Date archives "November 2015"

Face It, Your Politics Are Boring As F-ck

Great commentary from Nadia C. from, subsequently adapted by Alnoor Ladha from The Rules forwarded this to us, and it reminded me of this must-watch skit by the late, great Gil Scott Heron. You know it’s true. Otherwise, why does everyone cringe when you say the word? Why has attendance at your discussion… Continue reading

Ten billion reasons to demand system change

With the release of a refreshingly pessimistic science-based documentary that connects human development with the global ecological crisis, there is even more reason for concerned citizens to take to the streets in unprecedented numbers to demand a radical shift in government priorities. Has the international community left it too late to prevent runaway climate change… Continue reading

Book of the Day: Creating an Economy for the Common Good

Christian Felber announced during the recent Solidarity Economy conference in Berlin (September 2015) that more than 300 businesses are already using the Common Good accounting system. Here’s the book that explains why that is needed: * Book: Christian Felber. Change Everything. Creating an Economy for the Common Good. ZED Books, 2015 Here is the description:… Continue reading

Mapping the emerging post-capitalist paradigm, and its main thinkers

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT The post reproduced below was the first draft version of the current capitalism/post-capitalism diagrams. These have since been substantially updated and the current versions can be found in this post at

There can be no emancipatory politics without attention to technology

Excerpted from a very interesting interview by R.C. Smith of techno-philosopher Andrew Feenberg, who has been very influential on the formulation of p2p theory as well. Andrew Feenberg: “There is a long tradition of political theory in which technology is simply ignored. Politics is reduced to groups of people expressing their opinions. Philosophers don’t concern… Continue reading

Essay of the Day: Technology and Social Change

Essay: Technology and Social Change: Some Shifting Patterns of Technological Contention. Steve Walker. Paper for the ISIS Summit in Vienna, 2015. From the abstract: “Feenberg (2002) analyses technology in terms of managerial autonomy to assert control over and through technological choices, implying the necessity of increased democratisation of technological relations in the workplace in achieving… Continue reading

Report: On Algorithmic Accountability and the Investigation of Black Boxes

* Report: Nicholas Diakopoulos. Algorithmic Accountability: On the Investigation of Black Boxes. Knight Foundation and the Tow Center on Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School. Here is an introduction to the thematic of the report: “The past three years have seen a small profusion of websites, perhaps as many as 80, spring up to capitalize… Continue reading

Book of the Day: Towards Holonomic Business Strategies

“The authors of this remarkable book have distilled the essence of the ideas and values taught at Schumacher College, a unique transformative learning centre based on systemic thinking and grounded in deep ecology, and they show how these teachings can be applied with many case studies of enlightened businesses. Holonomics is a powerful antidote to… Continue reading

From Local Community Credit to Global Credit Commons

Excerpted from Jamie Brown-Hansen: “Community credit, however, is currently a global landscape of local credit facilities. This is not yet a global credit facility. It is easy to offer community credit within a local network of trust. It is much harder to offer community credit for something you’d like to order from China. So the… Continue reading

Essay of the Day: The Recuperation of the Hacker Class by Capitalism

* Essay: Repurposing the hacker. Three temporalities of recuperation. By Delfanti, Alessandro, and Söderberg, Johan. This essay describes the recuperation of hackerdom by capitalist society in three different stages. When on of the the authors, Johan, sent me the as yet unpublished draft for commentary, I wrote the following: “Two suggestions, one, I think there… Continue reading

CfP: Demystifying Blockchain Through an STS Lens

A call for papers for a special issue of “Engaging Science, Technology, and Society” (eSTS), a new open access journal of the Society for Social Studies of Science: Demystifying Blockchain Through an STS Lens: Challenges and Opportunities of a New Infrastructure for the Commons “The reward of labour is life. Is that not enough?” William… Continue reading

Movement of the Day: The Humanist Management Network

The Humanist Management Network is “working on reconnecting the old humanistic traditions with the insights of the sciences to provide an alternative narrative for human organizing”. Michael Pirson explains: “The Humanist Management Network, of which I’m a founding partner, has been working on reconnecting the old humanistic traditions with the insights of the sciences to… Continue reading

City as a Commons Conference Reimagines Cities, and in High Relief

Neal Gorenflo shares his report on the recent The City as a Commons conference, held in Bologna, Italy. For more coverage on the conference, check out David Bollier’s take on the event. The City as a Commons conference broke new ground earlier this month. As the first International Association of the Study of the Commons… Continue reading

unMonastery: The Year Ahead

An update from our friends at the unMonastery in Matera, Italy and, as you’ll soon see, beyond. Over the past 6 months the unMonastery has been going through a number of significant developments, explorations and experiments?—?these initiatives have had mixed results, some very successful and some borderline disastrous; the net effect has restricted our capacity… Continue reading

Essay of the Day: The Algorithmic Accountability of Journalists

* Paper: Algorithmic Accountability: Journalistic Investigation of Computational Power Structures. By Nicholas Diakopoulos. Digital Journalism, 2015 Excerpted from a discussion by Stefanie Knoll: “How can the power of algorithms be understood and, when called for, controlled? We are only starting to understand how these strings of computer code are shaping our view of the world…. Continue reading