Date archives "December 2013"

Marica in Brazil launches local-government sponsored Electronic Social Currency

Via Janice Figuereido: The first Electronic Social Currency in Brazil has been launched by a government in Maricá, the state of Rio de Janeiro (130km from the city of Rio de Janeiro). “The Town of Marica sanctioned a municipal law establishing the Municipal Fund “Popular Community Bank of Marica”, responsible for promoting a program of… Continue reading

Group Process Innovation from Intentional Communities

Intentional communities experiment with and develop many different forms of interpersonal and group processes, or communication methods among people, some of which migrate into and influence the larger culture. Excerpted from Allen Butcher: “Intentional communities also make or adapt innovations in group process, for inter-personal communication, self-governance, and communal economics. There are many forms of… Continue reading

Book of the Day: Re-Thinking Social Protection as a Commons

* Book: Francine Mestrum: Building Another World: Re-thinking Social Protection. Global Social Justice, 2013 Francine Mestrum writes: “It is a proposal for a new concept of social protection, which is particularly important at the moment that international organizations start to make their proposals for ‘social protection’. The ILO came out with its ‘social protection floors’,… Continue reading

MOOCs and Big Data vs. Labor and Gender Discrimination

“Soon, your MOOC performance will be sold to online recruiters taking advantage of the kinds of information that big data allows—fine distinctions not only on content assimilation but also participation, contribution to, and status within associated online communities. But what if these new possibilities—used by recruiters and managers to efficiently and objectively get the best… Continue reading

Essay of the Day: Corporate Espionage Against Nonprofit Organizations

Corporate Espionage Against Nonprofit Organizations * Article: Spooky Business: Corporate Espionage Against Nonprofit Organizations. By Gary Ruskin – Essential Information, 2013. Report on corporate espionage/surveillance of nonprofit advocacy groups. Executive Summary “This report is an effort to document something we know little about: corporate espionage against nonprofit organizations. The entire subject is veiled in secrecy. In… Continue reading

Creating buildings and environments that support life (Interview with Nikos Salingaros)

Click on the play button below to listen to the interview: Interview with Nikos Salingaros by James Alexander Arnfinsen, originally published by Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:07:46 — 62.0MB) “In this episode I have the delight of connecting with Nikos Salingaros, who is a Professor in Mathematics, an Urbanist and Architectural Theorist. He is originally from Greece, but… Continue reading

Restructuring the economy with empathy as its center

Democracy is lost unless we re-structure our economies, and re-structuring our economies requires a new operating system based on different values. That’s what empathy provides, not in its “thin” form as a vague appreciation of peoples’ feelings, but in its “thick” form that commits everyone to foster the wellbeing of others, and do no harm…. Continue reading

Essay of the Day: Economy of Contribution in the Digital Commons

* Article: Andreas Wittel (2013) Counter-commodification: The economy of contribution in the digital commons, Culture and Organization, 19:4, 314-331 (a free downloadable copy is available here) Andreas Wittel writes: “I have recently published an article where I try to explain why the difficulties in building the digital commons are not due to the exploitation of free… Continue reading

The Vacation Credit Labor System as the Benedictine Rule for emerging post-capitalist times

“Now with the vacation-credit labor system, secular communal society has what Catholic monasticism has had with Benedict’s Rule, a means of organizing a communal, labor-sharing economy without the use of money, and in the case of egalitarian community, with a participatory as opposed to an authoritarian form of governance. Kat Kinkade’s labor system innovation may… Continue reading

Co-operative place making and the capturing of land value for the 21st century

* Report: Commons Sense: Co-operative place making and the capturing of land value for 21st century Garden Cities. Mike Lewis and Pat Conaty. Co-operatives UK, 2013. David Bollier discusses the findings and recommendations of this report: “By converting land into commonwealth – capturing escalating land values for everyone’s benefit – it is possible to make… Continue reading

Book of the Day: How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs

“It is a basic how to manual for young faculty and I am not exaggerating on the cost savings – for example to outfit an undergrad optics lab the costs drop from $15,000 to about $500 for equipment of equal performance. Research grade equipment cost savings are even more substantial. As a scientist and a… Continue reading

Selected Citations on Peer to Peer Media

For the sources, see here: * Algorithmic Authority Algorithmic authority is the decision to regard as authoritative an unmanaged process of extracting value from diverse, untrustworthy sources, without any human standing beside the result saying “Trust this because you trust me.” This model of authority differs from personal or institutional authority. … Algorithmic authority handles… Continue reading