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December 2008 Blog Posts (12)

DIYNGO: using renewable energy for ICT expansion in developing countries

Via Tim Barker:

Hello everyone! I hope all are well? Since Tim and Michel have both recently asked for a quick update on DIYNGO to help disseminate our work, please find below a short text I just wrote. It was a little hurried but I think encapsulates where we are at for the time being. If you have any comments please do let us all know - you could hit "reply to all"? It would also be nice if we could please consider having a group chat or a group Skype call or some such please as… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on December 30, 2008 at 1:13 — No Comments

City as a grid: call for contributions (inter-linking)

Hi Folks,

The City-as-a-grid project aims at producing and studying several P2P scenarios that could happen in the next century's cities, on a resource creation/consumption level and with a focus on real-life projects. A strong dichotomy will separate local and global scales, with an emphasis on local scale (local/global layers).

Local scale focuses on what the inhabitants of an elementary-sized unit (called "Cell") have to provide to make the community autonomous. It is… Continue

Added by Florent Thiery on December 22, 2008 at 17:40 — 3 Comments

P2P Energy Economy: critical feedback requested

As you may know, I've been developing a sustainable model for an abundance-based P2P economy where the value of money is derived from renewable energy, and where "the more you share the more you have" is the principle for wealth creation.

I've had a lot of discussions that helped me evolve the model to the stage where it's ready for serious debate.

The following are the main propositions of the model:

1. Direct the flow of money towards socially, ecologically… Continue

Added by Evolving Trends on December 19, 2008 at 20:10 — 8 Comments

An appeal to develop a new p2p business metric

We are reproducing this important appeal by French researcher Serge Soudoplatoff.

See also for more background at http://p2pfoundation.net/P2P_Metrics and http://del.icio.us/mbauwens/P2P-Metrics

Contact via serge at almatropie.org

Serge Soudoplatoff:

“I am a French researcher, professor, and entrepreneur working on the topic of the impact of Internet in real life : on business, corporate, customer relationship, etc…

I would… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on December 18, 2008 at 15:59 — No Comments

Solidarity Economy conference in Austria; February 2009

Via Dante-Gabryell Monson :


20.-22. Febr. 2009

Vienna, 1180 Peter-Jordan-Straße 82, Boku

" Everybody is invited to arrange workshops, open group discussions, films, performances, etc.

We´d like to suggest to use participative formats rather than frontal lectures.

Alongside a very agile globalization-critical movement many different projects of a solidarity economy gain importance. Our hope… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on December 18, 2008 at 15:45 — No Comments

A new chapter is available in the Ethical Economy book project: Ch 2. The Ethical Economy is Already Here

Via Adam Arvidsson:

Ch 2. The Ethical Economy is Already Here:

This chapter analyses a number of pertinent contemporary phenomena, like knowledge and brand management, the problem of ‘intangibles’ and the increasing recourse to user led innovation and other forms of Open Business, to argue that, at least in this cutting edge manifestations, the contemporary information economy is no longer ‘capitalist’ in the strict sense of that term . Instead corporations… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on December 17, 2008 at 11:13 — No Comments

Juan Freire - From the Analogue Commons to the New Hybrid Public Spaces

Here there is an old post that is the traduction of the juan Fraire's conference in november 2007. It´s abou my new project Topia "places".

By Regine

"Back in November i was at Medialab Prado in Madrid to visit the Visualizar workshop and i had the pleasure to hear the talk that Juan Freire gave there. I was really looking forward to know better about the thoughts… Continue

Added by Carlos Boyle on December 16, 2008 at 0:00 — No Comments

Volunteer computing at BOINC

Via Stefan Merten:

Hi list!

You may have heard of `SETI@home`_. Several years ago this project

asked volunteers all over the Internet to donate their excess

computing power to search for signals from extraterrestrial life


Today there is BOINC_ which makes such `volunteer computing`_ projects

easy and gives them a common technical platform:

Use the idle time on your computer (Windows, Mac, or Linux) to cure

diseases,… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on December 15, 2008 at 9:22 — No Comments

Book review of: Cyber Conflict and Global Politics

Just published by kevin carson, list member: http://mutualist.blogspot.com/2008/12/book-review-cyber-conflict-and-global.html

Thanks for forwarding and supporting the members of our research community!!

Book Review: Cyber Conflict and Global Politics

Athina Karatzogianni, ed. Cyber Conflict and Global Politics (London and New York: Routledge, 2009).

Athina Karatzogianni's work first came to my attention through her participation in the P2P… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on December 10, 2008 at 17:08 — No Comments

Basic P2P collaboration research.

I have started a meetup group to explore existing and future P2P collaboration tools for organizing group efforts. It is located here.

1st: We catalogue existing software tools with an eye towards some basic requirements:


OS independent

No Server Required

Easy but secure encryption

White Board

Text Chatting

Concurrent or plug-in voice and/or video handling.

File sharing… Continue

Added by Tom Loeber on December 9, 2008 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

The Emerging Internet Economy

Via David Isenberg:

Plug into the Emerging Internet Economy . . .

. . . at F2C: Freedom to Connect, March 30 & 31,

2009 in Washington DC. Details at


Extremely early price, $295 in effect

through 12/31/08. Register here:


F2C: Freedom to Connect 2009 presents the people

of the Internet who enable economic growth,

strengthen democracy, facilitate creativity… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on December 6, 2008 at 2:55 — No Comments

T(h)inkering with hardware workshop in Chicago

via daniel arraya:

From: Vincent LaConte

To: dan@levelsixmedia.com

Sent: Wed Dec 3 17:12

Subject: Fwd: Thinkering with Hardware workshop Jan 17

As the boundaries between the design of objects, information and environments continues to blur, teams creating the interactive products and services of the future will need increasingly sophisticated methods for prototyping and exploration with hardware as well as software. Join the IIT Institute of Design on… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on December 4, 2008 at 5:24 — No Comments

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