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Geoffrey Moore at Business of Software 2009. What is context, what is core? “I have to say if I have, to be in a business during this economy, I would want to be in a software business.
September 22, 2011 2:37 pm Dave Neary community , freesoftware , marketing , work Tomorrow, Friday September 23rd, the Humanitarian FOSS track at the Open World Forum will bring together leaders from some of the most important humanitarian software projects and case studies of the impact these projects are having on people’s lives around the world. I’m happy to have been allowed to chair the track, and I am humbled by the quality of the presenters and the impact that their work is having. In addition to the Humanitarian track, we are also honoured to have Laura Walker Hudson from FrontlineSMS give a keynote presentation on the overarching theme of “Humanitarian FOSS – serving humanity” in the main auditorium at 17:15.
Who participates in "whole system" conversations? Partisans, Stakeholders, Domains and Citizens by Tom Atlee Consciously convened conversations have many functions. Many seek simply to get people talking with each other. Others try to bring together what they call "the whole system" to address that system's collective issues or dreams.
[ Hacking the Food System is an online conversation exploring how technology, information and data can change the food system status quo.
Stowe Boyd on Hacking the Food System: Social Food- Taking Food Back From Corporations chris pinchen 4th October 2011
By PAUL RYAN Free enterprise has never lacked for moral critics. In the mid-18th century, for instance, the French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau rejected the proposition that the free exchange of goods and services, and the competitive pursuit of self-interest by economic actors, result in general prosperity—ideas then emanating from Great Britain. In a commercial society, according to Rousseau, the people are "scheming, violent, greedy, ambitious, servile, and knavish . . . and all of it at one extreme or the other of misery and opulence."
Jeff Sachs: Paul Ryan, American Values and Corporatocracy, by Jeff Sachs : My new book, The Price of Civilization, describes why America needs a "mixed economy," one where a more effective federal government regulates business and invests alongside the business sector. In his review of my book, Congressman Paul Ryan, an avowed libertarian, describes my book as anti-American in its values. ... Ryan ignores the extensive evidence in the book showing that Americans support the values of a mixed economy, not of Ryan's free-market libertarianism. Americans today by large majorities support public education, Medicare, Social Security, help for the indigent, stronger regulation of the banks, and higher taxation of the rich. ... On issue after issue, Washington is presently bucking the public's values, rather than respecting them.
Jean Lievens has written an extensive synthesis of Yochai Benkler’s new book: * Book: The Penguin and the Leviathan . How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest. Written by Yochai Benkler.
“Alongside profit-oriented private enterprise and the various types of public enterprise, there must be room for commercial entities based on mutualist principles and pursuing social ends to take root and express themselves. It is from their reciprocal encounter in the marketplace that one may expect hybrid forms of commercial behaviour to emerge, and hence an attentiveness to ways of civilizing the economy.” The quote above is from the: * Book: Dr. Race Mathews in Jobs of Our Own: Building a Stakeholder Society, Alternatives to the Market and the State .
Policies to Promote Public Knowledge Goods and Knowledge Commons Franco Iacomella 3rd October 2011 Article: AN INTEROPERABILITY PRINCIPLE FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND GOVERNANCE: THE ROLE OF EMERGING INSTITUTIONS .
Eirini Vourloumis for The New York Times Angeliki Ioanniti, a seamstress, runs a small shop in Volos and participates in a network that uses barter and vouchers. Such networks build on a sense of solidarity in tough times as people seek creative ways to cope with a radically changing landscape. “I felt liberated, I felt free for the first time,” Mr. Mavridis said in a recent interview at a cafe in this port city in central Greece. “I instinctively reached into my pocket, but there was no need to.”
i 13 Votes Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the country that was the “big growth story” was the Soviet Union. Its oil consumption grew by leaps and bounds. Its space program grew; its military program grew; and it became much more industrialized.
i 21 Votes What would humans have to do to really live sustainability with the world’s ecosystems? I got a shock when I read about the pattern of species extinctions which is taking place that form a part of what is called the “Sixth Mass Extinction.” It turns out that man’s adverse influence on ecosystems didn’t start a few hundred years ago, when we started using fossil fuels. Instead it started way back, when man was still a hunter-gatherer, and there were fewer than 100,000 people on earth.
Robert H. Frank. Charles Darwin, not Adam Smith, will one day be considered the father of economics, says Cornell University professor and New York Times columnist Robert H.
Excerpted from Hilary Wainwright in Red Pepper . I strongly recommend reading this as her analysis goes straight to the matter of p2p-oriented value change. Where there is oppression there will always be resistance, sometimes overtly organised, sometimes deeply buried and undefined.