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"You can choose whatever name you like for the two types of government. I personally call the type of government which can be removed without violence 'democracy', and the other 'tyranny' "
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Insight Maker -- Free Web-based Modeling/Simulation ENvironment

""Insight Maker is a Free web based modeling and simulation environment developed by Scott Fortmann-Roe. Insight Maker was first released in February 2010 and has continued to develop since then  There are questions which arise during the development of a Systemic Strategy that simply can not be answered with qualitative models. At times only a dynamic quantitative simulation is capable of providing the level of understanding necessary to answer some questions. This Systems Thinking World Learning Thread provides an in depth introduction to modeling & simulation using Insight Maker, a free, web-based, multi-user modeling & simulation environment."


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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, July 11, 2013 11:42 PM

This looks like a useful tool for augmenting collective intelligence, but I have not evaluated it yet. If you do, let me know.

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Organizations Struggle with SharePoint Data Security Governance | From the Blog of Paul S Patterson

Organizations Struggle with SharePoint Data Security Governance | From the Blog of Paul S Patterson | Open Societies | Scoop.it
#LightSwitch news! Organizations Struggle with SharePoint Data Security Governance http://t.co/3DzWY1u8Hd
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Capitalism: A Ghost Story | Arundhati Roy

Capitalism: A Ghost Story | Arundhati Roy | Open Societies | Scoop.it
Rockefeller to Mandela, Vedanta to Anna Hazare.... How long can the cardinals of corporate gospel buy up our protests?
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Slavoj Žižek on the protests in Turkey and Greece

Slavoj Žižek on the protests in Turkey and Greece | Open Societies | Scoop.it
In his early writings, Marx described the German situation as one in which the only answer to particular problems was the universal solution: global revolution.

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Spanish P2P WikiSprint - P2P Foundation

Spanish P2P WikiSprint - P2P Foundation | Open Societies | Scoop.it

The Spanish P2P Wikisprint will take place during 20/3/2013. It's a coordinated effort to map the P2P initiatives in Latin America and Spain.

 

What we would like to findthe best p2p/collaborative/participative blogs in the Spanish-speaking worldthe best p2p/collaborative/participative Facebook and other Social Media group pages, especially on alternative social media,the best p2p/collaborative/participative twitter feedsthe best public intellectuals, grassroots individuals and groups, and thinkers/doers in this areathe best books and articles, including eBooks on the topicthe best audio and video materialthe best resource directories including other mapping initiatives 

 


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Union Leaders Warn Of Strikes Over Spending Cuts At People's Assembly

Union Leaders Warn Of Strikes Over Spending Cuts At People's Assembly | Open Societies | Scoop.it
Union leaders warned on Saturday of co-ordinated industrial action against the Government's spending cuts as thousands of activists gathered to highlight the impact of the coalition's controversial austerity measures.

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Leicester Worker's curator insight, June 23, 2013 1:45 PM

"Delegates attending the conference agreed to mobilise for a day of civil disobedience on November 5 against the Government's austerity measures."

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The G8 comes to the “New Northern Ireland”, a place where no dissent will be tolerated

The G8 comes to the “New Northern Ireland”, a place where no dissent will be tolerated | Open Societies | Scoop.it
"Could they not have just had the meeting on Skype?" Laurie Penny finds that that might have saved some trouble…
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The dirty fossil fuel secret behind Burma's democratic fairytale

The dirty fossil fuel secret behind Burma's democratic fairytale | Open Societies | Scoop.it
Nafeez Ahmed: South-east Asian country's untapped natural wealth is being opened up, regardless of the environmental and human costs
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Is That New NSA Story Accurate?

Is That New NSA Story Accurate? | Open Societies | Scoop.it
They say money talks and bullshit walks. But, in fact, as we know, bullshit runs and fairly fast and frequently faster than something more accurate trying to catch up with it.
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G8 science ministers endorse open access

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Science ministers from the G8 group of the world’s richest countries have jointly endorsed the need to increase access to publicly-funded research.
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G8 protests are ineffectual. They match our stagnant politics

G8 protests are ineffectual. They match our stagnant politics | Open Societies | Scoop.it
Richard Seymour: Every aspect of the G8 summit points to a profound malaise – don't expect the drivers of poverty and inequality to be troubled
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NSA's New Mega-Warehouse Data Center To Open | CIO Today

NSA's New Mega-Warehouse Data Center To Open | CIO Today | Open Societies | Scoop.it
In the United States, a new billion-dollar epicenter for fighting global cyberthreats sits south of Salt Lake City, tucked away on a National Guard base at the foot of snow-capped mountains.
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Deleted Daily Mail Online Article: "US Backed Plan for Chemical Weapon Attack in Syria to Be Blamed on Assad"

Deleted Daily Mail Online Article: "US Backed Plan for Chemical Weapon Attack in Syria to Be Blamed on Assad" | Open Societies | Scoop.it
In January 29, 2013, Britain's most popular Daily Newspaper, in its online version Dailymail.co.uk published an article titled: U.S. ‘backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame...

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Neoliberalism and production | An und für sich

Neoliberalism always presupposes production. It is not interested in how it happens or how to cultivate it — indeed, its typical strategies evince an assumption that it exists more or less automatically and the goal of the market ...
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Self-Protection In A Cloud World: Thoughts From Software Freedom Activist Richard Stallman

Self-Protection In A Cloud World: Thoughts From Software Freedom Activist Richard Stallman | Open Societies | Scoop.it
Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation and known for being a staunch privacy advocate, talks about fending off Big Brother, discussing everything from cloud computing to privacy.
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Hey Reuters! | Adbusters Culturejammer Headquarters

Hey Reuters! | Adbusters Culturejammer Headquarters | Open Societies | Scoop.it
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With the wealth of data that Snowden has released, isn't it time we looked at the information the could be extracted instead of creating reams of crap about one man?

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Labour as a Common-Pool Resource by Tom Walker

Labour as a Common-Pool Resource by Tom Walker | Open Societies | Scoop.it
To better explain what it means to regard labour power as a common-pool resource, it is helpful to first take a step backward to the more conventional notion that labour is a commodity, the price o...

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Our Commons – Who, why? | MÜŞTEREKLERİMİZ

Our Commons – Who, why? | MÜŞTEREKLERİMİZ | Open Societies | Scoop.it

Our Commons – Who, why?

What we see

Clouds gathering North and South.
Public spaces, street corners, poor neighborhoods shouting out loud for true democracy. From Tahrir to Sintagma, crowds are urging us all to see: see the inequalities of a system in total crisis, of the dirty games of technocrats and parliamentaries, of insecure of dictators and false democrats.
They would have us without any alternative – all we can do is play by the rules. Work more. Make do with less. And be content with what is left. The consequence of this 30 years-old lie is yet more inequality and more servitude.
It is to this lie that the present revolts. This is where we begin our struggle.

The capitalist system can no longer hide the consequences of the crisis it is crippling into. Fast-paced ecological destruction and global economic crisis mean the same thing for all the poor and the oppressed throughout the world: disaster. Year after year, unemployment rates increase against all statistical manipulation; some are marginalized by being declared “unemployable”, while the great majority of those who are able to find a job are condemned to precarious work. Young people and women are the first ones to live in poverty more than any other, no matter how hard they work. Basic social rights such as education, heath care and accomodation are being attacked one by one – we can benefit from them just as long as we are able to buy. The consequences of the global economic inequality are forcing millions to migration either directly – through hunger and deterritorialization – or indirectly through conflicts and wars. Those who line up at the blind gates of the civilized world, victims of constant discrimination and racism, can ok,nly exist as cheap labor force easily spendable, and be drawn into even more miserable conditions life than the poor people of their new homeland.

And in response to this total crisis, current powers ask for even more. Corporations and governments are turned the crisis into an opportunity and attack what was hard won by hundreds of years of struggles. Thus the capital is trying to lay his hands on out urban spaces and our daily life we all produce in common; on the rural areas to which we owe our existence, their water supplies, and the very seeds they nurture; on the rights we have won through decades of social struggles; on the ideas and goods we produce in common; and even on our genes.
The present time can only mean disaster to us. Less work, more working hours; sacralized family institutions and suffocating homes; war calls everywhere and shamelessly spoken declarations of democracy; water streams preempted, endless projects for energy centrals, alienating urban transformation, entire neighborhoods forcely evacuated; education and healthcare services marketized; secondary schools bringing up the precarious work force out the next generation; higher education institutions where capitalist forces and games of power are displayed; public places watched by hundreds of cameras and security dispositions, disconnected cities, quarters without soul. In short: the loss of what is common. Dispossession, insecurity, loss of integrity. And this aggression has been constantly growing, down from the 12 September 1980 coup d’etat up to the national tyrants of the present times. Here is the happy Neverland stirring the dreams of the world’s powers.

What we hear
Not that we lever lacked objections to this wholesale attack, for sure. There has been opposition yeasterday as there is today, and news of resistance reach our ears from the four corners of the country even when they are not voiced by vested media outlets. Discreetly, silently, objections are ferments. Irregular, broken tunes are being whistled. But we have not crossed the wall yet.

Now we know it well: despite all heart-driven efforts, struggles with one issue based on one locality do not supply continuity. Crowds who take action with certain demands on a certain region, facing the enormous power against them, have to retreat after a while. The experience of those who succeeded can not be transferred to next levels or elsewhere. We are reminded of our perennial powerlesness with the wholesale attacks of the capital. The end-account of the neo-liberal world for us is dismantling and disintegration.

For us, the urgent need of the present time is to create and multiply the spaces of opposition and solidarity to break off from this powerlessness and fragmentation. To make possible a series of articulations on several levels, ranging from the practical necessities of everyday life to more abstract political analyses. We know that we will be able to break the waves attacking us, to dispel the effect of disintegration* caused on us by neo-liberalism, to the extent that we are able to create and multiply these common spaces.

Where we begin
We are not looking for a new roof – we are in search of a common ground. And we do not intend to form a unitary and therefore limited demand or discourse to hold together the network forming us, and neither do we put forward what was tried innumerable times under the label of “novelty, total novelty.”

What we need to do is to pick up and expose the demands, the functioning, the methods and the means of a long-standing, sustainable struggle coming from below – to describe a common space on which we can lay down the building of solidarity. Today’s and tomorrow’s solidarity.

In February 2013 we started to meet together – neighbourhoods threatened with eviction, urban movements, ecologist, feminist and transgender groups, anticapitalists, migrants’ solidarity networks – e propose to create a united ground of action. The mechanisms of power and oppression surrounding us are the same, so should be our struggle. The journey that started in Gezi nurtured our strength and courage with its tenacity, creativity, determination, and self-confidence. In no time, the resistance blossomed from Gezi park to Taksim Square, and from Taksim to all Istanbul and then the rest of the country. The struggle for Gezi park became the place where to voice all our rage against anything preventing us from deciding for our own way to live the city. After this display of rage and solidarity nothing will be the same again. No one of us will be the same. Because now we have seen something about ourselves we had never seen before. We did not just see it: we made it all together. In cities as in countrysides, in neighborhoods and campuses, with citizens and non-citizens, we propose to weave together a resistance of men and women who oppose to capitalism, to ecological destruction, to patriarchy, to heterosexism. We began where we are, but we are not going to stop there. We are moving with a patient haste. This is just the beginning, the struggle continues.

Starting with our commons, we reclaim what belongs to us!


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Civil liberties: surveillance and the state

Editorial: In unmasking himself as the leaker of the files showing the uses and abuses of western intelligence, Edward Snowden called for a wider public debate
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Pentagon bracing for public dissent over climate and energy shocks

Pentagon bracing for public dissent over climate and energy shocks | Open Societies | Scoop.it
Nafeez Ahmed: NSA Prism is motivated in part by fears that environmentally-linked disasters could spur anti-government activism
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Trades Union Congress - TUC sets out tax tests for the PM at G8 summit

Trades Union Congress - TUC sets out tax tests for the PM at G8 summit | Open Societies | Scoop.it
The TUC welcomes the Prime Minister's intention to tackle multinational tax avoidance and evasion at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland on 17 and 18 June, but has warned that “warm words will not be enough” – radical action is required at both the...
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Six Reasons Why Choosing Hong Kong Is a Brilliant Move by Edward #Snowden « naked capitalism

Six Reasons Why Choosing Hong Kong Is a Brilliant Move by Edward #Snowden « naked capitalism | Open Societies | Scoop.it
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The abyss opens in Syria as Tony Blair joins the cheerleaders calling for all-out war

The abyss opens in Syria as Tony Blair joins the cheerleaders calling for all-out war | Open Societies | Scoop.it

When Tony Blair and John McCain, the right wing US Republican, along with Rupert Murdoch's Times, are the cheerleaders for greater intervention in Syria, then you know there's nothing humanitarian about it.


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