Date archives "September 2009"

Book of the Week (2): Case studies of networked politics

Book: Transforming Power: From The Personal To The Political. by Judy Rebick. Penguin Canada, 2009 In this second and last installment on Judy Rebick’s book, we feature excerpts from chapter 13, entitled: “Is the Party Over?” Do the new movements point to alternatives to traditional political party organizing? Judy Rebick: 1. Spain “One of the… Continue reading

Distributed Manufacturing (1): the importance of modularity

The conditions of physical production have, in fact, experienced a transformation almost as great as that which digital technology has brought about on immaterial production. The “physical production sphere” itself has become far less capital-intensive. If the digital revolution has caused an implosion in the physical capital outlays required for the information industries, the revolution… Continue reading

From pioneering Australia: E-participatory budgetting

Via Tiago Peixoto at TechPresident: “The government of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW), in an attempt to mitigate the effects of the economic downturn and stimulate local economies, has allocated the equivalent of US$30 million to the Community Building Partnership program. Aiming to support local jobs, stimulate growth and improve community facilities,… Continue reading

Governance, labour and property modalities for outcome-based enterprise

I have not often seen detailed treatments of what kind of structural options exist for outcome-based enterprises. I often state that the key issue for peer production and shared design communities, who deal with abundantly shareable immaterial value, is how that they interact with allied enterprises that create scarce and rival but marketable added value… Continue reading

Estimating the Development Cost of Open Source Software

Via CMS Wire: “Black Duck Software (news, site) recently released a report stating that, by their calculations, the development cost of open source software is US$ 387 Billion. That’s roughly half of the US stimulus bill. Contributing to this value are over 200,000 open source projects with over 4.9 billion lines of code. Not only… Continue reading

Book of the Week: Judy Rebick’s Transforming Power

Given the failure of the Left, the labour movement, and the social movements to creatively resist neo-liberalism, it makes sense that when a new generation emerged to fight corporate globalization, they created horizontal structures and demonstrated an abhorrence of any kind of top-down leadership. Book: Transforming Power: From The Personal To The Political. by Judy… Continue reading

Centralized Grids as a condition for Distributed Energy

An interstate transmission corridor solves wind’s intermittency. The wind is always blowing somewhere. Simultaneous lulls in wind across the country hardly ever happen. So if we connect the sites, if Texas has a sudden lull, then North Dakota can fill in. Long distance interconnection lets unsynchronized peaks and troughs to cancel each other out; stabilizing… Continue reading

Between collapse and post-scarcity

Taken together, all of these human traits—intellectual, communicative, and social—have not only emerged from natural evolution and are inherently human; they can also be placed at the service of natural evolution to consciously increase biotic diversity, diminish suffering, foster the further evolution of new an ecologically valuable life-forms, and reduce the impact of disastrous accidents… Continue reading

Shanzhai: Flexible Manufacturing for the Next Generation

The Chinese shanzhai phenomenon was featured recently in posts by Andrew “Bunnie” Huang and Tom Igoe.   To me it’s striking reminiscent of the flexible manufacturing networks of Emilia-Romagna and the Third Italy. The literal meaning of shanzhai is “mountain fortress,” but it carries the connotation of a fortified area or stronghold outside the state’s… Continue reading

Breakout Cornellà Beta 28/09/09 Everyone welcome!

Get-out-the-office day Do you need a break from work but without leaving work? Are you interested in new ways of communicating and working with internet 2.0? Do you fancy a coffee in the open-air getting to know where WiFi stretches to? On the 28th Sept. and 13th Oct. from 09:00-18:00 a team from CitiLab are having a first work and meeting… Continue reading

Empty archives: why do scientists have such a hard time with (data) sharing?

Commentary by Alessandro Delfanti: The September 10th issue of Nature contains a special part focused on data sharing in research which is freely accessible online. In the editorial of the special issue, Nature claims for a comprehensive approach: scientific institutions should invest more money in education and in hardware and software, in order to “create… Continue reading

Exploring the Diagonal Economy

Jeff Vail continues to explore the potential and trends around the emergence of a Diagonal Economy. Simply put, between the current centralized globalization model based on interconnecting big hierarchies, say the Vertical Economy, and the emerging Horizontal Economy of the Rhizome, it is most likely that the future will bring some kind of mix and… Continue reading