Date archives "December 2009"

Towards a global innovation commons against climate instability

We covered this before, but David Bollier’s clear explanation warrants republication, especially after the failure of the Copenhagen summit: David Bollier: “David E. Martin, an intellectual property activist who works with many developing countries, argues that a great many green technologies are already in the public domain and ready to be developed. They just need… Continue reading

A Collection of Citations on Open, free, participatory, and commons-oriented learning approaches

For the citation sources, go here. * Schools need to open up to peer-based learning models “When you look at children’s learning outside school, it is driven by what they are interested in, which is the direct opposite of school-based learning. For example, in the United States a group of students were interested in Manga,… Continue reading

Towards a New Multilateralism for the Global Commons

We covered James Quilligan landmark essay before, but David Bollier’s fine presentation makes it worth returning to it. David Bollier: “If commons are to take root and grow in our society, at the local, national and international levels, what might that mean for the future of the nation-state, multilateral institutions and public policy? These are… Continue reading

Cooperation and hierarchy in the collaborative firm

Book: The Firm as a Collaborative Community – Reconstructing Trust in the Knowledge Economy / Charles Hecksher & Paul S. Adler. Tom Haskins has been reading the book, and took extensive notes. The book seems full of provocative, sometimes counter-intuitive insights. Chapter Two: Bureaucratic vs. Collaborative Efficiency “In the second chapter, Charles F. Sabel contrasts… Continue reading

Umair Haque: Evolving leaders to builders

The 21st century doesn’t need more leaders – nor more leadership. Only Builders can kickstart the chain reaction of a better, more authentic kind of prosperity. A very important point made by Umair Haque in “The Builders Manifesto“: Excerpt: “Leaders don’t create great organizations — the organization creates the leader. 20th century economics created a… Continue reading

Derrick Jensen on the Decolonizing of our Minds and the New Subjectivities of Change

3 contributions on the individual aspects of social change efforts. Do also check out the excerpts from the Re:Invention documentary below, about personal transformation in times of crisis. 1.“Do Something” Derrick Jensen on the subjective necessities for social change: In other words: What do you need to do? Derrick Jensen: “A lot of the indigenous… Continue reading

David Harvey on the need for a (p2p-less!) “co-revolutionary theory”

Just as the right is doing (see our previous articles on Red Toryism), the left is also rethinking it’s theories in the light of the meltdown and concurrent crisis of neoliberalism; and the emergence of network (p2p) dynamics. David Harvey formulates some new proposals for a left transition theory, based on a articulation of seven… Continue reading

The next finance: socially responsible trading networks and their alternative trading systems

From an article by Hazel Henderson: “When the collapse came, some like-minded investors and traders had already begun to build new exchanges from the bottom up. An underlying infrastructure already existed in the form of alternative trading systems (ATS). ATS are electronic markets such as Instinet and Archipelago, regulated by the SEC, that broker financial… Continue reading