Date archives "January 2014"

Podcast of the Day: Brett Scott on Open Source Finance

“The financial sector is a notoriously closed and opaque system, with barriers to entry at many different levels. What elements, technologies and players are required to open it up, and what would the result look like? Brett Scott, author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money sketches out some ideas… Continue reading

Trend of the Day: DIY Judaism

The Organic Growth of Independent Jewish Spiritual Communities by Amy Dean: “According to the major Jewish federations’ own internal census, Conservative congregations’ membership is in “free fall,” having dropped by 14 percent since 2001. The Reform movement is experiencing similar drop-offs in membership, especially in the 18-34 year old age range. The labor movement’s decline… Continue reading

Project of the Day: Farmery

Farmery = all-in-one urban farm and grocery store URL = Description John Robb: ‘If we can create an interactive food experience, people will begin to cultivate a relationship with their food that extends far beyond the traditional grocery store. At least, that is what Ben Greene and his company, The Farmery, are attempting to prove…. Continue reading

Peru will provide solar electricity to the poor through national program

Peru, where currently only some 66% of the population has access to electricity, will install solar panels in a National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program for 500,000 of the poorest households. The project, which was kicked off recently in Contumaza province with the installation of some 1600 solar panels, will eventually provide electricity to many Peruvians… Continue reading

Book of the Day: Invasive Technification

Gernot Böhme, Invasive Technification: Critical Essays in the Philosophy of Technology, Cameron Shingleton (tr.), Bloomsbury, 2012, 261 pp. Book Review by Andrew Feenberg: “This book covers a vast range of issues in the philosophy of technology with clarity and insight. It is divided into six chapters, each of which contains several short essays on related… Continue reading

Towards a Basic Income Law

Excerpted from R.C. Smith: “Elliot Sperber’s recent paper ‘Toward a Salutary Political-Economy – Freedom from Jobs’ has received some interesting comments, questioning the basic income law and its practical consequences. In this paper Elliot wonderfully argues that freedom is not dependent on jobs, and what we should really be arguing toward is a ‘freedom from… Continue reading

Podcast of the Day: David Bollier on Green Governance and the Law of the Commons

Excerpted from Writer’s,  journalist and activist David Bollier talks about his most recent book, co-written with legal scholar Burns Weston, GREEN GOVERNANCE: Ecological Survival, Human Rights, and the Law of the Commons. From the shownotes to the podcast: Journalist and activist David Bollier talks about his most recent book, co-written with legal scholar Burns… Continue reading

Annemarie Naylor on the cooperative ownership of digital assets

Excerpted from an interview conducted by Olivia Tusinski of the Open Institute. * On Community-Owned Digital Assets Annemarie Naylor: “There’s a long history in the UK of community ownership going back over a thousand years – of people arguing against enclosure right through to the Occupy movement in more recent times. What’s interesting is that… Continue reading

Book of the Day: Political Economy of Not Asking Permission

Hacking and Hustling: The Political Economy of Not Asking Permission. Description “Innovation has become the prima economic development tool of cities. Obama said “innovation” nine times in his 2013 inauguration speech, more than any other presidential speech in history. As US cities went bankrupt and a deep recession was felt in all corners of the… Continue reading

Great Information Transitions in the Past and the Present

If the ensemble of the managerial class had been educated with handwritten notes, big auditoriums and printed books, the class which will replace them in 30 years will have been educated with screens, interactivity and network-based collaboration. The rules which today regulate our identities, our territories and our economies have all been written for the… Continue reading

Podcast of the Day/XE: John Michael Greer on the History of Apocalyptic Thinking and its Limitations

From our friends at The Extraenviromentalist Podcast. John Michael Greer talks about the apocalypse meme, its historical content and all the days in which the world didn’t end, despite “reliable predictions”. From the shownotes to the episode: Even though we live in an age of economic decline and collapse, do our expectations for the future… Continue reading

Book of the Day: Nature for Sale

Nature for Sale: The Commons versus Commodities. Giovanna Ricoveri. Pluto Press, 2013   Description “Nature for Sale uncovers the rich heritage of common ownership which existed before the dominance of capitalist property relations. Giovanna Ricoveri argues that the subsistence commons of the past can be reinvented today to provide an alternative to the current destructive… Continue reading