“Open Tech Forever (OTF) is dedicated to developing new and improved, open source versions of modern and cutting-edge technologies. In the open source spirit, we create free, online, high quality educational resources demonstrating how to understand, redesign, and replicate our products. We cover not only the skills, designs and the train of thought behind the… Continue reading
Meet radical enterpreneurs and their world-changing ways: Paris, May 2 to 4!
Zenman Energy is working on developing and prototyping an open source concentrated solar thermal/steam power generation application. Our first major project is to produce an affordable solar steam engine. On paper (well… on computer screen) our first design is a fraction of the cost of current photovoltaic solutions. It may even compete with the cost… Continue reading
…A video from 2008 dealing with P2P and Utopia: P2P and Utopia from P2P Lab on Vimeo.
Excerpted from Kurt Eichenwald: “Bitcoins are not an investment. They are an investment fad that someday could be a real digital currency, but if they continue to behave as they have, they will instead be nothing. This is not hard to understand. The fact is that real investments—outside of manias—do not quadruple or sextuple, much… Continue reading
Excerpted from a discussion by Eric Hunting: “I’ve long been interested in construction automation, both for use in space and for domestic uses. Unable to employ much sweat equity in building myself, I’ve long been interested in the idea of building the machines that might build for me. One concept that I’ve wanted to explore… Continue reading
John Robb of Resilient Communities says the days of having one job all your life are over. Resiliency requires that we diversify. In “I Have Seven Jobs and I Love It. Here’s Why You Will Too.” John explains how, by networking and by also taking care of the local aspect of our lives, we can… Continue reading
Really good documentary about Greeks returning to their heartland’s to create new localized economies. Strongly recommended! Background at Al Jazeera.
Republished travelogue from Shane Hughes of the REconomy project: When it comes to the great global transition to a better world some places are completely fascinating to observe. For example, Bhutan and its policies of Gross National Happiness or Germany and their spread of community renewables. Brazil’s story of community banks and currencies is also… Continue reading
The Oregon Weekly reports on an initiative in Eugene, OR that brings volunteers together to provide not only basic medical services but also a haircut some food and a friendly chat. Occupy Medical What do you do if you are homeless, uninsured or just plain broke and you’re sick? Where do you go if you… Continue reading
After three centuries of forest policy that put the interests of the state above locals, the French are realizing that a more inclusive policy is better for both people and forests. Excerpted from Kieko Matteson: (read the whole article here) “It is all the more ironic, then, in light of its long history of legislative… Continue reading
Written in 2007 but still valid: “1. Our current world system is marked by a profoundly counterproductive logic of social organization: a) it is based on a false concept of abundance in the limited material world; it has created a system based on infinite growth, within the confines of finite resources b) it is based… Continue reading
Excerpted from Eric Hunting, our p2p urbanistic correspondent, who monitors modular architecture: “Skyler Tibbits’ concepts are really intriguing. At first glance my feeling was that this was something with huge potential, but all very distant. But the more I saw the more it seemed like there were some possibilities for demonstrating experimental architectural-scale structure in… Continue reading
Jose Ramos proposes six paths: 1. Communion in diversity “Communion in diversity means that, even though we represent radical hybridity, mutating into new contexts, we are drawing upon each other’s knowledge and experience in order to inspire ourselves and continue to evolve and mutate what we do. We need the field of futures as a… Continue reading
A good status update on the movement’s evolution, with Banzi and guests:
While it is true that local communities have, in the past, generated successful communitarian currencies (that enabled them to improve welfare in their midst, especially at a time of acute economic crises), there can be no de-politicised currency capable of ‘powering’ an advanced, industrial society. An important and crucial argument by Yanis Varoufakis: * On… Continue reading