life span and contributes to an estimated 45,000 deaths a year," writes Michelle Andrews at National Geographic. "Why the high cost? The U.S. has a fee-for-service system—paying medical providers piecemeal for appointments, surgery, and the like.
It was a posting like so many others I’d seen on my screen during this past, long year of unemployment. I checked out the job description and nodded at each bullet point. Yes, I had done that. Yeah, I could do that. But there was something about the nature of the job that fit somebody else slightly better: my former colleague and fellow jobseeker, Alice. Suddenly I started to sweat.
The question was: Do I share?
Q: Is it possible to make my employees feel secure within the company—even during hard economic times?
Hypertherm designs and manufactures the world's most advanced plasma cutting systems for use in a variety of industries such as shipbuilding, manufacturing, and automotive repair.
Silke Helfrich is the editor of Who Owns the World? The Rediscovery of the Commons, the primary author of CommonsBlog, and a leading thinker in Germany about the idea of the commons. This the script of a talk she delivered at the World Commons Forum on September 29 in Salzburg, Austria.
1. When we talk about the commons, what are we talking about?
From Babelgum's New Urbanism video series: It's DIY urban mini-golf! "The Putting Lot is a parking lot transformed into a nine-hole miniature golf course in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The theme of the course is 'neighborhood sustainability' which encompasses both environmental sustainability and the sustainability of communities."
This piece was originally published by SF Public Press, a nonprofit news organization in San Francisco that aims to do for print and Web journalism what public broadcasting has done for radio and television.
Today, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution declaring 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives--that is, businesses that belong to their workers or the people who use them. (Thanks, Michael!)
Following up on our list of the best books of 2009, here's another list of books forthcoming from members of the extended Shareable.net community, plus some others we've noticed. Do you have a book that you think belongs on this list, one you wrote or one you're reading? Please do tell us about it in a comment.