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BISAC: SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Pub. Date: 2012-05-16
Share or Die
Voices of the Get Lost Generation in the Age of Crisis
edited by Malcolm Harris & Neal Gorenflo
foreword by Cory Doctorow
America stands at a precipice; limitless consumption, reckless economics, and disregard for the environment have put the country on a collision course with disaster. It's up to a younger generation to rebuild according to new forms of organization, and Share or Die is a collection of messages from the front lines.
From urban Detroit to central Amsterdam, and from worker co-operatives to nomadic communities, an astonishing variety of recent graduates and 20-something experimenters are finding (and sharing) their own answers to negotiating the new economic order. Their visions of a shared future include:
- Collaborative consumption networks instead of private ownership
- Replacing the corporate ladder with a "lattice lifestyle"
- Do-it-yourself higher education.
As a call-to-action, "share or die" doesn't only refer to resource depletion, disappearing jobs or stagnating wages. It refers to social death too, and to finding the common-sense ideas and practices needed to not only merely survive, but to build a place where it's worth living. A series of forays into uncharted territory, this graphically-rich collection of essays, narratives and how-tos is an intimate guide to the new economic order and a must-read for anyone attempting to understand what it means to live as part of Generation Y.
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