Date archives "January 2010"

Open Source Induction Furnace, Torch Table, Multimachine

There’s a new page on Open Source Ecology’s wiki describing the Open Source Induction Furnace project, a blog post about RepTab, a self-replicating, Open Source Torch Table, and also some initial steps to the Open Source Multimachine (with lathe, mill and drill functions). P.S.: Open Source Ecology’s  web and DNS servers have been having some problems for… Continue reading

John Heron: The Rise and Downfall of the Guru phenomenom

A republication from January 2006, which deals with hierarchy in spiritual movements and experience, and its particular pathologies. It engages in particular with the thought of Ken Wilber. John Heron: The Guru Phenomenon The traditional oriental guru represents a form of spiritual leadership in which so-called advanced spiritual states of being are transmitted from guru… Continue reading

Book of the Week: Social Business Design

Book: Monkeys with Typewriters: Myths and realities of social media at work’ by Jemima Gibbons. Triarchy Press, 2009 Interesting book on how social media affects management practice, based on 50 interviews. Here is a general presentation, followed by an excerpt from the fourth chapter on Openness. “The internet is a creative destroyer which, positively or… Continue reading

Jorge Ferrer on avoiding comparison and choosing for Equipotentiality

A republication from January 2006, by Jorge Ferrer, and still the best formulation of the basic metaphysical principle informing peer to peer relationships, i.e. Equipotentiality: “An integrative and embodied spirituality would effectively undermine the current model of human relations based on comparison, which easily leads to competition, rivalry, envy, jealousy, conflict, and hatred. When individuals… Continue reading

Why you never see people complaining about “knowledge overload”…

This post is not just about “quantity does not equal quality”. This is about volume of information and how it can affect decision quality. It’s also about a more scaleable and sustainable ecology and economy for your activities online. The technology of the weblog (and more recently the microblog) have led to the emergence of… Continue reading

John Heron on the concept and history of relational spirituality

A republication from January 31, 2006: Relational spirituality defines itself in contrast to the vertical spirituality that focuses on inner transformation alone, in abstraction from the relational basis of human life; and in contrast to the authoritarian aspects of many traditional and contemporary spiritual paths. The following can serve as a good introduction to the… Continue reading

Some Insights on Peer Governance

Peer projects do not operate in strict hierarchies of command and control, but rather in heterarchies; they operate “in a much looser [environment] which…allows for the existence of multiple teams of participants working simultaneously in a variety of possibly opposing directions” (Bruns, 2008, p. 26). According to Bruns (2008) peer projects’ heterarchies are not simply… Continue reading

Gerard Fairtlough’s triararchical typology of corporate power systems

This is a republication from January 22, 2006: In my presentations on the emergence of the peer to peer mode of production, governance, and property, I always insist on the difference between decentralized and distributed systems, with P2P applying to the latter. This differentiation is echoed in the theory of Triarchy, which makes the interesting… Continue reading

Trends in distributed science and biology

Two of the predicted trends by Stephen H. Friend on the near future of science have a true ‘p2p’ flavor: (the trends in bold will disappear and be replaced by their more distributed counterparts) “4. Indications for drugs will be determined by clinical trials performed by the biotech/pharma company developing the therapy. Most drugs today… Continue reading

How open manufacturing is related to the end of neoliberal globalization

Though there is often a focus in the open manufacturing community on technologically enabling individual self-sufficiency as a means to achieving post-scarcity, that comprehensive production capability is a long-way off. Interesting thoughtpiece by Eric Hunting, from the open manufacturing mailing list: (this is a must read, a very plausible interpretation of our present and future)… Continue reading