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Sealand Multiversity to kick off- indiegogo

Sealand Multiversity to kick off- indiegogo | Networked Society | Scoop.it
New: a Global Makerspace for Positive Change at Sealand. We are ready for Takeoff and need a Trailer to spread the Message Worldwide. Check it out!

 

At the autonomous Micronation Sealand, an occupied sea fortress in the northern sea ( www.sealandgov.org ), we founded a global MakerSpace for positive change. The "Sealand Multiversity of the seven seas" bands together activists, scientists and changemakers of all kinds to cocreate open-source solutions for our endangered planet.

 

We are a growing cocreative crowd that doesn´t want to wait for politics or the big business to save the world. Humanistic inventions and the implementation in big scale can also be achieved by the emerging open society through open-source cocreation and joint grassroots action.

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Shareable: Qipoqo, a Startup Built on Help

Shareable: Qipoqo, a Startup Built on Help | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Thus the idea was born to create a swapping system for tasks, qipoqo (derived from lat. “this for that”). Instead of money qipoqo is based on virtual helping points and the notion of receiving help in return for help. This enables members to swap tasks they can’t do for those that they enjoy. Hence they spend their time more wisely, without paying a lot of money to hire a professional. At the same time they can meet new and interesting people.

 

Soon we realized that there was a whole community around sharing online and offline, which was becoming stronger and stronger..

 

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when the economy becomes collaborative - a report from the p2p foundation

when the economy becomes collaborative - a report from the p2p foundation | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Exchanging houses during vacation time, sharing car with strangers, designing a lamp for one’s own living room in a FabLab, proposing a packaging design for a favorite brand, inventing a solution to help a company innovate, writing a article in wikipedia or a hotel review in a tourism site, ordering with neighbors organic vegetables… collaborative practices between individuals or between individuals and businesses are multiplying around us.

 

Equipped with Internet and the Web, strangers can interact, share, and cooperate at distance, consequently opening new development perspectives for our patterns of consumption, production and creation...

 

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What if we trusted you?: Jerry Michalski at TEDxCopenhagen 2012

Many institutions we take for granted are designed from a basis of mistrust. Skip school too often? Go to jail. Run that red light, even when nobody is around for blocks? Ticket.


Movements around the world are finding new ways, flipping the model, building practices and institutions based on the initial gesture of trust. Building on trust, we are rediscovering how to be citizens in civilization together. The effects of this shift will catalyze every sector of human activity, a process we've only just begun.

http://therexpedition.com/

 

 

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Tent - a new open distributed social networking protocol

Tent - a new open distributed social networking protocol | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Tent is an open, decentralized networking protocol, made to run on multiple servers.

 

“Tent allows every user to run their own server, but like email and the web, most users will use a hosting service to handle it.”

 

“Centralized services cannot meet the needs of all users because they limit developers and use closed and proprietary APIs. Users are forced to use multiple service providers and fragment their relationships, messages, memories, and data. Users have to check in regularly with multiple sites and apps just to see what is happening in their lives.”

 

With tent, users have control over their data, and over who is allowed to see posts and other information. The data such as posts shared and connections (people you follow and people following you) are mobile, which means they can easily be taken to another place.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW! Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Icelandic Parliament Member, Artist, Activist, Poet, Former Wikileaks Spokesperson & Co-Producer of “Collateral Murder”

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW! Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Icelandic Parliament Member, Artist, Activist, Poet, Former Wikileaks Spokesperson & Co-Producer of “Collateral Murder” | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Wikileaks-Movie.com is pleased to introduce you to Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Icelandic Parliament member, artist, poet, activist, former WikiLeaks spokesperson, and co-producer of the video"Collateral Murder." Jónsdóttir is also a member of what is...

 

Don’t give away your power and think that you need a strong leader to guide you somewhere. The 21st century will be the century of the common people.

 

We will have to learn how to be strong together. We will also have to understand that problems elsewhere in the world are also our problems because we have become totally global in our dependencies on resources.

 

We also have to find ways to be more self sustainable in our communities and learn to stop our destructive addiction to fossil fuels.

 

Now is the time for real change in our world – but it is of uttermost importance that we know what we want instead of the system many of us have come to see as working against us...

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We Are Legion - The Story of the Hacktivists [Video 1h 32min]

We Are Legion - The Story of the Hacktivists (2012) will be appearing in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on October 19th. and then online October 30th....

 

My comment: An interesting docu on the hackers that came to be known as Anonymous and their run-in with "authority" in different forms.

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The Serval Project - two years of progress towards cell phone direct linkage

The Serval Project - two years of progress towards cell phone direct linkage | Networked Society | Scoop.it

You probably have heard of the Serval Project before, but here is the gist in just a few words. Serval is an effort to allow mobile phones to communicate directly with each other, rather than having to go through a service provider’s relay antennas.

 

This is neat under any circumstances, but it is absolutely essential in times of disaster, when cell phone service is likely to be unavailable.

 

Oh yes – it’s open source and will be free.

 

Serval may well become a real game changer for mobile phone use…

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Fractal Evolution: Alan Steinfeld interviews Bruce Lipton [Video 5min]

http://www.newrealities.com New Realities with Alan Steinfeld interviews evolutionary biologist Bruce Lipton about our biological destiny and how our future ...

 

"Our evolution is not an evolution of individuals - our evolution is an evolution of community..."

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Pam Warhurst: How we can eat our landscapes | Video 13min

TED Talks What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course.

 

With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells  the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community.

 

Pam Warhurst cofounded Incredible Edible, an initiative in Todmorden, England dedicated to growing food locally by planting on unused land throughout the community. 

 

Warning: Pam Warhurst is English, and she talks English English ... so depending on where you're from, you might really have to tune those ears to follow her.

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Twizy Way: Renault's All-Electric Car Sharing Platform Launches In France

Twizy Way: Renault's All-Electric Car Sharing Platform Launches In France | Networked Society | Scoop.it

In June, Renault announced the pilot of an urban car sharing program called Twizy Way. It aims to give urban commuters access to a fleet of cars via smart phone app.

 

But here's the twist: Renault's fleet is comprised entirely of Twizies, 100-percent electric, compact cars that are perfect for driving in the city.

 

The 17-horsepower Twizy, which tops out at 50 miles per hour, is only 92 inches long, which is about a foot shorter than the Smart ForTwo.

 

For those who may be nervous about safety when rolling about in a miniscule smart car (in Europe it's classified as a quadricycle), the Twizy offeres disc brakes, air bags, and plenty of seat belts.

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Three Reasons Child Porn Must Be Re-Legalized In The Coming Decade - Falkvinge on Infopolicy

Three Reasons Child Porn Must Be Re-Legalized In The Coming Decade - Falkvinge on Infopolicy | Networked Society | Scoop.it

"Child pornography is a toxic subject, but a very important one that cannot and should not be ignored. This is an attempt to bring the topic to a serious discussion, and explain why child pornography need to be re-legalized in the next ten years, and why you need to fight for it to happen.


When it was criminalized, those who opposed the criminalization (which I didn’t, at the time – this was before my activism) pointed at four major objections:

 

- It would not be effective, and possibly counterproductive, in catching child molesters.

 

- It would lead to censorship without accountability.

 

- Reporters complained it would undermine journalistic freedom that has stood intact for centuries.

 

- Constitutional and political science scholars pointed out that it undermined centuries of free speech/expression traditions in a way that would be used by special interests to silence opponents of business interests unrelated to child porn.

 

In retrospect, all of this has come true...

 

My comment: This is a serious discussion of a difficult subject. We must confront the fact that prohibition has never worked as intended and has always led to hugely negative consequences.

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The Collaborative Economy: A Synthetic Overview - P2P Foundation

The Collaborative Economy: A Synthetic Overview - P2P Foundation | Networked Society | Scoop.it

This is a research paper outlining the details of what today is emerging as an economy based on the principles of p2p and collaboration, rather than competition.

 

It was commissioned by Orange Labs and executed by Michel Bauwens and other members of the p2p foundation...

 

It's one of those reports people pay a lot of money for, if they need it for commercial reasons.

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Tutor Mentor Institute: Connecting Networks - Opening Silos

Tutor Mentor Institute: Connecting Networks - Opening Silos | Networked Society | Scoop.it

How do outsiders become "insiders"?

 

How do we get ideas into silos?

 

Who else is talking about this?

 

... there are thousands of people concerned about the issues that The Bridgespan Group report is focusing on. That means many people could be working together to build a library of organizations that are trying to bring people together and do more to overcome the challenges facing non profits and social entrepreneurs working to solve complex problems.

 

If you find some new organizations connecting networks or trying to break down silos, why not write about them in your own blog and send me a link...

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Innovative funding model allows urban poor to determine their own future

Innovative funding model allows urban poor to determine their own future | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Katia Savchuk: The first global fund to give poor people direct control over urban development spending is having more than just a local impact...

 

The innovative fund lets poor communities define development strategies and manage capital from neighbourhood to global level.

 

The cost-effectiveness and broad impact of this financing model points to the need for placing urban poor communities at the helm of development spending in cities.

 

"All successful urban initiatives have been ones that have placed people's knowledge and people's action at the centre of the process," says Diana Mitlin, a researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development who has worked with SDI for more than a decade.

 

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Seeds of Freedom [Video 30min]

The story of seed has become one of loss, control, dependence and debt.
It's been written by those who want to make vast profit from our food system, no matter what the true cost.
It's time to change the story.

 

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It is one of the important issues of our time... we as individuals, as families, as farmers, have lost the ability to grow any seed we choose to, into a plant for food or other uses.

 

It is the chemical corporations that have arrogated that right to themselves, to the point of making us pay for real or imagined infringement of their "rights" to the seed.

 

Have you had enough yet?"

 

From the video:

 

"Remember, you cast a vote about our food system every time you shop. Buy local, organic and seasonal food, and support farmers markets and independent shops."

 

More on
http://seedsoffreedom.info/

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Russia's small-scale organic agriculture model may hold the key to feeding the world ~ RiseEarth

Russia's small-scale organic agriculture model may hold the key to feeding the world ~ RiseEarth | Networked Society | Scoop.it

A far cry from the unsustainable, chemical-dependent, industrialized agriculture system that dominates the American landscape today, Russia's agricultural system, which is not technically a system at all, is run by the people and for the people.

 

Thanks to government policies there that actually encourage autonomous family farming, rather than cater to the greed of chemical and biotechnology companies like they do here in the states, the vast majority of Russians are able and willing to grow their own food on privately-owned family plots known as "dachas."

 

Russia's Private Garden Plot Act, which was signed into law back in 2003, entitles every Russian citizen to a private plot of land, free of charge, ranging in size from 2.2 acres to 6.8 acres. Each plot can be used for growing food, or for simply vacationing or relaxing, and the government has agreed not to tax this land. And the result of this effort has been phenomenal, as Russian families collectively grow practically all the food they need.

 

( You can get the whole article by clicking on the headline linked to the original... )

 

A paper confirming this article: http://tinyurl.com/9sbecrw

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World Maker Faire 2012: John Robb,"Building Resilient Communities"

World Maker Faire 2012: John Robb,"Building Resilient Communities"...

 

John Robb, in this excellent talk at the recent Maker Faire puts into focus the proper counterweight to what we're doing here on line. Actually not so much a counterweight as a necessary complement... to get grounded in real life and make sure our personal situation and that of our community is set up to be resilient, to be able to withstand whatever difficulties may come our way as the current system falls apart...

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Spanish Police Crack Down on Protesters Surrounding the Parliament

Spanish Police Crack Down on Protesters Surrounding the Parliament | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Anti-austerity rage intensified in Madrid, as protesters surrounded the parliament Tuesday night in a sign of mounting frustration towards the right-wing government.

 

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It looks like the Spanish government is asking for trouble. How can they NOT listen to the people they are supposed to be working for?

It must have something to do with Finance determining European and of course also that Spanish politics. 

 

Politicians better start choosing between Finance and their own people. There are solutions to this crisis, but they do not lay in the area of Finance and the advice politicians get from there...

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The Mouse That Roared - a documentary film

The Mouse That Roared - a documentary film | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Birgitta Jónsdóttir—parliamentarian, activist, poet, Buddhist, single mom—fights to make Iceland the free speech capital of the digital world.

 

THE MOUSE THAT ROARED, based in Iceland, investigates one of the most pressing challenges in the world today—how do we extend the hard-won rights of democratic societies into the digital space where most of our communication now takes place?

 

Through our character-driven documentary featuring Birgitta Jonsdóttír—poet, Buddhist, activist, single mom, and elected member of the Icelandic Parliament—we explore the question, “is the Internet to become what WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange calls 'most significant surveillance machine that we have ever seen,' or will it be a platform for innovation, creativity, community building and justice?"

Comment: You can help make that film a reality, and perhaps like that help preserve freedom, starting from the online world.

(follow the link in the headline...) 

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Clay Shirky: How the Internet will (one day) transform government [Video 18min]

The open-source world has learned to deal with a flood of new, oftentimes divergent, ideas using hosting services like GitHub -- so why can’t governments? In this rousing talk Clay Shirky shows how democracies can take a lesson from the Internet, to be not just transparent but also to draw on the knowledge of all their citizens.

 

Clay Shirky argues that the history of the modern world could be rendered as the history of ways of arguing, where changes in media change what sort of arguments are possible -- with deep social and political implications.

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Steve Lansing: Bali's water temples

Steve Lansing: Bali's water temples | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Steve Lansing, a senior fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, discusses the Byzantine system for the distribution of water from a volcanic lake in Bali to over two hundred farming villages.

 

How a historically evolved system of water management kept rice farming in Bali going sustainably for a thousand years, and how the "green revolution" mindlessly destroyed that heritage. Also, why that water management system should be re-activated and be protected as an important heritage of the world.

 

Something to think about... it isn't only GMOs that destroy health and sustainability in agriculture, the disaster started right back in the middle of the last century when chemical companies told farmers how to farm.

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Beth Noveck: Demand a more open-source government | Video on TED.com

TED Talks What can governments learn from the open-data revolution?

 

A quote from the talk: 

 

"We have a precedent for this. Good old Henry II here, in the 12th century, invented the jury. Powerful, practical, palpable model for handing power from government to citizens.

 

Today we have the opportunity, and we have the imperative, to create thousands of new ways of interconnecting between networks and institutions, thousands of new kinds of juries: the citizen jury, the Carrotmob, the hackathon, we are just beginning to invent the models by which we can cocreate the process of governance. "

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Hacking Society (and Learning How to Fix It)

Hacking Society (and Learning How to Fix It) | Networked Society | Scoop.it

"More and more people are trying to balance money, an inevitable need, with fun, creative and cultural expression, sense of community and meaning. They strive towards a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle and ultimately a more human existence.

 

But apart from these people, who will promote the resilient enterprises of the future, the ones that include social impact, changemaking and economic sustainability in their budget?

 

Who are these future leaders who work to create their own existential balance between research, curiosity and productivity? How will they be recognized as such?

 

What they share is definitely a Hacker Mindset, the curiosity to understand and investigate new solutions..."

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TidePools: Social Maps for WiFi community mesh networks

TidePools: Social Maps for WiFi community mesh networks | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Wireless mesh networks provide low-cost, shared Internet access to communities.

 

For long term use, community networks need ritualized, face to face interaction between residents and localized incentives.

 

Tidepools is tailoring custom social software, based on local needs and interests of the Red Hook Housing Projects - in a remote area of Brooklyn, with little WiFi and Internet access primarily through Android phones and computer stations.

 

Visually inspired by local artwork, this "Ushahidi" meets "The Sims" hyper-local mapping web app is delivered to mobile and desktop devices through meshed WiFi routers. In this way, Tidepools augment communication and civic awareness from the ground up, through modular, user-generated population of maps...

 

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