Date archives "January 2014"

Video of the Day: Bittunes – Super Distribution meets CC meets Bitcoin

Tomer from @iamsatoshi interviews Simon Edhouse, CEO of Bittunes, an Independent Digital Music Market where artists can both share and monetise their output. From the notes accompanying the video: “Bittunes is about empowering the end-user. It is about monetization of digital exchange between peers. As this is something which is impossible with traditional currencies, bitcoin was the… Continue reading

It Is Not a Revolution, It Is a New Networked Renaissance

P2P Foundation collaborator, Bernardo Gutiérrez writes for OWS’ Theory Thursday segment on the interconnected, non-linear nature of the global revolutionary process. You can read the full piece here at Revolution is getting too small for us. Its centenary semantic wall seems to crumble. Indeed, the Internet launches a gunshot of questions to the heart… Continue reading

Framing the FLOK Transition Project in Ecuador: why open knowledge is not enough

John Restakis: “In the current debate concerning the rise and consequences of “cognitive capitalism”, a new discourse is developing around the concept of a “social knowledge economy”. But what does a social knowledge economy mean and what are its implications for the ways in which a society and an economy are ordered? Cognitive capitalism refers… Continue reading

“The biological Human Being – individuals and societies in light of evolution” (First Chapter)

——————————————————————————————- Download first chapter here (pdf). Author and co-author: Terje Bongard, Researcher at Norw. Inst. for Nature Research, Eivin Røskaft, Professor in biology at the Norw. Univ. of Science and Technology, Trondheim. Emailing addresses: [email protected] and [email protected] Telephone Terje Bongard: +4798644786            Fax: +4773801401 An extract of first chapter: “The biological Human Being – individuals and… Continue reading

Book of the Day: Leading from the Emerging Future – from Ego-system to Eco-system Economies

Leading from the Emerging Future – from Ego-system to Eco-system Economies. Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer Description from Kelvy Bird: “In their new book Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer suggest that addressing today’s global challenges requires a threefold revolution: a revolution of economic thought from ego-system awareness to eco-system awareness, a revolution of relationships among… Continue reading

Upcoming Conference: Co-individuation of Minds, Bodies, Social Organizations and Technè

Call for Papers: General Organology: The Co-individuation of Minds, Bodies, Social Organizations and Technè “Marking the 20th anniversary of the publication of Bernard Stiegler’s landmark book, La Technique et le temps 1, which first outlined the project of a general organology, this conference aims to survey the range of twentieth-century and contemporary philosophical accounts, scientific… Continue reading

Project of the Day: Calafou, a Post-capitalist, Ecoindustrial Colony

Part of the Catalan Integral Cooperative, Calafou is a huge experimental site, functioning as a research centre exploring the intersection of permaculture and modern manufacturing. Calafou is, as they say, an attempt “to create an alternative to the second sector, alternatives to industry and services.” The following is excerpted from their website: Since its inception,… Continue reading

Brett Scott on Seedbombing and Applying the Principles of Permaculture to Finance

Extracted from his wonderfully named blog “The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money” (which also doubles as the title of his latest book), Brett Scott lays it all out. “Finance, even in its most high-tech formulations, is rooted in ecological systems. A high-frequency trading hedge fund, for example, relies on electricity… Continue reading

Video of the Day: Global Capitalism Update with Prof. Rick Wolff

I was initially taken aback at the length of this video-lecture by Professor Rick Wolff – almost an hour and a half – but, let me assure you, it’s totally worth it. He’s the sort of teacher I really wish I could’ve had in university (surely I’d have gone to class more often!) Wolff starts… Continue reading

Trend of the Day: Permaneering

= an approach to selecting, salvaging, reusing and modifying tools that’s based within ecological design criteria Description Paul Mobbs: “‘Permaneering’, or “Persistent Materials and Engineering”, is a developing concept within the Salvage Server Project’s approach to engineering, electronics and system design. Put simply, it’s an approach to selecting, salavaging, reusing and modifying tools that’s based… Continue reading

Podcast of the Day: Josef Davies-Coates on Open Coops for Permaculture

Stefan Geyer interviews our good friend Josef Davies-Coates about open cooperatives, permaculture, United Diversity and the joys of being a cybrarian. Apart from the stellar content, the show features some greasy funk between segments making for a very entertaining hour. From the shownotes to the episode: “Interviewing Cybrarian and Symbiotic Engineer Josef Davies-Coates, founder of… Continue reading

Book of the Day: Mapping the Transition to the Solar Age: from Economism to Earth Systems Science

Mapping the Transition to the Solar Age: from Economism to Earth Systems Science. Hazel Henderson. ICAEW and Tomorrow’s Company, 2013 Description Hazel Henderson writes: “…the new planetary awareness driving these paradigm shifts as we humans “connect the dots.” This knowledge explosion is now challenging our cultural beliefs about money, wealth, scarcity, abundance and transcending financial… Continue reading

Pat Conaty on Solidarity Cooperatives and the Cooperative Commonwealth

One of the most knowledgeable people about alternative economic forms and how they could be integrated in a ‘whole system’, with particular focus on Solidarity Cooperatives: “Solidarity Co-operatives have been developed as a unique multi-stakeholder Co-operative system since the 1980s. They are unique because co-production members include paid workers, volunteers, service users and social investors…. Continue reading