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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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xTopia

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Human culture has always evolved more rapidly than our anatomy. But even the rapid progress of our culture in the past few centuries has begun to fall behind the pace of changes and challenges we now face in our crowded societies and our ravaged environment. Rather than rising to meet these challenges, our social institutions show signs of actually breaking down and becoming less effective. Increasing competition over land, water, food, and other resources is likely to favor increasingly authoritarian institutions. While technology offers solutions to resource problems in theory, in practice it also favors greater stratification of wealth and power. If recent trends continue we may be faced with a future of highly authoritarian corporate neofeudalism (privatized government).

 

Comment: A long read but a very interesting initiative ... advancing human culture and collaboration.

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Gittip - Personal Funding for Open Source Developers?

Gittip - Personal Funding for Open Source Developers? | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Github, the open source code repository and hangout for software developers who do it out of the good of their hearts has been complemented by an initiative called Gittip.

 

The site collects weekly amounts from people who agree to regularly give, and distributes the amounts to those named as recipients ... if they opted in and claimed the tip.

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What if we checked the commons into GitHub? - Harlan T Wood

What if we checked the commons into GitHub?

Imagine a new level of collaboration around open corporate and organizational systems, open government models, open solutions to our biggest challenges. Imagine that we could fork each other’s content and offer these changes back to the original authors, just as programmers can today with GitHub’s pull requests.

 

What if the commons were a space of global-scale remixing, a living symphony, a thriving ecosystem of creativity and innovation, built on a substrate of proliferation and organic evolution?

 

We can have this now.

 

GitHub has built and refined a base suite of high quality tools.

 

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MY OIL & GAS - Ireland and Norway [Video - 8 min]

http://myoilandgas.org/ Why would Ireland give away its natural resources? Perhaps the good people of Norway have something helpful to say...
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The NEXT Global Economy is Being Built Right Now, I’ll Help You Find It

The NEXT Global Economy is Being Built Right Now, I’ll Help You Find It | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Pssst!   Here's a secret. A new, resilient global economy is emerging and the timing couldn't be better. How so?

 

How so? It’s amazing luck that a new resilient economy is emerging at the very same time the current economic system is in the process of being reset. Fortunately, this new resilient economy will make it increasingly possible to re-localize economic life and will radically improve the quality, stability and prosperity of its participant’s lives over the long run.

 

Here’s An Example

 

A good example of the emerging resilient economy is a venture called the Solar Pocket Factory...

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The Piracy Paradigm

The Piracy Paradigm | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Dr. Dames advances the notion that contemporary copyright conflicts result from the emergence of a competing paradigm — the “open paradigm” — that has been developed by non-traditional stakeholders and which adopts non-traditional views about the copyright regime. The author indicates the conflict between the “piracy” and “open” paradigms likely will influence copyright law, policy, and norms for the foreseeable future.

 

“Piracy” is not simply a metaphor or rhetoric. Instead, “piracy” is a paradigm: a normative model of copyright that reinforces convictions related to property, control, theft, commoditization, and the presumption that each use of, or access to, a protected work will result in compensation or economic return.

 

While copyright and communications scholars have studied “piracy” as rhetoric or metaphor, this dissertation is the first to theorize instead that “piracy” is a paradigmatic way of viewing what copyright law has been, what it is, and what it should be in the future.

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Economics of Abundance - DigitalCommons

Economics of Abundance - DigitalCommons | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Escola dels communs de Catalunya organizes: Debate "Economics of Abundance" with the author of the book Wolfgang Hoeschele

 

Data/Date: 3th Agost 2012

 

Presentation of the book "Economics of Abundance: A Political Economy of Freedom, Equity and Sustainability" by the author Wolfgang Hoeschele and general participatory debate on the sostenibility of the commons.

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Catarina Mota on the Open Materials Movement

Catarina Mota on the Open Materials Movement | Networked Society | Scoop.it

[Catarina Mota] I believe that the implications of bringing materials out of research centers are very similar to what has already happened with hardware: we’ll see materials-hacking, new applications and possibly even new materials come out of it. It’s all about critical mass. Material scientists have the know-how and the tools, and they’re creating amazing new materials, but once you put that knowledge and those tools in the hands of a large number of people they will come up with things a smaller group probably wouldn’t have thought of.

 

We’re still taking the first steps towards open source materials and we don’t yet have critical mass. But our tools are getting more sophisticated and there’s increasingly more knowledge and experimentation out there. So while we’re not yet ready to create new materials and devise major innovations, we’re paving the way for that to happen...

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Massimo Banzi: How Arduino is open-sourcing imagination | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Massimo Banzi helped invent the Arduino, a tiny, easy-to-use open-source microcontroller that's inspired thousands of people around the world to make the coolest things they can imagine -- from toys to satellite gear.

 

Comment: Great stuff - the makers are coming...

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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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Fixing the Future - Interview with David Korten, economist and author of Agenda for a New Economy [Video 13min]

Fixing the Future - Interview with David Korten, economist and author of Agenda for a New Economy [Video 13min] | Networked Society | Scoop.it

"... it starts with a very basic question.

 

Do people exist to serve the economy, or should the economy exist to serve people?

 

Now it turns out that we’ve created a whole society with culture and institutions around the idea that people exist to serve the economy. And millions of people are waking up to the reality that that’s a misplaced priority."

 

(You can get the whole article and embedded video by clicking on the headline here, linked to the original...)

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The Story of Change - Why Citizens Hold the Key to a Better World

The Story of Change - Why Citizens Hold the Key to a Better World | Networked Society | Scoop.it
The Story of Change urges viewers to put down their credit cards and start exercising their citizen muscles to build a more sustainable world.
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Open Knowledge Festival - to be held in Helsinki from 17 to 22 September

Open Knowledge Festival - to be held in Helsinki from 17 to 22 September | Networked Society | Scoop.it

A Week of Events Organised by a Diverse Set of Communities Around the World.


We are delighted to invite you to the world’s first Open Knowledge Festival: a week of participatory sessions, keynote lectures, workshops, hackathons and satellite events in Helsinki from September 17th to 22nd, 2012.

 

OKFestival combines annual events OGDCamp and OKCon to form the first festival of its kind. Its 2012 theme is Open Knowledge in Action, looking at the value that can be generated by opening up knowledge, the ecosystems of organisations that can benefit from such sharing, and the impacts transparency can have in our societies.

 

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Diaspora* opens sourcecode: — "Will Now Be A Community Project"

Diaspora* opens sourcecode: — "Will Now Be A Community Project" | Networked Society | Scoop.it

"Today, we are giving control of Diaspora to the community."


"As a Free Software social project, we have an obligation to take this project further, for the good of the community that revolves around it. Putting the decisions for the project’s future in the hands of the community is one of the highest benefits of any FOSS project, and we’d like to bring this benefit to our users and developers."

 

"We still will remain as an important part this community as the founders, but we want to make sure we are including all of the people who care about Diaspora and want to see it succeed well into the future..."

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Disaster by Design? What’s Wrong with the “Thrive” Movement

Disaster by Design? What’s Wrong with the “Thrive” Movement | Networked Society | Scoop.it
A popular new film claims that a secret elite create our most troubling problems to advance a “global domination agenda.” Why Amy Goodman, Vandana Shiva, and other progressives are calling it “dangerously misguided.”...

 

"[T]he Thrive movie and website are filled with dark and unsubstantiated assertions about secret and profoundly malevolent conspiracies based on an ultimate division between “us” and “them.” “We” are many and well-meaning but victimized. “They,” on the other hand, are a tiny, greedy and inconceivably powerful few who are masterfully organized, purposefully causing massive disasters in order to cull the population, and deliberately destroying the world economy in order to achieve total world domination.

 

This way of thinking has an allure, for it distracts and absolves us from the troubling truth that the real source of the problem is in all of us, and in the economic systems we have collectively produced. If the ills of the world are the deliberate intentions of malevolent beings, then we don’t have to take responsibility for our problems because they are being done to us. Thinking this way may provide the momentary comfort of feeling exonerated, but it is ultimately disempowering because it undermines our ability to be accountable for the way our own thoughts and actions help to create the environmental degradation and vast social inequity of the world in which we live. As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote, “The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart.”

 

(You can get the whole article by clicking on the headline of this excerpt...)

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Naomie Mullins's comment, August 27, 2012 3:44 PM
Thrive probably was funded by the elite. It is the other side of the Hegelian Dialectic being managed.
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Thrive probably was funded by the elite. It is the other side of the Hegelian Dialectic being managed.
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Smart Notebooks: Building a Better Shared Document.

Open collaboration without a central server.

 

Collaborating usually involves sharing documents - our projects and teams are held together by action item lists, meeting agendas, plans, reports, design documents, and so on. But making changes, and keeping track of them, causes us a lot of pain, confusion, and wasted time.

 

We think we have a better way to share documents - one that is easy to adopt, comfortable to use, and that doesn't tether us to a continuous network connection.

 

Shared Documents Lie at the Heart of Collaboration...

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The Emerging Leader Labs: A new type of Social Incubator Running on the Gift Economy

The Emerging Leader Labs: A new type of Social Incubator Running on the Gift Economy | Networked Society | Scoop.it

”The premise is pretty straightforward: There are plenty of passionate, driven people who want to make cool ideas and projects happen.

 

Access to resources (especially, money) is often a large barrier to actualizing them. So why not create physical locations that don’t require money as a chief organizing energy source, where enthusiastic entrepreneurs, artists, designers and other creatives can come together and prototype their dreams?

 

The idea wants to happen, so without waiting for conditions to be ‘perfect’ to start, we’ve decided to just go ahead and help build it..."

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Quantum Consciousness: Our Evolution, Our Salvation

Quantum Consciousness: Our Evolution, Our Salvation | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Quantum consciousness–QC–could perhaps be the next stage in the evolution of the mind of humanity, but why would it be our salvation?

 

The answer is simple common sense: because QC is a consciousness of directly intuited, felt connection to the world. It inspires empathy with people and with nature; it brings an experience of oneness and belonging. Quantum consciousness makes us realize that, being one with others and with nature, what we do to them, we do to ourselves.

 

Not only will QC make us behave more responsibly toward other people and the planet, it will also encourage us to join together to cope with the problems we face.

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The Open Source Everything Manifesto

The Open Source Everything Manifesto | Networked Society | Scoop.it

We are at the end of a five-thousand-year-plus historical process during which human society grew in scale while it abandoned the early indigenous wisdom councils and communal decision-making. Power was centralized in the hands of increasingly specialized “elites” and “experts” who not only failed to achieve all they promised but used secrecy and the control of information to deceive the public into allowing them to retain power over community resources that they ultimately looted.

 

In the beginning, there was the commons. Over vast stretches of prehistoric time, tribal cultures evolved in tandem with the natural environment. They did this without creating private property or hierarchical relationships of control and dominance that led to consumption of nature as a resource. Open-source culture provided for community sharing and community development. With the rise of patriarchy, empire, and systems of egoic control and empowerment, this open-source approach to community was destroyed...

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