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Living a Citizen's Income



Citizens Income Pilot – Ontario Canada

Canada is launching an experiment that will give 4,000 people free money until 2020
Two regions of the city of Ontario will  begin the social experiment, with a third joining in autumn.

Premier Katherine Wynne announces the pilot project.

Thanks Michaela!


A Reflection on Ellie Harrison’s Artist Talk

What can an artist/activist achieve in a place, given a year of not having to worry about money?

Livestream video of Ellie Harrison’s Talk

Even though she only revealed the tip of the iceberg of her research and activism  in her year of living within the boundary of Glasgow, I was impressed by the scope and scale of Ellie Harrison’s  investigations of the Glasgow Effect  She was inspired by   New Economics Foundation approach: Economics as if People and the Planet Mattered.  One of her themes was transport and the twin irritations of a city carved up by motorways and the sorry state of public transport, particularly the buses.  This in a city which has a lower than average car ownership.  Sometimes it takes a fresh eye to re-view what everyone else has stopped seeing,  just got used to. Pavel Buchler once said that one function of art is to stop and look after everyone else has moved on – wait a minute folks, look at this!  Not only had she looked – through her investigations, she had discovered that the monthly board meetings of SPT (Strathclyde Partnership Transport) are open to the public! She set herself up as undercover artist in residence at SPT and attended six Board meetings to learn and to lobby.

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Freakonomics podcast – In Praise of Maintenance

Thought-provoking podcast about the valuing of maintenance as well as innovation in our lives, communities and systems.  Reminds me of  when I was working as a postie in Shetland in the early 1980’s.  One of my rounds was Sullom Voe and the Oil Terminal.  I remember someone explaining the two phases of development – one team came and installed the terminal, then another team came and ran the thing – innovation then maintenance.

Maybe a more nuanced sense of how things work is that innovation contains maintenance and maintenance contains innovation. Does this resonate with the thinking embedded in the  post  harmony  considering the tensions in a rope which makes it hold together?

Noting the etymology of maintenance – holding in the hand (Latin) and it’s cousin maintenant (French:now)

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