Marcos García: Through its workshops, collaborative teams, classes and public events, Medialab has enabled the development of open design hives for urban beekeeping,1 sponsored collaborative translations of books,2 and assisted development of experimental video games.3 It has invited anyone who is interested to help develop a new data visualization for air quality in Madrid4 and a... Continue reading →
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Hannelore Hollinetz and Martin Hollinetz: The development of the Otelos – the international network of open technology labs – is the story of a group bringing together creative people in rural areas and forging a new culture of innovation with them. The idea for Otelos began in 2009 as Martin Hollinetz, then Director of Regional... Continue reading →
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David Bollier, Lara Mallien & Santiago Hoerth Moura: . Community building turns out to be a great way to bypass the formidable costs of conventional markets and to bring authors and readers together in highly efficient ways. Below, we profile some noteworthy pioneers of commons-based publishing – for academic journals, books and magazines. These examples... Continue reading →
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It is not widely known that the law regards virtually all artifacts of human creativity as private property from the moment they are created. Scribble a doodle, record a few guitar riffs, and copyright law treats the resulting “works” as a kind of private property over which you may retain legal control for the rest... Continue reading →
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Ellen Friedman: If a picture is worth a thousand words, a map is likely worth a thousand pictures. Since 2010, hundreds of commons and “new economy” mapping projects have sprung to life. By depicting thousands of innovative social, environmental and economic initiatives, these maps reveal the complex stories of new systems emerging through the cracks... Continue reading →
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