Date archives "August 2008"

The role of contemporary spiritual communities in the Post-Industrial reinvention of the Pre-Industrial past

The following is from an interesting discussion by Eric Hunting on the role played by religious or spiritual communities in developing alternative forms of production. I just want to add that of course this does not imply support of a particular path, nor of of the presence of authoritarian elements within a particular community (for… Continue reading

Mushin on moving from a hierarchical to self-empowered spirituality

What I appreciate in Mushin is that he may be the very first spiritual master to have consciously abandoned this stance, and replaced by a horizontal ‘spiritual servant’ oriented approach. In an interesting blogpost, he compares his earlier personal experiences a a leader claiming spiritual authority, with the liberation of letting go of that stance…. Continue reading

From the nation-state, via the market state, to the rhizomatic state?

the Nation-State actors of globalization do not realize that rhizome terrorism is not fighting the policies of particular states, but that the source of conflict is the fundamental incompatibility of rhizome with the hierarchal nature of both globalization and the state. The above quote is from an essay by Jeff Vail, together with John Robb… Continue reading

OpenStreetMap status report

Via Glyn Moody OpenStreetMap is clearly fast becoming one of the open world‘s signal achievements!. Here’s a recent summary of their progress: “Earlier this week the project surpassed 50,000 registered users with over 5,000 actively contributing data each month. Historically the contributor base has doubled every 5 months. That means there will be around 50,000… Continue reading

The role of the market in a Peer to Peer Society

Following the relational typology of Alan Page Fiske, there are four intersubjective modes which have existed cross-culturally and historically: equality matching (gift economy), authority ranking (feudal-type structures), market pricing, and communal shareholding (according to us: P2P). Societies have always been a mix, but it can be argued that historically we have seen a succession… Continue reading