This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Ferananda Ibarra explores the unfolding story of a life-affirming economy.

Ferananda Ibarra is internationally recognized in the fields of collective intelligence and the next economy. The center of her work is a conscious evolution of social systems, new social DNA and the processes and tools that support it. Ferananda is an international speaker and facilitator with experience in Europe, Mexico and the United States.

Stacy Mitchell is a researcher and writer at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), a national nonprofit organization that challenges corporate consolidation of the economy and champions policies to nurture community-scaled enterprise.

There’s been an explosion of collaborative consumption — web-powered sharing of cars, apartments, skills. Rachel Botsman explores the currency that makes systems like Airbnb and Taskrabbit work: trust, influence, and what she calls “reputation capital.

At TED@MotorCity, Lisa Gansky, author of “The Mesh,” talks about a future of business that’s about sharing all kinds of stuff, either via smart and tech-enabled rental or, more boldly, peer-to-peer. Examples across industries — from music to cars — show how close we are to this meshy future.

To many, ILSR is one initiative that they have followed, learned from, and tried to embody. But we are much more than that. We are a network of initiatives with a coherent philosophy and strategy that link all things community – utilities, internet, shopping, banking, trash, recycling, and – the most important part piece – YOU.

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