Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

The desire for a moral economy

Friday, February 22nd, 2013[caption id="attachment_3841" align="alignleft" width="300"] Humanity shifts gear when it demands fundamental change to its real world circumstances[/caption]When people feel powerless, their style of reaction takes us back to a different age and a different time in which visceral protest can ...

Achuar community ancient knowledge and modern tech

Thursday, February 21st, 2013Gregor MacLennan works for Amazonwatch an organisation that campaigns for the rights and lives of indigenous tribes living in the Amazon rainforest in Peru.MacLennan explains that huge tracts of the Amazon have been sold to international companies for mineral extraction. ...

Africans helping Africa

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011I picked up this link from a conversation that was going on in the GrowVC community. So thank you David.In one part of Ethiopia, communities are putting the world's governments and many aid agencies to shame.You can read the full ...

A free ride to nowhere?

Thursday, August 25th, 2011I opened my analogue copy of The Observer at the weekend, and as is my habit I found myself in the culture section and looking a book reviews. My eye caught Evgeny Morozov's review of Robert Levine's book Free Ride, ...

True democracies in open space

Saturday, February 19th, 2011True democracies need open public spaces, that are shared, where people can meet as equals, writes John Keane in The Life and Death of Democracy. It is no surprise then that we see the square recently as the symbol of ...

Asymmetry looks like this

Thursday, January 13th, 2011[caption id="attachment_5997" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="From simple to complex to complicated"][/caption]We know that, where we once thought our future to be certain, the only certainty we now face is uncertainty. The question is then how to deal with uncertainty?Now is the ...

Wikileaks and the battle for middle earth begins

Saturday, December 4th, 2010In an erudite and compelling post John Naughton (What the attacks on Wikileaks tells us) brings from the shadows and into the foreground, some of the key issues that the current deluge of material from wikileaks has unveiled.Naughton makes 4 ...

Britain’s £3 trillion horror story

Friday, November 12th, 2010I watched this C4 programme Britain's trillion pound horror story, last night and I have to say I found it very thought provoking. what's it all about? @ C4 they writeFilm maker Martin Durkin explains the full extent of the ...

The problem with Murdoch’s media

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010Henry Porter discusses some of the key criteria as to why Vince Cable has such an important contribution to  make in controlling total media and therefore political power currently wielded by Rupert Murdoch and his News Corp. This follows on ...

Enable and empower communities don’t build apps

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010Most government agencies are missing out on a core ingredient with their contests. Sunlight had a not-so-secret sauce in its contest strategy that ought to be sharedFor us at Sunlight, the not-so-big secret was that it was never about the ...

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