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David A. Mellis: Fab Speakers These portable speakers are made from laser-cut wood, fabric, veneer, and electronics. They are powered by three AAA batteries and compatible with any standard audio jack (e.g. on an iPhone, iPod, or laptop). The speakers are an experiment in open-source hardware applied to consumer electronics. By making their original design files freely available online, in a way that's easy for others to modify, I hope to encourage people to make and modify them.

The Collapse of Complex Business Models I gave a talk last year to a group of TV executives gathered for an annual conference. From the Q&A after, it was clear that for them, the question wasn’t whether the internet was going to alter their business, but about the mode and tempo of that alteration. Against that background, though, they were worried about a much more practical matter: When, they asked, would online video generate enough money to cover their current costs? That kind of question comes up a lot. 10 Projects Moving Us Towards a Superfluid Economy Over the upcoming months leading up to the Contact Summit in October, I’ll be highlighting various projects and initiatives working to construct a globally networked society. As humanity and technology co-evolve into higher orders of complexity, it can be said that social media is now facilitating the emergence of new forms of culture, commerce, and governance. We want to bring attention to the great and liberating stuff that’s happening, and encourage connections, conversation, and collaboration.

Marx Reloaded News UK PREMIERE - ICA, London, 10th - 16th Feb 2012 We are delighted to announce - at long last - the UK premiere of Marx Reloaded. The first of six screenings will take place on Friday 10th February at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Apart from the ICA - London's world famous arts venue located on The Mall - other screenings at selected UK cinemas are being organised. Muscle Sensor v3 Kit Description: Granted, using our muscles to control things is the way that most of us are accustomed to doing it. We push buttons, pull levers, move joysticks... but what if we could take the buttons, levers and joysticks out of the equation? That's right, take the electrical signal straight from the muscle and put it into your device. Thanks to shrinking amplifier technology, we can now do exactly that!

Benjamin Gaulon aka (я) In the "Practice of Everyday Life" Michel de Certeau investigates the ways in which users-commonly assumed to be passive and guided by established rules-operate. He asserts: "This goal will be achieved if everyday practices, "ways of operating" or doing things, no longer appear as merely obscure background of social activity, and if a body of theoretical questions, methods, categories, and perspectives, by penetrating this obscurity, make it possible to articulate them."

The Viable Systems Model Guide 3e How to design a healthy business: The use of the Viable System Model in the diagnosis and design of organisational structures in co-operatives and other social economy enterprises A manual for the diagnosis and design of organisational structures to enable social economy enterprises and function with increased efficiency without compromising democratic principles Based on The Viable Systems Model Pack, originally published as part of the SMSE Strategic Management in the Social Economy training programme carried out by ICOM, CRU, CAG and Jon Walker with the financial assistance of Directorate General XXIII of the Commission of the European Communities. Pedal powered water pumps, threshers, blenders, tile makers and more What Are Bicimáquinas? Bicimáquinas are pedal-powered machines that assist with a variety of jobs in the home, on the farm, on the road and in small businesses. Each bicimáquina is handmade in our workshop using a combination of old bikes, concrete, wood, and metal. So far, we have developed several original designs that have proven to be both functional and economical.

Makey Makey Instrument Sketches Next week, we're planning to bring Makey Makey out in the tinkering studio and try a modified version of the "sketch-it play-it" workshop that we saw Jay Silver try out at Maker Faire. Before trying the activity out on the floor we each made a couple of graphite instruments in the learning studio to suss out some of the possible variations. I wanted to share some of the cool ideas that we came up with. Each connection on the edge of the paper corresponds to a different note or drum sound. In the Tinkering Studio next week we'll start with one station set up with a drum kit and another as a spacey sound creator.

Can Economic Growth Last? [slimstat f='count' w='ip' lf='resource contains can-economic'] views this month; [slimstat f='count' w='ip' lf='strtotime equals 2011-07-01 | interval equals -1'] overall As we saw in the previous post, the U.S. has expanded its use of energy at a typical rate of 2.9% per year since 1650. We learned that continuation of this energy growth rate in any form of technology leads to a thermal reckoning in just a few hundred years (not the tepid global warming, but boiling skin!).

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