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“Wasa2il is a participatory democracy software project. It is based around the core idea of polities – political entities – which users of the system can join or leave, make proposals in, alter existing proposals, and adopt laws to self-govern.
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Thomas Piketty’s new book examines historical and modern inequality, suggesting a “potentially terrifying” trajectory.
A follow-up study was conducted of the graduates of the Sudbury Valley School (SVS), a democratically administered primary and secondary school that has no learning requirements but rather supports...
How can we arrive at common decisions on what is to be valued? Do we value personal bonds or do we value anonymity? Do we value community or do we value individuality? Is there a way to bridge these apparent opposites or dissolve their inherent contradictions, or will they forever be in conflict? What do we value about ourselves? What do we value about others? What do we value in nature, in work, in leisure? And how can we embed these values — both moral and economic — in the very money-form? Ultimately, if we are talking about creating a radically different society, the question of value will have to somehow be detached from money.
Georgia Catt explores the politics behind the UK's tech start-up revolution.
Ethereum is a platform that makes it possible for any developer to write and distribute next-generation decentralized applications.
Policy Horizons Canada, a predictive planning organization within the federal government, compiled these and other emerging technology predictions through consulting with experts in a project called MetaScan 3: Emerging Technologies. As part of the report, the group partnered with futurist and data visualization specialist Michell Zappa and his organization Envisioning.
The most prescient portrait of the American character and our ultimate fate as a species is found in Herman Melville's "Moby Dick." Melville makes our murderous obsessions, our hubris, violent impulses, moral weakness and inevitable self-destruction visible in his chronicle of a whaling voyage. He is our foremost oracle. He is to us what William Shakespeare was to Elizabethan England or Fyodor Dostoyevsky to czarist Russia.
Heather Marsh is a human rights and internet activist, programmer, political theorist, and former Editor in Chief at Wikileaks Central, and the author of Binding Chaos, a compelling blueprint for 21st century governance. An excerpt:
Confused about how crowdfunding, maker movement and sharing fit into the larger Collaborative Economy? This diagram puts all of these trends into one diagram so you can see how the crowd is getting what they need from each other –rather than buying from traditional corporations. If you want to learn more, find out why more than 40,000 people have viewed the the full report “Sharing is the new buying” for the complete work.
The idea behind 3D Hubs is simple. Give consumers access to a global network of individually run 3D printers to which they can easily send designs. The printers set their own price, listing themselves by resolution and material. 3D Hubs takes 15 percent of each transaction.
As the collaborative economy gains traction, partnerships have formed to bolster this waste-reducing trend that keeps products and services flowing through a shared loop. One collaboration gaining fresh notice involves Yerdle, an online marketplace for exchanged goods, and Patagonia, the mega-retailer of outdoor clothing and gear.
The proliferation of 'smart' solutions to a deluge of political and economic problems in today's cities may well serve to reinforce urban inequality at a time when new radical alternatives are in desperate need.
French economist Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-first Century” is a sweeping account of rising inequality. Reviewing the French edition of the book, which came out last year, Branko Milanovic, a former senior economist at the World Bank, called it “one of the watershed books in economic thinking.” The Economist said that it could change the way we think about the past two centuries of economic history. Piketty has written a book that nobody interested in a defining issue of our era can afford to ignore.
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How have global rivalries shaped the world we live in, and how do they continue to affect the way some of the most crucial geopolitical decisions of our time are made? In this interview with renowned political scientist Kees van der Pijl, we look at some of the most pivotal events of recent years, from 9/11 to the Arab Spring and the current crisis in Ukraine, to reveal the surprising underlying forces at work.
A long-awaited UN report on how to curb climate change says the world must rapidly move away from carbon-intensive fuels.
Capitalism - renewal or decline? Laurie Taylor explores the future of our market driven economy. He's joined by David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and Colin Crouch, Professor Emeritus in Sociology at the University of Warwick. Professor Harvey examines the contradictions at the heart of capitalism arguing that it's far from being the permanent or only way of organising human life. Professor Crouch, conversely, suggests that only Capitalism can provide us with an efficient and innovative economy but it should be re-shaped to better fit a social democratic society.
What happens when a renowned literary figure and an award-winning photographer decide to join forces? Step inside the collaborative process of one of today's most iconic duos, Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins. Directed by BAFTA-nominated Elizabeth Stopford, "An Eye on Latitude - The 10 Rules of Collaboration" lets you peek behind the curtain of not only the festival, but also glimpse into the minds of the artistic pair. Who gets the last word? Who is the bad cop, who is the delusional cop? What is their synchronised drug of choice, and what has created a fracture in their collaboration in the past? Find out what makes the talented twosome tick, whilst they let the audience in on their top ten collaboration rules. Fight Club, cowboys, Walthamstow and dictatorships all play a part...
= an open framework able to take into account the economic, environmental, social, cultural, technical and political dimensions in an integrated analysis, accounting for different flows such as monetary, energy, waste or water.
Kids don’t usually like to share, but the founder of Pley is betting she can change that. When an overabundance of toys was “turning [her son] into a little monster,” Elina Furman launched the LEGO-rental company to give all those little plastic bricks new life.
Ron J. Williams is the creator of SnapGoods and Simplist, which are part of the sharing economy. What is the future of these people-powered systems? And how are traditional businesses responding? Williams weighs in.
Many businesses consider using open source software as a means of keeping software license fees low. The selection of Drupal instead of Adobe CQ or Sitecore makes eminent sense if you’re primary intention is to keep the cost base low. Traditionally, the downside of open source was lack of commercial protection, professional support and a lack of roadmap. How things are changing.
Heather Marsh is a human rights and internet activist, programmer, political theorist, and former Editor in Chief at Wikileaks Central, and the author of Binding Chaos , a compelling blueprint for 21st century governance. An excerpt:
"Apologies if this doesn't seem as a world-important matter deserving space, but I need to get this off my chest. It is both a warning to people who may want to engage in contracts here in Ecuador and an example of what citizens are facing with certain type of companies. My engagement with TVCable has been one nightmare from beginning to end, and never have I been able to find a single employee, by phone or physical, who was of any help to solving the problems.