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Our young people desperately want the chance to participate in and lead our nation's economic and cultural revival. They're up for the challenges that they're going to inherit. It only remains for us to present the path to address them.
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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.
If you have read the first part of this series, I have written about the strengths and foibles of two enormous tech giants -- Apple and Microsoft. In the final part of this series, I am turning my attention to another giant and delving deep into the big G.
Internet search giant Google is reportedly working on a pathbreaking idea with an aim to create open hardware platform smartphones that will be customized easily by the customers.
But there's nothing virtual about the wishes. Crowdwish.com offers users the chance to ask for anything they want, be it products, experiences, charity or causes, with the most popular wish being granted each day. Ultimately the Crowdwish team want the wishes and the people power behind them to be used to create a force for good, but that doesn't stop one asking for a trip to Bali.
Imagine if every new product could be printed at home, with only the design having any kind of monetary worth. How different would that world be?
Decentralized renewable energy production at near zero post-investment cost enveloped in ubiquitous wireless computing and sensing networks, the Internet of Things (IoT).
Students are making their own future using 3D printers, and a girl from Manchester is one of the pioneers.
General Electric plans to build its first “micro-factory” in Louisville, Ky., to express new technologies and products for GE Appliances, in collaboration with the University of Louisville and extending its partnership with Local Motors.
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.
When I first read that Google, the company that seems to know everything about us, was swooping in to acquire Nest, the company that strives to make home automation a cinch, for a hefty $3.2 billion, it wasn't the money that left me stunned, the amount is now only a sixth of what Facebook recently splurged; it was something else.
I'm Clay Shirky, and I've done a bunch of things related to the Internet and especially social media. In the mid-90s, I was the CTO of Site Specific, a web shop in Manhattan, and then a partner at an Internet accelerator. Since 2001, I've had a job teaching at NYU, working on the social and economic effects of the Internet.
"Print remains an important part of the success of this business model," according to a Federation of German Newspaper Publishers (BDZV) report on the economic situation of newspapers in Germany.
The birth of 3-D scanning technologies combined with organic inks and thermoplastics has enabled the "bioprinting" of a range of human body parts to accommodate a wide range of medical conditions. Let's start from the top.
LOS ANGELES — Smartphones and portable computers are doing more than replacing desktop PCs as the primary way U.S. workers go online.
I had to clap at the end. It’s when I see things like this that I get reminded these are amazing times to be alive.