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Why Occupy's Plan To Cancel Consumer Debts Is Brilliant

Why Occupy's Plan To Cancel Consumer Debts Is Brilliant | Networked Society | Scoop.it
A glimpse of what's to come?...

 

A new initiative is re-energising the Occupy movement. Called the Rolling Jubilee, it is a plan to use money from donations to buy distressed consumer debt from lenders at a marked down price, just as debt collection agencies normally would.

 

But instead of hounding debtors for payments, it will simply cancel the debts. The hope is that the liberated debtors will themselves contribute to the fund, "rolling" the jubilee forward.


The Rolling Jubilee is a genius move for several reasons. First, debt relief is a transpartisan message that eludes conventional political categorisation...

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The Server needs to die to save the Internet - MaidSafe getting serious about decentralised data storage

The Server needs to die to save the Internet - MaidSafe getting serious about decentralised data storage | Networked Society | Scoop.it

A UK startup called MaidSafe, based in the small town of Troon in Scotland, reckons the myriad problems with today’s Internet can be linked to a design quirk of its underlying architecture. And that the answer to solving the web’s most perennial issues, such as finding sustainable digital business models for content, safeguarding user data and privacy, and thwarting hacking, malware and overreaching surveillance, is to begin again – with a whole new re-architected Internet.

So what exactly is this startup building? MaidSafe’s Nick Lambert summarizes the product as “a fully cross-platform, fully decentralized autonomous data and communications network”. What that means in practice is a network that does away with an intermediary layer of servers and datacenters — replacing that with peer-to-peer infrastructure.


Basically, the users of the network are also acting as the network infrastructure by donating a portion of their spare hard drive capacity – with built in incentives for them to do so in the form of a network specific cryptocurrency (called SafeCoin).
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De-centralizing communications and data ... MaidSafe is an ambitious project to make the internet safe, resilient and self-healing. Coming soon...

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How Blueberries and a Tiny Town in Alaska Could Change the World

How Blueberries and a Tiny Town in Alaska Could Change the World | Networked Society | Scoop.it

One of the most significant developments taking shape when it comes to global sustainability and community resilience will soon transform a little-known community called Chuathbaluk, tucked away in a beautiful, yet completely remote and isolated, area of southwestern Alaska, along the 700-mile-long Kuskokwim river.


If you like The Venus Project, The Zeitgeist Movement, One Community Global, New Earth Nation, or are interested in the viability of a resource based economy or a host of other projects and organizations taking us toward a more sustainable world, then you’ll love A.R.K. and what they are doing in Alaska.

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They are trying to find a way to make a small community sustainable in a changing world and at the same time build a culture and way of living to be proud of...

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Libya Uses World's First Mobile Voter Registration System for Parliament Elections

Libya Uses World's First Mobile Voter Registration System for Parliament Elections | Networked Society | Scoop.it

In just six months, a small staff of 20 people using open source tools, built a complex, first-of-its-kind mobile registration system in Libya, a transitioning country beset with violence.


Today, Libyans will vote for a new parliament and 1.5 million citizens have registered. Since the fall of Libya's long-ruling dictator, Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the violence and tribal clashes that plague the country have overshadowed the work of a new government straining to rebuild it through innovation and openness.


Building the world’s first mobile registration system in a transitioning country like Libya was a daunting task, says Panthea Lee, co-founder of the social impact firm, Reboot. Libya needed to create an inclusive process while also encouraging people who have long lived under a repressive regime to cast their vote.


Reboot managed a team of technologists from around the world to build a system that could be used both in-country as well as by the 800,000 diaspora Libyans scattered across 13 countries around the world...

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Good for Libya - showing what can be done with technology that is widely available in all countries. 

- Why doesn't anyone in the industrialized West think of something like this, with all the resources we have?

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All Our Patents Belong To You - Tesla Motors opens its electric car patents to competitors!

All Our Patents Belong To You - Tesla Motors opens its electric car patents to competitors! | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.


Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Hat off to Tesla Motors - they just open sourced their patents... there's no excuse any more for not making top notch electric vehicles!

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Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, June 13, 7:51 AM

GREAT NEWS

 

Tesla Motors electric car technology is now open sourced. Any one with car and electric motor making skill can assemble it. Tesla engine and power train mounted on hemp body is one sustainable solution to energy crisis.

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Scientific Publishing with real peer review: Frustrated Scholar Creates New Way to Fund and Publish Academic Work

Scientific Publishing with real peer review: Frustrated Scholar Creates New Way to Fund and Publish Academic Work | Networked Society | Scoop.it

The site is intended as a publishing and funding platform for academics, kind of like a Kickstarter for scholarly work. Among its features is that it allows donors to support projects with either Bitcoin or Dogecoin, two popular cryptocurrencies.


Onarbor is designed to circumvent the traditional mechanisms of peer review by fostering a community of user-reviewers modeled on the popular tech-help website Stack Overflow. There, users earn reputation points based on the quality of their responses.


Mr. Peterson thinks this crowdsourced review system will be more efficient and more comprehensive than the traditional method. “It’s algorithmic reputation building. It’s far better than three people in a room deciding whether or not they like your work,” he says. “It’s the sum of thousands of thousands of people saying your work is good or bad.”

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Scientific peer review is where the gatekeepers of orthodoxy have a field day.


To bypass that obstacle, Tim Petersen created a site


https://onarbor.com/


that combines crowdfunding for scientific work with publishing and review by real peers - the people who read the work. 

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impossible: kickstarting the gift economy?

impossible: kickstarting the gift economy? | Networked Society | Scoop.it

be part of the gift culture with impossible: a social giving network that let's you wish and shows you wishes you may be able to grant.


"with people on impossible everywhere from Poland to the Philippines, from Bangalore to Britain, we are growing a wonderfully diverse community..."

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impossible.com - it looks like a great initiative that could grow into something very big ... a site where wishes and offers have a place to meet.

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Robert Steele at LIBTECH New York City: The Open Source Everything Manifesto

Robert Steele at LIBTECH New York City: The Open Source Everything Manifesto | Networked Society | Scoop.it

LIBTECH Conference - Title of Presentation: The Open Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth, & Trust


What is to be done? As briefly as possible, I see four huge positives that are within our grasp.


First is the indigenous or native American concept of bottom up consensus leadership that takes the long view based on ethical evidence-based decision support: open source leadership.


The other three slides show


- the eight tribes of information that do not share information now;


- a concept for creating mostly public intelligence from my colleague Jan Herring; and


- a strategy for creating a prosperous world at peace.


Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Openness in everything - the world would truly be a better place...

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The Economics of Happiness (2010) | Watch this 1-hour documentary Online

The Economics of Happiness (2010) | Watch this 1-hour documentary Online | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking.


It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment.


There are personal costs too. For the majority of people on the planet life is becoming increasingly stressful. We have less time for friends and family and we face mounting pressures at work...

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

There are a lot of stresses economic globalization introduces into our personal lives, while inducing us to wreck the environment in the name of that overriding necessity: growth and profits. 

It's not working...

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The NSA has a weakness -- it’s up to us what we do now. Re-set the Net on June 5

The NSA has a weakness -- it’s up to us what we do now. Re-set the Net on June 5 | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Don't ask for your privacy. Take it back. On June 5th we will Reset the Net. Are you in?


The NSA is exploiting weak links in Internet security to spy on the entire world, twisting the Internet we love into something it was never meant to be: a panopticon.


We can't stop targeted attacks, but we *can* stop mass surveillance, by building proven security into the everyday Internet...

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

It is up to us - each one of us - to secure the internet from spying eyes, and we can do it, if we all do our part...

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Fund-a-feast campaign to support lifePOD: The Backyard Grocery Store (with video 2min)

Fund-a-feast campaign to support lifePOD: The Backyard Grocery Store (with video 2min) | Networked Society | Scoop.it

LifePOD is a self-contained, year-round, all-natural grocery store in your backyard that provides fresh, local, organic food to families and communities, alike. This campaign is to help build the first lifePOD in Montréal, Québec, Canada.


"A lifePOD is the answer to food deserts.  It is the greenhouse reimagined.  It is a self-contained, year-round, all-natural grocery store in your backyard that provides fresh, local, organic food to families and communities alike.  This includes strawberries, lettuce, squash, carrots, beets, potatoes, tomatoes, mushrooms, and even fish."

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Not your ordinary greenhouse, the lifePOD is optimized to grow both veggies and fish for a small community. 

Your contribution can help get the prototype off the ground...  

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When hackers and farmers join forces

When hackers and farmers join forces | Networked Society | Scoop.it

"As artists, engineers, researchers, hackers and farmers we all asked ourselves how digital technologies could be merged with nature, heritage and agriculture. Our urban hackerspaces, including their philosophy and practices, can be seamlessly transposed onto rural areas."


 A hackerspace is a physical, autonomous place where people gather around tech-related projects. We often hear about “the evil computer pirates” in the media, but hackerspaces have nothing to do with any of that: we’re simply people who reclaim technology in a cheerful, independent and creative way.


The goal is to create tools that can be reappropriated and replicated by everyone, freely distributed, and which can be modified and improved upon.


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Hackers not of computers but of practical things. They 'hack' the way thing are done finding better, more simple ways...

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What’s important to you at Net Mundial? | Access

What’s important to you at Net Mundial? | Access | Networked Society | Scoop.it

An unprecedented global meeting on the future of the internet is taking place this week in Brazil, and Access is there to make sure the free and open internet is protected. 


The Net Mundial meeting on the future of Internet Governance in Sao Paulo seeks to find a common global approach to internet governance that protects fundamental rights, including the right to privacy, while protecting the future integrity of the internet (read more here).


We want to make sure that we represent our community, and include your priorities in this important forum.


Take this short survey and we'll take your voice straight to the conference floor...


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Internet freedom survey - add your voice...

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Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds' | Networked Society | Scoop.it

A group of scientists and food activists is launching a campaign Thursday to change the rules that govern seeds.


They're releasing 29 new varieties of crops under a new "open source pledge" that's intended to safeguard the ability of farmers, gardeners and plant breeders to share those seeds freely.


It's inspired by the example of open source software, which is freely available for anyone to use but cannot legally be converted into anyone's proprietary product.


These days, seeds are intellectual property. Some are patented as inventions. You need permission from the patent holder to use them, and you're not supposed to harvest seeds for replanting the next year.


Even university breeders operate under these rules.

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Large agrochemical companies have bought up the majority seed producing companies and they are trying to build a food monopoly. Here comes the open source seed initiative to re-capture seed freedom...

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Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, April 20, 4:08 AM

This is the most appropriate response to monopolisation of natural seeds by world's top seven seed companies led by MONSANTO.

 

The Five-firm Concentration Ratio [denominated as C5] in 2005 was over 50% globally and it was apparent that there is collusion. In fact, a case was filed under Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act [MRTPA] in Delhi but Monsanto 'managed' the case.

 

However, in India over 50% of seeds are still farmer saved or developed by small firms. Unless the Government steps in, even India will lose its seed sovereignty.

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Real Money, Real Power: Participatory Budgeting lays the base for real democracy

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It gives ordinary people real power over real money, letting them work with government to make the budget decisions that affect their lives.

The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is a non-profit organization that works with governments and organizations to develop participatory budgeting processes. Our mission is to empower community members to make informed, democratic, and fair decisions about public spending and revenue. Find out more atparticipatorybudgeting.org

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A much needed effort to start democracy from the bottom up...

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The future of the open Internet is decentralized

The future of the open Internet is decentralized | Networked Society | Scoop.it

This movement toward a decentralized Internet—to a truly free space, where anyone can communicate privately with anyone else without censorship—does not originate from the White House, Pentagon, or the halls of the United Nations.

Instead, as has so often been the case with Internet evolutions, groups of hackers, technologists, and idealists are tucked away in the cracks and shadows, slaving away to make this dream a reality.


One of the people leading the charge towards decentralization is David Irvine, founder of MaidSafe, who created a unique method of securely distributing data in a way that makes it virtually impossible to stop its flow...

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The more surveillance and censorship, the more the internet will adapt to route around them...

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Open Wireless Movement

Open Wireless Movement | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Imagine a future with ubiquitous open Internet. We're working with a coalition of volunteer engineers to build technologies that will let users open their wireless networks without compromising their security or sacrificing bandwidth. And we're working with advocates to help change the way people and businesses think about Internet service.
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The trend now...

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Small Farmers Are Feeding The World on Less Land

Small Farmers Are Feeding The World on Less Land | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Small-scale farmers are producing the majority of the world's food on just 25% of farmland. GRAIN report says small farms are more productive than large scale industrial monocultures.


– in Belarus, on 17% of the land, small farmers are producing 87.5% of fruit and berries, 82% of potatoes, 80% vegetables and 32% of eggs


– in Kenya, with just 37% of the country's farmland, small farms produce 73% of the agricultural output


– in El Savador, small farmers manage 29% of the land and yet produce 90% of the country's beans, 84% maize and 51% pork.


These are just a few examples showing how important these small farms are to each country.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

So much for "we need GMOs to feed the world". 

What we need is more small farmers working in the traditional way, rather than genetically modified crops that occupy a lot of farmland, need a lot of poison sprays, and produce food that can hardly be called that.

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SMALL FARMS AND INTELLIGENT FARMERS

 

That's what is required to feed the world, not GMOs, not fertilizers or pesticides. Russia was driven to starvation level during early 1990s, Families took to growing food in their backyards. Today most of its fruits and veggies still come from small farms.

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These Guys Are Creating A Whole New Internet Using Bitcoin And They Are Having Surprising Success

These Guys Are Creating A Whole New Internet Using Bitcoin And They Are Having Surprising Success | Networked Society | Scoop.it

What if you were to give the internet a makeover, changing it so that it's absolutely safe from hackers and government snooping, but still good for apps?


David Irvine: 

We are providing the infrastructure that enables application developers to build all the applications and services that exist on the Internet today, but doing so in a way that removes the need for servers or data centers of any kind.


The servers and data centers are replaced by users' computers, which are contributing their unused resources to make up this new decentralized internet.


This change in architecture has many advantages including: Total anonymity, security and better performance...

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

A secure, serverless internet where our computers become "the network"? 

They're working on it and first public tests are expected in September this year.  

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Everything Is Broken - The NSA is doing so well because software is bullshit...

Everything Is Broken - The NSA is doing so well because software is bullshit... | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, a friend of mine accidentally took over thousands of computers.
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This may be a long article, but everyone who is using a computer should make time to read it.  

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Re-decentralizing the internet: pieces of the puzzle for a real peer-to-peer net start to come together...

Re-decentralizing the internet: pieces of the puzzle for a real peer-to-peer net start to come together... | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Redecentralize.org is an effort to find and promote projects that will help bring the internet back into its ‘native’ state, which is that of a decentralized, distributed network dominated by its users, not by central servers or grotesquely overgrown data silos.


The group, consisting of Irina Bolychevksy (@shevski), Ross Jones (@rossjones) and Francis Irving (@frabcus) has done several video interviews – 14 so far – which are posted on their site.


The videos of those interviews (google hangouts) are about 20 minutes long and each one asks a developer of a distributed or p2p software project to explain what it is they are working on, and how it will help bring the internet back to being more distributed than it presently is...

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

In the beginning, the internet was flat. Every server would communicate directly with every other server. Then came centralization. Today we go to google for search results, we go to facebook to catch up with our friends, and most people go to netflix to get their fix of entertainment. And in the middle of it all, the NSA sucks up our communications data, sitting on the crossroads of broadband and fixing up servers with "backdoors".   

That is not how it's supposed to be.  Here are some of the people working to make the internet once again a distributed, peer-to-peer resource of direct communication.

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London School of Economics: Five Nobel Prize economists call for new approach to failed drug war

London School of Economics: Five Nobel Prize economists call for new approach to failed drug war | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Five Nobel Prize economists call for an end to the 'war on drugs' in a new report from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).


Ending the Drug Wars: Report of the LSE Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy outlines the enormous negative outcomes and collateral damage from the ‘war on drugs’ and includes a call on governments from five Nobel Prize economists to redirect resources away from an enforcement-led and prohibition-focused strategy, toward effective, evidence-based policies underpinned by rigorous economic analysis.

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End the war!

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How to transform a country's economy and civil society: The FLOK Society Project in Ecuador - an Extensive Surve

How to transform a country's economy and civil society: The FLOK Society Project in Ecuador - an Extensive Surve | Networked Society | Scoop.it

“Just as cognitive capitalism depends on the manifold institutional supports supplied by government policy, legislation, free market ideology, and the collective power of firms and the institutions that serve them, even more so does a social knowledge economy require the corresponding civic and economic institutions that can support and safeguard the value of commons, of collective benefit, of open and accessible markets, and of social control over capital.


These civic institutions are embodied in the structure of democratic enterprises, of peer-to-peer networks, of non-profits and community service organizations, of mutually supporting small and medium firms, and of civil society and the social economy itself.


It is these social and economic structures, based on the principles of reciprocity and service to community, that can best utilize knowledge as a commons and safeguard its future as an indispensable resource for the common good and the wellbeing of humanity as a whole.”

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The COOK report describes a project in Ecuador that is laying the foundation for a new type of society, one based on open knowledge, peer-to-peer value creation and a partner state that promotes and protects the emerging commons...

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Recipe For Change | Building an Earthship in Ushuaia (2014) | Documentary 62min

Recipe For Change | Building an Earthship in Ushuaia (2014) | Documentary 62min | Networked Society | Scoop.it

This feature length documentary conceived by the Valhalla Movement, follows the story of Earthship Biotecture down to "The End of the World". In Ushuaia, Argentina they built a two room simple survival Earthship with the help of a group of volunteers .

The town is facing challenging problems being located on an island and unable to send its garbage to the mainland for disposal. Many towns around the world also face similar problems and it seems that Earthships have combined a Recipe for Change that all towns can adopt.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Sometimes we have to start at the very basics, like what to do with all that garbage. Earthships incorporates much of it into functional energy-neutral and ecologically adapted living space...


Here is an interesting article that explains what the advantages of an earth ship are:

10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are F!#%ing Awesome


http://themindunleashed.org/2013/12/10-reasons-earthships-fing-awesome.html

 

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The Spanish Anti-Party Party: The X-Party Selects Candidates for European Parliament Elections 2014

The Spanish Anti-Party Party: The X-Party Selects Candidates for European Parliament Elections 2014 | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Can you imagine a political party that requires no membership or dues, that crowd-sources its funding, publishes every expenditure online, invites all citizens to help amend its platform, loathes the cult of the candidate, provides a direct vote mechanism for all citizens to hold its candidates accountable if they break a campaign promise, and whose first sales pitch was to encourage voters to studiously distrust them?


Neither could we until bumping into the X Party: A Citizen Network, a new political player on the Spanish electoral scene that is completely re-drawing what a political party looks like.


They are betting that their novel approach to democracy will not only re-animate the more than 18 million voters disaffected with the current Spanish party system, but will also totally reshape how representative democracy functions... 



Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Changing the way how representative democracy functions ... through a party that isn't really a party that works in a spirit of openness, even radical openness. 



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An Open Letter to Pope Francis on the Ethical Economy - Michel Bauwens

An Open Letter to Pope Francis on the Ethical Economy - Michel Bauwens | Networked Society | Scoop.it

I write to you as the founder of the Foundation for Peer to Peer Alternatives, and one of the founding partners of the Commons Strategies group, as someone who is deeply connected with emerging new productive practices based on peer to peer relationships, the creation of common pools of knowledge for the benefit of the whole of humanity, and of sharing economy practices that are based on the re-use of many idle resources that could benefit more citizens while lightening the load of humanity on our planet.


Finally, I write to you as the research coordinator of an ambitious transition project in Ecuador, which is advising the public authorities on moving towards a society and economy that is fully based on shared knowledge (floksociety.org).

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Could the Catholic Church play a role in the coming social transformation towards an economy that grows from the grassroots?

Michel Bauwens thinks so.

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