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New App Lets You Boycott Koch Brothers, Monsanto And More By Scanning Your Shopping Cart

New App Lets You Boycott Koch Brothers, Monsanto And More By Scanning Your Shopping Cart
In her keynote speech at last year’s annual Netroots Nation gathering, Darcy Burner pitched a seemingly simple idea to the thousands of bloggers and web developers in the audience. The former Microsoft MSFT +0.13% programmer and congressional candidate proposed a smartphone app allowing shoppers to swipe barcodes to check whether conservative billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch were behind a product on the shelves. Burner figured the average supermarket shopper had no idea that buying Brawny paper towels, Angel Soft toilet paper or Dixie cups meant contributing cash to Koch Industries Koch Industries through its subsidiary Georgia-Pacific. Similarly, purchasing a pair of yoga pants containing Lycra or a Stainmaster carpet meant indirectly handing the Kochs your money (Koch Industries bought Invista, one of the world’s largest fiber and textiles companies, in 2004 from DuPont). At the time, Burner created a mock interface for her app, but that’s as far as she got. Related:  The New Economymisc

How to Map the New Economy in Your City Mapping your community helps demonstrate that “Another World” is not only possible, it already exists. New economy projects are mostly unconnected, so each one struggles alone rather than supporting each other and even in small towns, people often don't know what's happening in their own backyards. Mapping also can become a community organizing tool - uncovering a reservoir of social assets even in the poorest neighborhoods, which can seed mutual aid and cooperative business ideas to fill in the gaps. USSEN has a list of communities that have done independent mapping projects, each using its own methodology, criteria, platform and map name. When thinking of entities to fill your map, consider if they incorporate any solidarity economy principles: solidarity, mutualism, cooperation, equity, social and environmental prioritization, democracy, pluralism, and grassroots driven. Benefits of mapping Make projects more visible to each other and the public -- free advertising! How to Make a Map

Arrested Development’s 20 Most Meta Meta-Moments The unveiling of the fourth season of Arrested Development is less than a week away. It’s easy to picture the first episode starting off with a wink at the show’s long hiatus and cancellation, because that kind of self-knowing joke is what the show always did: Arrested Development was not afraid to acknowledge it was a TV series and its characters were actually just actors. So in anticipation of the upcoming season we looked back at the series’ twenty most meta meta-moments. Throughout the SeriesJohn F. Season One, Episode Eleven Jessie, the publicist, calls George Michael "Opie." Season One, Episode Thirteen Judge Ping says, "I'd like to remind you there are no cameras allowed in my courtroom," looking directly into the camera when he says "no cameras." Season One, Episode Fifteen Tobias asks the warden of his father-in-law's jail if he will lock up Tobias so he can do research for his role as "Frightened Inmate No. 2." Season Two, Episode Fifteen As Dr.

What's Wrong with Technological Fixes? If you are looking for some smart, informed skepticism about the promise of digital technology to cure important problems, Evgeny Morozov is the critic for you. In his second book, To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism, the BR contributing editor takes aim at what he describes as Silicon Valley’s “amelioration orgy.” According to the ameliorationists, “all that matters” is “to get humans to behave in more responsible and sustainable ways, to maximize efficiency.” Morozov characterizes this impulse to fix everything as “solutionism,” and offers two broad challenges to the solutionist sensibility. To probe his ideas further, we got Terry Winograd—professor emeritus of computer science at Stanford University, founding faculty member of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (the “”), and one-time advisor to Google (which was founded by his students)—to ask Morozov some questions about To Save Everything. Is he for real?

some interesting facts! 2012 Map of the Decade A Century of Transformation, A Decade of Turbulence Today, even as the incumbent patterns are fading, a new world is taking shape. It's a world that will flourish by the end of the century. But the transition from old to new will bring turbulence. Seen through this lens of two curves—a descent of the familiar and the ascent of the as-yet-uncharted—the century presents itself as a classic two-curve problem. As the coming decade unfolds, a gap opens up between the old and the new. The 2012 Map of the Decade offers an overview of the major forces that are shaping this century—and creating turbulence in the coming decade.

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling « Aerogramme Writers' Studio These rules were originally tweeted by Emma Coats, Pixar’s Story Artist. Number 9 on the list – When you’re stuck, make a list of what wouldn’t happen next – is a great one and can apply to writers in all genres. You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. A radical dream for making techno utopias a reality CUPERTINO Calif. -- Balaji Srinivasan opened his Y Combinator startup school talk with a joke: Is the US the Microsoft of nations? The question was received warmly by the crowd of more than 1,700 and did in fact have a logical conclusion: Larry Page and Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google, were exactly what Bill Gates feared when he said in 1998 that two people in a garage working on something new was Microsoft's biggest threat. What ties those two seams together? The idea of techno-utopian spaces -- new countries even -- that could operate beyond the bureaucracy and inefficiency of government. Calling his radical-sounding proposal "Silicon Valley's Ultimate Exit," Srinivasan thinks that these limitless spaces, popularly postulated by Page at this year's Google I/O , are already being created, thanks to technology and a desire to exit. Srinivasan sees exiting happening all the time, thanks to the Internet. With 3D printing, regulation is being turned into DRM.

The White House Response To The Death Star Petition Is Amazing Heads you win, tails you lose The Long Tail is one of the most commonly quoted models for business on the Internet: The Long Tail or long tail refers to the statistical property that a larger share of population rests within the tail of a probability distribution than observed under a ‘normal’ or Gaussian distribution. This has gained popularity in recent times as a retailing concept describing the niche strategy of selling a large number of unique items in relatively small quantities – usually in addition to selling fewer popular items in large quantities. The concept was popularised by Chris Anderson in an October 2004 Wired magazine article, in which he mentioned and Netflix as examples of businesses applying this strategy. More money is made by creators at the head than at the tail, according to Kevin Kelly, via Chris Anderson: In pocket #1 of the curve, Seth talks in terms of a creator of a work. According to Seth Godin, pocket #2 has some real potential:

Sanyu Janardan: Living the New Normal After Cancer I like to plan. So when I was diagnosed with cancer seven years ago, I tried my hardest to make my new world of blood counts and biopsies and chemotherapy fit into the one inch by one inch squares of my planner. I was determined that this whole cancer thing would just be like a bad chapter in a book, something you have to go through to get to the good stuff. And in some ways, it was over. I slowly began to realize my old normal didn't exist anymore and had been replaced by a new normal. Like most things in life, that's easier said than done, and there are definitely days I wrestle with certain aspects -- big and small -- of my experience.