Date archives "October 2014"

Movement of the Day: Cooperation Jackson

Shareable’s Cat Johnson interviews Kali Akuno, the coordinator of Cooperation Jackson, which is a network of ethical cooperative institutions fighting for social justice and race equality in Jackson, Mississippi. This interview is an excellent companion piece to Mira Luna’s recent article on Solidarity St Louis, where Cooperation Jackson is named checked as an influence. With a median… Continue reading

Shared Machine Shops / The Journal of Peer Production

This latest edition of the Journal of Peer Production is edited by Maxigas (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) and Peter Troxler (International Fab Lab Association, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences). Despite the marketing clangour of the “maker movement”, shared machine shops are currently “fringe phenomena” since they play a minor role in the production of wealth,… Continue reading

How Uber drivers, making less than the minimum wage, are organizing with assistance of taxi drivers

This was written on the occasion of a recent strike in New York which involved 2,000 Uber drivers. Excerpted from Kaja Whitehouse: ““Uber has become like Walmart. Drivers now make less than the minimum wage when we do the math,” said Abdoul Diallo of the newly formed Uber Drivers Network, which opposes new lower fare… Continue reading

Research Is Just the Beginning: A Free People Must Have Open Access to the Law

The open access movement has historically focused on access to scholarly research, and understandably so. The knowledge commons should be shared with and used by the public, especially when the public helped create it. Source – Corynne Mc Sherry / Research Is Just the Beginning: A Free People Must Have Open Access to the Law… Continue reading

Book of the Day: Collective Action After Networks

Organisation of the Organisation-less: Collective Action After Networks. By Rodrigo Nunes. PML Books (Mute / Post-Media Lab), 2014. Summary: “Rejecting the dichotomy of centralism and horizontalism that has deeply marked millennial politics, Rodrigo Nunes’ close analysis of network systems demonstrates how organising within contemporary social and political movements exists somewhere between – or beyond –… Continue reading

A commonard’s interesting life

G Paul Blundell, a member of Acorn Community, has written an article for las Indias answering the question, “What is an interesting life?” This article is one in a series of short essays where various well known P2P-oriented thinkers, including Kevin Carson, Neal Gorenflo, and Michel Bauwens, answer the same question. You can browse through the series… Continue reading

A Paradox to Savor: A High-Quality, Free Economics Textbook

The economist Paul Samuelson once wrote, “I don’t care who writes a nation’s laws—or crafts its advanced treaties—if I can write its economics textbooks.” What a pleasure to learn that an insurgent team of economists, The Core Project, is about to rewrite the nation’s laws.  The new introductory economics textbook is called The Economy.  It… Continue reading

How Super-Star Based Technological Change Is Driving Inequality

Excerpted from David Rotman: ““My reading of the data is that technology is the main driver of the recent increases in inequality. It’s the biggest factor,” says Erik Brynjolfsson, a professor of management at MIT’s Sloan School. The coauthor, with fellow MIT academic Andrew McAfee, of The Second Machine Age, Brynjolfsson, like Piketty, has recently… Continue reading

Co-ops and Commons: Exciting Convergences in the UK

New Start magazine, a British magazine associated with the Manchester-based Centre for Local Economic Strategies, has just come out with a terrific issue (#525, October 2014) about co-operatives and commons.  The essays focus on how “more democratic forms of ownership – of land, housing, workplaces and the public realm – can revive our places.” While… Continue reading