Penguin: Open Source Is Broken


Open Source is Broken

I’d like to replace ideologies that focus on code, and what others can and cannot do with the code we create, with ideologies that focus on people, specifically with a focus on who benefits, and who doesn’t, from the code we create. What does a people-centric collaborative software development model look like? I’d like to explore some basic properties that such a model ought to have, as a starting place for building new institutions to support productive, non-exploitative software development.

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Worth a Look: The Post Growth Institute

Culture, Design, Economics/True Cost, Innovation, P2P / Panarchy, Resilience

post growth institute logoPost Growth is a catalyst for identifying, inspiring and implementing new approaches to global well-being.

We are an international network of people committed to tackling the cause, rather than the symptoms, of a myriad of social and environmental problems to create a positive world future that does not depend on economic growth.

Our aim is to create a movement of 10 million people who are convinced of the need for futures beyond economic growth, believe they are possible and feel inspired and supported enough to play a role in their emergence.

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Daniel C. Wahl: Design for Human and Planetary Health – A Holistic Integral Approach to Complexity and Sustainability

Architecture, Culture, Design, Economics/True Cost, Innovation
Daniel C. Wahl
Daniel C. Wahl

Design for Human and Planetary Health – A Holistic/Integral Approch to Complexity and Sustainability – PhD Thesis Introduction -Daniel C. Wahl – 2006

Phi Beta Iota: One of the most useful important PhDs done in modern times.

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Review: Designing Regenerative Cultures

Jeremy Lent – Liology — Man’s Search for Meaning and the Emergence of a Sustainability Consensus

Culture, Resilience
Jeremy Lent
Jeremy Lent

My name is Jeremy Lent and I’m the founder of The Liology Institute, an organization dedicated to fostering a worldview that could enable humanity to thrive sustainably on this planet. My work explores the profound and far-reaching implications of recognizing that meaning arises intrinsically from the natural world, and points the way to how we humans might shift our worldview to find a sustainable way of living on the earth.

It is my hope that liology can help by offering a framework for this new storyline – a framework that integrates both science and spiritual wisdom to recognize that the deepest spiritual fulfillment a human being can experience arises from the understanding of our intrinsic connectivity with the natural world – both within ourselves and all around us.

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Yoda: Indigenous Rights Victories in 2015

Culture, Governance, P2P / Panarchy, Politics, Resilience

yoda with light saberBats last, nature does.

Fifteen Indigenous Rights Victories In 2015

Good news. Sometimes, it comes in the form of a cancelled hydro dam that spares 20,000 people from the burden of displacement. Other times, it takes the shape of a simple court admission that Indigenous Peoples do actually make the best conservationists.

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JZ Liszkiewicz: Achieving Democracy

Culture, P2P / Panarchy, Politics, Resilience
JZ Liszkiewicz
JZ Liszkiewicz

One perspective is that the more energy and trust we direct at a system that doesn’t deserve our energy and trust, the more lost opportunities accumulate (what could have been). People will counter this broken system, but I don’t think it’s going to be led by those within the political structure/re-structuring, or even be overtly deliberate.

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Today, Right Now, Please Support Peter Joseph (Zeitgeist) New Film — Interreflections — Watch the Trailer

Crowd-Sourcing, Culture

Peter Joseph Z MovementPeter Joseph, Zeitgeist Movement Founder, has just agreed to be our inspirational speaker at Open Source Everything for the 21st Century in NYC in early December 2015.

We are moved and appreciative. He is raising money to finish the first of the Interreflections Trilogy movies and although he has achieved his goal of $50,000 we strongly urge all who care about open source everything — and a new model of Open Collaborativsm — to go here, now, and donate what they can.  Thank you, Peter Joseph.

Findhorn: Turning the Tide – A New Global Ethic Where Sustainability and Spirituality Marry

Culture, Design, Governance, Resilience

findhorn logoTurning the Tide – A New Global Ethic Where Sustainability and Spirituality Marry

Giles Hutchins in CSRwire


As anthropologist Gregory Bateson knew well, our materialistic sense of separation from this cosmic Mind breeds an ‘ecology of bad ideas’ where we delude ourselves in to believing we are separate from and in competition with each other and the world around us. It is this corrupting logic which fuels our carcinogenic way of living. Enter the contagion of consumerism, diabolical socio-economic debt-slavery and rampant cultural psychic atrophy.

Stephen E. Arnold: Social Media Demographics

Crowd-Sourcing, Culture
Stephen E. Arnold
Stephen E. Arnold

Social Network Demographics by the Numbers

EXTRACT: Here are some of the facts: Facebook is still mostly female and remains the top network.  Twitter leans heavier on the male demographic, while YouTube reaches more adults in 18-34 demographic than cable TV.  Instagram is considered the most important of teenage social networks, but Snapchat has the widest appeal amongst the younger crowd.  This is the most important for professionals: “LinkedIn is actually more popular than Twitter among U.S. adults. LinkedIn’s core demographic are those aged between 30 and 49, i.e. those in the prime of their career-rising years. Not surprisingly, LinkedIn also has a pronounced skew toward well-educated users.”

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CyberOSINT @ Phi Beta Iota

Kosmos: Double Enclosure — the shut down of democratic accountability, participation and transparency

03 Economy, 07 Other Atrocities, 10 Transnational Crime, 11 Society, Access, Commercial Intelligence, Cultural Intelligence, Culture, Design, Earth Intelligence, Economics/True Cost

kosmos logo‘Double Enclosure’- the shut down of democratic accountability, participation and transparency

What’s going on is a double-enclosure: a massive privatization and commodification of the physical world – the atmosphere, land, forests, genes, life forms, and more – and a massive privatization and commodification of economic decision making and democracy themselves.

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Jean Lievens: The Unionization of Digital Workers — Next Big Thing?

Access, Culture, Design, Economics/True Cost, Manufacturing, P2P / Panarchy, Politics, Resilience, Sources (Info/Intel)
Jean Lievens
Jean Lievens

Phi Beta Iota: Brother Jean has pointed to a Financial Times article for which payment is demanded, good-bye Financial Times. The core material: “Future of work” is a hot topic. Sara Horowitz and Freelancers Union could be indicators of unionization and influence potential. Out of a population of 319 million in the USA, more or less, 53 million are said to be working as free lancers. The future of work, as Richard Wolff has now realized, is dependent on the future of democracy — without electoral reform we cannot bring democracy into the workplace. The future of work — if it is to be characterized by prosperity for all and peace across Earth — demands holistic analytics, true cost economics, and open source everything engineering. Root, however, is OpenPower — Electoral Reform.



Jean Lievens: Anarchist David Graeber on Bullshit Jobs, Rule-Bound Lives, and Importance of Play

Access, Culture, Design, Economics/True Cost, P2P / Panarchy, Politics
Jean Lievens
Jean Lievens

He coined the phrase, “We are the 99%.”

David Graeber: ‘So many people spend their working lives doing jobs they think are unnecessary’

I found myself asking: is this what ordinary life, for most people, is really like?” writes the 53-year-old professor of anthropology in his new book The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy. “Running around feeling like an idiot all day? Being somehow put in a position where one actually does end up acting like an idiot?”

Open Power: The National Conversation on Electoral Reform, Honest Government, and Our Future

Access, Crowd-Sourcing, Culture, Design, Governance, P2P / Panarchy, Politics, Resilience, Transparency
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Joan Blades, the brilliant human that created MoveOn and Moms Rising, is now leading a new movement and meme,  Living Room Conversations. Below is the first draft of what has gone forward for possible elevation to a national conversation about THE issue of our day.

NOTE: The critical genius of Joan’s concept is the conversation first focuses on building understanding and trust face to face without regard to any issues. Appreciation for one another comes first. We consider this vastly more important than any transpartisan or activist movement because it crosses all boundaries and goes directly to “root” — our shared humanity.

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