Date archives "February 2013"

How deterritorialized idea communities challenge geographic democracies

Republished from Tiago Peixoto, who has a really excellent blog on the challenges of participatory democracy: “It is easy to identify an existent and increasing disjunction between representation based on territorial constituencies and the preferences of citizens that, many times, are not circumscribed by any territory. In practice, such a fact leads to a representation… Continue reading

Essay of the Day: Keith Hart’s Manifesto for a Human Economy

Excerpted from Keith Hart: “Ronald Coase won a Nobel prize in economics for inventing the idea of transaction costs in his famous paper “The nature of the firm” (1937). He has just announced his desire, with Ning Wang, to found a new journal called “Man and the economy”. Their manifesto, “Saving economics from the economists”,… Continue reading

Answering both ‘conservative’ and ‘progressive’ critiques to the p2p approach

I’m republishing this May 17, 2010 mini-essay entitled: “Is the p2p approach utopian?”. Text: ‘he critique that the P2P approach that we are defending in these pages is utopian can come from two different quarters. One is the obvious one, the conservative side. This approach suggests that humans are very flawed, and that our societies… Continue reading

Video of the Day: Sacred Economics with Charles Eisenstein – A Short Film

“Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth. Today, these trends have reached their extreme – but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to… Continue reading

Chris Cook on the gas currency as the money of the future: From the Bondapocalypse to energy diplomacy

Outlining the post-dollar world: This Max Keiser report, always informative AND entertaining, has two parts. In the first part, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the “bond bubble” (i.e. the problem); in the second part, an interview with ‘open capital’ expert Chris Cook, they discuss the solution, “energy diplomacy”. Watch the video here:

Mapping the emerging alternative finance system

This alternative finance system was designed with the purpose to engage a debate and give a head start in mapping the new financial system that is currently emerging. All Street, the portal for alternative finance and crowdfunding, introduces its graphical overview: “New forms of finance powered by technological changes and higher social and environmental awareness… Continue reading

P2P money transfer to occupy banks’ lucrative international transfer business

Could exorbitant fees and bad exchange rates for international bank transfers soon be a thing of the past? TransferWise ( and CurrencyFair ( are two internet-based money transfer services which openly compete with banks for the lucrative business of transferring money from one country to another. The services are modeled on the technology that powers… Continue reading

Essay of the Day: Code Forking and Governance in Open Source Software

the authors argue that forking need not be seen as negative behaviour; rather, it can be a way of building long-term sustainability * Essay: Code Forking, Governance, and Sustainability in Open Source Software. Technology Innovation Management Review, January 2013. Linus Nyman and Juho Lindman discuss Code Forking in the Context of the Three Levels of… Continue reading

The Economics of Monasticism

Kevin Flanagan writes: “I’ve been reading ‘The Economics of Monasticism by Nathan Smith’ over the past week. He makes some interesting points in comparing the sustainability of intentional communities with that of Christian monasteries. Citing a study by Rost et al (2008) that “An average longevity of 463 years makes monasteries more durable not only… Continue reading

Project of the Day: ROG, the collaborative agency behind the world’s first Open Source Capital City

Taking the new state of South Sudan as prime example of the challenges faced by a radically new political, social, economic and societal order after decades of shattering, and indeed lingering conflict #OSJUBA proposes an Open Source Framework for Regional and National Development, which could lead to the establishment of the world’s first Open Source… Continue reading

Video of the Day: Donnie Maclurcan on Thriving Beyond Economic Growth

Donnie Maclurcan from the Post Growth Institute ( outlines a macroeconomic framework based on not-for-profit enterprise at the Environmental Professionals Forum (Oct 2012) hosted by Net Balance.” Donnie starts talking at 3:30′. The lecture stresses the importance of not-for-profit, mission-oriented, purpose-driven enterprise models. Watch the video here: