Date archives "October 2011"

The beginning is near : The year 2011 marks the end of the End of History

While 2001 and 2008 marked, respectively, the political and economic deaths of neoliberalism, 2011 marks the End of the End of History. Brilliant editorial and political-cultural analysis of the #Occupy movement by Jerome Roos: “The Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions. The Arab Spring. The looming Greek default. The increasingly likely breakup of the eurozone. The second… Continue reading

What Is Free Culture?

Source: Free culture is a growing understanding among artists and audiences that people shouldn’t have to ask permission to copy, share, and use each other’s work; it is also a set of practices that make this philosophy work in the real world. The opposite of “free culture” is “permission culture”, which you probably don’t… Continue reading

Towards a new spirituality for business: challenging consumerism

Walter G. Moss reviews a conference in Antwerp, Belgium, searching for new economics: “Professors Luk Bouckaert (Catholic University of Leuven), Hendrik Opdebeeck (University of Antwerp), and Laszlo Zsolnai (Corvinus University of Budapest) have done much, as Schumacher had, to stress the necessity of spiritual values in economics and business. In 2004, they were among the… Continue reading

#OccupyEverywhere as response to economic permafrost and political stagnation

Excerpted from Paul Mason: “These protests are a powerful signal worldwide. Their mere existence shows that people are determined to “think globally” about routes out of this crisis – at a time when economics is driving politicians down the route of national solutions. However marginalised they are politically – and in some countries, above all… Continue reading

Mira Luna on the State of the Solidarity Economy

Excerpts from an interview conducted by Neal Gorenflo and Michel Bauwens in Shareable magazine. “Michel Bauwens: What is the Solidarity Economy? How closely is it related to other ‘social economy’ formats such as what is called the ‘social economy’ in France. What are the requirements to be counted as part of that economy? As defined… Continue reading

Tactical and Strategic reflections on #OccupyWallStreet: is it wise to only use peaceful protest tactics?

Excerpted from Federico Campagna: “Once partners, State and Capital are today developing separate strategies. Capital’s strategy articulates through an unprecedented concentration of economic wealth at the expense of both national states and society, while the State implements its strategy through a vertiginous expansion of its military role within national (or, in the case of the… Continue reading

Turning financial and corporate risk management into a commons

Exposing complex financial instruments to the vetting of thousands of experts could help restore trust in banks, kick-start venture capital, unfreeze the paralysis of lending markets and lay the foundation for a new and stronger financial service industry. Excerpted from Don Tapscott: “Wall Street reform requires restructuring of the industry. Wall Street companies need to… Continue reading

Kickstarter campaign for the Global Village Construction Set

Marcin Jakubowski, who has recently been selected as a Senior TED fellow for 2012 – 2013, began a KickStarter campaign for the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) – a modular, DIY, low-cost, open source, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different industrial machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts…. Continue reading