Date archives "October 2013"

Rushkoff: "The object of the game in the 21st century is not to win but to develop a sustainable model"

Douglas Rushkoff is in fine form in this video interview, recorded by Alex Pasternack for Motherboard in early 2012. The interview is still highly relevant today. Rushkoff talks about how, while many see Occupy as dead, in fact it “has barely begun”, and that the movement will never lend itself to being described “in a… Continue reading

The logic of the commons to build global citizenship and global justice at multiple levels and scales.

The Building a Global Citizen’s Movement conference in Johannesburg, November 11-13, organized by DEEP, Concord, Civicus with the support of the Charles Leopold Mayer Foundation is kicking is starting a community to build a Global Citizens Movement and is crowdsourcing input from participants for a declaration of common commitment for this movement.   I proposed… Continue reading

Rhizomatica links up Mexican villages the Telcos ‘forgot’

Rhizomatica ( is a project that seeks to close the gap Telcos like to leave on the outskirts of their areas of coverage. The current focus of activity is in Mexico’s Oaxaca province, where indigenous communities cannot get service from the large telecommunications giants. The Rhizomatica project makes inter-village communications possible. There is an indiegogo… Continue reading

Essay of the Day: Designing Online Channels for Digital Humanitarians

Designing Online Channels for Digital Humanitarians * Thesis: Participatory Aid Marketplace. Designing Online Channels for Digital Humanitarians. Matt Stempeck, 2013 URL = Submitted to the Program in Media Arts and Sciences, School of Architecture and Planning, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, June 2013   Abstract… Continue reading

Project of the Day: Dozuki

Dozuki = an online documentation creation solution that makes it easy to create excellent, full-featured documentation, even in tandem with the production process. “The iFixit team, widely known for their excellent instructionals, created Dozuki, an online documentation creation solution that makes it easy to create excellent, full-featured documentation, even in tandem with the production process. Designed for computers, iPads, iPhones,… Continue reading

Trend of the Day: Research Reputation Metrics

Research Reputation Metrics by Richard Price: “New reputation metrics, developed by a number of startups, have been developed that incentivize scientists to share their research openly, rather than incentivizing them to put their research behind a paywall. Scientists are adopting them to better stand out from thecrowd when applying for jobs. Examples of these new reputation metrics include inbound citation counts,… Continue reading

The student-centered, passion-driven learning revolution

An article in Wired profiles radical teachers in various countries, by JOSHUA DAVIS. An excerpt from the introduction: “Access to a world of infinite information has changed how we communicate, process information, and think. Decentralized systems have proven to be more productive and agile than rigid, top-down ones. Innovation, creativity, and independent thinking are increasingly… Continue reading

Trend of the Day: Networked Participatory Design Systems

Networked Participatory Design Systems By Elizabeth Sikiaridi and Frans Vogelaar of Hybrid Space Lab: Networked Participatory Design Systems Today: “The projects described above stand in the long tradition of participatory urban design, in the long tradition of the efforts of inserting the voice of the public into the process of shaping cities. Today these networked participatory design projects, such as CITY KIT, DIY Pavilion and SIMPLE CITY, are… Continue reading