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: Is Blockchain a Threat to the Distributed Internet? UPDATED with 2 Comments

Must  read. The blockchain is a threat to the distributed future of the Internet EXTRACT The need to replicate the whole chain of blocks on our computer is an insurmountable barrier to entry if you’re searching for an alternative to IBM, Amazon or Google. The Twister chain is still small, but think about how, to …

Jean Lievens: World is Changing — Here’s How…

Something Extraordinary Is Happening in the World, And Most People Haven’t Noticed Gustavo Tanaka Co-creator, Baobbá Lab Most of us haven’t quite realized there is something extraordinary happening.A few months ago, I freed myself from standard-procedure society. I broke the chains of fear that kept me locked up into the system. Since then, I see …

Jean Lievens: Economic Democracy Superior to Capitalism or Socialism

Capitalism or Socialism? There’s an Even Better Option Bernie Sanders’ popular campaign suggests that many Americans aren’t afraid of socialism anymore. But real democracy is an even better alternative to capitalism. David Korten Democracy is the life-serving alternative we seek to the life-destroying capitalist tyranny under which we now live. Democracy, not the false dichotomy …

Jean Lievens: David Graeber on Predatory Bureaucratization

The era of predatory bureaucratization – An interview with David Graeber David Graeber is an anthropologist and a well-known anarchist figure. He was one of the initiators of the Occupy movement in 2011. He is the author of a major essay, Debt, the First 5,000 Years. I met him in Paris for the release of …

Jean Lievens: How Austerity Has Crippled Europe

How Austerity Has Crippled the European Economy – In Numbers Thomas Fazi, Social Europe, 31 March 2016 Europe’s post-crisis response – consisting of a combination of fiscal austerity, neoliberal structural reforms and expansionary monetary policies – has unambiguously failed. In early 2016 – eight years after the outbreak of the financial crisis – the eurozone’s …

Jean Lievens: The Global Refugee Crisis — Humanity’s Last Call for a Culture of Sharing and Cooperation

The global refugee crisis: humanity’s last call for a culture of sharing and cooperation The real crisis is not the influx of refugees to Europe per se but a toxic combination of destabilising foreign policy agendas, economic austerity and the rise of right-wing nationalism, which is likely to push the world further into social and …