Jean Lievens: Tamara Vision for a Culture without Fear – Dreaming Beyond Capitalism

Dreaming Beyond Capitalism: A Culture Without Fear First Nation tribes from North America coined a term to describe the ‘disease of the white man’ – wetiko. In their understanding, wetiko consists of two essential characteristics: chronic inability for empathy and an egoistic fixation on ones own personal benefit and profit. The First Peoples used this …

Jean Lievens: Open-Source Toolkit for Home Building Cheap, Easy, and Green from Marcin Jacubowski and Catarina Mota

Open-Source Toolkit Aims to Make Home Building Cheap, Easy and Green As open source advocates and newlyweds, Marcin Jakubowski and Catarina Mota decided to reinvent the home-building wheel a few years back. In the process, they have been developing an entirely open-source toolkit that makes the design and construction of eco-friendly, off-grid modular housing easier, cheaper, and faster through use of modular designs, …

Jean Lievens: Matthieu Lietaert Interviews Trebor Scholz on Platform Co-Op

Bringing the Platform Co-op “Rebel Cities” Together: An Interview with Trebor Scholz Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Trebor Scholz, Associate Professor for Culture & Media at the New School and author of the book Uber-Worked and Underpaid: How Workers Are Disrupting the Digital Economy (Polity, 2016). He is currently touring European cities to …

Jean Lievens: What if…public libraries could anchor a platform cooperative?

What if…public libraries could anchor a platform cooperative? Supporting the disrupted going forward…. We recently published our submission to the Libraries Taskforce consultation about its draft strategy – Libraries Deliver: An Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016-21. Today, we want to say a bit more about our having called upon the Taskforce to explore …

Jean Lievens: The Left Has Folded

The Podemos surge is a wake-up call for the European left From Spain to the UK, traditional leftwing parties are in decline. It’s time for them to ditch austerity and free market economics, and get radical