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The Rise Of The Micro-Entrepreneurship Economy

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Years ago, Russell Howze was working as a creative at an advertising agency in Atlanta when he got laid off due to budget cuts. He then spent years piecing together work through various corporate jobs, until he decided to follow his heart.
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How we are transforming our way-of-being-human-together to meet the challeges of the 21st century
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Oil executive son's powerful testimony at Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline joint review panel (includes transcript)

Oil executive son's powerful testimony at Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline joint review panel (includes transcript) | Collaborative Culture Emerging | Scoop.it

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.

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It's Time to Take Mesh Networks Seriously (And Not Just for the Reasons You Think) | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

It's Time to Take Mesh Networks Seriously (And Not Just for the Reasons You Think) | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Collaborative Culture Emerging | Scoop.it
The internet is weak, yet we keep ignoring that fact. Which is why I believe it’s time to reconsider the potential of mesh networking, and make mesh networks a reality.

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Primavera de Filippi explains in this excellent WIRED opinion piece why mesh networking is so important... for us.

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COOK Report: The Right to Telecommunications Self-Determination wit Examples from Spain, USA, Argentina and Franc

COOK Report: The Right to Telecommunications Self-Determination wit Examples from Spain, USA, Argentina and Franc | Collaborative Culture Emerging | Scoop.it

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.  

 


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Gordon Cook describes here, with the example of some of the larger models of this emerging movement that works to bring control of the communication infrastructure to the edges of the net and under the control of the users...

Keepamericaheard Maria Catania's curator insight, December 16, 2013 1:56 PM

Whatever advances you in Life, is always worth the investment in time-

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Swiss to vote on 2,500 franc basic income

Swiss to vote on 2,500 franc basic income | Collaborative Culture Emerging | Scoop.it

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 ...


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Yes! First experiments in funding sanity.

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, October 10, 2013 6:11 AM

A decent basic income - who wouldn't want to have one?

there is also a European Basic Income initiative, that is collecting signatures, to look at possibilities how this may be put in Europe-wide...

https://ec.europa.eu/citizens-initiative/REQ-ECI-2012-000028/public/index.do ;

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According to ICA... Worldwide more than 1 billion people are members of cooperatives.

According to ICA... Worldwide more than 1 billion people are members of cooperatives. | Collaborative Culture Emerging | Scoop.it
Worldwide more than 1 billion people are members of cooperatives. Cooperatives provide 100 million jobs worldwide, 20% more than multinational enterprises. The economic activity of the largest 300 ...

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Three trends that will create demand for an Unconditional Basic Income

Three trends that will create demand for an Unconditional Basic Income | Collaborative Culture Emerging | Scoop.it

Before I explain why this concept is going to be creeping into the political debate across the developed world, let me spell out how a system like this would look:

Every single adult member receives a weekly payment from the state, which is enough to live comfortably on.  The only condition is citizenship and/or residency.

 

You get the basic income whether or not you’re employed, any wages you earn are additional.

 

The welfare bureaucracy is largely dismantled.  No means testing, no signing on, no bullying young people into stacking shelves for free, no separate state pension.

 

Employment law is liberalised, as workers no longer need to fear dismissal.

 

People work for jobs that are available in order to increase their disposable income.

 

Large swathes of the economy are replaced by volunteerism, a continuation of the current trend.

 

The system would be harder to cheat when there’s only a single category of claimant, with no extraordinary allowances.


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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...

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, July 11, 2013 3:02 PM

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...

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End of Drug Monopolies and Mega-profits?

End of Drug Monopolies and Mega-profits? | Collaborative Culture Emerging | Scoop.it

Recent decisions in India suggest that at least in some important parts of the world, there are winds of change.

 
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Villagers install own fast web cables

Villagers install own fast web cables | Collaborative Culture Emerging | Scoop.it
A rural community in Lancashire has decided to fit their own cables for a better broadband connection.

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, February 15, 2013 1:18 AM

Telcos and internet providers are robber barons. They will overcharge for their service and, if you're out in the countryside, you are out in the cold as far as they are concerned. You don't get the service.

 

Will the new p2p internet that is growing here and there eventually make the telcos redundant?

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Is a revolution in economic thinking under way?

Is a revolution in economic thinking under way? | Collaborative Culture Emerging | Scoop.it
Our current situation is conducive to revolutionary thinking, if not yet in politics, then maybe in economics.
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CKUA Radio

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Tim O'Reilly: Birth of the Global Mind

Tim O'Reilly discusses how evolving technology has disrupted society, and has given birth to the global mind.
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Fractal Evolution: Alan Steinfeld interviews Bruce Lipton [Video 5min]

http://www.newrealities.com New Realities with Alan Steinfeld interviews evolutionary biologist Bruce Lipton about our biological destiny and how our future ...

 

"Our evolution is not an evolution of individuals - our evolution is an evolution of community..."


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xTopia

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An imagined future!

 

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A Way for Artists to Live

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How a co-op bed and breakfast helped a writer survive in New York.
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33 MEPs call for support for the European Initiative for Basic Income!

33 MEPs call for support for the European Initiative for Basic Income! | Collaborative Culture Emerging | Scoop.it

A group of members of the European Parliament urge all citizens to join us them in supporting the european citizens initiative for basic income.

 

Universal basic income is a regular, universal payment to everyone without means-testing or work conditions.

 

It should be high enough to guarantee everyone a dignified existence. It would let people make choices about what to do in life without fear of poverty.

 

It would act as a cushion for the increasing numbers of people who have short-term or zero-hour contracts, and those starting up their own businesses.


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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, December 17, 2013 1:56 PM

Anyone living in Europe can sign this one.

 

A universal basic income would make life a lot easier for many people.

 

It would also allow us to choose well whom we'd like to work for, resulting in interesting shifts in the "employment market"...

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How internet will transform online sharing in future

How internet will transform online sharing in future | Collaborative Culture Emerging | Scoop.it

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.

 


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A new information-centered architecture to make the internet more secure and faster...

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A new information-centered architecture to make the internet more secure and faster...

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Bauwens Joins Ecuador in Planning a Commons-based, Peer Production Economy

Bauwens Joins Ecuador in Planning a Commons-based, Peer Production Economy | Collaborative Culture Emerging | Scoop.it

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.


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That is an excellent development. Great news!

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We Are Makers

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". "

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ISIS Online Store

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 The only radical science magazine on earth 
Science in Society 57 OUT NOW! Order your copy from our online store.

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Creative Tension Between the Individual and the Group | On the Commons

Creative Tension Between the Individual and the Group | On the Commons | Collaborative Culture Emerging | Scoop.it
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.
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Lewis Hyde wrote the influential cultural thinking book, The Gift, which popularized the phrase, 'The gift must always move.'

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A Floating School That Won’t Flood

A Floating School That Won’t Flood | Collaborative Culture Emerging | Scoop.it
Makoko is a water-logged settlement in Lagos, home to about 250,000 people living mostly in makeshift structures on stilts.
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Top 40 Platforms for Crowdfunding Social Change |  REconomy

Top 40 Platforms for Crowdfunding Social Change |  REconomy | Collaborative Culture Emerging | Scoop.it
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Austrian Programmers Build Free Bridge to Internet

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. 

 

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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. 


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Tim O'Reilly: Birth of the Global Mind

Tim O'Reilly discusses how evolving technology has disrupted society, and has given birth to the global mind.
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How To Cosmos-Proof Your Startup

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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.
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The Emerging Leader Labs: A new type of Social Incubator Running on the Gift Economy

The Emerging Leader Labs: A new type of Social Incubator Running on the Gift Economy | Collaborative Culture Emerging | Scoop.it

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?

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