Date archives "September 2011"

Hastily Formed Networks: Collaboration in the Absence of Authority

* Article: Hastily Formed Networks: Collaboration in the Absence of Authority, Peter Denning. Reflections; Volume 7, Number 1 From an interesting special issue of the journal Reflections: Peter Denning: “Disasters, such as the 2004 tsunami or Hurricane Katrina, give rise to hastily formed networks. He focuses on the results of research, some of it action… Continue reading

GDP, Sloanist Management Accounting, and Central Planning

[Excerpted from “The Great Domain of Cost-Plus:  The Waste Production Economy,” Center for a Stateless Society, 2010] A large share of what’s conventionally counted as “output” consists of waste production.  Many areas of our national life are governed by accounting systems that count the consumption of inputs as an output. For example, economists’ calculation of… Continue reading

The Future of Peer Production: An evening of discussion with Michel Bauwens

Monday, October 24, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PT) Palo Alto, United States Institute for the Future (IFTF) and Shareable Magazine invite you to join us for a evening of discussion with Michel Bauwens, Founder of the Foundation for Peer to Peer Alternatives, about the promise and challenges of the emerging peer-to-peer society. Michel’s basic thesis is the dominant… Continue reading

Oxcars and FreeCultureForum 2011 – 27 to 29 of October 2011, Barcelona

27 to 29 of October 2011 – Barcelona Oxcars and FreeCultureForum 2011 Networks for a R-evolution  Three days to think about what the Internet has done for us, and what we can now do for it ;-). http://whois– is the year when the consciousness of a global network has emerged. The massive and strategic use… Continue reading

Slavoj Zizek on the ‘P2P’ bio-urbanistic approach of Nikos Salingaros

Slavoj Zizek writes in Living in the End Times, Architectural Parallax, p. 273-4: (and see below, for an extensive extract from Nikos Salingaros) “For Nikos Salingaros, the pursuit of formal or critico-ideological concerns in place of adapting to nature and the needs of ordinary human beings defines “bad architecture” which makes people uncomfortable or physically… Continue reading

Pacification by Capuccino, the geographic unconscious, and the Right to the City

Excerpted from a report of a lecture by David Harvey, and his critique of gentrification. However, for good measure, it is really useful to read the quality comments, which challenge some of David Harvey’s points, below the original article in Fast Company. Greg Lindsay: “The connections between urbanism and capitalism go deeper than that. In… Continue reading