Date archives "May 2012"

Pablo Solon: Why the Green Economy is a wrong path (#Rio+20 debates, 1)

Republished from Pablo Solon, Executive Director of Focus on the Global South: “Twenty years after the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992, the environmental crisis continues to worsen. The unsustainable development model that gained dominance in the world resulted to grave loss of biodiversity, melting of polar… Continue reading

Las Indias: an ideological reading of the hegemony of scarcity

David de Ugarte offers a critique of the scarcity movements such as degrowth, as a sign of the decomposition of capitalist society. (original article has many links) David de Ugarte: “The country of Jauja is a typical example of the popular utopias of the Middle Ages and the beginning of Modernity. It’s a good reflection… Continue reading

COMMUNIA’s Final Public Report available now!

COMMUNIA’s Final Public Report it’s available now. You can read it online or download it as PDF.  The Public Report is the outcome of the work of the COMMUNIA Network on the Digital Public Domain. This Report was undertaken to (i) review the activities of COMMUNIA; (ii) investigate the state of the digital public domain… Continue reading

Encouraging open source could land you in trouble

From Andrés Guadamuz: Just when I am feeling like some people in the copyright industry are getting their act together, there are news that make me rethink my patient and measured approach to the issue of global intellectual property. The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) has submitted this year’s Special 301 recommendation list to the… Continue reading

Why Bitcoin is Flawed from a Monetary Reformers’ Point of View

Excerpted from Anthony Migchels: “Bitcoin’s existence is very useful for all monetary reformers as it will allow us to gather information about the strategies that the adversary will use to disable it. Notwithstanding these revolutionary breakthroughs, Bitcoin does suffer from a basic flaw. It’s designed to behave like Gold. Nakamoto clearly believes Austrian Economics to… Continue reading

Open Educacion 2012

Open Education has come of age. The tiny movement that began in the late 1990s as a desire to increase access to educational opportunity has blossomed into requirements in national grant programs, key strategies in state legislatures and offices of education, content sharing initiatives at hundreds of universities and high schools, and a wide range… Continue reading

The manyfold expressions of resistance in Greece

Excerpted from Lina Filopoulou, active in the Athens Neighborhood Assembly, and who describes the development of the Greek resistance against the austerity programmes imposed on Greece: “Social injustice has spurred new modes of resistance. The experience of Greece as the weakest link in the eurozone and its contribution regarding the resistance movement is very important…. Continue reading

Video of the Day: Jon Jandai on the Pun Pun Permaculture Seed Commons in Northern Thailand

  Jon is a farmer from northeastern Thailand. He founded the Pun Pun Center for Self-reliance, an organic farm outside Chiang Mai, with his wife Peggy Reents in 2003. Pun Pun doubles as a center for sustainable living and seed production, aiming to bring indigenous and rare seeds back into use. It regularly hosts training… Continue reading

Critiques of the ‘futurist’, ‘cornucopian’, abundance literature, by Dale Carrico and Gregor McDonald

“The Future” conjured up by Diamandis and Kotler is less than a mirage, for what it offers as substance is nothing but escapism from the real present, what it offers as solutions are nothing but distractions from problems, what it offers as a championing of the intelligence of exploited, excluded millions is nothing but an… Continue reading

LiquidFeedback: What A Genuine Democratic Process Looks Like

From David Bollier: At a time when representative democracy is increasingly revealed as ineffectual, phony or both – a kabuki theater of empty formalisms that disguise the offstage conspiracies of corporate/state elites – many people look to the Internet for salvation.  After all, the Internet is far more open, participatory and meritocratic than the closed,… Continue reading

The Indignados one year after: emergence of real democracy infrastructures in Spain

This novel model of collective participation has turned Spain into one of the countries closest to the P2P society ? . The 15M have kick-started initiatives such as Goteo ? , a crowdfunding platform, Nockin ? , a search engine for P2P services, Kune ? , a platform facilitating cooperation, or Nolotiro ? , a… Continue reading