The Fair Music Initiative

By Robert Link, 8 years 1 week 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, 8 years 2 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, 8 years 2 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, 8 years 3 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, 8 years 3 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, 8 years 3 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.

The history of cooperatives

By Howard Rheingold, 8 years 16 weeks ago.

The Future of Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing?

By paulbhartzog, 8 years 16 weeks ago.

Not long ago, I wrote an article on "Social Publishing" on Many-to-Many, which suggests the possibility of a system where

"authors create and distribute their work, and readers, individually and collectively, including fans as well as editors and peers, review, comment, rank, and tag, everything."

The Future Of Open Business

By SamuelRose, 8 years 16 weeks ago.

[via OpenBusinessModels WikiHive blog]


Open blog reports about a Time Magazine article titled “Getting Rich Off Those Who Work For Free”.

The Flat World, from my perspective.

By Brian Ohanlon, 8 years 16 weeks ago.

I would love to have lived in the 19th century. At least, in my own romantic image of what the 19th century was like to live in. I imagine a vast landscape, with prairies waiting to be discovered and borders to be drawn. My own country, Ireland is a place, which in the past exported human labour on foot. Generations of people left to spend their lives building new infrastructure in expanding nations. An infrastructure made of atoms rather than of bits.

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