Jean Lievens: Beyond the market-state – decentralising power in a sharing society

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

This is broadly in line with what P2P theorist Michel Bauwens refers to as the partner state – a reformed governmental apparatus that builds on the welfare state…

Beyond the market-state: decentralising power in a sharing society

CONCLUSION: Resilient and socially inclusive communities can clearly play an immediate role in the great transition that still lies ahead, but it will remain impossible to establish economic systems that are structurally just and truly sustainable until political power is radically decentralised – especially at the national and global level – and wealth is distributed more equally throughout society. By recognising the global roots of our local struggles, those working towards local alternatives to economic globalisation therefore have a central role to play in democratising our governance systems from the top down as well as the bottom up.

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Mar 27

Who Is Vitalik Buterin?

Vitalik Buterin

Vitalik Buterin

Vitalik Buterin is a programmer, writer, founder of Ethereum, the decentralized web 3.0 publishing platform and co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine, a website and print magazine that covers Bitcoin-related topics.[1][2][3] In 2014, Buterin won the World Technology Award for the co-creation and invention of Ethereum.[4] Buterin was born in Russia, grew up in Canada, and currently resides in Toronto, Ontario.

WIkipedia / Vitalik Buterin

Author at BitCoin Magazine

Vitalik Buterin has beaten Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to win the World Technology Network (WTN) award for IT software

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Mar 23

Jean Lievens: Anarchist David Graeber on Bullshit Jobs, Rule-Bound Lives, and Importance of Play

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

He coined the phrase, “We are the 99%.”

David Graeber: ‘So many people spend their working lives doing jobs they think are unnecessary’

I found myself asking: is this what ordinary life, for most people, is really like?” writes the 53-year-old professor of anthropology in his new book The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy. “Running around feeling like an idiot all day? Being somehow put in a position where one actually does end up acting like an idiot?”

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Mar 23

Joan Blades: Living Room Conversations Primer

Joan Blades

Joan Blades

DOC (6 Pages): LRC General Information Packet

MoveOn, MomsRising, and now LivingRoomConversations

Generic meaningful social experiments in nurturing citizens in community. Note that the issue to be addressed communally is presented in Round 3, Rounds 1 and 2 are about building trust & understanding. There are a total of 5 rounds in two hours.

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Mar 22