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In January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Energy Planning Board released the Draft New York State Energy Plan. The stated purpose of the plan is “to set forth a vision for New York’s energy future that connects a vibrant public sector market with communities and individual customers to create a dynamic clean energy economy.”
When you’re looking down the barrel of a civilization-erasing event, you have to plan for a world where humanity has lost everything. Canned goods might be nice, but you’d better have brought along a can opener—or know how to make one. What information should we leave survivors? And how do we store it so they can actually make use of it? In recent years, these questions have jumped onto the research agendas of a range of thinkers, from physicists to philosophers to agricultural engineers to librarians, who are considering how to curate and preserve caches of the most useful and important information, tools, and biological samples from today’s world.
It is always refreshing to read Peter Linebaugh’s writings on the commons because he brings such rich historical perspectives to bear, revealing the commons as both strangely alien and utterly familiar. With the added kick that the commoning he describes actually happened, Linebaugh’s journeys into the commons leave readers outraged at enclosures of long ago and inspired to protect today's endangered commons.
When attempting to manage something, it is always best to understand what it is we’re trying to manage. For example, if one were to attempt to manage confusion, it may come as a shock when presented with a large group of guinea fowl (yes, it is one of those weird animal group names). With the excitement surrounding the business potential in social media, wouldn’t it be nice to start with a great definition?
For the first 20 years of the evolution of the internet — from the start of the "internetworking" project in 1973 to the launch of the first major web browser in 1993 – cyberspace (the virtual world behind the screen, asWilliam Gibson put it) and "meatspace" (John Perry Barlow's term for the material world) were, effectively, parallel universes. Cyberspace was the preserve of a privileged elite – the computer scientists, engineers and graduate students who collaboratively designed and had access to it. And the inhabitants of meatspace were, for the most part, blissfully unaware of its existence.
Few topics in recent years have aroused as much interest among libertarians as intellectual property. What place, if any, would IP — patents, copyrights, trademarks and the like — have in a libertarian society? Ayn Rand and her Objectivist followers view IP as the most basic of all property rights. Diametrically opposed are those who say, “You cannot own an idea”: ideas are not in the economic sense scarce goods and thus property rights in them are at odds with the purpose of property rights, avoiding conflict over the use of such goods. Still others shift the argument from rights to the benefits and costs of IP. Does IP promote valuable inventions and creativity, or does it impede them?
What do Bitcoin, Groupon, Airbnb, Waze, Meshnet, Kickstarter and Wikipedia have in common? They are all billion-dollar ideas based on one concept: Sharing Economy.
Late one night last August, on the chalk downlands of southern England, Paul Kingsnorth stood in a field beside an old-growth forest, two yurts and a composting toilet. Kingsnorth is 41, tall, slim and energetic, with sweeping brown hair and a sparse beard. He wears rimless glasses and a silver stud in his ear, and he talks with great ardor, often apologizing for having said too much or for having said it too strongly.
Josh Gibbs normally wouldn’t leave his apartment in Northeast Washington, D.C., pick up a loaded pizza from a restaurant in Chinatown, bike to a complete stranger’s apartment, drop off the pizza and leave without any cash exchanging hands. But last week, he did just that. And truth be told, he kind of loved it.
Progressive taxation, when done correctly, pushes wages down to working people and reduces the incentives for the very rich to pillage their companies or rip off their workers. After all, why take another billion when 91 percent of it just going to be paid in taxes?
When he was assessing innovation in communications, the late critic Neil Postmanliked to ask: “To what problem is this technology the solution?” In Technopoly (1992) he lamented that technocrats forget the very problem they were trying to solve and “go on producing information indiscriminately, directed at no one in particular and disconnected from theory, meaning, or purpose”.
The Revolution in Social Media, Marketing and Trading: where are we in the cycle? - part one/Intelligenthq Much has been written about how social media has
All development and security policies presume a theory of change. In Dynamics Among Nations: The Evolution of Legitimacy and Development in Modern States(MIT Press, 2013), I consider the partnership of modernization theory, the dominant theory of social change since World War II, and liberal internationalism, the foreign policy agenda the West has promoted in political and economic development since the Cold War, and contrast the analytical framework of modernization theory with that of the evolutionary theory of complexity to explain unforeseen development failures, governance trends, and alliance shifts.
Students are making their own future using 3D printers, and a girl from Manchester is one of the pioneers. (#3Dprinting coming to school. Fab Lab is a great service!
Bureaucrats pushing paper decide what we and our work are worth. But somewhat ironically, Graeber suggests, it’s those bureaucrats who perform the most meaningless work of all. If we gave everyone a lump sum basic income and eliminated those bureaucratic jobs, we’d all be better off, he says.
Carne Ross discusses how Participatory Democracy is different from our current democracy. TheLeaderlessRevolution.com
Nevertheless, I believe that the distant future of the balance or unbalance between humankind and nature has a great importance. Certainly, if we look far enough ahead, it will be beyond our own lifetimes. But I feel that we we should think not only of our own children, and of their children and grandchildren, but also about the fate of all future human generations; and not only about humans, but also about what will happen to all the animals and plants and microbes with which we share our existence.
If teens having fun pretending to be terrorists makes it harder to avoid the monstrous dysfunction of the human bureaucracies for behemoths like American Airlines, the CIA, or Interpol, then it may be time to stop blaming the 14 year-olds and start looking at the adults who built these frail totems to incompetence in the first place.
Designers have welcomed the 3D printing process with open arms and the world is captivated by its everyday potential.
If Karl Marx raised his head, he would be absolutely baffled: Revolts are shaking the world, bursting in the most unexpected places, but they rarely take power. The conditions for rebellion are as sharp today as in the nineteenth century, but few protests lead to the literal meaning of revolution, that "violent change in political, economic or social institutions of a nation."
In addition, working people, whom Marx called the proletariat, seem not to have found control of the worldwide riots they are sparking – nor is class struggle the leitmotif of the wave of social unrest that has been repeating since the Arab Spring. Instead, a new political subject – more diffuse, more heterogeneous, more unclassifiable – is blurring the boundaries and formal definitions of revolution.
Measuring the period between 2006 and 2013, we live in the most agitated era in modern history – more intense than 1848, 1917 or 1968 – according to the World Protests report released last fall by the Initiative for Policy Dialogue and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in New York. We sail in an unstable political ocean, surfing bursts of protests and unexpected revolts emerging across the globe: 843 large protests in the last eight years, according to the study.
British journalist Paul Mason sees a strong parallel between the current unrest and the waves of discontent stirring in 1848 and 1914. The philosopher Alain Badiou even envisions a "rebirth of the story" in a new age of "riots and uprising" after a long revolutionary interval.
It may be what we are seeing now with the constant procession of protests and pop-up revolts. People take the streets. They hack codes (legal, social, urban). They build new communities. But the establishment, in most cases, barely ruffles.
In fact, few open access journals are truly non-profit organizations; many are simply companies generating revenue using a different business model.
What if there was an open source project that changed how we produce the most fundamental apsects of our lives? From the food we eat, to the houses we live in, this project wants to open source the tools we use to obtain what we need to live. Come to the ChiPy meeting to find out the name of the project.
His Excellency Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador addressed the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on a range of domestic policy issues affecting his country and the Latin American community. President Correa discussed Ecuador's focus on reducing poverty and the role of government in promoting fair, equitable growth.
In the financial world we are experiencing some mega-trends when it comes to social media. With the increasing volume of information available to traders, there have been various projects aiming to provide faster access to relevant information. In some instance this has been done via algorithms which can tap into the pull of information available, filter it and therefore improve trading performance.
A Resource Based Economy is a holistic socio-economic system in which all goods and services are available without the use of money, barter, debt or servitude.