economy

Rebuilding Ecuador's economy with open source principles

a new dawn with open source

Here’s a development that could have enormous global implications for the search for a new commons-based economic paradigm. Working with an academic partner, the Government of Ecuador has launched a major strategic research project to "fundamentally re-imagine Ecuador" based on the principles of open networks, peer production, and commoning.

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Multiseat computing can feed a multitude

open wires

The ancient alchemists tried to turn iron into gold. While they didn't succeed, they did leave us with a wonderful metaphor. Last week I experienced something akin to alchemy when I installed Fedora 17 onto a donated Dell Dimension 3000 tower computer.

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Transparency isn't a cost – it's a cost saver

Transparency isn’t a cost – it’s a cost saver

Last month, Don Drummond - a leading economist hired by the Ontario government to review how the province delivers services in the face of declining economic growth and rising deficits - published his report.

There is much to commend, it lays out stark truths that frankly, many citizens already know, but that government was too afraid to say aloud. It is a report that, frankly, I think many provincial and state governments may look at with great interest since the challenges faced by Ontario are faced by governments across North America (and Europe). » Read more

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The new sharing economy

As we've covered in many posts, a lot of new businesses and projects are springing up around sharing in various ways. Car sharing services, Kiva, Kickstarter, coworking--the list goes on. Technology has fueled the opportunity for us to get out of our houses and back into communities with one another. Some of the people working on the "new sharing economy," as they described it, gathered at SXSW to talk about how this shift to sharing is changing the way we work and live together as a society. » Read more

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Open Forum connecting small business owners

open ants

I was watching some NFL on TV today when a commercial about open forums came on that caught my attention. The ad was for www.openforum.com, an online community designed to help business owners grow their business. It's sponsored by American Express. » Read more

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