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How Wikity Works [...]

Much of software development is _open_, meaning that anybody is allowed to take code that someone else has written and modify it for their own purposes. This is similar to the idea of open content in education: open textbooks, open educational resources, open pedagogy. When someone performs a modification of this type we celebrate it as a success, and call it a "fork...

 

Farmers Sequestering Carbon To Reverse Climate Change – YouTube [...]

> Farmers Sequestering Carbon To Reverse Climate Change The primary initiative from the French was called the “4 in 1000” initiative, where they are now incentivizing farmers to work towards building 0.4% organic matter on a yearly basis and have done the figures to show 10 years of reversed climate change if we can work towards that goal. Thankfully 22 other c...

 

About the Knowledge Hub | Knowledge Hub [...]

> A key objective of the UNCCD is to become a global authority on scientific and technical knowledge in the areas of desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) and to address negative effects of DLDD on productive land and relevant ecosystems.  By launching the new Knowledge Hub, the UNCCD Secretariat aims to support knowledge-management tasks, together ...

 

How Islington Council Uses Google Earth Enterprise [...]

The Open-Source Google Earth Enterprise project (Open GEE) is making inroads into not only big business, but also municipal-level government. > > HOW ISLINGTON COUNCIL USES GOOGLE EARTH ENTERPRISE > > See how the Borough of Islington used Google Earth Enterprise to transform multiple city operations. Everything from community interaction, maintenance and...

 

Douglas Rushkoff: ‘I’m thinking it may be good to be off social media altogether’ | Technology | The Guardian [...]

> I’m less frustrated by people’s blindness to the problem than I am to their blindness to the solutions – by how easy it is to develop local currencies, to use alternative websites, to do simple investments in their communities rather than in far-flung mining companies. People don’t realise how much power they have. And that’s partly because the real wor...

 

This Is How Your Fear and Outrage Are Being Sold for Profit [...]

> Many of the biggest problems we face in this moment as a society result from decisions being made by the hidden creators of our digital world — the designers, developers, and editors that create and curate the media we consume. > > These decisions are not made with malice. They are made behind analytics dashboards, split-testing panels, and walls of ...

 

Petrified Forest | Lapham’s Quarterly [...]

> Fear itself these days is America’s top-selling consumer product, available 24-7 as mobile app with color-coded pop-ups in all shades of the paranoid rainbow. Ready to hand at the touch of a screen, the turn of a phrase, the nudge of a tweet....

 

Aquaponics at Home: A Modern Farmer Review of Turnkey Aquaponics Systems for All Levels – Modern Farmer [...]

> There weren’t many on the market seven years ago when I started tinkering in my garage with visions of fish tacos dancing in my head. Today, though, there are a plethora. Some are suited for raising nothing more than a couple goldfish and a bouquet of herbs in your kitchen. Others are big enough to supplement a market gardener’s income with sales of hydroponi...

 

Holistic Management, A New Framework for Decision Making – Google Play [...]

https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=7xZJHZ5aVH0C&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&hl=en&pg=GBS.PA86 (share link with n.b. (not telepac tho) and Clotilde+Abilio ... They would appreciate!)...

 

Grafting Cutting Tool (50% OFF + FREE SHIPPING) – Sona Stars [...]

> How to do grafting : > > After you have selected a good scion(one year old, w/at least 2 sections of joint above) & cut it (wipe grafting tool cutting blade with alcohol) to perfect fit to root-stock (cambium layer must be contacted well), tying with nursery tape or rubber(must be tight joint point).Tip: use a measuring caliper to find close size diame...

 

The Food Movement, Rising | Michael Pollan [...]

> the food movement starts out splintered. Among the many threads of advocacy that can be lumped together under that rubric we can include school lunch reform; the campaign for animal rights and welfare; the campaign against genetically modified crops; the rise of organic and locally produced food; efforts to combat obesity and type 2 diabetes; “food sovereignty...

 

Help:: Getting Started / Day One [...]

Most people find that using Wikity to bookmark is a good place to start. The following video shows how you can bookmark with Wikity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66IGbiATzsY Note that in the video the bookmark says 'Bkmrk' but in recent versions says 'Wik-it'. The editor has also been upgraded...

 

A Holistic Perspective on How the Fires in Portugal Came to be and Where we Go from Here – TreeYo Permaculture [...]

> Eucalyptus or pine, would have been much more spaced out in their natural habitats.  While both are also adapted to experience fire in their native ecosystems, which humans even enhanced through controlled burns to create more of a savannah for hunting, planting them at this density is ludicrous especially without animal integration.  While it does afford econo...

 

From heatwaves to hurricanes, floods to famine: seven climate change hotspots | Environment | The Guardian [...]

> Murcia, Spain > Advertisement > > For Wolfgang Cramer, scientific director of the Mediterranean Institute for Biodiversity and Ecology in Aix-en-Provence, France, climate change impacts are already visible not only in the vicinity of Murcia, but across much of the Mediterranean basin. If pledges to cut emissions are not met, catastrophe looms....

 

Climate change could flip Mediterranean lands to desert : Nature News & Comment [...]

> Seville and Lisbon have thrived for more than a thousand years in a temperate climate. But if global warming continues at the current pace, these cities will be in the middle of a desert by the end of the century, climate modellers report on 27 October in Science1. > >...

 

Heat waves expected to increase, says study: Can adaptation outpace climate changes? – CSMonitor.com [...]

> What constitutes 'deadly heat,' and who might be affected by it the most? A new study explores these questions, while the lead author acknowledges the superior ability of developed countries to adapt to extreme weather....

 

Where Personal Breakthroughs Really Come From [...]

> Breakthroughs come from awareness, not from willpower or “grit”, or any other forceful qualities we never have enough of. They come from understanding our behavior, not from policing it.Awareness makes stagnation impossibleWhen we don’t allow striving to undermine our tracking, the improvement comes from wisdom—a real-time understanding of the connectedne...

 

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Help:: Getting Started / Day One [...]

Most people find that using Wikity to bookmark is a good place to start. The following video shows how you can bookmark with Wikity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66IGbiATzsY Note that in the video the bookmark says 'Bkmrk' but in recent versions says 'Wik-it'. The editor has also been upgraded...

 

Device pulls water from dry air, powered only by the sun [...]

> The prototype, under conditions of 20-30 percent humidity, was able to pull 2.8 liters (3 quarts) of water from the air over a 12-hour period, using one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of MOF. Rooftop tests at MIT confirmed that the device works in real-world conditions....

 

Charlie Price re Aquaponics @ TEDx Warwick, 2011 [...]

> Uploaded on Mar 17, 2011Charlie Price from the social enterprise Aquaponics UK, explores the role aquaponics can play in the future of our collective food supply.He provides an insight into both the applications for aquaponics but more specifically a new approach to urban agriculture, turning wastes into resources and transforming disused urban spaces to provide ...

 

Students take DNA tests in class project on racial bias [...]

At West Chester University: > Asking people to take DNA tests — an idea that has spread to a campuswide effort at this public university — grew out of consulting work [lecturer Anita] Foeman does in race mediation. Instead of a confrontational approach, trying to provoke people into recognizing their own biases, she wanted something that would pull people toget...

 

Imprinting Soils – Creating Instant Edge for Large Scale Revegetation of Barren Lands – The Permaculture Research Institute [...]

> Imprinting is a method for instantly adding what permaculturists call the ‘edge effect’ to soils, utilising a heavy and dimpled/wedged roller to ‘imprint’ soils with patterned depressions. The bottom of these depressions then become collection points for all the crucial elements needed for seed germination and soil building: seeds themselves, water, organ...

 

Schiff on coincidences [...]

Monday, March 20th, Democrat Schiff at the Intelligence Committee briefing with FBI and NSA laid out the reasons to be suspicious of interference and collusion with Russia: > Schiff used that time to launch a bold argument of why Democrats are suspicious Trump campaign associates colluded with Russia during the election. Among the connections Schiff pointed out: &g...

 

Closing the Loop | Edge.org [...]

> Most of the devices in our life, from our cars to our homes, are “entropic,” which is to say they get worse over time. Every day they become more outmoded. But phones and drones are “negentropic” devices. Because they are connected, they get better, because the value comes from the software, not hardware. Although my device was made in December of last ...

 

How to Poach an Egg – YouTube [...]

Given all the eggs we have coming out of our backyard chicken system, this is a must-know technique for getting the most nutritional value out of them. > Published on Apr 14, 2013This cooking tip walks you through preparing a poached egg, and how to do it perfectly every time. This easy three-step process makes egg poaching fool proof. Promise. 1 farm fresh organic...

 

Greenwald – counter over-reach [...]

Greenwald uses anecdotes, following Gessan, to challenge the narrative that Trump is Putin's puppet.  or when Trump’s actions (such as hiring numerous anti-Russia hawks for key positions) explode the “Putin’s puppet” narrative, it makes no difference to our mainstream conspiracy obsessives because – as she puts it – “such is the nature of conspiracy thi...

 

CardBox:: Russiagate [...]

[[Overconfidence by Gender and Major]] [[Inference Journalism]] [[Greenwald - Oronov incident]] [[Greenwald - play on former Russian]] [[Greenwald - ethical journalism]] [[Greenwald - conspiracy theory]] [[Greenwald - counter over-reach]]...

 

Greenwald – ethical journalism [...]

Path::Greenwald Greenwald suggests it is dishonest journalism to report when you can't build the factual base. The relevance is the current wave of fake news following the US election and the purported interference from Alt-Right and Cambridge Analytics folks. Okay, let's decompose this argument starting with a possible reference story: Greenwald on Russian conspirac...

 

Greenwald – conspiracy theory [...]

Greenwald, referencing Masha Gessen article, suggests that the attention focused on the source of the Clinton email leaks and ongoing concerns about Trump's purported affiliation with Russia has become a conspiracy trap. She now has a new article in the New York Review of Books – entitled “Russia: the Conspiracy Trap” – that I cannot recommend highly enough. I...

 

Greenwald – play on former Russian [...]

Greenwald attempts to gain credibility on the anti-conspiracy front by citing the credentials of Masha Gessen: MASHA GESSEN IS a Russian-American journalist and author who has become one of the nation’s leading Russia experts and one of its most relentless and vocal critics of Vladimir Putin. She has lived her life on and off in the U.S. and Russia, but as a Jewish...

 

Greenwald – Oronov incident [...]

Continuing the decomposition of Greenwald's story, he uses the example of conspiracy theory advance built on supposed suspicious death of Oronov. TO SEE HOW extreme this derangement has become, let’s look at the latest conspiracy theory that took hold of fringe and mainstream figures alike this weekend. It was prompted by the death of Alex Oronov, a 68-year-old U...

 

Inference Journalism [...]

My primary critique of Greenwald's approach is that he wants to build the story around Russiagate on factual journalism. Nothing is reported until all the t's are crossed in building a well supported journalistic story. The problem here is that inference should play a part in reporting stories to the public. Greenwald and the Intercept should have pieced together enou...

 

Overconfidence by Gender and Major [...]

Some people are overconfident about the the truth of what they think, some are underconfident. Unsurprisingly, this varies by gender and major, with women being (on the whole) less confident than men and people in the humanities being less sure than those in areas like political science, law, and economics. {{Tags: Sexism, Confidence, Gender Bias}}...

 

Help:: Getting Started / Day One [...]

Most people find that using Wikity to bookmark is a good place to start. The following video shows how you can bookmark with Wikity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66IGbiATzsY Note that in the video the bookmark says 'Bkmrk' but in recent versions says 'Wik-it'. The editor has also been upgraded...

 

How shared vocabularies tie the annotated web together – Jon Udell [...]

> My recent collaboration with Mike Caulfield on the Digital Polarization Initiative has led to the creation of just such a toolkit. It supports DigiPo in the ways described and shown here. A version of the toolkit, demoed here, will support a team of investigative journalists. Now I need to show how the toolkit enables educators, scientists, investigative reporter...

 

CONTRARY BRIN: Facing a future of technologic wonders: Artificial Intelligence [...]

> Facing a future of technologic wonders: Artificial Intelligence > Don't be demoralized; we've faced waves of anti-science mania before. Today, let's assume we decide to resume being a boldly confident, ever-ambitious, scientific and technological civilization, in which children believe they can be better than their parents... but parents make that goal hard to...

 

Reclaiming Innovation [...]

> Starting now. A technology that allows for limitless reproduction of knowledge resources, instantaneous global sharing and cooperation, and all the powerful benefits of digital manipulation, recombination, and computation must be a "bag of gold"36 for scholarship and for learning. It is well within the power of educators to play a decisive role in the battle for ...

 

Introduction to Ecosystems – Free online course [...]

Recommended as a solid foundation and good frame of reference (common language) for anyone involved in the ERC (Ecosystem Restoration Camps) project: this course produced by Open University: > In this course you will discover how organisms are linked together by complex interrelationships, how such links are studied and how the physical properties of a particular ...

 

The Trouble with Permaculture – Resilience [...]

> I still get irritated with wide eyed, blue sky thinking permies though, who despite knowing sod all about vegetable growing, come and tell us that we are not doing it “right” in our market garden, because if it’s hard work, it can’t be PC. Apparently, you can design hard work out of gardening; in PC Lala land, all you have to do is wander through your foo...

 

“PermOccupy – A Pathway to a Sustainable Future,” by Killian O’Brien. Interview on PermOccupy with Killian by Willi Paul. Presented by Planetshifter.com Magazine | www.planetshifter.com [...]

> > Why PermOccupy? … “I should clarify. The name just popped into my head down in the Grand Circus Park the night this whole idea occurred to me. It's just a simple, perhaps catchy way of getting across the idea of intentionally melding permaculture and Occupy to ramp up the transition to sustainability....

 

“PermOccupy – A Pathway to a Sustainable Future,” by Killian O’Brien. Interview on PermOccupy with Killian by Willi Paul. Presented by Planetshifter.com Magazine | www.planetshifter.com [...]

> “PermOccupy - A Pathway to a Sustainable Future,” by Killian O'Brien. Interview on PermOccupy with Killian by Willi Paul. Presented by Planetshifter.com Magazine > > Why PermOccupy? … “I should clarify. The name just popped into my head down in the Grand Circus Park the night this whole idea occurred to me. It's just a simple, perhaps catchy way of...

 

The 5 Million Dollar General AI Challenge is a Path to Human-level AI [...]

> ● Working towards my goal to create general AI; it will be a tool that will leverage discovery in every domain > ● Using game development to bootstrap GoodAI > ● The General AI Challenge is a way to crowdsource and diversify our search for human-level AI > >...

 

Why The Slate Article About Allan Savory Is Dead Wrong | [...]

> If you Google search for “Allan Savory” you will find two articles on the first page which seem to discredit Allan’s work....

 

Why George Monbiot is wrong: grazing livestock can save the world | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian [...]

> In his recent interview with Allan Savory, the high profile biologist and farmer who argues that properly managing grazing animals can counter climate chaos, George Monbiot reasonably asks for proof. Where I believe he strays into the unreasonable, is in asserting that there is none....

 

Eat more meat and save the world: the latest implausible farming miracle | George Monbiot | Environment | The Guardian [...]

> Here’s another one: a miracle technique that allows us to reconcile our insatiable demand for meat with the need to protect the living planet. Better still, it proposes, eating meat could actually save the biosphere. A TED talk which makes this claim has been viewed 2.6m times. > >...

 

Agricultural Regeneration of Mediterranean Landscapes – A Wikity Site [...]

javascript:q=location.href;if(document.getSelection)%7Bd=document.getSelection();%7Delse%7Bd='';%7D;p=document.title;void(open('http://agremed.wikity.cc/?sourceurl='+encodeURIComponent(q)+'&selection='+encodeURIComponent(d)+'&title='+encodeURIComponent(p),'Wikity','toolbar=no,width=700,height=500'));...

 

Help:: Getting Started / Day One [...]

Most people find that using Wikity to bookmark is a good place to start. The following video shows how you can bookmark with Wikity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66IGbiATzsY Note that in the video the bookmark says 'Bkmrk' but in recent versions says 'Wik-it'. The editor has also been upgraded...

 

Being and Event [...]

Arguably, this is Alain Badiou's most impactful work as the first tome in what he set out as a trilogy of works: Being and Event, Logics of Worlds, Commentary: Norris, Christopher. 2009. Badiou’s Being and Event: A Reader’s Guide Book reviews: Roffe, Jon. 2006. Alain Badiou's Being and Event. Cosmos and History. Critical papers: Bowden, Sean. 2008. Alain Badiou: P...

 

Research Is to See What Everybody Else Has Seen and Think What Nobody Has Thought | Quote Investigator [...]

By way of explaining why the discipline of philosophy is more demanding than that of physics, Arthur Schopenhauer put it thusly: > So the problem is not so much to see what nobody has yet seen, as to think what nobody has yet thought concerning that which everybody sees. This idea in various forms has been used to convey the essence of scientific research, creati...

 

Why Wool? | The Wool Room [...]

Because mother nature invented the perfect solution to all these problems that plague synthetic solutions to the problem of clothing -good luck trying to one-up her by synthetic means! From "The Wool Room," here are but a few of the benefits: > It's cool when it's hot, and warm when it's not! > Wool is a natural insulator to keep you warm in winter and naturally...

 

Our Approach – Clonlara School [...]

An online K-12 school that supports home-schooling in many countries around the world (including Portugal!), whose accreditation makes graduates eligible for application to many universities around the world -including most of those one might consider worth attending in USA! From AboutUs section of their website: > We believe that learning begins with curiosity. Fr...

 

Build maps with Google Sheets in Kumu [...]

> Our new Google Sheets integration allows you to build maps using the data within an online spreadsheet. This is great for crowdsourcing maps, especially when you need to get lots of people up and running quickly and you'd rather not train everyone how to edit data within Kumu....

 

Collective impact – Wikipedia [...]

Collective Impact is the commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem, using a structured form of collaboration. (_definition, per Wikipedia_) > > > > Initiatives must meet five criteria in order to be considered collective impact:[1] > 1. > Common Agenda: All participating organiza...

 

Building intentional networks that drive impact (part 2) [...]

> This is part 2 of our series on building intentional networks. Make sure you've read part 1 before diving into this article! > > Last week we shared six tips on developing intentional networks: > > Align around shared purpose and values > Know the stage of your network > Act intentionally to strengthen your network > Hold each other account...

 

Building intentional networks that drive impact (part 1) [...]

> there's a distinct difference between a network as a structure of relationships and a network as a tool for driving change. The latter is what we'll focus on today (and how visualization can help you along that journey)....

 

Permaculture | Vale da Lama Farm [...]

> Further to an article in this issue of “Permaculture Magazine” (see PM#91, Spring 2017, article “Regenerative Farming” by Walt Ludwick), this page is to elaborate on some of the topics merely touched-on in that article, not necessarily known to all “Permies”, such as: > - Ecological tools: like HugelKultur, Holstic Planned Grazing, AgroEcology; >...

 

AgReMed.net [...]

Nascent network in early stages of formation. Future site location at:...

 

Hapgood | Mike Caulfield’s latest web incarnation. Networked Learning, Open Education, and the Wiki Way [...]

Mike Caulfield has been working on... > Checking Internet-Based Claims ... He lays out a good 4 step process in this article -and adds: > Jon Udell is working on a Chrome extension that encodes some of the process we’re discovering works most consistently; you can see that work here. As I said, we’re still trying to get this down to something that almost b...

 

Camping as a Practical Solution – Ecosystem Restoration Camps [...]

Exciting new opportunity in the field of "VolunTourism": > The challenge: > Why we are restoring degraded landscapes in the Altiplano of Spain Initiative launched by John D. Liu -documentary filmmaker of "Green Gold" fame- via Facebook...

 

Savory Network, Portugal Node [...]

There is a movement afoot to establish in Portugal a node in the . Should be more info arising out of Skype chat scheduled for next Wednesday (2017.02.15) at 22h CET. (FB chat excerpts appended below, for extraction of relevant links) Hugo Last summer I went to the paleo convention where I met Christopher. He, together with some other speakers, was part of the “pal...

 

How Wikity Works [...]

(cribbed from http://whatever.wikity.cc/how-wikity-works/ , which appears to be offline). Much of software development is _open_, meaning that anybody is allowed to take code that someone else has written and modify it for their own purposes. This is similar to the idea of open content in education: open textbooks, open educational resources, open pedagogy. When some...

 

The rewards of information gardens vs. streams [...]

Most mainstream web platforms now are information streams. With alternative formats like wikis, you can cultivate online information as a garden, a growing hypertext library, says Mike Caulfield, one of the makers of Wikity. The Garden is the web as topology. The web as space. It’s the integrative web, the iterative web, the web as an arrangement and rearrangement o...

 

Data Science Venn Diagrams [...]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="528"] The Data Science Venn Diagram by Drew Conway[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Data Scientist Venn Diagram by Stephan Kolassa[/caption] (more…)...

 

The Negative Impact of Solutes on Water Potential [...]

Chorus Title: What is solute potential? Response Title: It's the Negative Impact of Solutes on Water Potential I know, fascinating right? But there are a couple of things to note here. Other explanations of solute potential often mention that "osmosis wants to equalize the saltiness" on two sides of a membrane. But when we say "want" in terms of physical processes, we...

 

How to Read a Book [...]

Using the methods described here, you should be able to read a 300-page book in six to eight hours. Of course, the more time you spend, the more you’ll learn and the better you’ll understand the book. But your time is limited.Here are some strategies to help you do this effectively. Most of these can be applied not only to books, but also to any other kind of non-...

 

Intrinsic Motivation [...]

> Intrinsic motivation, as it’s known in psychology, is doing something because that activity is inherently rewarding. Extrinsic motivation is doing something for outside rewards — praise from parents, money or recognition, for instance. Goal pursuit directed by intrinsic motivation is not only more powerful, but exponentially more fulfilling....

 

Wikity, One Year Later | Hapgood [...]

> the core idea of Wikity was simple: what if we bent the world of social media a bit away from the frothy outrage factory of Twitter and Facebook towards something more iterative, exploratory, and constructive? I took as my model Ward Cunningham’s excellent work on wiki and combined it with some insights on how to make social bookmarking a more creative, genera...

 

Playing with Wikity – Tilting at windmills? [...]

> At the moment, I see Wikity as a new style of mindtool. One that might be useful for me personally, but may also be really useful for much more than just my personal use. It’s a Wiki type tool that runs on top of WordPress and is informed by the ideas of Federated Wiki. It’s the most recent instantiation of thinking from Mike Caufield....

 

Farmers’ Handbook – The Permaculture Research Institute [...]

> The links to follow are to individual chapters of a Farmers’ Handbook created by Chris Evans (UK) and Jakob Jespersen (Denmark), who have spent considerable time in Nepal, helping to develop locally appropriate methods and technologies that can help the people of Nepal live better lives, and sustainably so. > > Although the information is specifically ta...

 

Why Whole Foods is now struggling – The Washington Post [...]

> Organic food has never been so popular among American consumers. Ironically, that’s bad news for the brand that made organic a household name — namely, the Austin-based Whole Foods....

 

Beyond sustainability [...]

The idea that sustainability is no longer enough.  We also should now be looking for regeneration. "For many years, environmental campaigners have focused on the idea of sustainability – that we should be creating systems which use resources at a sustainable rate. For some campaigners, thinking has now shifted towards the idea of regeneration. Many of our envir...

 

Help:: Getting Started / Day One [...]

Most people find that using Wikity to bookmark is a good place to start. The following video shows how you can bookmark with Wikity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66IGbiATzsY Note that in the video the bookmark says 'Bkmrk' but in recent versions says 'Wik-it'. The editor has also been upgraded...

 

16 ways librarians can protect patron privacy [...]

> 1.       Default search engine (on public access terminals set the default search engine to one which respects privacy such as Startpage, Duckduckgo, or Oscobo) > > 2.       Default browser (use a browser such as Firefox) > > 3.       HTTPS (see https://letsencrypt.org/ for example) > > 4.       Vendor management: when...

 

CardBox:: Equal rights and bias [...]

[[Magazine asks 8 Tech Companies: Would you help build Muslim registry?]] [[Students take DNA tests in class project on racial bias]] [[Knitting for black liberation: familiar activity opens dialogue]]...

 

Perspectives on historic, corrosive iron gall ink changed over time [...]

> More than a decade ago a group of primarily Dutch people took the initiative to build a website on iron gall ink and ink corrosion. The Iron Gall Ink Website was born. Iron gall ink is intriguing in many respects. It's traces are abundantly present within the collections of our worlds museums, libraries and archives. Like the appearance of historic documents grad...

 

Knitting for black liberation: familiar activity opens dialogue [...]

> “As a black woman, you’re invisible,” says Taylor Payne, a member of the [The Yarn Mission]. “But knitting makes people stop and have a conversation with you. If someone asks me what I’m doing, I say, ‘I’m knitting for black liberation.’ Sometimes they respond and sometimes I just get ‘Oh, my grandma knits,’ like the person didn’t hear me. B...

 

Students take DNA tests in class project on racial bias [...]

At West Chester University: > Asking people to take DNA tests — an idea that has spread to a campuswide effort at this public university — grew out of consulting work [lecturer Anita] Foeman does in race mediation. Instead of a confrontational approach, trying to provoke people into recognizing their own biases, she wanted something that would pull people toget...

 

Magazine asks 8 Tech Companies: Would you help build Muslim registry? [...]

> Facebook: No answer. > > Twitter: “No,” and a link to this blog post, which states as company policy a prohibition against the use, by outside developers, of “Twitter data for surveillance purposes. Period.” > > Microsoft: “We’re not going to talk about hypotheticals at this point,” and a link to a company blog post that states that ...

 

New at CES: Dystopian Ways to Survive Climate Change [...]

> Face masks meant to battle air pollution in urban cities have been around for decades, but never before have they appeared as glitzy, tricked out accessories for urban dwellers. Whatever you think about the environment, they’re a telling capitalistic solution to a problem that’s the fault of capitalism in the first place....

 

Importance of assessing possibility rather than likelihood [...]

"The importance of assessing possibility rather than likelihood is that it puts our collective action at the center, while making confident predictions only encourages passivity." Four Futures...

 

R. Buckminster Fuller on having to earn a living [...]

"We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody h...

 

Kansas library offers therapy lights to help with seasonal depression [...]

When librarians discuss how to reach and serve underserved groups, we often think of time-intensive outreach programs to persuade them of the library's relevance. But the Lawrence Public Library is piloting a simple, low-cost new program for people struggling with depression that isn't about trying to sell the library to this population, but offering multiple resource...

 

As 2016 crashed in flames, libraries were the last good place [...]

> Unfortunately, the secret is out. My local branches are packed all the time. One Sunday, I showed up a few minutes before the library opened to find 50 or 60 people milling about outside, and when the doors opened we raced for seats like a Black Friday horde intent on the last microwave.[...] “The library helps you to see, not only that you are not alone, but t...

 

Dad and son visit all of Toronto’s 100 libraries [...]

> Jack Bennett may only be five, but he probably knows the city of Toronto better than you do.  This past year, Jack and his dad, Lanrick, visited all of the city's 100 library branches in the span of six months. "To me it was really surprising that there were 100. We went to libraries as small as my office right now, [and] to libraries that were behemoth," says L...

 

Behind censorship, the need to control and make decisions for others [...]

Interview with Professor Emily J.M. Knox, who studies and advocates for intellectual freedom. > I have an article on how in fact our ideas about intellectual freedom are based in reader response theory, which is that everybody brings their own baggage to reading. You can never know what that baggage is, and it’s not your job as a librarian to infer what someone's...

 

Sharing economy [...]

The “sharing economy” is the all-purpose term used to describe transactions in which someone in possession of a car, or home, or self-storage space, or commercial real estate, or almost anything else imaginable “shares” it with a stranger.  It is unregulated, tech-enabled, supply-and-demand entrepreneurial capitalism.  Peer-to-peer business is a more accurat...

 

dat – decentralized data [...]

Open-source, decentralized data sharing tool that aims to bring to data a style of collaboration similar to what Git brings to source code. > Dat can be used to version data locally, or to share and sync data over the internet. Dat includes an optional peer-to-peer distribution system, meaning that the more widely that a dataset is shared, the faster it is for user...

 

Liquid Democracy [...]

> Liquid Democracy combines the advantages of Direct Democracy and Representative Democracy and creates a truly democratic voting system that empowers voters to either vote on issues directly, or to delegate ones voting power to a trusted party....

 

The big question of automation [...]

"will new technologies of production lead to greater free time for all, or will we remain locked into a cycle in which productivity gains only benefit the few, while the rest of us work longer than ever?" Four futures...

 

Monetary policy [...]

Monetary policy is the process by which the monetary authority of a country, like the central bank or currency board, controls the supply of money, often targeting an inflation rate or interest rate to ensure price stability and general trust in the currency.[1][2][3] Wikipedia...

 

Fiscal policy [...]

Fiscal policy is the use of government revenue collection (mainly taxes) and expenditure (spending) to influence the economy. Fiscal policy can be distinguished from monetary policy, in that fiscal policy deals with taxation and government spending and is often administered by an executive under laws of a legislature, whereas monetary policy deals with the money suppl...

 

Worker representation vs automation [...]

Stronger workforce representation can paradoxically lead to more automation of labour. "... A recurrent capitalist dynamic: as workers become more powerful and better paid, the pressure on capitalists to automate increases." "When there is a huge pool of migrant farm labor, a $100,000 fruit picker looks like a wasteful indulgence. But when workers are scarce and can c...

 

Objections to automation [...]

Three broad categories: It's hype: we're a long way from replacing human labour It's ok: new technology brings new types of labour, not mass unemployment It's a distraction: should focus on investment, stimulus, improved wages and conditions instead Four futures...

 

Direct democracy [...]

​"Direct democracy (also known as pure democracy)[1] is a form of democracy in which people decide (e.g. vote on, form consensus on) policy initiatives directly. This differs from the majority of modern Western-style democracies, which are representative democracies." Wikipedia...

 

D-CENT [...]

​D-CENT is a Europe-wide project creating open, secure and privacy-aware tools for direct democracy and economic empowerment....

 

Air & Space Magazine – Media Bias/Fact Checking [...]

> Air & Space Magazine > PRO-SCIENCE > > These sources consist of legitimate science.  Legitimate science  follows the scientific method, is unbiased and does not use emotional words.  These sources also respect the consensus of experts in the given scientific field and strive to publish peer reviewed science. See all Pro-Science sources. > > Notes: Air & Space...

 

Work doesn’t equal wage labour [...]

​Sometimes a counter argument to UBI is that work is important and gives is a sense of purpose.  Which may be true, so it's important to remember: Work  doesn't equal wage labour.  "Work doesn't equal wage labour (repeat, until people understand that basic point) https://t.co/OKCDqybt4u" https://twitter.com/n_srnck/status/813785030405328896 "Post-work...

 

Corporate web [...]

The corporate web, an [[indieweb]] term, refers to content silos such as Twitter, Facebook, etc, where the content produced by individuals who use a site is owned by the corporation, and usually used for some financial purposes....