We are reinventing social and cultural practices. By necessity and desire. New ways of collaborating require, not the least, new ways of organizing financial means. In the cultural sector, commercial models based on copyrights (selling copies) and government funded models (subsidies) are in crisis and are increasingly inadequate or politically unsustainable.
FarmHack is a network for sharing open source know-how amongst the distributed fringe of DIY agricultural tech aficionados and innovators. In the same vein as Appropedia or Open Source Ecology, a collaborative digital knowledge-base facilitates the harvest of crowd wisdom to address challenges and inefficiencies in modern ecological (and economical) farm operation.
In the past 2 years, crowdfunding has gone from a hip term known and engaged by a relatively small number of people to a viable source of raising capital for a wide range of business ideas, thanks to sites like Kickstarter.
Team Shareable has been toiling away in our sharing skunkworks for months working out how to launch our new book, Share or Die, being brought out in paperback (plus Kindle & iPad) by New Society Publishers in just a few days.
Being us, we didn't want to launch our book, well, in "the old way." We asked ourselves, "How would Shareable bring a book about sharing into the world?" And, "How do we engage our community in an authentic way?" And, "What would best serve the sharing movement?"
Sometimes, all you need is a perfect field. In the field, there’s a strangely comforting smell of sheep poop and fur left behind by the last herd that passed through. There’s a small grove of oaks and above them, stars. It’s quiet except the small wet wind you can hear pass you by in the cool autumn night.
My feet are completely blistered, my bones are sore. I'm dehydrated, bruised and beyond exhausted. I've spent four days on the streets of Chicago, running through streets and alleys, cameras strapped to my body, frantically trying to take in as much information about the protests surrounding the NATO summit on Sunday and Monday.
For two days, world leaders gathered in Chicago to discuss what tens of thousands of activists described as the world's largest game of Risk, where the stakes amount to life and death for citizens around the globe.