Sepp Hasslberger: 2003 Manifesto on Our Common Future

Sepp Hasslberger

Sepp Hasslberger

Genova, the Azores and our Common Future

28 June 2003

Genova – July 2001 – had a big impact on my life, probably on anybody’s life here in Italy. Several hundred thousand protested the gathering of Heads of State – the G8 – and were brutally beaten by police who had been instructed, on Bush’s orders, to “be tough this time”. Some of my Italian friends, Ivan and Vitale, were there and they returned shocked at the unprecedented violence that had been unleashed, by all accounts unprovoked. At the time, I said war has just been declared on the people and I wrote, enraged, that the kind of progress the mighty are talking about is not really the progress we want. At the time, one of the recurring taints thrown at the emerging global movement for justice was that it had not come up with any positive proposals.

Fast forward to Azores – January 2003 – the passage from one year to the next. Wind outside, logs crackling in the fireplace. Someone asks the question: What is it we really want? If we don’t want Bush’s war, we don’t want “their” globalization, what can we do about it? Good question. Difficult. Susan suggests that Justice is the major problem. Prohibitionism and the non-separation of Church and State, to be exact. Agreed, but what can we do about it and what about all those other areas of life that are messed up too? We started listing them up – justice, the economy, the energy monopoly, scientific progress, the environment, health, education, ideas in the straitjacket called intellectual property, the way society is organized and how the media manages not to inform us of what’s important.

Areas for Change (List Only)

Church and State   Justice   Economy   Energy   Science   Environment   Health   Education   Human Potential   Intellectual Property Laws   Social organization   Public Media and information   Privacy versus Transparency

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Jean Lievens: Village in a Box – Open Source Ecology Project Uses 3D Printers to Build the Next Economy

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Village in a Box: Open Source Ecology Project Uses 3D Printers to Build The Next Economy

by, July 24, 2014

…the folks at the Open Source Ecology project say you only need about 50 machines such as a wind turbine, cement mixer and sawmill to get things going. And they should know since they are currently building and creating open source industrial machines and sharing the designs online without cost.

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Devin Balkind: Kickstarter for Citizen Journalists

Devin Balkind

Devin Balkind

21 days to go toward their goal.

Bellingcat, for and by citizen investigative journalists

Bellingcat is a website founded by Brown Moses.

Bellingcat will bring together both critically acclaimed and emerging citizen investigative journalists using open source information to investigate, collaborate, and report on worldwide issues that are being underreported and ignored.

Open source information, which is information freely available to anyone through the Internet—think YouTube, Google Maps, Reddit—has made it possible for ANYONE to gather information and source others, through social media networks. Think the Syrian Civil War. Think the Arab Spring.

Read more and consider a donation at Kickstarter.

Mini-Me: If California Splits Into X States, This Opens X-1 Slots for States to Secede, Leaving 50 Stars Unchanged

Who?  Mini-Me?

Who? Mini-Me?


Plan to Split California Into Six States May Make 2016 Ballot

Zeninjor Enwemeka, 15 July 2014

A plan to split California into six separate states? Wait, what? The billionaire venture capitalist behind the idea said he had collected enough signatures to get the proposal on the 2016 ballot, Reuters reports.

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