Date archives "November 2008"

Free Software and Human Rights

Article: FREE SOFTWARE AND HUMAN RIGHTS. By GianMarco Schiesaro. For the International Congress Free Software and the Democratization of Knowledge, Quito, 23 October 2008 In the Free Software and Education conference I attended in Quito, Ecuador last month, I met a most interesting person, GianMarco Schiesaro, who gave a very interesting presentation, entitled: Free Software… Continue reading

Introduction to Adaptive Architecture, Collaborative Design, and the Evolution of Community

Is it possible to invent a new vernacular architecture adapted to the contemporary situation exhibiting these same functional and social qualities and serving as a medium of community cultivation? In this article we will explore some of the new building technologies that hint at this very possibility. Spontaneously adaptable building systems with quick low-skill assembly… Continue reading

Book of the Week: Bioteams

Book: Bioteams: High Performance Teams based on naures most successful designs. MK Press, 2008 This book by Ken Thompson is a detailed examination of how biomimicry based organisational models, like swarming, can be applied in business environments. The author calls his approach: “bioteams”. He writes: “There are three unique group behaviors discovered from research into… Continue reading

Massimo Menichinelli: Open P2P Design as enabling Open P2P Systems

01. Design and Open P2P collaborative activities for Open Innovation In the last years the “Design” word has become widely acknowledged outside the community of designers and as everyone agrees on its importance it is now used more than the word “project“. This has happened because a “project” cannot exist on its own, but it… Continue reading

Global Commons Goods as Policy Platform for a new global compact

“Over the centuries, commoners have evolved various forms of local self-governance. Some still celebrate the decentralization and spontaneity of our community commons and look upon broader regulation as a suppressive encroachment upon our individual freedoms. But the accelerating loss of our personal sovereignty to external global forces should not prevent us from embracing the larger… Continue reading

Abundance as a field of study (2): a typology

We continue our presentation of Roberto Verzola’s essay, ‘Studying Abundance‘. Following yesterday’s explanation of the different aspects of abundance, Roberto now formulates a typology distinguishes five different kinds of abunance. Roberto Verzola: “Taking into account these various ways of classifying abundance, we suggest the following tentative classification to highlight the differences among the various types…. Continue reading