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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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The Cultural Creatives: How People Are Changing the World

The Cultural Creatives: How People Are Changing the World | Networked Society | Scoop.it

“We call them “consciousness movements” because of their common intention to throw open the windows and doors of the musty old mind-sets we live in, shake the dust out of the covers we wrap around our bodies, and in a thousand old and new ways, guide whoever is willing to show up and pay attention to a fresh experience of being human."

 

What makes the appearance of the Cultural Creatives especially timely is that our civilization is in the midst of an epochal change, caught between globalization, accelerating technologies, and a deteriorating planetary ecology. A creative minority can have enormous leverage to carry us into a new renaissance instead of a disastrous fall. “The Cultural Creatives” offers a more hopeful future and prepares us all for a transition to a new, saner, wiser, culture.

 

 

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Expressing our Solidarity for The Pirate Bay and the future of the Internet | School of Commoning

Expressing our Solidarity for The Pirate Bay and the future of the Internet | School of Commoning | Networked Society | Scoop.it

School of Commoning (via Mark Jagdev) wrote the following about this:

 

"Please join with us to support The Pirate Bay's #tpb Peter Sunde, #p2p & the Future of the Internet.."

 

I just signed the petition and shared it. Peter Sunde's plea on Rick Falkvinge's page (link in post) was very moving and provides alot of insight into the issue.

 

From the article: "The continual rise of peer to peer innovation is clawing back the overly-privatized media and internet industry, by supporting Peter we demonstrate this trend is not a fad and that the time has arrived to put people not profit at the heart of this issue. Please read the below information and support the petition by signing and sharing it rapidly to all you know."

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United Nations: Free speech online is a basic human right

United Nations: Free speech online is a basic human right | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Free expression online is a basic human right, the United Nations declared this week for the first time.

 

In what’s being described as a “landmark” decision, the United Nations Human Rights Council this week officially declared free expression on the Internet a basic human right. The non-biding resolution puts pressure on nation states around the world to protect free speech online, but does not require them to do so.


“This outcome is momentous for the Human Rights Council,” said Eileen Donahoe, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., in an interview with reporters. “It’s the first ever U.N. resolution affirming that human rights in the digital realm must be protected and promoted to the same extent and with the same commitment as human rights in the physical world.”

 

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Project Chrysalis - BitTorrent - Delivering the World's Content

Project Chrysalis - BitTorrent - Delivering the World's Content | Networked Society | Scoop.it
BitTorrent is a fast and easy client for Windows and Mac with many features.

 

Our new software, code-named Project Chrysalis, is the next generation of the BitTorrent Mainline client. In addition to a complete redesign of the user interface and all of the features you know and love from BitTorrent, the beta reveals a new capability previously unseen in any other BitTorrent client: personal content channels.

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NODILUS | Fostering Regenerative Culture

NODILUS | Fostering Regenerative Culture | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Nodilus is a social utility being designed to inspire, foster and support the development of regenerative culture...

 

We are dreaming up a bold new social utility to inspire and empower a regenerative culture in our everyday lives.

 

This self-organized, democratic and meritocratic universe is designed to make our lives more meaningful, and contribute to making our world just and sustainable.

 

We are a free (as in freedom) open-source project.

 

my comment: "I arrived at this one by looking up the 'pangaia' initiative."

 

http://p2pfoundation.net/Pangaia

 

I believe this is an xcellent initiative. I like nodilus, the first implementation. The pangaia game (or challenge?) is going to get some interesting motion going. We might end up with a new internet, something conceived as useful and exciting by and for everyone of us.

 

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Greek farmers rent patches of land to citydwellers in scheme to combat crisis

Greek farmers rent patches of land to citydwellers in scheme to combat crisis | Networked Society | Scoop.it
The 'become a farmer' scheme offers guaranteed sales to farmers, and fresh food at cheap prices to those who invest...

 

"It's about disrupting the market, creating a direct connection between the consumer and the producer," says Koutsolioutsos. "You have a real farmer, a real man, and a real, physical piece of land that you can – indeed you must, we insist on it – go and visit. It's an alternative way of organising food production and distribution."

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FarmHack: Collaboratively Retooling Agriculture

FarmHack: Collaboratively Retooling Agriculture | Networked Society | Scoop.it

FarmHack is a network for sharing open source know-how amongst the distributed fringe of DIY agricultural tech aficionados and innovators.

 

In the same vein as Appropedia or Open Source Ecology, a collaborative digital knowledge-base facilitates the harvest of crowd wisdom to address challenges and inefficiencies in modern ecological (and economical) farm operation.

 

It is a project of Young Farmers Coalition and somewhat angled to the exuberant and tech-savvy eco-preneurial demographic, but inclusive and supportive of all open earthy inhabitants.

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PeerPoint

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PeerPoint = Peer-to-Peer Everything [This is a back-of-the-envelope first draft of top-level design specifications.] PeerPoint is intended to be much more than a user-owned social networking platfo...
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The Rise of the New Economy Movement | | AlterNet

The Rise of the New Economy Movement | | AlterNet | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Activists, theorists, organizations and ordinary citizens are rebuilding the American political-economic system from the ground up.

 

As our political system sputters, a wave of innovative thinking and bold experimentation is quietly sweeping away outmoded economic models.

 

Just beneath the surface of traditional media attention, something vital has been gathering force and is about to explode into public consciousness. The “New Economy Movement” is a far-ranging coming together of organizations...

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Sound encouraging but I won't be holding my breath http://lifeafterdebts.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/us-president-ronald-reagan-once-said.html
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The Piracy Paradigm

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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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U.K. to Make All Science Articles Free

U.K. to Make All Science Articles Free | Networked Society | Scoop.it
The U.K. government has announced plans to make all scientific journal articles about British taxpayer-funded research free for anyone to read as soon as the articles are published. The full changeover will happen by 2014, reported the Guardian, which called the move "the most radical shakeup of academic publishing since the invention of the Internet."

 

"If the taxpayer has paid for this research to happen, that work shouldn't be put behind a paywall before a British citizen can read it," David Wiletts, the U.K.'s universities and science minister, told the Guardian.

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Ex-Cop Hired By Iceland to Go After Bankers that Wrecked the Economy

Ex-Cop Hired By Iceland to Go After Bankers that Wrecked the Economy | Networked Society | Scoop.it
If you were involved in Icelandic high finance in the runup to the recession, you might want to start watching your back.

 

That's because the government has appointed a white collar crime bounty hunter who wants to haul your behind in (alive, to be sure).

 

LeMonde reporter Charlotte Chabas has a profile of Ólafur Þór Hauksson, a former local police lieutenant whom the Iceland government appointed to track down individuals likely to have helped sink the country's banking sector during the credit crunch.

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EU Parliament rejects ACTA anti-piracy treaty

EU Parliament rejects ACTA anti-piracy treaty | Networked Society | Scoop.it

The European Parliament overwhelmingly defeated an international anti-piracy trade agreement on Wednesday after concern that it would limit Internet freedom sparked street protests in cities across Europe.

 

The vote - 39 in favour, 478 against, with 165 abstentions - appeared to deal the death blow to the European Union's participation in a treaty it helped negotiate, though other countries may still participate without the EU.

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Transforming Education by Transforming the Idea of School « Learning Is For Everyone -LI4E

Transforming Education by Transforming the Idea of School « Learning Is For Everyone -LI4E | Networked Society | Scoop.it

School isn’t school.


It is the birthplace of the citizen ideal.


It’s where we learn to live a life of selfless service on behalf of the community; it’s where we find the path to virtue, subordinating innate self-interest as individuals to the interests of the community, the good of the whole. And where, on graduation day, the highest possible title in a free society is conferred upon us: citizen.

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Building the Future of Work and Culture: Announcing CultureCon 2012!

Building the Future of Work and Culture: Announcing CultureCon 2012! | Networked Society | Scoop.it
I’ve been a solo artist working independently for several years now, occasionally teaming up with others around events or short-term media projects. Lately though, I’ve become less interested in just doing one-off collaborations. For one, it gets lonely, and secondly, I’m unable to take on the scale of projects I want to work on all by myself.

 

I want to be part of a tribe — a creative community of like-minds with whom I can learn, grow, and deliver awesome value to the world, together.

 

This tribe has a certain kind of culture...

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Personal P2P Mesh Network: Share Mobile Access From Your Smartphone To Any Computer

(Reuters) - "Travelling and looking for Internet access?


A new smartphone app allows users to share mobile Web access for free with other people nearby who have the same app.

 

Called Open Garden, the app forms a mesh network that enables each person connected to it to relay it to other users.

 

"Every smartphone is a computer and a router, so we thought it was the right time to interconnect all of these devices together to make general access more ubiquitous," said Micha Benoliel, co-founder and CEO of the San Francisco-based company Open Garden."


Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/11/uk-app-sharing-idUSLNE85A00U20120611 ;

 

 

From Lifehacker: "Open Garden is both a Wi-Fi tethering app and a mesh network. Install it on your Android phone and you can use your mobile data wirelessly on your Windows or Mac laptop, as well as Android tablets.

 

Not only that—you can piggyback on others' mobile connections.

 

Once you've installed the app on your phone and the client on your computer, Open Garden will run in the background managing the connection over Bluetooth.

 

The Android app shows you all the devices connected in Open Garden, as well as the data being transferred.

 

Open Garden supposedly sniffs around for other devices using Open Garden and will manage the best way for yours to get online."

 

Source: http://lifehacker.com/5915859/open-garden-shares-your-and-others-mobile-internet-access-with-your-laptop-and-tablet ;

 

Available for Android, PC & Mac.

 

More info: http://opengarden.com/   ;


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Zurker's founder Nick Oba on defeating the Facebook 'dinosaur'

Zurker's founder Nick Oba on defeating the Facebook 'dinosaur' | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Can a cooperative social networking site that allocates shares between users take on Facebook?
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UK's former science chief: 'MMR fears coming true'

UK's former science chief: 'MMR fears coming true' | Networked Society | Scoop.it
A former Government medical officer responsible for deciding whether medicines are safe has accused the Government of 'utterly inexplicable complacency' over the MMR triple vaccine for children.

 

Dr Peter Fletcher, who was Chief Scientific Officer at the Department of Health, said if it is proven that the jab causes autism, "the refusal by governments to evaluate the risks properly will make this one of the greatest scandals in medical history".


He added that after agreeing to be an expert witness on drug-safety trials for parents' lawyers, he had received and studied thousands of documents relating to the case which he believed the public had a right to see.


He said he has seen a "steady accumulation of evidence" from scientists worldwide that the measles, mumps and rubella jab is causing brain damage in certain children.

 

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