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The exiting Wired editor-in-chief explains why the maker revolution is becoming the new industrial revolution.
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Eric Garland's manifesto for a new kind of conference about growing the human economy: Transition Economics.
“Over the past few years The Pirate Bay has had to deal with its fair share of censorship, mostly through court-ordered blockades.
“This article deals with the phenomenon of hackerspaces and sheds light on the relationship of their underlying values, organizational structures and productive processes to those of the online communities of Commons-based peer production projects. While hackerspaces adopt hybrid modes of governance, this article attempts to identify patterns, trends and theory that can frame their production and governance mechanisms. Using a diverse amount of literature and case studies, it is argued that, in many cases, hackerspaces exemplify several aspects of peer production projects’ principles and governance mechanisms.”
"The students at ISIA Design Florence, a famous italian Design University which faced closure due to financial cuts, have decided to experiment on the Near Future Design of their own education system, to abandon the state of crisis through the design of a commons-based, peer-to-peer, emergent, permeable model.
News Challenge is a global community that will draw on your optimism, inspiration, ideas and opinions to solve problems together for the collective social good.
The condom has hardly changed in a hundred years, which is pretty ridiculous if you consider how few people actually like the damn things. A lot of people, in fact, are so unhappy with the timeworn rubber, they eschew using it at all—a problem a couple of researchers out of Georgia Tech think can be solved with electronics.
Show your support for the submission to the Knight News Challenge to build on the experience of the FLOKsociety project and create a global platform for transition to an open knowledge society. You can help by spreading the word or show a little love by applauding the project and others on www.newschallenge.org/challenge/2014/submissions/a-global-platform-for-research-and-collaboration-for-transition-policies-to-an-open-knowledge-society
When first published in 2002, The Rise of the Creative Classquickly established its author, Richard Florida, as an urban policy and business management guru. The Rise of the Creative Class heralded the emergence of a new class of worker who promised to lead the economy, and along with it the rest of society, to unprecedented levels of prosperity.
Yet on an early evening in late January, I am sitting in a conference room at Airbnb's San Francisco headquarters across from Chesky and Chip Conley, Airbnb's recently appointed head of global hospitality, and Chesky is wondering aloud whether to show me the fabled document. Even as he's talking about it, I am still unsure whether I'm being punked.
The FCC has applied 'neutrality' to its oversight of the Internet: Everyone’s data reaches the same audience in the same way. But the Internet’s gatekeepers, such as Verizon and Comcast, have been trying to reshape the federal regulatory landscape.
http://www.ted.com Van Jones lays out a case against plastic pollution from the perspective of social justice. Because plastic trash, he shows us, hits poor people and poor countries "first and worst," with consequences we all share no matter where we live and what we earn. At TEDxGPGP, he offers a few powerful ideas to help us reclaim our throwaway planet.
A bioregion is a geographic area that has roughly the same geology and plant life, that is different from the man-made borders imposed upon it. For example, the North Downs, South Downs and the Weald are all distinctive geographic features. Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex and Kent are all man made counties. The Weald and Downland is possibly a bioregion. It shares distinctive landscape and farming practices, and also building styles, as revealed at the Weald and Downland museum.
Our friend Douglas Rushkoff is in fine form once again in this 15 Minute recap of some of the themes expressed in “Present Shock”. As he says in the blurb for the video: “I like this very brief talk I did for PSFK about Present Shock. It doesn’t explain the whole book, but it definitely conveys the “gist” of it, in presentist style. See what I mean.”
I really love Loomio. It’s an exceptional, well-developed collaborative tool that mimics general assembly-style consensus decision making and scales it up for asynchronous web usage. Additionally, it was originally developed by activists in New Zealand during Occupy Wellington, who collaborated with local, social enterprises and formed a co-op. This is precisely the sort of initiative we catalogue and promote at the P2P Foundation so, now that Loomio are running a crowdfunding campaign to make their technology even more useful, we’d like to give them our full support.
""The foundamental question that I inquire in dept is this: “It's possible a P2P society on large scale?” In the last work I have examined the logical and the ethical possibility of a large scale P2P society. And the answer was “not”, because the human beings are free and they can choice between many, but not arbitrary, concepts of “good”. And from a logical point of view, some of these concepts are in contradiction between them. The question of a large scale P2P society has many aspects. This time I wanna examine if there is a possibility in practise.
The history of the war between the techies and America's NSA over the keys to our privacy.
In order to make current debt accounting manageable, we need current lenders to agree to converting their current contracts from the present unstable growth based paradigm to new Passive BIBO contracts. The fundamental difference between these two paradigms, is that in order to achieve stability of a value measure, money accounting must be passive i.e. free of coercion. So, how do those that believe in the necessity of a coercive "guaranty" as a "safety" measure, give up such measures? And how can those already subject to such coercive obligations, be expected to forfeit similar coercion in support of meeting their contractual obligations?
Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called President Barack Obama to air his frustration about the U.S. government spying and hacking programs.
FabLab Hub has launched an Indiegogo campaign to provide 3D printers, supplies, scanners and other tools for two of them in particular.
"As realistically the most documented example, drawing from the history of Athens (ca. 500 BCE to around 322 BCE) direct democracy was analyzed either in its own era (Plato) or after it collapsed (Aristotle) as descending into its own forms of tyranny when corrupted. Tyranny hardly only comes from more royalist or oligarchic frameworks, they argued. It could come from a corrected constitutionalism and direct democracy as well. Following Aristotle's analysis in his Politics, a corrupted constitutional government becomes a form of tyranny which he called 'democracy.' Even most in the Enlightenment, when they discussed 'democracy,' were using this negative use of the term [lknk to the sweden and elgnad book], contrary to some that later attempted to pretend that the Enlightenment was some harbinger or precursor of more widespread mass representative thought about democracy.