The Sihuhata is the creature with four ears and five eyes. It inhabits the hills of Chiang Rai, eats red hot coal and poops gold!
I have joined the German research center Leuphana Inkubator as Research Fellow. The project is titled P2P Democracy, and forms part of a wider initiative, Grundversorgung 2.0.
More on the Inkubator Website : http://www.leuphana.de/inkubator.html
And the Grundversorgung 2.0 blog: http://digitale-grundversorgung.de/
Updates on this project as it develops.
I will be speaking about the Collaborative Economy at the upcoming 2013 TEDx event in Costa Rica. (Feb. 2013)
Update: Here’s a pic!
(It must be noted that the image behind me corresponds to a diagram made by Rachel Botsman, whose work I was referencing at the moment this picture was taken.)
The title of this issue is Value and Currency in Peer Production.
See the full info on the Call for Papers at:
Organised by the Commons Strategy Group, hosted by the Heinrich Boell Foundation.
More about this event at: http://p2pfoundation.net/Asia_Commons_Deep_Dive
The Wealth of the Commons: A World Beyond Market and State
I will present a short version of “Awakening from Capitalism”, with added comments on Paul Baran and Norbert Wiener at the IEEE Conference on Technology and Society in Asia 2012
Download “Awakening from Capitalism” Full 12.000 word version here
Organised by IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology
WIKISPEED designs and builds cars with a fuel-efficiency of over 100mpg. What is truly groundbreaking is that it is done through a global team of collaborating volunteers, using methodology initially used for software development.
Watch WIKISPEED founder Joe Justice’s amazing TEDx presentation here.
My research proposal has been approved by the School of Creative Media at City University, Hong Kong. The project will beging in Nov. 2012. Click on the image to download the PDF.
An analysis of Lentil as Anything, a pay-as-you-feel restaurant in Abbostsford Convent, Melbourne Australia
The structures of the cultural fringe, hyperspace jumping, and the loop of capital
This paper is an attempt to understand the structures of web-based cultural production, specifically the activity that takes place in sites like 4Chan and Reddit, and the flows and transformations that content goes through as the mainstream deals with the indigestible. The case of PedoBear and its paradoxical relation with Jon Stewart’s ‘Rally to Restore Sanity’ is used as a case study that illuminates on the complexities that inform these realms of contemporary culture.
PDF: Taming PedoBear
Of newspapers, migration, and finding happiness
Among the different ways in which Marx described the crisis of capital accumulation (overproduction, the law of diminishing returns, etc.), there is one that goes largely unrecognized: the workers’ desertion of the factory.
Paolo Virno –About Exodus
There was a time, not long ago, when one eagerly picked the day’s newspaper in the morning with the feeling that it was a sort of magic object that contained the world. Not only because journalists narrated the joys and disasters of the day, but to a great extent because of the exuberance and timeliness of everything else inside: current movie listings and reviews, art shows, judicial news, sporting results, opinion columns, the stock market and exchange rates, ongoing comic strips, fresh crossword puzzles; even the recently deceased were made relevant one last time. The newspaper was a unique heterotopia (Foucault 1986) that compressed the social space; a sort of ephemeral aleph that allowed you to hold the Zeitgeist in your hands thus infusing a comforting sense of orientation within the daily labyrinth. The crisis of newspapers perhaps really is the result of the fact that, due to the explosion of information technology, most of those attached features now feel redundant, and the whole magic is gone.