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Amanda Palmer: The art of asking

Amanda Palmer: The art of asking

Paroles d’Hommes Nous sommes très heureux de vous annoncer qu’Arnaud Peuch, le réalisateur, a accepté notre invitation à publier son documentaire “Paroles d’Hommes” sur internet, afin qu’il puisse être vu gratuitement et ce, par le plus grand nombre. Nous l’en remercions grandement, et vous souhaitons un bon visionnage! Paroles d’Hommes est un film documentaire sur la spiritualité contemporaine écrit et réalisé par Arnaud Peuch.A travers des entretiens croisés avec trois maîtres spirituels contemporains : Arnaud Desjardins, Lee Lozowick et Stephen Jourdain se dessine une nouvelle vision du spirituel au 21ème siècle et des grands défis auxquels nous allons être confrontés. Allons nous vers une montée en puissance des intégrismes, vers une catastrophe écologique ou vers un matérialisme de plus en plus brutal et inhumain ? Un réveil est-il possible ? Ecrit, réalisé et monté par Arnaud Peuch Genre : Documentaire Durée : 68 min. Voir Paroles d’Hommes en Streaming : Commander le DVD Edit du 20 mars 2011 : KeïKo

Top 40 Platforms for Crowdfunding Social Change |  REconomy This post is a guest blog by Josef Davies-Coates and it originally appeared on the P2P Foundation blog. Crowdfunding is a new word for an old idea. The Oxford English dictionary defines it as “the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet”. Crowdfunding’s poster child, Kickstarter, launched in April 2009. It wasn’t the first online crowdfunding platform (ArtistShare launched in 2003), but it was the first to become widely known and scale. In just 3 and a half years Kickstarter has helped over 32,000 projects raise a total of over $350 million. But Kickstrater is now just one of over 450 crowdfunding platforms worldwide. Source: Crowdfunding Industry Report So, crowdfunding is big and growing fast. An example of particular interest to P2P Foundation readers might be the story of how Jonas Salk created the very first polio vaccine in the 1950s; it is was crowdfunded and patent-free. web | facebook

The Riddle of the Gun (Photo by Zorin Denu) Fantasists and zealots can be found on both sides of the debate over guns in America. On the one hand, many gun-rights advocates reject even the most sensible restrictions on the sale of weapons to the public. On the other, proponents of stricter gun laws often seem unable to understand why a good person would ever want ready access to a loaded firearm. Unlike most Americans, I stand on both sides of this debate. Most of my friends do not own guns and never will. But, unlike my friends, I own several guns and train with them regularly. Like most gun owners, I understand the ethical importance of guns and cannot honestly wish for a world without them. Of course, owning a gun is not a responsibility that everyone should assume. Carrying a gun in public, however, entails even greater responsibility than keeping one at home, and in most states the laws reflect this. Some Facts About Guns Seventy mass shootings have occurred in the U.S. since 1982, leaving 543 dead.

Surviving My Husband’s Mid-Life Crisis | Anna Wallner & Kristina Matisic: Official Website My story is an endless series of clichés. Now the true definition of a cliché is an action or idea which is expected or predictable, based on a prior event. And although my story is a cliché because it happens daily, hourly around the world, it certainly wasn’t predictable to me. I have been married for over 10 years, have a wonderful family with a husband who is my best friend, my ally throughout every major decision and development in my adult life, who shares my ideals and my world views on nearly everything. Nothing made me or anyone else question the viability and enduring love of our relationship. Such an action is predictable only due to its commonness in our culture. I cannot easily describe the physical pain of being hit by that bullet train. Naturally I could not get out of my mind the thought of my husband being intimate with another woman — of them sneaking off together after work (during work?) The physical effect on me was severe.

Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding - The Industry Website The Prescience of Tocqueville Alexis de Tocqueville Public Domain Alexis de Tocqueville was amazingly observant and had an outsider perspective of American democracy. He was a deposed French Aristocrat from Normandy whose ancestors had fought in the battle of Hastings. His parents narrowly escaped the guillotine during the French Revolution. He came to America initially to study the Penal system but ended up writing his magnum opus Democracy in America, instead. I think of writers of Tocqueville’s era – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Mellville – as having greater social intelligence. This was before sociology, in which masses of people are seen in terms of statistics and the machinations of dialectical materialism. This classic text has long been in the public domain and is available to read free online. Because of his unique perspective, Tocqueville presents an excellent way of framing a debate about the erosion of democracy in the United States. Tocqueville again comments on the potential resurgence of aristocracy.

Internet History: Video of 1981 TV report shows birth of Internet News It’s easy to forget how far the Internet has come considering how plugged in we all are today thanks to laptops, smartphones and other connected devices, but we found a fantastic video that will no doubt serve as an eye-opening and hilarious reminder. “Imagine, if you will, sitting down to your morning coffee, turning on your home computer to see the day’s newspaper,” begins this report from KRON in San Francisco. “Well, it’s not as far-fetched as it may seem.” The report, filed by KRON’s Steve Newman back in 1981, details the birth of Internet news as it chronicles an experiment being conducted by the San Francisco Examiner where editors programmed a copy of each day’s paper into a computer and made it available via the Internet. To connect to the Web and access the S.F. Examiner’s paper, by the way, a reader had to place the receiver of his or her telephone on a dock and then manually dial into a service provider’s network. Psh, it’ll never happen.

A social history of crowdfunding Many refer to crowdfunding as a “new phenomenon” (or – at worst – the “new bubble”). However, it is not as new as we may think; as a concept, it has been around for some centuries already. The novelty lies in the technologies and the mindset that are giving it a new momentum, technologies and mindset that we will consider in this chronological record of the main events leading to what we now refer to as crowdfunding. We should mention in passing both Jonathan Swift’s Irish Loan Fund, and Dr. Yunus’ project and Grameen Bank, as ancestors and pioneers of the microfinance phenomenon, each of which have histories of their own but which go beyond the scope of this blog’s subject. We will instead consider crowdfunding strictly in its connection with the web, and as a sequence of developments parallel to the growth of the social web. Late ‘90s – 2000: Internet campaigning and Charity fundraising Mid 2000: Kiva, Microlending platforms, and Peer-to-peer (P2P) Lending

What Is Value? What Is Money? For example, if you think of Galileo, a long time ago he was looking at an object that everybody else had looked at before: Jupiter, which is super bright. It's one of the brightest objects in the night sky. But, he looked at Jupiter with an increased resolution, because he had this telescope. I'll bring data to a modern example, medicine. Just like in that case, I think that there are many examples in which this new data, this new resolution, is going to provide new windows to understanding simply because we're going to be able to see things that were invisible before, or that we had to assume or theorize about without having a direct observation on the system. I have a definition of big data. The second condition is it has to be big in resolution. Now for the third condition: the first two are size and resolution. Another thing that is somehow related that I have been thinking about recently quite a bit are differences between value and money. Let me use Facebook as an example.

Can we design organizations for beauty? Category:Peerfunding This wiki section is dedicated to the topic of "How do we make Peer Production sustainable? Why It Is Crucial that Peer Production Companies Refuse Venture Capital Investments Also read: Podcast: Bauwens, Kleiner, Restakis on Cooperative, Commons-Based Venture Funding Donations-based business model Crowdfunding business model Freemium as a business model To be developed: Ethical finance Social investment and philantropic venture capital Microfinance Social lending Prizes Top 40 Platforms for Crowdfunding Social Change The Open Venturing Accelerator‎‎ of the Hub Launchpad‎, an expression of the Open Venture Movement‎‎ that funds open and transparent companies (see also the proposals for an Open Limited Company‎ form and a (Open Company Sector‎ Goteo, commons and community oriented crowdfunding platform Gittip is a way to give small weekly cash gifts to people you love and are inspired by. Indy Johar on the Open Venture Movement "Our hypothesis 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Key Articles Key Policies More

No, It Has Not 'Always Been This Way' One of the more common responses I get when I try to point out the alarming decline of basic civic values and practices in the US is one version or another of the following: "What are you getting so excited about? It is a dog eat dog world today, just as it has been for the entire trajectory of the human race. The powerful have always sought to fully exploit their ability to toy with the lives of “lesser beings”. Adolf Eichmann listening as the court declares him guilty on all counts at his war crimes trial in Jerusalem in December 1961. Courtesy of USHMM Photo Archives And with this response, these men--they are almost always men--feel they have really put the silly dreamer in his place, and that, moreover, that they have actually engaged in an argument and won it. Why? Last Thursday was the 50th anniversary of the hanging of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem, man who was, as you know, one of the prime architects of the Nazi plan to eliminate European Jewry.

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