SchwartzReport: 14 Year Old Hacker Takes Down Auto Industry — NOW Will You Listen to Us?

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

This is an amazing story of the difference between  middle aged corporate thinking is, and where teenagers born into the computer world are.

A 14-year-old hacker caught the auto industry by surprise

One Student’s Exploits Showed Executives How Vulnerable Their Cars Are

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Feb 22

Michel Bauwens: Professor Christian Iaione on the City as Commons

Michel Bauwens

Michel Bauwens

Interviewed: Professor Christian Iaione on the City as Commons

A commons-based economy cannot thrive without appropriate institutions, especially those that represent a “partner state” approach. Professor Christian Iaione of LUISS University in Rome is a pioneer of such institutional innovation in Italian cities. I believe his work with the city of Bologna on Bologna’s Regulation for the Care and Regeneration of Urban Commons is a breakthrough. This regulation allows citizen coalitions to propose improvements to their neighborhoods, and the city to contract with citizens for key assistance. In other words, the municipality functions as an enabler giving citizens individual and collective autonomy. More than 30 projects have already been approved in this context and dozens of Italian cities are adopting this regulation. Read more.

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Feb 21

Jean Lievens: Open Co-Operativism

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Toward an Open Co-Operativism

Pat Conaty and David Bollier, Commons Transition

“The power of open source principles, now proven beyond a doubt, is rapidly proliferating into many other areas of culture, production and social life.  The prospect of more participatory, socially convivial forms of production – accountable to communities and mindful of the larger common good – has never seemed more achievable.  Still, there are important organizational, legal and financial hurdles to overcome – not to mention cultural and political differences – that must be dealt with if co-operatives are to find common ground with digital commoners and peer producers.  Fortunately, there are emerging models such as multi-stakeholder cooperatives that could be vehicles for such cooperation.” Read full paper.

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Feb 11

Jim Rough: To Facilitate a National Conversation

Jim Rough

Jim Rough

Since 1993 we’ve been experimenting with a strategy for convening this kind of large-­‐system conversation and we are excited at how well our approach is working, and the prospect for how it can work at the national and global levels. Our approach is different than the one described in the Project paper, however. And it’s different from “Deliberative Democracy” approaches in general because it aims for a creative conversation, rather than one that is deliberative. This requires a different set of facilitation skills and understandings about group process.

PDF (7 Pages): To Facilitate a National Conversation

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Jan 16