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The power of the Karma Economy

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Call it the gift economy, the informal economy, or collaborative consumption. The principle? Give more and receive more.
One man in Germany has exercised this philosophy with his social D.I.Y. design movement. Van Bo Le-Menztel first devised a furniture design project named after the unpopular German welfare system (Hartz IV Moebel), and it sheds light on who furniture is for: people who have limited income, but lots of taste.

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  • Lisa Rau Cannon

    Children in school should learn less about calculus (unless they want to be a mathematician) and more about how the world works. How are products made (engineering/design)? How does real estate work? How do taxes work? What is a mortgage? How does your house run on electricity and plumbing? How does your automobile work? Living in the information age doesn't mean that we shouldn't retain knowledge about how the world actually works --physically, mechanically and bureaucratically. Many of us in the U.S. are fortunate to at least be able to learn both: information and infrastructure.