Posts Tagged ‘social’

What are the Commons?

March 15, 2009

Source: Netzpolitik.org

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Stop the Clash of Civilizations

February 1, 2009

This is what a feminist looks like

January 15, 2009

Source: Maedchenmannschaft.net

then you win

July 23, 2008

“then you win” is an initiative aiming to release a series of documentaries that focus on international development issues under a spectrum of CC licenses. The documentaries are produced by Loin de l’Œil, a voluntary association in France, and will be released under Yooook, an open content platform project under development run by Camille Harang. You can read more about the project here.

Here you can find the documentaries.

Source: CreativeCommons.org

Understanding The Rising Cost of Food

July 21, 2008

Rocketboom has a nice summary of the possible causes of the rise of cost of food.

(To download the video visit Rocketboom)

Citizen Journalism

May 2, 2008

Netzpolitik.org interviewed Bicyclemark about Citizen Journalism. About the hurdles it faces and what it could be.

Source: Netzpolitik.org

Wireless Network Howto for Developing Countries

February 26, 2008

If you are interested about information how you can build and maintain wireless networks in developing countries, you may be interested in the book
Wireless Networking in the Developing World. This book explains this on about 425 pages.

 The second edition has just been released under a CC Attribution-ShareAlike license with versions in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic, and soon Portuguese. Wireless Network Howto for Developing Countries

There is also a short article explaining why such networks can be usefull.
The  CC Attribution-ShareAlike license of the book means that

You are free:

  • to Remix — to adapt the work

Under the following conditions:

  • Attribution. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
  • Share Alike. If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same, similar or a compatible license.

Source: CreativeCommons.org

How do you deal with climate change?

February 22, 2008

I often discuss about climate change with people. Sometimes it is hard because I’m no scientist and scientific facts about how the world CAN’T be changed this massive by humans is given a lot.
And there is one thing which is true, nobody can be SURE of anything.

Not the skeptics, not me and no single person on this world. Which lead me to the argument what harm can be done if you are a skeptic and climate change happens or the other way round, if you are an activist like me and the climate change doesn’t happen.

For me, taking the risk of economic stagnation is much easier to take than the risk of creating social, economic, environmental, … disasters.
Happily I found that there are other people with this arguments.. Even one who created a bunch of videos explaining the arguments….
If you have 10 minutes.. watch it.. it explains the matter much better than I can do..

More information…

The purpose of the laptop per child in 2 minutes

January 16, 2008

There are two videos which explain the purpose of the OLPC in a total of two minutes. Enjoy…

Source: OpenMind

Loans that can change lives

December 31, 2007

Maybe you have heard about Muhammad Yunus the “inventor” of the microcredit system.

Microcredit is the extension of very small loans (microloans) to the unemployed, to poor entrepreneurs and to others living in poverty who are not considered bankable. These individuals lack collateral, steady employment and a verifiable credit history and therefore cannot meet even the most minimal qualifications to gain access to traditional credit. Microcredit is a part of microfinance, which is the provision of a wider range of financial services to the very poor.

Kiva.org brings this concept to a new level. With the technology of the web it allows people all over the world to lend microcredits to people who need them.

Kiva lets you connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world. By choosing a business on Kiva.org, you can “sponsor a business” and help the world’s working poor make great strides towards economic independence. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates from the business you’ve sponsored. As loans are repaid, you get your loan money back.

If the system of microcredits is a good thing is disputable (is it good to try to change the capitalistic system with money?). But the goal of this is a good one.