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1010 Ways To Buy Without Money

1010 Ways To Buy Without Money is a non profit initiative that proposes a selling process based in prices without money. And we do it with a smile in our faces… The idea was born some weeks before the celebration of the International Day of the Book, the 23rd of April of 2011 in Barcelona. Why had the “Day of the Book” become the “Day of buying a book”? Bearing this question in mind, an event in which everybody could participate, without taking into account if people had money or not to buy a book,1010 ways to Buy Without Money was created. After this first event on the 23rd where 105 books where sold without money, we decided that this idea should be extended. Thus, 1010 Ways To Buy Without Money became an open initiative that could be held in any city, at any moment and with any objective. Rather than raising a criticism upon the consuming system in which we live or offering an alternative based in exchange, 1010 Ways To Buy Without Money intends on making people think about the value of things. Things are not for free. Whether we create something material or immaterial, like an idea, we always use resources, knowledge, time and effort. Things can be bought without money. There is a non-monetary economic movement that some call “Invisible Capitalism” based on knowledge and in human relations. People from Butan call it Gross Domestic Happiness, and it is the economic index they use to measure their national wealth. 1010 Ways To Buy Without Money also invites us to think about our consumption habits by asking ourselves “Do I really need this?” before purchasing a product and remembering us that we cannot buy everything. This is why there is a purchase limit of one product per person. Not all the prices are made to suit every pocket. For example, a book whose price is “Quit Smoking” can only be bought by someone who smokes. But if you cannot buy it, there is no need to worry, as there are many other alternatives. Finally, since all the objects on sale are provided by donations, 1010 Ways To Buy Without Money promotes the re-use of our resources, sharing what we have and releasing us from those objects we do not use and that someone else is willing to have.”

Ten simple choices for a healthier planet

Ten Simple Things You Can Do to Help Protect the Earth “Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Cut down on what you throw away. Follow the three “R’s” to conserve natural resources and landfill space. Volunteer. Volunteer for cleanups in your community. You can get involved in protecting your watershed, too. Educate. When you further your ownContinue Reading

NYC libraries are engine of the city running out of fuel

“The city’s libraries — the fusty old buildings, and a few spiffier modern ones, planted in all five boroughs — had 37 million visitors in the last fiscal year, said Angela Montefinise, a spokeswoman for the New York Public Library, which runs branches and research centers in Manhattan and the Bronx and on Staten Island.Continue Reading

A Report Card on Child Homelessness

America’s Youngest Outcasts – A Report Card on Child Homelessness, American Institute of Research, November 2014: “America’s Youngest Outcasts reports on child homelessness in the United States based on the most recent federal data that comprehensively counts homeless children, using more than 30 variables from over a dozen established data sets. A staggering 2.5 millionContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Cybersecurity, Management of Excess Uranium, Homeland Security, Indian Affairs

Cybersecurity: Actions Needed to Address Challenges Facing Federal Systems, GAO-15-573T: Published: Apr 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 2015. Department of Energy: Management of Excess Uranium, GAO-15-475T: Published: Apr 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 2015. Homeland Security Acquisitions: Addressing Gaps in Oversight and Information is Key to Improving Program Outcomes, GAO-15-541T: Published: Apr 22,Continue Reading

Are You Looking to Buy a Home?

“Buying a home is one of the most exciting yet one of the most difficult financial decisions you will make. Understanding the costs of real estate settlement services, defining what affordable means to you, and finding the best mortgage are among the many aspects you’ll need to consider. This new toolkit (PDF) from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), offers aContinue Reading

The Role of Policy in Achieving Shared, Sustainable Economic Prosperity

“GrowthPolicy.org pulls together recent research by Harvard faculty about economic growth. Our goal is to disseminate Harvard research to a broad audience in order to inform debate about the role of policy in achieving stability in our financial systems and shared, sustainable economic prosperity. GrowthPolicy.org is a project of: The Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business &Continue Reading

Student Loan Delinquency: A Big Problem Getting Worse?

Student Loan Delinquency: A Big Problem Getting Worse? by Juan M. Sánchez and Lijin Zhu in Economic Synopses, 2015, No. 7. St. Louis Fed. “A delinquency rate of 15 percent for all student loan borrowers implies a delinquency rate of 27.3 percent for borrowers with loans in repayment. Over the past decade, the percent ofContinue Reading

New State of America’s Libraries Report finds shift in role of U.S. libraries

ALA News: “According to The State of America’s Libraries Report released today by the American Library Association (ALA), academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. No longer just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as anchors, centers for academic lifeContinue Reading

Fair Copyright Reform for Libraries and Archives in Europe

The London Manifesto: “Fair copyright across Europe is essential. Without it we will fail to adequately support research, innovation and growth, and hinder the ambition for a digital single market. With it we will better foster knowledge across borders, meet the needs of disabled people and take full advantage of the digital age. We areContinue Reading

The Economy Goes to College: The Hidden Promise of Higher Education in the Post-Industrial Service Economy

College-Educated Workers Now Produce More Than Half of the Nation’s Annual Economic Value, According to New Georgetown University study: “The findings contradict the fear that good manufacturing jobs of the past are being replaced with low – paid, dead-end service jobs (Washington, D.C., April 13, 2015) – College-educated workers make up only 32 percent ofContinue Reading

New GAO Report – Education Could Better Support Grantees, Survey of School Districts’ Capacity to Implement Reform, Federal Agencies Differ in the Data They Collect on Grant Applicants

Race to the Top: Education Could Better Support Grantees and Help Them Address Capacity Challenges, GAO-15-295: Published: Apr 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2015. Race to the Top: Survey of School Districts’ Capacity to Implement Reform (GAO-15-317SP, April 2015), an E-supplement to GAO-15-29, GAO-15-317SP: Published: Apr 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2015. RaceContinue Reading