Date archives "March 2009"

Open-Source Healthcare

The healthcare industry is a textbook example of what Ivan Illich (in Tools for Conviviality) called a “radical monopoly.” The central function of the government’s “safety” and “consumer protection” regulations, in most cases, is either to exclude competing providers of a good or service from the market, to circumscribe the areas of competition between them,… Continue reading

User-led Science – A special issue of the Journal of Science Communication

Call for articles via Alessandro Delfanti: “Science is increasingly being produced, discussed and deliberated with cooperative tools by web users and without the istitutionalized presence of scientists. “Popular science” or “Citizen science” are two of the traditional ways of defining science grassroots produced outside the walls of laboratories. But the internet has changed the way… Continue reading

Extractive vs. Productive Anti-meltdown measures

Douglas Rushkoff makes a very important distinction in the following post at Arthur Magazine: (the original has links and is more comprehensive than this excerpt) “First off, and I can’t stress this enough: Commerce is good. Commerce is not the problem. Monopolies are. Except in a few rare cases, corporate charters and centralized currency were… Continue reading

Dave Pollard: a meditation on a world without property

Interesting thoughcapsule by Dave Pollard: “Pre-civilization and gatherer-hunter cultures have operated successfully for millennia without the concept of property — or what the Bushies hawked for the past eight years as “The Ownership Society”. The objective of such a society is to give you the feeling that you have been given something by the government/powers… Continue reading

Alternative Economy Cultures: Helsinki, April 3 to 5

Still time to jon us if you are in Finland!! To check remaining registration possibilities send email to alt.econ.cult [-at-] The Program: Friday 3rd April, 10.00 – 18.00 FULL 1-DAY SEMINAR Cultural practitioners, activists, and economic theorists from Finland and abroad, working from different contexts, strategies and institutional backgrounds, have been invited to contribute… Continue reading

The danger of unified globalization

Yesterday, we presented the first part of Thomas Homer-Dixon’s presentation of the panarchy theory of Buzz Hollings. It focused on the contradiction between efficiency, driven by interconnectedness, and resilience, which needs diversity and some degree of separation. There is another aspect to it we want to present today. Each level of ‘adaptive cycle’, such as… Continue reading

The dark side of hyperconnectivity

Panarchy theory helps us understand how complex systems of all kinds, including social systems, evolve and adapt. Of course, it shares similarities with other theories of adaptation and change. Its core idea-that systems naturally grow, become more brittle, collapse, and then renew themselves in an endless cycle-recurs repeatedly in literature, philosophy, religion, and studies of… Continue reading

The Open Rights Group: Telecom Package in second reading – dangerous amendments?

option=com_content&task=view&id=284&Itemid=9 Telecoms Package 2nd Reading ITRE IMCO Amendments–_2 UK government pushes for discriminated Internet (7.03.2009) EU citizens: Save Internet from being turned into a TV! … option=com_content&task=view&id=287&Itemid=9 Unblock the Internet for consumers: BEUC’s fight for net neutrality (18.03.2009) EDRI-gram: Open letter to the European Parliament – Telecom Package (17.02.2009) [From The Open Rights Group : Blog Archive » Telecom Package in second reading – dangerous amendments?

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