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Share or Die (PDF)
Voices of the Get Lost Generation in the Age of Crisis
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.
Malcolm Harris is the Life/Art channel editor and a writer at Shareable. His work has been featured on Alternet, KQED.org, The Los Angeles Free Press, and he is managing editor at The New Inquiry, a criticism site devoted to collecting and promoting the work of young unaffiliated writers.
Neal Gorenflo is the co-founder and publisher of Shareable (www.shareable.net), a nonprofit online magazine about sharing. A former market researcher, stock analyst, and Fortune 500 strategist, Neal left the corporate world in 2004 to help bring a shareable world to life through Internet startups, grassroots organizing, and a circle of friends committed to the common good. Neal has also worked for the green social network Care2.com and co-organized The Abundance League's monthly salons about alternative economy in San Francisco.
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