Electricity: Edison’s revenge | The Economist

In a few years the currently used AC power (110 or 230 Volt) will be replaced by intelligent DC power systems, based on USB connectors. This means that each and every building has to be rewired, outlets needs to be replaced and all the electronic equipment needs to be equiped with direct DC circuits. But the advantage is that every device can now take current when its needed, and as much as needed. And an intelligent micro-grid system is created. Levering available current to those devices that it need at moments its needed. No more wasting power by transformers, and overbooking the used Amperes, blowing up fusions.

This would be great!


Electricity: Edison’s revenge | The Economist.

Do We Really Need to Work?

Unemployment has been on the rise lately, pretty much anywhere. We could attribute this to the economic crisis, but economies (except for some parts of Europe) have been growing. Even those parts of Europe which haven’t been growing have shown an increase in unemployment that does not mirror the decrease in GDP.

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Do We Really Need to Work?.

Wel werk, geen banen. Veel kruimels maken een brood

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De ontwikkelingen in de arbeidsmarkt staat op een scharnierpunt. De werkloosheid loopt snel op tot schrikbarende getallen en percentages. 7,5% werkloosheid, 15% onder jongeren en 28,4% onder allochtone jongeren. Aan de andere kant maken werkgevers zich nog steeds zorgen over het toekomstige arbeidspotentieel van ondermeer technisch geschoold personeel. Maar ook de werkdruk binnen veel organisatie is groot. Ik zie dan ook dat er wel veel werk is, maar niet veel banen.

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Het werk is versnipperd, verdeeld en daarom blijft het maar even liggen. Of het nu het bijwerken van de website, het starten met social media, het opschonen van het archief, het updaten van de computers of uitwerken van nieuwe ideeën is. Werk dat best wel even kan wachten en op de korte termijn geen omzet, winst of verlies oplevert. Want het uitzetten van het werk kost eerst een investering van een collega. Ondernemers houden dus gewoon de…

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4 Day Work Week…Would It Really Be So Bad?

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The workforce is a scary place right now.

Really, it is.

For those unemployed, it seems like it’ll take a miracle of God to find a job.

And for those of us who DO have jobs, we hope and we pray that we’ll be able to keep them.

Even GREAT organizations…even organizations that have been recognized for their financial stability… right now, they’re having to deal with not-so-great stuff like budget cuts and layoffs.

Take a look at the equation below, it’s pretty simple.

Budget cuts + fear of layoffs = unhappy, scared, & unproductive employees

Ask any employer.

I was thinking about this yesterday because I came across the term “Furlough Fridays.”

For those of you who don’t know, the term “furlough” is essentially a leave of absence, a vacation, a holiday. You’ll hear this term a lot these days because many government employers are implementing “furloughs”.

They’re mandating that employees take time off…

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The Madness of Lost Productivity

Working Smarter Cafe

march_madness_cookiesToday begins lower office productivity, spending (work)time in hallway conversations about selections and superiority, examining the alternatives for sometimes excruciating decisions, competition, and fun… March Madness? No! (Play)Joyce is having a bake sale at her office! Hey, it’s all to raise money (and waist sizes) for charities, plus it builds camaraderie in the workplace, just like the real March Madness.

There are naysayers, of course. One gloomy report says businesses can expect $134 million in productivity losses this year. I’ll tell you this; the bracketmania affected my personal productivity beginning last night. My first NCAA pool invitation chimed in at 9:10PM via email and Facebook, right in the middle of my new book… Who’s paying for that lost productivity?

I expect more today. There’s a pool here at corporate every year, and it’s all good in my mind. It brings people together informally, and provides common ground to…

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The different types of cooperation | Deskmag | Coworking

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Coworking is based on cooperation. The topic is explored in depth in a recent book ‘Together’ from American sociologist Richard Sennett. But not all forms of cooperation stand for coworking or provide benefits for everyone. We look at what types of collaboration he distinguishes for us, taken from a section of his book. Those who desire more insight into the future of collaborations and those who want to learn more about the future of work, would be encouraged to attend the Work in Progress conference Hamburg, at the end of this month.
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Book of the Day: Economic Democracy in Action

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Book: After Capitalism: Economic Democracy in Action. Dada Maheshvarananda. Innerworld Publications, 2012


A grassroots movement for economic democracy based on cooperatives and local economies is quickly growing throughout the planet. After Capitalism, inspired by P.R. Sarkar’s Progressive Utilization Theory, offers a compelling vision of an equitable, sustainable model which economically empowers individuals and communities. Filled with successful examples from six continents as well as many resources, activities and tools for activists, After Capitalism will fill you with hope and the conviction that a new, democratic economy is indeed possible.

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