Platform for Art, Culture and the Public Domain ‘…the unfathomable distance between the individual and the geopolitical.’ – Firat Oruc This essay is an exploration of thoughts following an artistic event that happened a year ago, specifically in terms of how it deploys its own forms, intensities and energies that are essentially ungraspable by language. The type of reflection writing enables is therefore specific to its medium. As theorist Rebecca Schneider reminds us in discussing a politics of documentary practices, ‘…media has its specific ways of remembering and will leave their trace on the memory it creates.’ Writing inevitably translates the piece and my relation to it, and writing allows for reflective confrontation with the ambiguities of my position contained in the artistic process. Looking back expands certain insights and diminishes others.
Darwin's Wedge & Dumb Competition “Competition creates efficiency,” is preached as if it were a law of nature. But nature itself teaches a different lesson. Biological competition can create foolish costs, and collective doom. “Darwin’s Wedge” shows why and reminds us of the point of being human. Our competitions, and the myopic logic of free markets, needn’t be dumb as trees. Analysing the Collapse of the Global Debt Bubble I’ve attended two conferences in two days where both the power and the impotence of the European Central Bank (EBC) have been on vivid display. Its political power is considerable, both in form and in substance. At both seminars, the ECB speaker—ECB Board member Peter Praet at the first, and ECB President Mario Draghi at the second—spoke first, and then left. In form, the ECB has no need to defend its policies because it is unimpeachable in its execution of them. In substance, it does not even considering engaging with its subjects—I use the word deliberately—in open and robust discussion. The position of the economy in the environment is a shared blindspot in economics: no existing school handles the topic well, and yet this is the key issue we need to understand.
Green Craft ideas One can knit to unwind or focus, to reflect or scheme. One can knit to to create, produce, use ones hands… one can knit to give or to keep. Knitting lets us create an object that carries with it the added value of uniqueness and time. The memories of the knitter, a souvenir of what was going on while the object was being made, a record of our existence.
Cradle-to-cradle design Cradle to Cradle design (also referred to as Cradle to Cradle, C2C, cradle 2 cradle, or regenerative design) is a biomimetic approach to the design of products and systems. It models human industry on nature's processes viewing materials as nutrients circulating in healthy, safe metabolisms. It suggests that industry must protect and enrich ecosystems and nature's biological metabolism while also maintaining a safe, productive technical metabolism for the high-quality use and circulation of organic and technical nutrients. Put simply, it is a holistic economic, industrial and social framework that seeks to create systems that are not only efficient but also essentially waste free. The model in its broadest sense is not limited to industrial design and manufacturing; it can be applied to many aspects of human civilization such as urban environments, buildings, economics and social systems. Introduction Biological and Technical Cycles
Ideas Island » How to stay at Ideas Island Do you think you should be selected to stay for free on a private island to work on your ideas? If so, let us know a bit more about you. Tell us 1) Who you are (briefly), 2) what ideas/projects you are going to work on 3) why we should pick you and 4) if you are ok to give some money to charity and if not why not. Please note that there is a MUCH bigger chance that you get selected if you answer ALL those questions. We also highly recommend that you read the FAQ’s page first before you fill out this form.
Panarchy Panarchy What is Panarchy? Panarchy is a conceptual framework to account for the dual, and seemingly contradictory, characteristics of all complex systems – stability and change. It is the study of how economic growth and human development depend on ecosystems and institutions, and how they interact. It is an integrative framework, bringing together ecological, economic and social models of change and stability, to account for the complex interactions among both these different areas, and different scale levels (see Scale Levels).
Democracy and Power. The Delhi Lectures - Open Book Publishers Chomsky makes the world a more intelligent place. He is a marksman whose eye never wanders and whose aim never lets him down. — Arundhati Roy Plastic Trash Challenge April 2, 2014 Plastic Challenge: Denise WM, Week 1 Is there a way to get less plastic when ordering from Amazon? Location:New York, New York, United States Read the full post. Plastic Challenge: Jennifer, Week 1