Date archives "July 2011"

The snowflake model: Marshall Ganz on how technology has changed organizing revolutions

Marshall Ganz is a ‘social movement scholar’ and author of the book, Why David Sometimes Wins.He shares his general thoughts on the use of social media in the Arab spring. This is followed by a testimony of an Egyptian youth activist that gives the lie to the Malcolm Gladwell thesis that social media cannot generate… Continue reading

A tale of vision and leadership

This is an inspiring story of how El Hierro, a small island that is part of the Spanish Canary islands group, gained energy independence and successfully converted much of its agriculture to organic. It is described on the blog of Ellen McArthur at The Spanish Island of El Hierro (Canary Islands) is small and… Continue reading

From systems of co-determination to full industrial democracy?

The systems of management+workers co-determination, prevalent in some European countries such as Germany, are no longer functioning to the benefit of the works. Richard Hyman reflects on what’s the next step forward for the labor movement in terms of co-governance? Excerpted from Richard Hyman: “Though formally intact, the machinery of codetermination no longer provides an… Continue reading

Is the austerity wave related to Peak Oil and a lower return on energy?

The classic and mainstream left position is: the current austerity wave is a direct result of the financial crisis and the need to bailout financial capital, and working people have to pay for this. Steady-state economists have a different explanation: the failure to extract cheap and abundant energy after Peak Oil, is the fundamental cause…. Continue reading

Rethinking corporate structures away from the shareholder paradigm

Patrick Andrews of the open source car project Riversimple explains the innovative ownership and governance structures of the project: “It is time, I believe, to start experimenting with the corporate structure. The joint stock company in its current form dates back to 1856, an era when slavery was still fresh in the memory. We need,… Continue reading

Book of the Week (3): the Situationist tactic of ‘detournement’

Not the destruction of the sign, but rather destruction of the ownership of the sign. * Book: The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International. McKenzie Wark. Verso, 2011. A third and last excerpt from Ken Wark’s new book: “For past works to become resources for the present… Continue reading

Open Source Ecology: Towards 50 GVCS Tools by 2013

Here’s an update on the Global Village construction Set posted on Marcin’s blog:   This year, especially after my TED talk on the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS), we have been expanding rapidly. At this exciting juncture in the evolution of the OSE experiment, I would like to take time to regroup and reorganize. I would like to… Continue reading

The past and future of the democratic archive: from the ancient Greek “Metroon” to Wikileaks

WikiLeaks opens governments. This was the role of the Athenian archive, the Metroon. It should be the role of the contemporary archive; not to serve as a gatekeeper waiting for decades before making the raw materials of history available to us in piecemeal form, but rather as the trusted guardian and provider of timely, useable… Continue reading

Beyond ‘potemkim’ carbon markets, towards true sustainability metrics

Hazel Henderson, the author of the Green Transition Scorecard, describes how, despite the obvious failure of carbon markets, other developments are going into the right direction of a green transition. The original article is much article and has many link. The following excerpt is quite dense, but has many references to concrete projects. Hazel Henderson:… Continue reading

Stop the enclosure of the food and health commons

Food, nutrition and natural remedies are ways to stay in good health and their free availability is, in a way, a commons that needs to be protected. Chemical and pharmaceutical corporations are pushing for laws, apparently to protect pharmaceutical medicine from competition, that are resulting in the gradual elimination of this food and health commons…. Continue reading