Date archives "April 2015"

Gambiarra: From Maker Culture to Repair Culture

“Why had the maker culture become concerned only with industrial methods – prototyping future mass-produced objects? What would be the concrete outcomes of a number of success-eager young talents spitting out objects made out of melted plastic, hardly – if ever – recyclable, everywhere in the world? Doesn’t the planet have enough useless objects made… Continue reading

Open Value Networks and Commons Based Peer Production

Originally Posted on – Open Value Networks and Commons-based Peer Production With the advent of the computer and the internet, we are able to communicate and coordinate with an increasing number of people. That has allowed new possibilities in the organizational forms of production that were never possible before. Commons-based Peer Production One such… Continue reading

What is Open Source Lab Equipment?

Source – BIT Magazine One of the biggest obstacles to getting into biology, particularly genetics and synthetic biology, is the cost of equipment and expendables. A handful of large companies make the unique, precise equipment required for laboratories, and because supply and demand is small, the cost is very high. Usually, this price barrier… Continue reading Universal Basic Income on a Co-Op Dividend Scheme

Author – Johan Nygren – “Consumers’ cooperatives allocate dividends according to their members’ trade with the co-op. For example, a retail co-op store chain may return a percentage of a member’s purchases from the co-op, in the form of cash or store credit. This type of dividend is informally named divi or divvy” –Wikipedia… Continue reading

Russia’s Small-Scale Organic Agriculture Model May Hold the Key to Feeding the World

Original post by Jonathan Benson in Natural News here. Imagine living in a country where having the freedom to cultivate your own land, tax-free and without government interference, is not only common but also encouraged for the purpose of promoting individual sovereignty and strong, healthy communities. Now imagine that in this same country, nearly all of… Continue reading

Essay of the Day: Italian Operaismo and the Information Machine

‘machines don’t explain anything, you have to analyze the collective apparatuses of which the machines are just one component’ * Article: Italian Operaismo and the Information Machine. Matteo Pasquinelli. From the abstract: “The political economy of the information machine is discussed within the Marxisttradition of Italian operaismo by posing the hypothesis of an informational turn… Continue reading

Meta-Industrial Villages: what happens after the miniaturisation of technology ?

Excerpted from William Irwin Thompson: “DECENTRALIZATION of cities and the miniaturization of technology will alter the center-periphery dialectic of traditional civilization and make a whole new cultural level possible. What will take place in the metaindustrial village will be that the four classical economies of human history, hunting and gathering, agriculture, industry, and cybernetics, will… Continue reading

We have to mobilize against a systematic shut down of democratic accountability, participation and transparency

The following text is from a presentation by Heike Loeschmann of the Heinrich Boell Foundation on Transformational Change at the recent EDGE Funders Alliance Conference in Baltimore. Special thanks to Heinrich Boell who have supported our work on Commons Transition and facilitated meetings of commoners and cooperators last year that lead to the development of… Continue reading

Open Source Farming Equipment is vital for farmers

Excerpted from KYLE WIENS: “There’s not much you can do with modern ag equipment. When it breaks or needs maintenance, farmers are dependent on dealers and manufacturer technicians—a hard pill to swallow for farmers, who have been maintaining their own equipment since the plow. “[DIY repair] is cheaper than calling out the technician. But that… Continue reading

To Minimize the Influence of Cars is a Key Factor for Successful Neighborhoods

Read the original article at CARFREE.ORG. The Problem The industrialized nations made a terrible mistake when they turned to the automobile as an instrument of improved urban mobility. The car brought with it major unanticipated consequences for urban life and has become a serious cause of environmental, social, and aesthetic problems in cities. The urban… Continue reading

Essay of the Day: Theorising and Analysing Digital Labour

* Article: Theorising and analysing digital labour: From global value chains to modes of production. By Christian Fuchs. The Political Economy of Communication, Vol 1, No 2 (2013) From the abstract: “This paper considers the following question—where do computers, laptops and mobile phones come from and who produced them? Specific cases of digital labour are… Continue reading