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Sepp Hasslberger

Sepp Hasslberger

Beautiful Woven Refugee Tents Get Their Power from the Sun

Designer Abeer Seikaly has developed a practical yet elegant solution to the need for lightweight, mobile, and structurally sound shelters for disaster zones.

The Canadian-Jordanian’s Weaving a Home project not only provides flexible, transportable shelter, but also incorporates water collection, solar power generation and solar water heating into the design.

Each tent has its own water collection system, utilizing the natural channels formed by the skin to direct water to the storage point. By using a fabric with strong thermal properties, the tents can alsoconvert solar radiation into power and heat collected water for showering.

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Sep 14

Jon Ramer: Nashville Compassion Games

Jon Ramer

Jon Ramer

OK.  Day Two of the Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest is happening and we have crossed into new territory.

Here is a beautiful example of how a community — Nashville — can embrace the Compassion Games to raise the spirit and commitment to compassion in action.  Check out the TV coverage, the theme song and how they are embracing putting compassion into action. This is a dream we share coming true. There are over 175 teams participating in this years games!
This challenges the Compassion Games in new ways —  be in appreciation and amplification of what these communities are doing…. people like Dina Capitani are the Compassion All-Stars that we serve….  please give this some thought…. building a platform like this opens up tremendous possibilities for collective impact.  What do you think about this?  Are you are working on Mission Two as a Secret Agent? Game on!
Jon

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Sep 13

Finn Jackson: Can Monasteries Be a Model for Reclaiming Tech Culture for Good?

Finn Jackson

Finn Jackson

This article describes an initiative more in line with the approach I would take:

“find a place with unmet needs and unused space to lend a building to a group of young hackers. Live together cheaply, building open-source infrastructure for the commons. Repeat until it becomes a network.”

Can Monasteries Be a Model for Reclaiming Tech Culture for Good?

Nathan Schneider

The Nation, 27 August 2014

hristian monasticism began in earnest in the fourth century CE, just after Constantine made Jesus Christ the official god of Rome. No longer persecuted, believers who craved a holiness less compromised by empire fled to the desert and set up communes. These monastics came to wield power in their own right, putting on display a more strenuous, radical faith. Their successors became Europe’s chief scholars and inventors and also served as guardians for the technology of writing.

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Sep 11

Jean Lievens: Gerry Mooney on Open Scotland — Hybrid Grassroots Activism Empowered by Social Media

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Social media and grassroots activism have taken Scotland to the brink of independence

Gerry Mooney

The Conversation, 8 September 2014

EXTRACTS

If you wanted an explanation for the momentum that has carried the Yes campaign to the brink of victory in the Scottish referendum, you have to look at what’s happening on the ground. The extent to which the independence referendum has engaged and mobilised people during the campaign is palpable.

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Yet as tends to be forgotten, the pro-independence movement also includes The Scottish Green Party; The Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament; The Scottish Socialist Party; the socialist party Solidarity; Women For Independence; the artists and creatives group National Collective and the socialist Radical Independence Campaign. Yes Scotland is a loose amalgam and umbrella of different pro-independence groups and individuals. A significant number of front-line activists campaigning under the Yes Scotland banner represent ordinary people with no party political membership. Some have never been involved in political activism before.

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The demarcation between professional politicians and this grassroots mobilisation of ordinary people appears to be blurred in this contemporary Scottish political landscape. It is evident that a hybrid movement has emerged within the campaign, which according to Tommy Sheridan “dwarfs the anti-poll tax campaign” that he led in the late 1980s.

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The opportunity to build a new Scotland free from nuclear weapons, austerity and welfare cuts has widespread appeal. It is this concern with social justice and welfare that has galvanised support for Yes.

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Sep 11

Robert Steele: OSE Book Language Rights Now Mine, Seeking Publishers and Volunteers for All Languages

Robert David STEELE Vivas

Robert David STEELE Vivas

The below letter from North Atlantic Books reverts all foreign language rights less Rumanian back to me.

The book is going to a second printing on the strength of The Guardian profile by Dr. Nafeez Ahmed, and it has been agreed that reverting the rights to me and going for foreign translations by volunteers — but commercial endeavors are not excluded — will be helpful to the Open Source Everything movement.

NAB to Steele OSE Manifesto Foreign Rights Reversion

Amazon Page

Amazon Page

Spanish is well underway with a US citizen in Bolivia managing the over-all effort, and two Argentine citizens working on four chapters between them.

French via Quebec and Chinese via a US citizen in Beijing are under discussion. I intend to begin posting machine translations shortly as full text foreign language (this explicitly avoids the easier option of posting the book in English for easy Google translation into any of multiple languages. My intent is to honor the publisher’s control of the English version, and the magnificent editorial influence of Kathy Green, while spreading the Manifesto as widely as possible via other languages.

OSE Eight VennIf you would like to translate one or more chapters into any language, with full credit for individual translators and chapters published as they become available, please send an email to me, robert.david.steele.vivas [at] gmail [dot] com. I am also allowed to sell foreign rights, there my intent would be to sell the rights to the hard copy to a commercial publisher, with the online version being free to the public. Anyone orchestrating such a deal would earn 20% of all funds over the life of the deal.

See Also:

Open Source Everything Manifesto Home Page

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Sep 9

Robert Steele: UMD Does It Again – Graphene-Based Light Detector Can “See” Much That Has Been Hidden

Robert Steele

Robert Steele

The University of Maryland is a national treasure, one I consider the equal of MIT in part because it is much more focused on practical needs. Many possibilities in the way of innovative technology have been repressed these past decades by proprietary interests, while others have remained undiscovered due to biases and short-comings in research that has not been fully multidisciplinary. The times they are a’changing. Human-centric innovation and multidisciplinary innovation — including smart design informed by true cost economics (supply intelligence), holistic analytics (demand intelligence) and open source everything (engineering intelligence) — are going to accelerate positive developments in academia, the economy, governance, and society.

New graphene-based light detector can unearth everything hidden

This is going to be a new development. New graphene-based light detector can unearth everything hidden

Terahertz radiation can be brought to market with the help of a new detector. Terahertz radiation is a type of light with far longer wavelengths compared to infrared rays and may be helpful in examining almost everything very effectively.

Researchers have concluded that this latest graphene-based light detector may be able to calculate wavelengths of light that human eye may not see.

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Sep 9

Richard Stallman: FSF and Debian Join Forces — Open Source Software and Hardware Now Joined at the Hip

Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman

FSF and Debian join forces to help free software users find the hardware they need

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA — Monday, September 8, 2014 — The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the Debian Project today announced cooperation to expand and enhance h-node, a database to help users learn and share information about computers that work with free software operating systems.

While other databases list hardware that is technically compatible with GNU/Linux, h-node lists hardware as compatible only if it does not require any proprietary software or firmware. Information about hardware that flunks this test is also included, so users know what to avoid. The database lists individual components, like WiFi and video cards, as well as complete notebook systems.

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Sep 9

Jean Lievens: Open Content Business Models and Michel Bauwens on DeGrowth

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Open Content and Public Broadcasting: Future Business Models – YouTube

Over 100 participants and industry leaders explore issues related to producing and distributing open access content across multiple public broadcasting platforms.The WGBH Educational Foundation, with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, hosts a conference on Open Content and Public Broadcasting. Listen in as over 100 participants come together with industry leaders to explore issues related to producing and distributing open access content across multiple public broadcasting platforms.

Degrowth 2014 – Michel Bauwens on The Transition to a Sustainable Commons Society – YouTube

Degrowth will only be possible by changing the artificial scarcity-based design practices and engineering of the for-profit sector and by removing the incentive to externalize the true production costs in terms of matter and energy. A commons-oriented approach should combine global open design based in communities, local on-demand distributed manufacturing, and the use of renewable distributed energy. Along with changes in governance and ownership, it can contribute to a global phase transition.Vertalen

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Sep 8

Berto Jongman: Naomi Klein on Capitalism versus Climate Change — a “People’s Shock” Coming? Robert Steele Disagrees — Precipitants of Revolution Missing

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

“Worth a look.”

Naomi Klein to Degrowth Conference: Climate Change Can Deliver ‘People’s Shock’

Status quo is not an option if we are to rein in runaway emissions, This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. the Climate author says in address to conference

“You’re having the core conversation of our time.”

That was the message delivered on Tuesday by author Naomi Klein to participants of a conference whose focus is on “concrete steps towards a society beyond the imperative of growth.”

Klein’s opening address to the Fourth International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity, which kicked off Tuesday in the German city of Leipzig, made perfect sense, as the themes of her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate, overlap those of the conference — that addressing the climate crisis is incompatible with the current growth-focused economy.

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Sep 5

AVAILABLE: Translation Rights for Open Source Everything Manifesto

Amazon Page

Amazon Page

Doug Reil, leader of North Atlantic Books, publisher of THE OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING MANIFESTO: Transparency, Truth, & Trust (Evolver Editions, 2012) has agreed to revert all translation right back to the author.

Chinese, French, and Spanish translations are under discussion, all under Creative Commons license, all using volunteers or state-funded translators.  I am seeking volunteers to serve as focal points for the translation of the book into other languages and volunteers to do one chapter each for each book that has a focal point established. All translators will be personally acknowledged by name at the beginning of each book for which the contribute a partial translation.

Publishers committing to offer a free version online while also publishing commercially are welcome to get in touch.

Email robert.david.steele.vivas [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Open Source Everything Manifesto Home Page

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Aug 27