Date archives "August 2011"

Transitioning (4): Introducing an Economic Transition Income

Fourth in a series on the transition to a sustainable economy. Excerpted from Christian Arnsperger: “The frugal economy will be a “socio-diverse” network of communities experimenting with frugal ways of life, a loose network of local economies producing primarily for the local population. There will still be some long-distance trade, but with transportation having become… Continue reading

Campaign for Commons Literacy — a fresh wind of social renewal

Hello fellow commoners around the world! Have you ever wondered why most of the world-changing ideas don’t stick, or as the Native Americans would say, “don’t grow corn?” That’s a phrase based on their philosophy of daily living, which simply means:  “If what you are doing, learning, or thinking isn’t making your life and the lives… Continue reading

The Shining Example of Iceland and their people’s reaction to the financial meltdown

Excerpted from a useful summary by Deena Stryker (writing for the South-African SACSIS): “As one European country after another fails or risks failing, imperiling the Euro, with repercussions for the entire world, the last thing the powers that be want is for Iceland to become an example. Here’s why: Five years of a pure neo-liberal… Continue reading

Does the death of big media mean the death of big ideas?

Megan Garber responds to an essay in the New York Times (by Neal Gabler), lamenting the dearth of big ideas, and blaming the fragmented mediascape for this trend. Megan Garber (excerpt): “In the Gablerian information environment, the Big Idea is a function of Big Media: The two both purify and amplify each other, entwined so… Continue reading

Ownership, peer subjectivity, and learning

* Article: Learning and Ownership. Stephen Downes, 2007 pp. 139+ In this reponse to Tony Karrer regarding the ownership of personal learning environments, Stephen Downes makes some excellent general points about learning, self, and ownership. Excerpted from Stephen Downes: “Some things cannot be owned. Owning humans, for example, is illegal. The ownership of a human… Continue reading

Transitioning (3): Fostering New Governance through Participatory Coordination and Communalism

Third in a series on the transition to a sustainable economy. Excerpted from Christian Arnsperger: “we are looking at the need for a new worldwide governance structure in the form of nested decision-making levels that will ensure a smooth and exhaustive use of citizen-generated information so as to counteract both the bio-environmental externalities and the… Continue reading

Drones, Open Source Warfare, and Peak Armaments

Excerpted from Greg Lindsay: “Drones are essentially flying–and sometimes armed–computers,” the Brookings Institution noted in a paper published last month. They’re robots who follow the curve of Moore’s Law rather than the Pentagon’s budgets, rapidly evolving in performance since the Predator’s 2002 debut while falling in price to the point where Make magazine recently carried… Continue reading

Understanding the condition of biolabour under biocapitalism

* Article: Life put to work: Towards a life theory of value. By Cristina Morini and Andrea Fumagalli (translated from the Italian by Emanuele Leonardi). Ephemera, special issue on Digital Labour, 10(3/4): 234-252 In the very interesting essay above, the authors introduce the concept of biocapitalism, which broadens the understanding of ‘cognitive capitalism’, and ‘biolabour’,… Continue reading