Association of Rural Development Workers – Benjamin Linder (ATDER-BL) Residents of the northern highlands of Nicaragua were typically overlooked by modern infrastructure development. The Association of Rural Development Workers has changed this, securing access to electricity and clean drinking water for local people for the first time. Today the association is also generating enough profits… Continue reading
Emaline Friedman: Let’s face it: reflecting on the substantial patterns of the last twenty years of digital economic culture returns a bleak assessment. That promise to connect us that we call the “sharing economy” has turned out to be the perfect set of business practices to extract corporate profits while remaining indifferent to the well-being… Continue reading
There is a Silicon Valley religion, and it’s one that doesn’t particularly care for people — at least not in our present form.
A powerful investigative look at data-based discrimination—and how technology affects civil and human rights and economic equity The State of Indiana denies one million applications for healthcare, foodstamps and cash benefits in three years—because a new computer system interprets any mistake as “failure to cooperate.” In Los Angeles, an algorithm calculates the comparative vulnerability of… Continue reading
With Assembly (2017), Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri have continued their trilogyEmpire (2000), Multitude (2004), and Commonwealth (2009) into the new decade, expanding it into a tetralogy. The fourth episode sees these advocates of commonism once again provide a critical analysis of the most topical developments in society. Their central issue this time concerns why the social movements that express the demands… Continue reading
“autonomous ones not subsumed by or subjected to the capitalist drive to accumulation and exploitation.” This essay was written by Tiziana Terranova and originally published in Euromade.info Tiziana Terranova: This essay is the outcome of a research process which involves a series of Italian institutions of autoformazione of post-autonomist inspiration (‘free’ universities engaged in grassroots organization of public seminars,… Continue reading
WHEN: 21st March 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pmWHERE: University of Westminster (Room UG05); 309 Regent St; Marylebone, London W1B 2HT; UKCOST: Free Michel Bauwens, Vasilis Kostakis & Alex Pazaitis (P2P Foundation) –Book Launch ‘Peer to Peer. The Commons Manifesto’ (University of Westminster Press) Not since Marx identified the manufacturing plants of Manchester as… Continue reading
Aaron Fernando: It is common to see questionable policies enacted by state and local governments under the guise of economic development — policies which appear to serve the interests of private entities rather than the interests of society at large.
Reposted from Medium Milica Begovic, Joost Beunderman, Indy Johar: The intent of putting the Next Generation Governance (#NextGenGov) agenda at the centre of the Istanbul Innovation Days 2018 was to start to explore the future of the world’s governance challenges, and to debate how a new set of models are needed to address a growing… Continue reading
Michel Bauwens: This video from IASC COMMONS is covers the evolution of the commons through history, and the role of the commons in the current shift from labor-based capitalism to contribution-based capitalism and the potential for post-capitalist developments in this particular context Photo by † David Gunter
In modeling systems dynamics, Self-Reinforcing Feedback, also known as a Positive Feedback Loop, happens when the output of a process amplifies the input to that process in continuing cycles of that process. That may have made it sound complicated, but it’s fairly simple. In a large group of cattle, if something startles a few of… Continue reading
The following is reposted from Daniel Pinchbeck’s newsletter. Daniel Pinchbeck: I want to let you know about a new activist movement I am supporting, Extinction Rebellion. Our movement is using large-scale direct actions to pressure governments to move faster on climate change. We have three immediate demands. One is that governments tell the truth about the ecological… Continue reading
Technology offers the potential for a better society. But only if used wisely and fairly, and this is the part we are missing and need to focus on.
Though created by humans, our technologies, markets, and institutions often contain an antihuman agenda. Douglas Rushkoff, digital theorist and host of the NPR-One podcast Team Human, reveals the dynamics of this antihuman machinery and invites us to remake these aspects of society in ways that foster our humanity. In 100 aphoristic statements, his manifesto exposes how… Continue reading
SUNY professor and author Virginia Eubanks on how our government and corporations are erasing social services through unequal digital practices. About Virginia Eubanks Virginia Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor; Digital Dead End: Fighting… Continue reading
Andrew Leonard, writing in Medium, compares current Blockchain hype to the cybertarian utopianism of the the early Internet: Andrew Leonard: I remember the day I fell in love with the Internet as well as I remember the birth of my children. The summer of 1993; I was a reporter at the alt-weekly San Francisco Bay Guardian and my editor… Continue reading