How much of a Buddhist do you have to be to use Twitter?

By mdangeard, 11 years 27 weeks ago.

From what I see, there are 2 ways to look at Twitter:
- an instant messenger for exhibitionists
- a tool to add another layer of randomness into your life

Now who would want to use this? Are you an exhibitionist? some people are... Or are you so bored, stuck and so lazy to work on it that randomness seems to be a nice way out?
Or could there be something else?

An experiment on collaboration: trying to change the world

By mdangeard, 11 years 28 weeks ago.

Ever wondered what you could do to change the world?
Just decide, say it publicly, and things will start to happen.

Discussing New Commons at the IASC Conference

By sdohrn, 11 years 28 weeks ago.

The IASC Conference started yesterday with a series of pre-conference workshops. One of them was on New Commons organized by Charlotte Hess. She was presenting an overview of academic work on 'new' commons - new in contrast to the traditional commons such as forests and rangelands, but also new because some resources are new of have never been looked at through a commons lense. The aim was to start a debate about defining 'commons'.

We tried to tease out some characteristics of commons:
1. shared resource

IASC CONFERENCE: Creating a political voice for 'commons'

By sdohrn, 11 years 29 weeks ago.

Next week the 12th Biennial conference of the International Association for the Study of Commons (IASC) will be held at the University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, England.

One of the events that are part of the conference will be a Policy Forum sponsored by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) on Tuesday (15 July) afternoon, which CAPRi helped organize on Creating a political voice for 'commons'.

The Literacy of Cooperation, Video 1, entry 2

By Robert Link, 11 years 29 weeks ago.

The Best Place to Store My Catch is In My Neighbor's Belly

Still early in the video, Howard introduces a pivotal idea, which I will paraphrase as, "Cooperation is reinforced by surplus." This certainly seems reasonable. When hunter-gatherers were able to bag big game, such as mastodon, there was surplus, and perishable surplus at that. So the question of how best to utilize that surplus became important. And the answer would seem to be "invest it where it will likely be reciprocated".

Anatol Rappoport: More Than a Footnote in Axelrod

By Robert Link, 11 years 30 weeks ago.

In conversation elsewhere I've had cause to discuss the writings of game theorist and mathematical psychologist (and peace activist) Anatol Rappoport. This, in turn, set me surfing. I was agog to read on one page that Rappoport was, allegedly, "most famous" for submitting the Tit-for-Tat strategy in Axelrod's Iterated Prisoners Dilemma tournament. However, Rappoport's work significantly pre-dates Axelrod and arguably prefiures it.

Revisiting Doctorow's "Metacrap"

By Robert Link, 11 years 32 weeks ago.

Cory Doctorow's acerbic essay, Metacrap: Putting the torch to seven straw-men of the meta-utopia came up in conversation today, and I thought that a good excuse to revisit this short gem. Here's a pull quote which goes to the heart of the argument:

A world of exhaustive, reliable metadata would be a utopia. It's also a pipe-dream, founded on self-delusion, nerd hubris and hysterically inflated market opportunities.

What does this kind of attitude mean for folks interested in cooperation?


By Robert Link, 11 years 32 weeks ago.

I found a text on line today, but it probably isn't authorized by the rights holder. I wrote a letter to the likely rights holder, notifying her of the existence of this on line version of the text, but pleading with her to not cause it to be removed.

Had I not blown the whistle it might have lived quietly for quite some time and would likely propagate beyond the rights holder's ability to prevent. My long term purposes would be well served by such propagation and thus perhaps I should have let the matter lie. Yet I felt a duty to the author, a man I never met, for I refer to this work incessantly. I've bought many copies over the years, mostly to give to others. But the ideas expressed in that work are arguably better advanced by my doing nothing.

My fall back answer to a quandary such as this is "concurrent games".

One Web Day 2008

By Robert Link, 11 years 32 weeks ago.

One Web Day is an initiative started in 2006 to create for the web something akin to what Earth Day is for the planet. As humans are doing things to the planet which in time (short time!) could destroy most of the life forms we cherish, starting with our own, likewise there are developments with the web which could undo all the wonderful things about the web that we love.

In support of One Web Day I committed to this blog post, which may seem a little short, but it’s backed up by the video below. So go look at the video, spread the word, tell your friends. It’s your web too, and it’s all about people.

"Strategy and the Internet" revisited

By mdangeard, 11 years 33 weeks ago.

In these times when economic trouble seems to be looming (did you hear about budget cuts and rising cost of gas?), and when the hype over the web20 revolution seem to have been another mini-bubble, it is interesting to go back to the basics.

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