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Michel Bauwens's Blog – June 2009 Archive (12)

Financial Industry Receives 10 Times More Money in 1 year than Poor Countries Receive in 49 Years

Via Dante-Gabryell Monson:

" June 23, 2009 - The United Nations Millennium Campaign today released an analysis showing that

since the inception of aid (overseas development assistance) almost 50 years ago, donor countries have given some $2 trillion in aid. And yet over the past year, $18 trillion has been found globally to bail out banks and other financial institutions. The amount of total aid over the past 49 years represents just eleven percent of the money found for… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on June 30, 2009 at 16:00 — No Comments

Workshop: Open Source Washing Machine Project

Via Dante-Gabryell Monson:

OSWASH | Open Source Washing Machine Project

A four day workshop this july (14-15-16-17) at the Summercamp

Electrified in Ghent (Belgium) where we'll be rethinking, designing

and developing open source washing machines.

Using recycled parts and sustainable energy we'll be building working

washing machine prototypes.

Bring your dirty underwear and join this workshop by sending a mail… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on June 30, 2009 at 12:05 — No Comments

The "Reclaim the Commons" global call

Via Silke Helfrich, About the Commons Campaign

More info via http://bienscommuns.org/signature/appel/?a=infos&i=apropos&lang=en

This website is dedicated to the collection of signatures for the "Reclaim the Commons" global call, launched at the World Social Forum held in Belém do Pará (Brazil) in January, 2009.

The presentation of the "Reclaim the Commons" manifesto, on the occasion of the Belém WSF 2009, was the starting point of an international… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on June 29, 2009 at 12:58 — No Comments

Traditional knowledge needed for climate change survival

Via Frederick Noronha:

(more info via http://twitter.com/fn)

Traditional knowledge should not be overlooked' Text

New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) Communities the world over risk losing

control over their traditional knowledge because a UN agency insists

on using existing intellectual property standards for managing access

to the information, a global research organisation has warned.

The London-based International Institute for… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on June 29, 2009 at 10:21 — No Comments

Invitation to participate in the planning of a solar village

Invitation to participate in the planning of a solar village, a call to architects and urban planners by Franz Nahrada:

Dear friends,

this goes in particular to some architects and planners, but also to the

Global Villages list in General because I hope we do not leave anybody out

who might be interested.

In a nutshell, this is about the attempt to opensource a whole village

design process and constitute a learning example for… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on June 16, 2009 at 8:03 — No Comments

New Book: Restoring professional pride against the neoliberal assault

A book from our member Thijs Jansen:

English Summary of Professional Pride: An Unsuspected Force

When you take pride in your work, you are justifiably content with your work, because it is important and significant, because it is of a high quality and because it has been performed expertly and honourably. Working with a sense of professional pride means that you value the purpose and content of your job openly and self-consciously and that others also rate your work.… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on June 15, 2009 at 16:09 — No Comments

Summer Conference program, Union for Radical Political Economics, August 15 – 18, 2009

Call for Papers, URPE Summer Conference, August 15 – 18, 2009

For more information about the Summer Conference program, fees,

transportation, etc., click here and then click on the appropriate

link on the left. For more information about URPE (Union for Radical

Political Economics) in general, click here.


Papers and workshops proposals are being accepted for the URPE 2009

Annual Summer Conference held August 15 - 18,… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on June 10, 2009 at 7:26 — No Comments

HOW TO BUILD A POSITIVE ECONOMY?, conference in brussels on June 16

From: Eric Theunis

Date: Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 6:02 PM

Subject: [Hub Brussels announcement] Invitation Symposium Positive Economy - Tuesday 16th of June 2009

To: Brussels Hosts

Dear Hub Community

The Hub has developed a partnership with Positive-Economy, in the framework of their conference-debate on “How to build a positive economy”. The event will demonstrate how businesses can be run, while integrating social and environmental values into… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on June 9, 2009 at 12:13 — No Comments

Launch of the P2P Research Group: preliminary research phase

Dear friends,

Now is the time to indicate your interest in this new group, which has assured funding for a number of conferences already.

Please confirm your interest, and fill in this important questionnaire,

Many thanks for participating,


Athina Karatzogianni a.karatzogianni@hull.ac.uk or athina.k@gmail.com

Michel Bauwens michelsub2004@gmail.com

Project: P2P Research Group

Questionnaire… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on June 2, 2009 at 8:00 — No Comments

June issue of the OSBR is now available: "women in open source"

Via Dru Lavigne:

More info at http://www.osbr.ca/ojs/index.php/osbr

The June issue of the OSBR is now available in PDF and HTML formats at

http://www.osbr.ca. The editorial theme this month is "women in open source"

and the authors include:

Rikki Kite of Linux Pro Magazine discusses the editorial theme.

Cathy Malmrose, CEO of ZaReason, introduces women who make a variety of

contributions to open source from all corners of the world. She… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on June 2, 2009 at 2:57 — No Comments

Participation Camp June 27th and 28th - New York City

Via Matt Cooperrider:

Today we announce a new un-conference focused on creating a truly participatory democracy.

Participation Camp

June 27th and 28th - New York City

Learn more and register now at ParticipationCamp.org

About Participation Camp

Participatory government is a powerful ideal, but changing the system will not be easy. In the spirit of Transparency Camp, we're calling on open government advocates from all walks… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on June 1, 2009 at 7:23 — No Comments

Thomas Greco announces his new money book

Via Thomas Greco:

"After more than a year of intensive labor I finally got to hold my new book in my hands. It arrived in the mail at my California address just a few days after my return to the U.S. What a thrill it was to look at it, to feel the weight of it in my hands, and to riffle its pages. Even the cover is pleasing to the eye. The more I look at it the better I like it; its imagery portrays the proper hopeful message of the book.

My choice of title for this book… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on June 1, 2009 at 6:29 — No Comments

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