While we were talking here about sharing and showing a british example, boxes of books were hung up in Bruxelles, as that box in Ixelles. To see on a nice very belgian blog. Maybe sharing will save the world, if we listen to the American visionary Jeremy Rifkin, economist, writer, public speaker, political advisor and activist. His book: The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis connects the evolution of communication and energy development in civilizations with psychological and economic development in humans. Rifkin considers the latest phase of communication and energy regimes—that of electronic telecommunications and fossil extraction—as bringing people together on the nation-state level based on democratic capitalism, but at the same time creating global problems, likeclimate changing. He extrapolates the observed trend into the future, predicting that Internet and mobile technology along with renewable energy commercialization will create an era of distributed capitalism necessary to manage the new energy regime and a heightened global empathy that can help solve global problems. See his interview.
We begin by sharing books, and then we save the human race. (French article here.)