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‘Cosmo-Localization’: can thinking globally and producing locally really save our planet?

By on December 14, 2017

Fablabs, makerspaces, emerging global knowledge commons… These are but some of the outcomes of a growing movement that champions globally-sourced designs for local economic activity. Its core idea is simple: local ownership of the means to produce basic manufactures and services can change our economic paradigm, making our cities self-sufficient and help the planet. Sharon... Continue reading

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Holo: Take Back the Internet – Shared P2P Hosting

By on December 12, 2017

Holo is helping to grow a more human Internet — where you control your personal data and choose how your applications work. With Holo, you share your computer’s spare capacity to help others connect to peer-to-peer apps. When people use the apps you host, you can get rewarded in cryptocurrency by the app’s creators. Connect... Continue reading

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3 Projects That Show How Cities Can Use Technology as a Force for Good

By on November 23, 2017

Platforms enabled by Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), like Uber and Airbnb, are increasingly being seen as looters by cities. They are like Death Stars, extracting great swaths of value from local communities only to transfer that wealth elsewhere. Indeed, it would seem that the original ideas of sharing and peer-to-peer collaboration have been co-opted... Continue reading

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Patterns of Commoning: Commoning in Times of Disaster – The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

By on November 15, 2017

Kate Chapman: Just a few hours after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, a group of collaborators from the OpenStreetMap community began collecting all sorts of topographical data about the country – roads, towns, hospitals, government buildings. Within forty-eight hours high-resolution satellite imagery taken after the earthquake became available, and within a month... Continue reading

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The resurgence of a culture of makers: re-localizing production

By on November 3, 2017

One way to empower local communities and their regional economies to manifest their visions of a better future is to re-localize production and consumption and thereby strengthen regional economies. There is an important role for international trade and global exchange of goods and services, but not when it comes to meeting basic regional needs. Wherever... Continue reading

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