Date archives "April 2015"

POC21: Final Call for Submissions and a Look Into 5 Weeks of Co-Making For Sustainability

POC21: A Look Into 5 Weeks of Co-Making For Sustainability Benjamin Tincq – on 24 April 2015 Source – For a few months, OuiShare and OpenState have been preparing for POC21: a 5-week innovation camp where 100+ makers, designers, engineers and more, will join forces this summer to prototype the best open source products for a low-carbon and resource-efficient… Continue reading

How marketplace lending has effectively killed the promise of peer to peer lending

It is for a good reason that the industry changed its label from peer-to-peer lending to marketplace lending: Peer-to-peer lending is dead. Institutional investors have taken over the entire investor side of marketplace lending. The initial idea of connecting borrowers and lenders directly has been abandoned. Excerpted from Jonathan McMillan (who visited the LendIt conference):… Continue reading

What are we greedy for?

A Spanish translation can be found here.   You can also read it in Portuguese. A lot of people reacted to my comment on Facebook the other day that greed is more a symptom than a cause of our current system, with all its inequities. I’m asked, What is the cause of greed? First I’ll say… Continue reading

Better, Not More — aka Buen Vivir

Here is an inspiring five-minute video about the quest for a new post-growth economic system.  “Better, Not More,” was produced by Kontent Films for the Edge Funders Alliance, and was released last week at a conference in Baltimore. The video is a beautiful set of statements from activists around the world describing what they aspire… Continue reading

The P2PF/CIC strategic plan will be presented in AureaSocial on Tuesday, May 5th

This spring brings a new collaboration between the P2P Foundation  (P2PF) and the Catalan Integral Cooperative (CIC), working together on a Commons Transition Plan which follows the agenda developed by the common work group formed by both teams in 2014. To start off and to raise awareness about the project, a public presentation will take… Continue reading

We need regenerative farming, not geoengineering

The quick fix mindset behind geoengineering must be transformed to one that seeks a humble partnership with nature if we are to address climate change Geoengineering has been back in the news recently after the US National Research Council endorsed a proposal to envelop the planet in a layer of sulphate aerosols to reduce solar… Continue reading

Call for Papers on Citizen Science

Special Issue on Citizen Science Insightful and thought provoking papers on citizen science sought for themed issue.  Source – Editors Dr Emma Weitkamp, University of the West of England, Bristol Professor Bruce Lewenstein, Cornell University, Ithaca NY Citizen science, the direct participation of citizens in scientific projects, has grown rapidly in recent years. The… Continue reading

Excellent Profile of Enric Duran and Catalan Integral Cooperative

The Catalan Integral Cooperative (CIC, pronounced “seek”) is surely one of the more audacious commons-based innovations to have emerged in the past five years.  It is notable for providing a legal and financial superstructure that is helping to support a wide variety of smaller self-organized commons.  Some of us are calling this proto-form an “omni-commons,”… Continue reading

GNU social will hold its global “Camp” together with the “Shareable Lab” in Asturias

Between the 9th and 16th of September, we’re going to revolutionize the Sharing Economy to return it to neighborhoods and citizens The discussion about collaborative consumption is reaching pretty clear positions on the role of business. As Neal Gorenflo said this week: As for Uber, Airbnb, and the other giants of for-profit sharing, “they do… Continue reading

To Save the World… Preface by Bernard Stiegler for Michel Bauwens’ new book

Michel Bauwens, peer-to-peer activist and founder of the Peer-to-Peer Foundation, has a new book out, in French, entitled Saving the World: Towards a post-capitialist society with peer-to-peer. In the book Michel, with his collaborator Jean Lievens, argues that a new distributed and de-centralised economic model is necessary to shake up the world and  drive us towards a post-capitalist… Continue reading

The invisible fabric of social cohesion

How to promote social cohesion and belonging in our neighbourhoods through Internet and why centralized corporate architectures, as twitter or airbnb, cannot. We’re so used to seeing the world from the point of view of institutions, that the most important things are hidden from us. We all “feel” it when a neighborhood or a city… Continue reading

Growing calls for sharing and justice

The STWR report ‘Sharing as our common cause’ explains how a call for sharing is consistently at the heart of civil society demands for a better world, even though this mutual concern is generally understood and couched in tacit terms. As part of STWR’s ‘global call for sharing’ campaign, it is therefore useful to highlight… Continue reading