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"Earthship Biotecture": Renegade New Mexico architect’s radical approach to sustainable living [Video 18min]

"Earthship Biotecture": Renegade New Mexico architect’s radical approach to sustainable living [Video 18min] | Networked Society | Scoop.it

New Mexico residents are trying to a break free from Los Alamos’ nuclear legacy by creating more environmentally sound ways of living. At the forefront of this struggle is renegade architect Michael Reynolds, creator of radically sustainable living options through a process called "Earthship Biotecture."

 

Reynolds’ solar homes are created from natural and recycled materials, including aluminum cans, plastic bottles and used tires. These off-the-grid homes minimize their reliance on public utilities and fossil fuels by harnessing their energy from the sun and wind turbines.

 

In Taos, New Mexico, Reynolds gives us a tour of one of the sustainable-living homes he created.

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What the Pirate Party has already done for Europe

What the Pirate Party has already done for Europe | Networked Society | Scoop.it

“In short: Without them, there would now be a “three-strikes” scheme in Europe, and ACTA would most likely have been in global effect. Instead, the political support for copyright monopoly reform has grown by orders of magnitude, and finally, there are subtle but very important changes in the language used by Parliament.

 

Without the Pirate MEPs, ACTA would be a global treaty today well on its way to coming into force, with all what that means...

 

Comment: If you live in Europe and you like the internet, read this!

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WebRTC is almost here, and it will change the web

WebRTC is almost here, and it will change the web | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC) is a new HTML5 standard framework that enables the sharing of video, audio, and data directly between web browsers. These capabilities open the door to a new wave of advanced web applications.

 

If all goes according to plan, over 50% of all web browsers will support this capability in the next three to four months.

 

This is the most significant step forward in web browser connectivity since 2004...

 

Comment: WebRTC might substantially change the way we use and live the internet. Real connectivity at the edges ... from friend to friend without the intervention of a central server or a website. It is kind of hard to imagine where this will lead us. 

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Biofuel subsidies benefit billionaires, study finds

Biofuel subsidies benefit billionaires, study finds | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Biofuels will serve the interests of large industrial groups rather than helping to cut carbon emissions and ward off climate change, according to research to be published in the International Journal of Environment and Health this month.

 

"... the "green economy" model might break new ground if it were to prove able to facilitate reduced emissions and allow economic growth and development with direct benefit to society itself rather than the profits of multinationals."

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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."

 

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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.

 

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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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Icelanders approve their crowdsourced draft for a new constitution

Icelanders approve their crowdsourced draft for a new constitution | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Iceland's citizens were given a chance to help forge a new constitution for their country through Facebook and Twitter, so it's not surprising that they backed the resulting draft. Now it's over to the politicians.

 

On Saturday the country held a referendum asking voters six questions about the draft, the first of which was whether they wanted to go ahead with using it as the basis for their new constitution. Two thirds voted yes.

 

Which makes sense, if you think about it. Give the people a chance to feed into the drafting, taking advantage of the internet’s convenience and low barriers, and they’ll stand behind the result.

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Austrian Programmers Build Free Bridge to Internet

A group of computer programmers and hackers in Austria is creating a low-cost way of spreading Internet access across communities. "FunkFeuer" which stands for "radio beacon" in German, uses everyday technology to create a wireless network, called a "mesh," that can transmit data from person to person, without involving companies or governments. 

 

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We have a similar thing taking off in Italy, first Wi-Fi backbone has been established in Cerveteri, close to Rome, and is programmed to be extended to some of Rome city and then to other places in Italy.

 

We are organized as a cooperative, a bit different from the Funkfeuer people who, I believe, are a more loose association of hackers and tech lovers.

 

It is good to see this finally taking off. Connectivity around the edges of the internet is growing. 

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Selfstarter - basic code for open source crowdfunding site ... for the technically inclined

Selfstarter - basic code for open source crowdfunding site ... for the technically inclined | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Selfstarter is an open source starting point for building your own ad-hoc crowdfunding site. It was put together by Lockitron after they were turned down from Kickstarter.

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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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