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.
Are we just going to sit here while the unintended consequences of bad design wreak havoc on our lives? A retrospective about RFID creep and GPS abuse is called for.
“Open Access Antiquarianism is the collective madcap efforts of an archaeologist, a computer scientist, and a structural engineer to push the boundaries of what is possible in the interface between technology and cultural heritage, art and diagnostics.
Excerpts from Stephen Wilson’s Information Arts: Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology that aptly illustrate why Open Access Antiquarianism is seeking to blend our study of technology and archaeology with art:
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.