Date archives "April 2014"

Thinking Like a Commoner: an interview with David Bollier

We have a choice: Ignore the commons and suffer the ongoing private plunder of our common wealth. Or Think Like a Commoner and learn how to rebuild our society and reclaim our shared inheritance. This accessible, comprehensive introduction to the commons will surprise and enlighten you, and provoke you to action.” * Jessica Conrad interviewed… Continue reading

Podcast of the Day: Jean-Martin Fortier on MicroFarming

Here’s a very inspiring short podcast, originally published in Peak Prosperity, about what can happen when people with no prior farming experience decide to take a stab at a radically different lifestyle. From the shownotes to the episode As we awaken to the realities in store for us in a future defined by declining net… Continue reading

Prehispanic 2.0 – Latin America’s P2P Roots

This short piece, written by Bernardo Gutiérrez, defines and describes a number of traditional terms and practices originating in Latin America’s indigenous cultures which find their mirrors in the modern P2P and commons lexicon.  The Spanish original was first published on Yorukubu, and the English translation on Guerrilla Translation. The native peoples anticipated the much-touted sharing… Continue reading

Douglas Rushkoff on the death of start-ups

It’s a blast to be on Rushkoff’s mailing list. After his much-publicised abandonment of Facebook, he created this list “…to keep people aware of my latest writing, upcoming appearances, and as-yet-unpublished pieces. It’s the easiest way for me to reach you directly, without social network filters, advertisements, or editorial interference. ”  It works pretty well…. Continue reading


Original text here. A short essay by Christopher Alexander We have been used to thinking of architecture—cities, streets, houses, apartments, gardens, classrooms—as being functional or not. The much deeper connection to our own freedom, is the most basic issue. Each us struggles; and we hold precious our freedom. Hard to define, it is nevertheless the… Continue reading

Paul Krugman on Piketty and the Patrimonial Capitalism Thesis

Inherited wealth is growing faster than the economy and this has huge implications. Paul Krugman is interviewed by Bill Moyers: “A key component of this ongoing disaster of capitalism is what happens when great wealth—and Piketty puts focus on inherited wealth—grows at rates faster than the overall economy. The mathematical formulation of that idea—which looks… Continue reading

Open Source Seeds to keep new vegetable and grain varieties free for all

Extracted from NPR, this article and the accompanying audio highlight a great initiative undertaken by students, scientists and activists from the University of Wisconsin, Madison: Open Source Seeds A group of scientists and food activists is launching a campaign Thursday to change the rules that govern seeds. They’re releasing 29 new varieties of crops under a new “open… Continue reading

Why capitalism doesn’t work: Thomas Piketty’s landmark book

Will Hutton summarizes Thomas Piketty’s landmark book Capital in the Twenty-First Century: “Like Friedman, Piketty is a man for the times. For 1970s anxieties about inflation substitute today’s concerns about the emergence of the plutocratic rich and their impact on economy and society. Piketty is in no doubt, as he indicates in an interview in… Continue reading

Rafael Correa: trying to privatize a public good by means of patents is harmful to society

Excerpted from a speech by the Ecuadorian President, Rafael Correa, at Yale University: “Having provided you with a quick overview of the importance we are attributing to human talent, science, knowledge and innovation in our administration, allow me to go back to the main idea I want to discuss this afternoon. The results obtained are… Continue reading