Carole Cadwalladr: Stewart Brand

Carole Cadwalladr

Carole Cadwalladr

Stewart Brand’s Whole Earth Catalog, the book that changed the world

Stewart Brand was at the heart of 60s counterculture and is now widely revered as the tech visionary whose book anticipated the web. We meet the man for whom big ideas are a way of life

“We are as gods and might as well get good at it,” wrote Brand on the title page of the Whole Earth Catalog. Up until now, he noted, power has been in the hands of “government, big business, formal education, church”. But now “a realm of intimate, personal power is developing – power of the individual to conduct his own education, find his own inspiration, shape his own environment and share his adventure with whoever is interested. Tools that aid this process are sought and promoted by the Whole Earth Catalog.”

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May 27

David Bollier: Why the Commons?

David Bollier

David Bollier

Commoning as a Transformative Social Paradigm

Every so often I am invited to write a piece that in effect answers the question, “Why the commons?”  I invariably find new answers to that question each time that I re-engage with it.  My latest attempt is an essay, “Commoning as a Transformative Social Paradigm,” which I wrote for the Next System Project as part of its series of proposals for systemic alternatives. 

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May 25

Interview – Robert J. Bunker

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Interview – Robert J. Bunker

Prospective students must really do their due diligence before getting into a security studies program.  Quite a few of the older generation of security scholars simply do not understand the 21st century threat environment. Additionally, if the program you are looking at is in a department where only formal international political economy (IPE) is taught—that is, such studies never touch upon the informal or illicit economies—your education is going to be imperiled by delusional thinking. To have an actual impact upon the future, young security scholars need to learn about the world that actually exists today and not the one that existed decades ago.

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May 22