The Fair Music Initiative

By Robert Link, 11 years 34 weeks ago.

In their own words:

Fair music is the first global initiative for fairness and justice in the music business. It strives to create awareness for the importance of fair music and to strengthen the position of both artists and music listeners worldwide. The aim is also to maintain cultural diversity during the current processes of modernization.

The blog portion of the site includes recent headlines such as:

  • Copy protection scares away consumers

The Prosper Lender Rebellion, and the US Credit/Borrowing Black Hole

By samrose, 11 years 35 weeks ago.

(via P2P-Kredite)

The P2P Lending enabler-site is experiencing a rebellion by it's lenders, mostly found on it's forums:

Fighting license problems/proliferation by introducing another license.

By Robert Link, 11 years 35 weeks ago.

Chris Lott at Ruminate, a fine distance education tech blog, posts a link to the Open Education License Draft. My title here is extracted from Lott's pithy description, and the below is excerpted from the conversation in progress in the Ruminate comments:

I do have a concern about littering the legal landscape with a flood of variations on copyleft. I have a beef with needless complication.

On The Need For Business Stewardship, and Open Services

By samrose, 11 years 36 weeks ago.

Burak Arikan recently wrote about the acquisition of services and data by services providers like Google, and yahoo.

Arikan writes

Getting to Know the Tools

By Robert Link, 11 years 36 weeks ago.


I am not yet clear on posting guidelines, editorial policies, nor the full feature set available to standard users in this environment. Anyone in a similar state is invited to offer questions in the comments on this post.

NY Times on Martin Nowak: Cooperation is third fundamental element of evolution

By Howard Rheingold, 11 years 36 weeks ago.

This New York Times profile of Martin Nowak is not new, but it seems like a good place to start the reawakening of this blog. We've taken some time to move to a Drupal platform and are now recruiting bloggers. If you are interested in cooperation theory and want to blog, contact me via howard at rheingold dot com and I'll sign you up for our Google Group and/or grant blogging privileges here.

In recent papers, Dr. Nowak has argued that cooperation is one of the three basic principles of evolution. The other two are mutation and selection. On their own, mutation and selection can transform a species, giving rise to new traits like limbs and eyes. But cooperation is essential for life to evolve to a new level of organization. Single-celled protozoa had to cooperate to give rise to the first multicellular animals. Humans had to cooperate for complex societies to emerge.

“We see this principle everywhere in evolution where interesting things are happening,” Dr. Nowak said.

While cooperation may be central to evolution, however, it poses questions that are not easy to answer. How can competing individuals start to cooperate for the greater good? And how do they continue to cooperate in the face of exploitation? To answer these questions, Dr. Nowak plays games.

Designing Business for an Open World: By Herman Miller and Institute for the Future

By Howard Rheingold, 11 years 49 weeks ago.

Audience 2.0 Launch!

By SamuelRose, 11 years 49 weeks ago.

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Be sure to spread the word about the launch of Audience 2.0 magazine!

The magazine is published by participatory media innovator by Micheal Pick.

Charles Leadbeater on mass creativity: We Think, the book

By Howard Rheingold, 11 years 49 weeks ago.

(Via JOHO)

Charles Leadbeater's new book is beyond smartmobby: We Think. And he's put it on the web for download and reader comment.