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Michel Bauwens's Blog – November 2008 Archive (33)

Defending the threat to the public-ness and the egalitarian nature of the Internet

From: "Guru"

Date: Sat, November 29, 2008 20:08


Dear friends,

Many of us tend to take the commons and the public nature of the

Internet, critical pre-requisites for an open net, for granted. However,

increasing corporatisation and control of the Internet are strongly

threatening these fundamental characteristics of the Internet as we know

it. In this context, six civil… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on November 29, 2008 at 20:42 — No Comments

Support the Entrepreneur Commons

Via Marc Dangeard:

I need your help raising the attention on an idea I have submitted on



As you may know, I am currently working on the Entrepreneur Commons

(www.entrepreneurcommons.org), trying to foster collaboration between

entrepreneurs as way to create an inclusive selection process for

funding, rather than the competitive models… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on November 29, 2008 at 16:18 — 1 Comment

An update on urban struggles

Via anne querrien of multitudes-infos:

My name is Tom and I'm working with a Zagreb-based

organization Multimedia Institute - we are a community organization

working in social approaches to technologies, digital culture, cultural

policy, protection of public domain and social theory.

Since three years we've been working with an alliance of mostly cultural

organizations, environmental organizations and citizen initiatives

against the failed… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on November 28, 2008 at 16:27 — No Comments

Creative Commons non-commercial survey

Via Jessica Coates, From the CCau website (http://creativecommons.org.au/node/201):

CC has launched a survey to find out what non-commercial means - and it wants your input.

The survey forms part of the larger study into the definition non-commercial that CC announced a while ago. With the growing use of the 'non-commercial' term in online licences (and not just CC licences - it's even on the PM's website), it's becoming more and more important to try to pin down a common… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on November 27, 2008 at 16:52 — No Comments

Open source for the classroom

Via Chris Smith, http://www.shambles.net/pages/staff/Linux/:

A message from Steve Hargadon, Founder of Classroom 2

One of the professional hats I wear is as the director of CoSN.org's K-12

Open Technologies Initiative. I also run the Open Source Pavilions and

speaker series at the CUE.org and NECC ed tech conferences.

Because I'm a passionate advocate for Free and Open Source Software in K-12,

I've been feeling for a… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on November 26, 2008 at 23:00 — No Comments

Appeal for collaboration on freemium based open source business models

Via Peter Froberg, peter.froberg@gmail.com:

I don’t know if you remember, but I asked for advice concerning my graduation project from the kaospilots.

The project was about the financial model used by, among others, open source software companies. The aim was to describe the model and give companies the tool to know if it could be interesting to them.

I believe that by getting more people to use this model, there would be create a lot more open content. In the same… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on November 25, 2008 at 15:20 — No Comments

Appeal for material on non-competitive incentives for the public sector

Via Thijs Jansen:

Yes Michel. I am editing a book on professional pride. It will be published in june. In the Netherlands the government still believes that the work in the (semi-)public branche can be improved, and the costs can be lowered by introducing competition. Some consequences of this method are: demotivation of the workers, the incentives to cooperate disappear, innovation stops etc. This book wants to present alternatives. If you know about excellent papers from the… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on November 25, 2008 at 15:17 — No Comments

'Creating Futures, beyond profit - a route to a fairer, steadier, open system for all'

Via Gwyn Jones from Global Trust:

'Creating Futures, beyond profit - a route to a fairer, steadier, open system for all'

We are witnessing the most dramatic economic downturn we have seen in our lifetimes and although, as some financial experts, brokers et al are saying 'we've seen it all before, this one is different – it's global and it's serious.'

It's different too in that there is sufficient questioning momentum across the globe to enable significant change… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on November 21, 2008 at 13:32 — No Comments

A bumper year for digital rights: annual review of the Open Rights Group

Via Michael Holloway:

From http://www.openrightsgroup.org/2008/11/19/our-busiest-year-so-far-and-what-lies-ahead/

Report at http://www.openrightsgroup.org/wp-content/uploads/081119_annual-report.pdf

Today I’m proud to release ORG’s annual Review of Activities [.pdf]. It’s been a bumper year for digital rights. From HMRC posting half the nation’s bank details to the Darknet, to the ongoing campaign against Phorm, to three strikes and the rightsholder lobby’s… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on November 19, 2008 at 19:22 — No Comments

Public Private Property experiment

Via Dante Monson:

Thomas Kalka is contributing to the development of a PPP experiment :


and says

" join in or invite others, which might fit ... "

Perhaps some people you know might be interested ?

more about PPP in english on the following wiki :


" PPP is investigating the social patterns which evolve, when physical… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on November 19, 2008 at 18:41 — No Comments

New book: The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies

Via Jorge Ferrer:

I am very pleased to let you know that my new book, The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies (co-edited with Jacob H. Sherman)) it to be released this month.

The anthology represents my most significant scholarly endeavor since I wrote Revisioning Transpersonal Theory: A Participatory Vision of Human Spirituality, and develops the participatory understanding of spirituality in considerable ways.

Unfortunately, only the… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on November 18, 2008 at 20:30 — No Comments

Lecture in Amsterdam: December 15 in De Waag

Dear friends,

thanks for forwarding this to your dutch friends and contacts,


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

From: Wouter Tebbens

Date: Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 11:33 PM

Subject: [Fwd: Lecture about Peer Production by Michel Bauwens - Amsterdam - 12 December 2008]

Hi All,

we've distributed the announcement and published it… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on November 18, 2008 at 9:42 — No Comments

Increasingly restrictive European internet legilsation?

Via Monica Horten:

Report 1: A copyright enforcement package for Europe , http://www.iptegrity.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=205&Itemid=9

"I have written another briefing paper on the Telecoms package. Called Packaging up copyright enforcement - how the Telecoms Package slots in the framework for a European policy to restrict Internet content, the paper discusses the mechanisms that could be used to bring in a policy of copyright… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on November 17, 2008 at 19:43 — No Comments

Eric Hunting: Adaptive Architecture, Collaborative Design, and the Evolution of Community

This is a landmark essay on P2P architecture and its prospects, by Eric Hunting.

Publishid in full here at http://p2pfoundation.net/Adaptive_Architecture%2C_Collaborative_Design%2C_and_the_Evolution_of_Community

Below are the intro and conclusions.

There are many anachronisms relative to the contemporary situation perpetuated today in the practice of architecture and two of the most obvious are the delusions of permanence and perfection; the… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on November 17, 2008 at 12:03 — No Comments

David Korten's Agenda for a New Economy: Beyond the Bailout

Source: http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?id=3050

Announcement via Susan Gleason:

Subject: David Korten - "Beyond the Bailout: Agenda For a New Economy"

Hi Friends,

Best-selling author and YES! board chair, David Korten, has a new commentary on the current financial crisis. Please share with your networks!

-- Susan


The financial crisis has put to rest the myths that our economic institutions are sound and… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on November 16, 2008 at 0:31 — 3 Comments

P2P lecture in Champaign, ILLINOIS: Part of the P2P OBAMA TOUR 2008

(please note I'll be in chicago 16 to 20, and in New York 22-23 November as well)

THEME: Network Civilization:Peer-to-Peer and the Rise of Green Capitalism

Via Daniel Araya, daniel AT levelsixmedia.com, co-organizer of the p2p obama tour 2008

Thanks for forwarding to US friends,

Global Studies in Education

On-Campus Seminar Series

Network Civilization:Peer-to-Peer and

the Rise of Green… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on November 15, 2008 at 3:25 — No Comments

Discount offer for book: Organising and Disorganising

I'm still waiting for my own review copy, but what from what I've seen from the draft chapters, this is a really important book regarding peer governance and an outline of the different forms of human solidarities and how they interact.

I.e. the author distinguishes: markets, hierarchies, egalitarianism and 'fatalism' and a fifth integrative form of relationship called "Autonomy"

The book is: Organising and Disorganising: A Dynamic and Non-Linear Theory of Institutional… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on November 14, 2008 at 13:34 — No Comments

Critiquing the Emilia-Romagna coops system

The network of cooperative businesses of the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna is often hailed as an example of a decentralized business network based on ethical principles.

Our Italian correspondent Marco Fioretti says that there is a lot of critique though, but the links below are all in Italian, so we would appreciate any knowledgeable english commentary on the topic.

Marco Fioretti:

The problem is that most of this stuff is in Italian only.… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on November 14, 2008 at 9:19 — No Comments

Join the facebook group of the Network of Spiritual Progressives

Here at NSP, we want to help our members connect with friends and other members online and help us grow our membership. We have started several projects which can help us expand our presence on the internet and allow us to connect with each other more easily. We call this our "NetRoots" campaign, and it is part of our outreach that combines our new website, social groups like Facebook and online tools like forums.

To start this campaign, we need your help. When you sign up to a… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on November 14, 2008 at 5:14 — 1 Comment

Launch of open disruptors community site

from: Nick Jankel-Elliott, via Dante Monson:

More info via http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=175057500000 ; http://www.facebook.com/inbox/readmessage.php?t=48016830567&mbox_pos=0

Hi all

We have amazing news. Based upon the success of our open Disruptors community, the UK's National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA.org.uk) is collaborating with us at Beyond Zero (www.beyondzero.cc), the people behind The Disruptors, on the first… Continue

Added by Michel Bauwens on November 12, 2008 at 3:09 — No Comments

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