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October 2008 Blog Posts (17)

Help Each Other Through a Bad Economy

Instead of staying in a hotel, rent a room from a local.

Travel cheap. Discover more.

Try the “temporary bed and breakfast” peer-to-peer sites, AirBed & Breakfast or Roomorama where a night’s stay can range from $45 to $100 or so. Anyone with a bed, airbed or couch can rent it out for the night. Reserve your night online, paying with a credit card or via PayPal.… Continue

Added by Kare Anderson on October 30, 2008 at 0:00 — No Comments

4 Successful Ways We Achieve More Together Than Alone

Tired of self-promotion? Would you like to make work and life easier, more productive and fun – with others? Here’s four ways others accomplish more together than you can on your own – and sometimes forge friendships.

1. Co-create Products, Cause Support and More

• From clothing design to science experiments, the right crowd can get more done… Continue

Added by Kare Anderson on October 29, 2008 at 0:00 — No Comments

The hidden epistemological biases of virtual worlds, and how they hurt natural ecology

see Website: http://cabowers.net/

key argument: our virtual environments carry hidden and implicit messages about the (pseudo)abundance of the world, and undermines sustainability consciousness,


---------- Forwarded message ----------

From: Chet Bowers

Date: Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 1:00 PM

Subject: Exploring mutual interests

To: michelsub2004@gmail.com

Hi Michel:

Many thanks for sending information about where… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on October 27, 2008 at 22:54 — No Comments

Opening of FLOSS Manuals bookstore

FLOSS Manuals (http://www.flossmanuals.net) is proud to announce the

opening of our new Book Store. Not only can you now buy our high quality

manuals about Free and Open Source Software as books, but you can also

host the store on your own website! The FLOSS Manuals Book Store can be

nested in your website with a few easy lines of code pasted into your

webpages. The Book Store has been designed to fit neatly into navigation

bars and the sidebar of blogs and it can… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on October 27, 2008 at 0:29 — No Comments

Transforming Our Financial System ... From the Bottom Up

The central bankers of the world are planning to meet in Europe to

redesign the financial system from the top down. From Friday, October

24 through Tuesday, October 28, a diverse group of permaculturists,

entrepreneurs, community leaders, and investment strategists are

gathering in Hohenwald, Tennessee, to transform the financial system

from the bottom up, contributing to efforts that are spreading

virally, creating liquidity and economic… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on October 27, 2008 at 0:25 — 2 Comments

New Book: Leadership from Below

From the author/publisher site, for more info, see http://www.leadershipfrombelow.com/about.html

The Internet generation of interculturally minded, socially networked leaders is redefining the workplace. Management is slow to respond. Whether you are changing the rules, or watching the rules change, you need to read this book. How can you ground your leadership in the here and now?

Asian philosophy — with concepts like ba, Zen, feng shui, and ki — is becoming increasingly… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on October 26, 2008 at 13:10 — No Comments

The Equal Dignity Organizational Concept

From Rune Kvist Olsen:

Request the full document at rukvol@online.no

Now is the time to communicate and forward the message of ”The Equal Dignity Organizational Concept” as a mean to rebuild corporate trust throughout the world. This appeal can be seen as one of the ultimate reactions to the global shift in corporate and economic history of this tumultuous times inflicted with substantial changes and transformations of how our systems in society are functioning. As… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on October 23, 2008 at 17:32 — No Comments

New book: Baudelaire in Cyberspace

Baudelaire in Cyberspace

Dialogen over kunst, wetenschap en digitale cultuur

Antoon Van den Braembussche & Angelo Vermeulen

:: preface Henri Beunders

:: graphic design Joris Van Aken & Raf Vancampenhoudt

:: ASP, Brussels, 262 pp, with color illustrations, in Dutch

:: order on http://www.vubpress.be

This publication is a collection of ten in-depth dialogues between art philosopher Antoon Van

den Braembussche and Angelo Vermeulen. In these… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on October 22, 2008 at 23:40 — No Comments

New Book: Organising and Disorganising: A Dynamic and Non-Linear Theory of Institutional Emergence

Organising and Disorganising criss-crosses the conventional divisions between complexity theory, ecology, sociology, anthropology and political science, weaving an intriguing and fertile theory of systems behaviour which emphasises dynamical change over static classification. With characteristic wit, Michael Thompson uncovers a plethora of uninhabited intellectual niches for ambitious scholars to colonise.

Following his previous seminal work in this area (see panel on right),… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on October 17, 2008 at 10:28 — No Comments

Metagovernment and the People2020 project

Via Paul Codd McDonald, whom I met in Barcelona last week,

More info via paulcoddmacdonald@gmail.com

Here is a link to the open source democracy project I mentioned. I am a founding committee member and can act as a liaison for you with the project, or introduce you to the rest of the committee if you want to get more closely involved.

See http://www.metagovernment.org

Here are some other related projects we have come across over the last 6 months or… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on October 15, 2008 at 2:37 — No Comments

Democratic Socioeconomic Platform announcement

Fellow Passengers and Crew,

Now that it has indeed and undeniably hit the fan, and is splattering about on everyone, we take this crisis/opportunity to respectfully suggest the following.

The purpose of this communication is to announce and present to you a Democratic Socioeconomic Platform, in search of a Democratic Political Party.

This Democratic Socioeconomic Platform (DSeP) is available on the website of the Center for the Study of Democratic Societies… Continue

Added by Robley E. George on October 11, 2008 at 22:32 — No Comments


From: avaaz@avaaz.org

Subject: Thanks for buying in, not bailing out

Thank you for adding your voice to the campaign for buy-ins and a global public rescue plan, instead of bailouts which benefit reckless financiers most. The petition will be delivered to Finance Ministers of the G7 countries in Washington by the end of the week, and to a Global Crisis Summit including many heads of state in November.

We do need as many people as possible to join our call, so that we… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on October 10, 2008 at 13:24 — No Comments


Via Andrea Glorioso || http://people.digitalpolicy.it/sama/cv/:


EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT Conference 2009 - www.euram2009.org

11th -14th May 2009, Liverpool, UK



DEADLINE: 5 December 2008

SUBMISSION: http://www.euram2009.org/r/submission


The track focuses on how new collaborative ways of… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on October 7, 2008 at 13:53 — No Comments

Social capital. Financial capital. Cultural capital. Intellectual capital: how do they interact?

Via Jerry Michalski :

Social capital. Financial capital. Cultural capital. Intellectual capital. So many capitals.

What are they, really, and how do they interact?

Three weeks ago, anthropologist Grant McCracken, led us into fascinating change territory. With Grant, let's discuss:

* What is the gift economy? How does it relate to the commercial economy?

* How do we create capital? What does it store or hold?

* Are we facing shifts in these… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on October 6, 2008 at 8:16 — 5 Comments

Open Source Camp 2008 Beijing

Dear ladies and gentlemen,

OpenSourceCamp is delighted to invite you to attend the event 'OpenSource ,

Value Return' taking place on Oct.25th in Beijing.

The numerous users have adopted very quickly sharing knowledge and

transferring information on the internet. People also is building and maintaining of

their relationships with the network, But what's behind all of those innovation?

Open Source, the greatest process for gathering people to participate… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on October 6, 2008 at 8:11 — No Comments

The Internet of Things' by Rob van Kranenburg out now

New report:

Rob van Kranenburg, The Internet of Things. A critique of ambient

technology and the all-seeing network of RFID. Report prepared by Rob

van Kranenburg for the Institute of Network Cultures with contributions

by Sean Dodson.

64 pages, design by Léon & Loes

The Internet of Things - Network Notebook Launch

Date and time: Tuesday 28 October 2008 at 17h00

Location: Waag Society, Theatrum Anatomicum, Nieuwmarkt 4, Amsterdam

Free… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on October 4, 2008 at 6:28 — No Comments

Open Source Ecology looking for volunteers.

Marcin Jakubowski's OSE is still the most important P2P experiment in the world, and he is looking for volunteers and other forms of support.

Here's the latest message with full details and links at http://openfarmtech.org/weblog/?p=347

And a description of the project is at http://www.appropedia.org/Open_Source_Ecology

Marcin writes:

"We’re looking for volunteers, and if our funding goals succeed, we will provide a $400 stipend. Let us know if you’d… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on October 3, 2008 at 15:38 — No Comments

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