Lee Brain, son of an oil man, receives a standing ovation and brings a crowd to tears after delivering powerful & inspirational testimony in front of the Northern Gateway Pipeline Joint Review Panel in Prince Rupert on February 18, 2012.
This November-December COOK Report explores the free network movement literally across continents and hemispheres – from agrarian villages nestled among the foothills of the Pyrenees to urban inner-city neighborhoods in America’s Heartland.
As a follow on to the March April 2013 exploration of guifi.net and Isaac Wilder’s Kansas City work, it looks at these networks as part of a global movement - one where the builders are collaborating on a national and international level.
These builders work together and share their tools and code. Nothing proprietary here. They don’t seek wealth. They do seek to do for the communities in which they live what, “free market” based capitalism has failed to do. They are a bright hope for a future that, if one is not a part of the ruling elite, looks increasingly dim.
These networks of course are not free of cost – nothing is. But they stand for the freedom of users to create and build their own telecommunications infrastructure and to say “no” to the extractive model of shareholder-owned, restrictive and predatory telecommunications firms that have no interest in their customers other than extracting money and sending it to far off financial centers.
Switzerland will hold a vote on whether to introduce a basic income for all adults, in a further sign of growing public activism over pay inequality since the financial crisis.
A grassroots committee is calling for all adults in Switzerland to receive an unconditional income of 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,800) per month from the state, with the aim of providing a financial safety net for the population.
Organizers submitted more than the 100,000 signatures needed to call a referendum on Friday ...
Although to many it does sound utopic, a guaranteed basic income would make a lot of sense in the society we live in today.
The need for something like this will only increase as it becomes harder and harder to find jobs, and as work pays less and less with corporations going full blast to increase their profits to shareholders.
We can't all be shareholders, but we should be allowed to live a decent life, regardless of whether we can get hold of one of those elusive jobs...
LONDON: Researchers have taken the first step towards a radical new architecture for the internet, which they claim will transform the way in which information is shared online, and make it faster...
The prototype, which has been developed as part of an EU-funded project called 'Pursuit', is being put forward as a proof-of concept model for overhauling the existing structure of the internet's IP layer, through which isolated networks are connected, or 'inter networked'.
Its creator said that the Pursuit Internet would enable a more socially-minded and intelligent system, in which users would be able to obtain information without needing direct access to the servers where content is initially stored.
Instead, individual computers would be able to copy and republish content on receipt, providing other users with the option to access data, or fragments of data, from a wide range of locations rather than the source itself.
Essentially, the model would enable all online content to be shared in a manner emulating the "peer-to-peer" approach taken by some file-sharing sites, but on an unprecedented, internet-wide scale.
Michel Bauwens, founder of the P2P Foundation, will be leading the research team for the next ten months. The project seeks to “remake the roots of Ecuador’s economy, setting off a transition into a society of free and open knowledge.”
The research project will focus on many interrelated themes, including open education; open innovation and science; “arts and meaning-making activities”; open design commons; distributed manufacturing; and sustainable agriculture; and open machining.
The research will also explore enabling legal and institutional frameworks to support open productive capacities; new sorts of open technical infrastructures and systems for privacy, security, data ownership and digital rights; and ways to mutualize the physical infrastructures of collective life and promote collaborative consumption.
We Are Makers tells the story of the Maker Movement.
It’s the story not of tools but of people. A publisher. An entrepreneur. A design professor. A middle school teacher. Two museum educators. And a creative director.
Each provides an important viewpoint on why new technologies and communities of making are bringing us back to something deeply human.
"I'd like to think of it as … in some ways I gave it a name, to something that already was happening and that people did, but they tend to think of it narrowly, and I gave it a general name - maker.
They said - oh I like robotics, I like to do weaving, and they would never see a connection between the two and I said: you know, all these things people do are connected. I think a lot of making has less economic necessity driving it and more like a form of personal expression.
This thing that I do is what connects me to other people … and I get to be known as the crazy guy that does something, but in many ways it initiates me into communities of people…
It is a kind of social currency. It's more like a network. It is something which is distributed and people join it just by saying "I'm a maker". "
Why do you think the idea of the commons has so much resonance now? All cultures must feel friction between the individual and the group, or between public and private. In the United States, the tension seems unusually marked.
Upstart Collaboratory's insight:
Lewis Hyde wrote the influential cultural thinking book, The Gift, which popularized the phrase, 'The gift must always move.'
A group of computer programmers and hackers in Austria is creating a low-cost way of spreading Internet access across communities. "FunkFeuer" which stands for "radio beacon" in German, uses everyday technology to create a wireless network, called a "mesh," that can transmit data from person to person, without involving companies or governments.
We have a similar thing taking off in Italy, first Wi-Fi backbone has been established in Cerveteri, close to Rome, and is programmed to be extended to some of Rome city and then to other places in Italy.
We are organized as a cooperative, a bit different from the Funkfeuer people who, I believe, are a more loose association of hackers and tech lovers.
It is good to see this finally taking off. Connectivity around the edges of the internet is growing.
Before embarking on your quest to start your genius business, it’s a good idea to take stock of your tiny, inconsequential place in the universe. The life of an entrepreneur is a rocky one--full of challenges that push you to your breaking point. But here’s one helpful tip: the cosmos doesn’t actually care what you do. That’s right, your legacy is largely irrelevant.
The premise is pretty straightforward: There are plenty of passionate, driven people who want to make cool ideas and projects happen. Access to resources (especially, money) is often a large barrier to actualizing them. So why not create physical locations that don’t require money as a chief organizing energy source, where enthusiastic entrepreneurs, artists, designers and other creatives can come together and prototype their dreams?