Beyond sustainability [...]

The idea that sustainability is no longer enough.  We also should now be looking for regeneration. "For many years, environmental campaigners have focused on the idea of sustainability – that we should be creating systems which use resources at a sustainable rate. For some campaigners, thinking has now shifted towards the idea of regeneration. Many of our envir...

 

New at CES: Dystopian Ways to Survive Climate Change [...]

> Face masks meant to battle air pollution in urban cities have been around for decades, but never before have they appeared as glitzy, tricked out accessories for urban dwellers. Whatever you think about the environment, they’re a telling capitalistic solution to a problem that’s the fault of capitalism in the first place....

 

Importance of assessing possibility rather than likelihood [...]

"The importance of assessing possibility rather than likelihood is that it puts our collective action at the center, while making confident predictions only encourages passivity." Four Futures...

 

R. Buckminster Fuller on having to earn a living [...]

"We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody h...

 

The big question of automation [...]

"will new technologies of production lead to greater free time for all, or will we remain locked into a cycle in which productivity gains only benefit the few, while the rest of us work longer than ever?" Four futures...

 

Monetary policy [...]

Monetary policy is the process by which the monetary authority of a country, like the central bank or currency board, controls the supply of money, often targeting an inflation rate or interest rate to ensure price stability and general trust in the currency.[1][2][3] Wikipedia...

 

Fiscal policy [...]

Fiscal policy is the use of government revenue collection (mainly taxes) and expenditure (spending) to influence the economy. Fiscal policy can be distinguished from monetary policy, in that fiscal policy deals with taxation and government spending and is often administered by an executive under laws of a legislature, whereas monetary policy deals with the money suppl...

 

Objections to automation [...]

Three broad categories: It's hype: we're a long way from replacing human labour It's ok: new technology brings new types of labour, not mass unemployment It's a distraction: should focus on investment, stimulus, improved wages and conditions instead Four futures...

 

D-CENT [...]

​D-CENT is a Europe-wide project creating open, secure and privacy-aware tools for direct democracy and economic empowerment....

 

Worker representation vs automation [...]

Stronger workforce representation can paradoxically lead to more automation of labour. "... A recurrent capitalist dynamic: as workers become more powerful and better paid, the pressure on capitalists to automate increases." "When there is a huge pool of migrant farm labor, a $100,000 fruit picker looks like a wasteful indulgence. But when workers are scarce and can c...

 

Work doesn’t equal wage labour [...]

​Sometimes a counter argument to UBI is that work is important and gives is a sense of purpose.  Which may be true, so it's important to remember: Work  doesn't equal wage labour.  "Work doesn't equal wage labour (repeat, until people understand that basic point) https://t.co/OKCDqybt4u" https://twitter.com/n_srnck/status/813785030405328896 "Post-work...

 

Networked learning [...]

> Networked learning is a process of developing and maintaining connections with people and information, and communicating in such a way so as to support one another's learning. The central term in this definition is connections. It takes a relational stance in which learning takes place both in relation to others and in relation to learning resources...

 

The Information Age [...]

"The Information Age (also known as the Computer Age, Digital Age, or New Media Age) is a period in human history characterized by the shift from traditional industry that the Industrial Revolution brought through industrialization, to an economy based on information computerization. The onset of the Information Age is associated with the Digital Revolution, just as t...

 

Social atomisation as a sales strategy [...]

Materialism => isolation => materialism => repeat "A third paper, published (paradoxically) in the Journal of Consumer Research, studied 2,500 people for six years. It found a two-way relationship between materialism and loneliness: materialism fosters social isolation; isolation fosters materialism. People who are cut off from others attach themselves to pos...

 

Corporate web [...]

The corporate web, an [[indieweb]] term, refers to content silos such as Twitter, Facebook, etc, where the content produced by individuals who use a site is owned by the corporation, and usually used for some financial purposes....

 

Materialism and unhappiness [...]

Materialism is often recognised as a symptom of unhappiness.  It may also be a major contributor to unhappiness in the first place. "There has long been a correlation observed between materialism, a lack of empathy and engagement with others, and unhappiness. But research conducted over the past few years seems to show causation. " https://www.theguardian.com/com...

 

Sustainable development [...]

the most common definition was defined by the Brundtland Commission in 1987, who documented the sustainable development definition as:  "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." This implies that we need to look after our planet, our resources and o...

 

Software monoculture [...]

An [[indieweb]] term. > Monoculture refers to the antipattern of one piece of software dominating (or trying to dominate) its field, often by being limited to communicating with other instances of the same codebase. A monoculture (same software running on servers run by different people) is one step above a silo (same software running on servers run by the same peo...

 

Direct democracy [...]

​"Direct democracy (also known as pure democracy)[1] is a form of democracy in which people decide (e.g. vote on, form consensus on) policy initiatives directly. This differs from the majority of modern Western-style democracies, which are representative democracies." Wikipedia...

 

Platform cooperativism [...]

A more socially beneficially way of providing that which is currently provided by the 'sharing economy'. So less capitalist ways of doing Uber, Airbnb, et at. > [[Platform capitalism]]...

 

Sharing economy [...]

The “sharing economy” is the all-purpose term used to describe transactions in which someone in possession of a car, or home, or self-storage space, or commercial real estate, or almost anything else imaginable “shares” it with a stranger.  It is unregulated, tech-enabled, supply-and-demand entrepreneurial capitalism.  Peer-to-peer business is a more accurat...

 

Folk politics [...]

> "Folk politics names a constellation of ideas and intuitions within the contemporary left that informs the common-sense ways of organising, acting and thinking politics." [Inventing the future] > "Against the abstraction and inhumanity of capitalism, folk politics aims to bring politics down to the ‘human scale’ by emphasising temporal, spatial and concept...

 

Alienation [...]

There's four different types of alienation: from the world; from the activity of production; from species-being; and estrangement of man-to-man. > Under the economic system of private ownership, society divides itself into two classes: the property owners and the property-less workers. In this arrangement, the workers not only suffer impoverishment but also experie...

 

Difference between weather and climate [...]

  > The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere "behaves" over relatively long periods of time. > > When we talk about climate change, we talk about changes in long-term averages of daily weather. Today, children always hea...

 

Neoliberalism [...]

Neoliberalism is an ideology that favours competition and deregulation of the market over everything else. > Neoliberalism sees competition as the defining characteristic of human relations. It redefines citizens as consumers, whose democratic choices are best exercised by buying and selling, a process that rewards merit and punishes inefficiency. It maintains that...

 

Global sea ice levels 2016 [...]

Global sea ice levels appeared worryingly lower than usual in 2016. It was a freak weather event facilitated by climate change.  While it is a weather event, it is still worrying as it could only happen as a result of climate change. > "What’s happening in the Arctic would be impossible without a century of global warming causing a long-term decline in sea ice l...

 

Technological innovation measured by social good [...]

Think about innovation in terms of the common good. If a new technology is not socially beneficial, then don't call it innovative. > I think there’s also a certain fatigue when it comes to the language of innovation. Is it really all that innovative to build a technology that generates short-term wealth for a small group who will then take that money and fly of...

 

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Settings:: Publishing [...]

These settings are used by Wikity to determine privacy (openness) and publishing schedule. Please note that putting "Open" to "No" is an experimental feature, providing "good enough" privacy but not great privacy. Settings OPEN: Yes RSS DELAY: 5 days...

 

Neocolonial costs of gadgets [...]

"Every MacBook and iPad, every Kindle and Droid contains the labor of hundreds of invisible workers, uncounted lives foreshortened by poisoned water and air, and a landscape permanently scarred by our voracious scavenging. No matter how sleek and earth-friendly these devices may appear, they rise from the dirt and are mined with sweat and with blood." http://www.vqron...

 

Environmental impact of e-readers [...]

"But the New York Times recently calculated that the environmental impact of a single e-reader—factoring in the use of minerals, water, and fossil fuels along the manufacturing process—is roughly the same as fifty books. At first that sounds encouraging; after all, even the smallest personal library contains fifty volumes. But the real problems come in lifespan. A...

 

The appropriation of sharing by capitalism [...]

New profit opportunities squeezed from our social life. > The sharing economy’s rise is a reflection of capitalism’s need to find new profit opportunities in aspects of social life once shielded from the market, in leisure time once withdrawn from waged labor, in spaces and affective resources once withheld from becoming a kind of capital. What sharing companie...

 

Techno-overenthusiasm [...]

"One gets the impression that they would be enthusiastic to learn of a self-replicating, carbon-scrubbing machine with the potential to geoengineer the climate – but disappointed to learn this machine is called a forest " https://thedisorderofthings.com/2015/11/04/postcapitalist-ecology-a-comment-on-inventing-the-future/...

 

We are not independent from technology [...]

"technology is not an independent “thing” but rather an intersection of multiple human relationships–the interchange with nature, the process of production (and, we might add, reproduction), and culture." http://www.peterfrase.com/2010/12/social-science-fiction/...

 

Predictive models of science fiction [...]

"we can think of a science-fictional world by analogy to a prediction from an existing model, such as a fitted statistical model: any particular point prediction reflects both the invariant properties of the model’s parameters and the uncertainty and random variation that makes individual cases idiosyncratic." http://www.peterfrase.com/2010/12/social-science-fiction...

 

Embedded Open Modular Architecture/EOMA68 [...]

Homebrew computers. > The primary purpose of the EOMA68 specification is to bring end-users the right to upgrade their own mass-produced Computing Appliances. To make end-users lives easier, purchasing decision-making should be made not on technical interface capabilities, neither should they be expected to have significant technological expertise. > EOMA68 prod...

 

Version control for data [...]

> The ability to do revisioning and versioning data – store changes made and share them with others – especially in a distributed way would be a huge benefit to the (open) data community. I’ve discussed why at some length before (see also this earlier post) but to summarize: > > It allows effective distributed collaboration – you can take my data...

 

Is there a Git for data? [...]

Yup there's a few projects > Is there a Git for data?...

 

noms – decentralized data [...]

> Noms is a decentralized database based on ideas from Git. >Noms is different from other databases. It is: > Content-addressed. If you have some data you want to put into Noms, you don't have to worry about whether it already exists. Duplicate data is automatically ignored. There is no update, only insert. > Append-only. When you commit data to Noms, you...