Powerful Ideas of P2P Michel Bauwens

This is a Must-See video of an interview by mrs. Pim Kemasingki Editor of “City Life” – Chiang Mai, of the famous inspirer of the P2P Foundation Michel Bauwens. See also the Foundations blog.

I recommend that take a look of this video several times. It might contain ideas that are unfamiliar to you, but will reveal themselves faster than lightning in the near future. I that sense Michel is a GURU and P2P-ORACLE.

Much of his recent work focusses on Commons and sharing work and wealth creation at local / city scales. “Cosmo-Local” instead of national or Neo-Lib (WEF).

great interview

He also talks about crypto money and what China is doing.

All looked at from a long time perspective, as it should be. I am also happy that he briefly mentioned the new balance which is developing between the 3 poles of the Trias Internetica , that I have introduced years ago: The State / Business / Civil Society .

Invite him to come and present his views on what we can DO !

jaap van till, TheConnectivist

PS. For the serious scientist & student i can recommend the background Cultural & Historical studies that Bauwens has undertaken to get a better view on the present direction of things : https://wiki.p2pfoundation.net/Category:Civilizational_Analysis

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They Are Messing With Your Digital Twin

((updated on May 16 2022 with full trancript of the text spoken))

This is a warning from prof.dr. Dirk Helbing about what is happening in the next stages of digital surveillance. No longer only for advertising purposes. Now also for mindfucking, and control of the ideas and views of the population. Dictators have long dreamed to do this. “1984” was a fairytale compared to what is done now.

**** Here is the link to the full text transcript of this lecture video: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/360577217_Who_is_Messing_with_Your_Digital_Twin_Body_Mind_and_Soul_for_Sale

If THIS is called “Democracy” as the answer to Authoritarian Dictatorships, then we the People ( the DEMOS) should start fighting this controlaholic empire too.

Please RT this to your friends.

jaap van till, TheConnectivist

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Consequences of the New IPCC Climate Report

Lemille’s Lecture

This will have huge impact.

jaap van till, TheConnectivist

=============== Kiley Arroyo wrote: ================

The IPCC released its first report in 1990. Over 30 years later now in 2022, the word “colonialism” finally made its way into the IPCC’s sixth assessment report. The panel’s working group 2 report, which looks at the impacts of climate change on people, listed colonialism not only as a driver of the climate crisis but also as an ongoing issue that is exacerbating communities’ vulnerability to it.

Now, the world’s top scientists are acknowledging that decolonization must be central to the global response to climate change. This has tremendous potential for how world leaders (conceive of) and shape future climate policy.

The IPCC released its first report in 1990. Over 30 years later, the word “colonialism” finally made its way into the IPCC’s sixth assessment report. The panel’s working group two report, which looks at the impacts of climate change on people, listed colonialism not only as a driver of the climate crisis but also as an ongoing issue that is exacerbating communities’ vulnerability to it.

Now, the world’s top scientists are acknowledging that decolonization must be central to the global response to climate change. This has tremendous potential for how world leaders (conceive of) and shape future climate policy.

========== paper by YESSENIA FUNES in Atmos Earth======

see: https://atmos.earth/ipcc-report-colonialism-climate-change/

Yes, Colonialism Caused Climate Change, IPCC Reports

#TheFrontline#EarthEquity

A woman dressed with traditional clothes wearing a face mask with the word “decolonize” in Spanish.
(Photograph by Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images)

04.04.2022

WORDS BY YESSENIA FUNES

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its final report Monday. The Frontline explores the significance of the sixth report finally naming “colonialism” as a historical and ongoing driver of the climate crisis.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its first report in 1990. Over 30 years later, the word “colonialism” finally made its way into the IPCC’s sixth assessment report. The panel’s working group two report, which looks at the impacts of climate change on people, listed colonialism not only as a driver of the climate crisis but also as an ongoing issue that is exacerbating communities’ vulnerability to it.

The addition of one word may not seem like a big deal—but don’t be fooled. This is major. The IPCC publishes a summary for policymakers alongside every report. This is the document world leaders look to when they’re in the thick of negotiations at COP, the annual U.N. climate meeting. The summary’s final language is meticulously scrutinized and discussed line by line—and not just by the world’s top scientists, but also by officials representing 195 governments. That means that officials and scientists from around the globe now recognize the significant role colonialism has played in heating up our planet and destroying its many gifts.

Welcome to The Frontline, where we’re celebrating the climate justice movement that helped make this happen. I’m Yessenia Funes, climate director of Atmos. On Monday, the IPCC released its final section in its sixth assessment. The working group three report is focused on mitigation, or how leaders can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And guess what? There’s plenty of time to prevent climate catastrophe if leaders just listen to the science.

“It’s about time.”

That was Adrien Salazar’s reaction when he saw that “colonialism” finally made it into the IPCC report last month. Salazar is the policy director for Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, which is made up of over 60 groups advocating for the rights of the most marginalized. 

The role of colonialism in creating the climate crisis has been a part of the climate justice movement’s narrative for decades. At COP26 last year, Brazilian Indigenous activist Taily Terena opened the Indigenous Peoples Pavilion with these words: “Colonialism caused climate change. Our rights and traditional knowledge are the solution.”

Now, the world’s top scientists are acknowledging that decolonization must be central to the global response to climate change. This has tremendous potential for how world leaders shape future climate policy. Many advocates are worried about false climate solutions that promise to decrease carbon emissions (and may do so) but risk harming people along the way. 

“With this additional language finally being incorporated into the IPCC reports, I hope that we are more equipped to hold colonial states and governments accountable to not perpetuating colonialism as we respond, adapt, and mitigate the climate crisis,” said Jade Begay, the climate justice campaign director for NDN Collective, an Indigenous rights organization.

Many communities on the ground are still living through the remnants of colonialism—and fighting the forms into which it has evolved. We only have to look at the Russian occupation of Ukraine to remember that colonialism is still alive and well. Or to fossil fuel tycoons who desecrate Indigenous lands in chase of profit. Or the U.S. military-industrial complex whose tanks and fighter jets make it among the world’s top carbon polluters.

“Our country [the U.S.] was born out of colonialism and slavery,” Salazar said. “That has been reinforced over generations by policy.”

European colonialism—the act of exploiting land and resources on which others are already dependent—didn’t only devastate the local communities living on the lands settler-colonizers stole. Colonialism also devastated ecosystems

“What I’d like to see, then, is for countries like the U.S. to create mechanisms where those communities that are negatively impacted have the resources they need to heal their communities.”

OZAWA BINESHI ALBERT
CLIMATE JUSTICE ALLIANCE

“It was not only an economic exercise,” said Tero Mustonen, a lead author of the working group 2 report who’s the chairperson for Snowchange, a Finnish organization that works closely with Arctic Indigenous peoples. “It was also a massive terraforming exercise.” 

The planet still carries the scars of that trauma today—in the form of extinction, deforestation, and pollution. The communities that survived this genocide from Africa to North America have had to mend their own wounds while surviving generations later in a world run by white supremacy and structural racism. A world that barely acknowledges their existence or the historical harms they’ve faced. That must change if we are all to survive climate change. A response that doesn’t take this history into account risks the lives of people who have already lost too much.

“If we want to make sure that there is a livable planet for all, the window for that is tiny,” said Lisa Schipper, an environmental social science research fellow at the University of Oxford who was a coordinating lead author on the IPCC’s working group two report. “If we want to have a livable planet for some, which seems to be what some politicians are thinking, then the window of opportunity might be bigger, but then we’re making a conscious decision to sacrifice people.”

So, how did this happen? Well, thanks to organizers like Salazar—but also thanks to scientists. 

In the eight years since the last IPCC assessment report, there has been an explosion in literature drawing links between climate change and colonialism. The IPCC reports compile findings from thousands of papers that already exist. Authors don’t make original conclusions—they put all the pieces together and present a full picture to the public.

Mustonen of Snowchange was one of the authors who crafted the language around colonialism in the working group two report. But he didn’t work alone. In fact, a team came together to create the first technical paper on Indigenous and local knowledge eligible to make it into an IPCC report. The paper, published independently last year, required close collaboration with communities so that the researchers could submit evidence of observed climate impacts within the parameters the IPCC requires.

“There is a mechanism now in place that enables Indigenous and local communities directly to inform the panel, for the first time, of the ways they see history, justice, and climate impacts,” Mustonen said. “That was a game changer.”

And that paper wasn’t the only game changer. The IPCC featured more social scientists, scientists of color, and women scientists than previous reports, too. Involving researchers who deal with more history and society rather than models and data goes a long way. 

This time around, the IPCC engaged more Indigenous authors, in particular, explained Sherilee Harper, a lead author on the report who is the Canada research chair in climate change and health at the University of Alberta. Every single chapter in the working group two report covered Indigenous topics. And Indigenous authors were the ones writing many of these sections on traditional knowledge and colonialism. 

“That is really important because Indigenous self-determination in climate change assessment processes is really, really critical,” Harper said. “There’s definitely still room for improvement, and it’s just a small step forward—but a critical and important step forward.”

There’s great power in the IPCC pointing to colonialism as a climate cause. Those on the frontlines of climate disaster now have another tool in their pocket, said Ozawa Bineshi Albert, the co-executive director of the Climate Justice Alliance, which brings together climate organizations dedicated to protecting Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. Advocates don’t have to waste time educating the U.N. anymore on the issue. Instead, they can focus on pushing world leaders toward the right climate solutions that will build the equity communities so sorely deserve. For instance, conservation goals can be set in partnership with the Indigenous people who live within the ecosystems officials want to protect. Otherwise, efforts can risk further local land dispossession.

“What I’d like to see, then, is for countries like the U.S. to create mechanisms where those communities that are negatively impacted have the resources they need to heal their communities,” said Albert, who is Yuchi and Anishinaabe. 

And she wants to be clear: colonialism affects us all, not just her Indigenous people who bore the brunt of it. With this clarity, perhaps climate reparations will finally get its day. The IPCC has certainly helped make a case. Undoing the damage of colonialism will be an uphill struggle, but the IPCC has made the work just a wee bit easier. After all, you can’t build a world you can’t imagine. Including Indigenous voices in the process secures a better world for us all.

======Speech by Alexandre Lemille, The Humansphere, Lille University, France, EU

This speech was delivered at the FashionGreenhub Conference April 8, 2022.

((Translated by me from French is this very important summary:))

The message delivered this morning at the Fashion Green Days: in a world where the IPCC indicates that we have three years to react and act, the path of regeneration of life on Earth seems the one and only way to preserve a world acceptable to all.

Beyond circularity, ‘regenerative lifestyles’ are the only ones to use diffuse energies, to give access to off-center materials and with enough empathy for all.

In short, the only ones are able to take care of everything and everyone.

We have seen, through examples, how to learn to see one’s company as part of a system in which it could develop laterally. A host of ecosystem, and therefore economic, opportunities would result.

The idea here is to get out of our siloed approaches to think bigger, to understand the potential of the bio-regions on which we depend to evolve into systems. We need to develop reciprocal relationships that generate mutual benefits.

This system-based, interlocking, empathetic, interconnected thinking will allow us to preserve the conditions of life on Earth for generations to come, and therefore will prepare our companies much better for the shocks to come.

Including the “preservation of life” in all the ‘raison d’être’ of companies is the first step towards this regeneration.

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The Power of Civil Society at Work

Spontaneous p2p cooperation using functions of the Internet.

Connecting hundreds of the best violinists of the world, accross many borders.

jaap van till, TheConnectivist

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Putin The Thief

((updated April 23, 2022 and May 8))

New book by Bill Browder, in which he tells the story of how all his life Putin has enriched himself at the expense of the Russian people, in order to use the money to bribe the rich and influentials in the West and the powerful in the Russian Federation its-self. In Leningrad, in Dresden etc. Slowly working himself to the top of the Oligarchs. And building a Kleptocracy with his oligarch friends of policemen, top cadre in ministries, military chiefs and diplomats until he reached ambitions of Empire.

Sadly his Tsardom is hopelessly outdated and bound to collapse since sooner or later the Russian PEOPLE will have had enough of this greedy anachronism. It simply does not work, as shown by the defeat in the war in #Ukraine. Nevertheless Putin/ Souron and his Orc masters seem to have started believing in their own lies.

“Freezing Order” refers to the chilling story told in this book about theft from govt (public) funds, killings, blaming the victims and money laundering through chains of fake companies in many countries and the #MagnitskyLaw to freeze bankaccounts outside Russia of the thieves in high places in Kremlin and GRU hq. This book shows why Vlad Putin helped #Trump to win the election and what he wanted from the Prez in return: that the effort to get the Magnitzky Law adopted in many countries would be stopped, since it started to endanger the personal fortune of Putin, parked in the West.

This book also explains why Putin and his crew in the Kremlin STARTED THE WAR IN #UKRAINE: to distract attention from his kleptocratic fortune, laundred through a maze of bank tranfers, exposed by Browder and his crew.

The book by Browder is now available in the USA and in Europe. A real page turner, but unfortunately true

Here are some reviews from Twitter:

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Joanna Elmy @joannaelmy

·Excited for this.@Billbrowder is a crucial voice in times of war if you want to understand Russia (and how the West enabled/s it)

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Ian Marshall @IanPlayfair.

Great to see that @Billbrowder brilliant & important new book about #Putin & the #Oligarchs, Freezing Order, is already one of Amazon’s top Hot New Releases. Some amazing advance praise already: ‘explosive, compulsive’ says @stephenfry. ‘mind-blowing’ says @CatherineBelton

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You can order it now, and is available in the stores and Amazon .

jaap van till, TheConnectivist

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Why Vladimir Putin has already Lost This War

mural in France

((updated March 7 with an FSB whistleblower letter))

Below is an “Opinion” piece by Yuval Noah Harari, published in The Guardian, Feb. 28 2022 and online at their site. It was also published by the historian Harari on his Twitter site.

This article is IMHO spot-on and agrees with my analysis as published by me in several discussion groups. Yes, Putin has already lost.

The PEOPLE do not want the Kremlin to tell them what to do. Not in Ukraine, not in #Belarus, not in Moldova, not in Siberia, not in Petersburg.

I have asked Harari permisssion to repost it here but did not yet get an answer.

jaap van till, TheConnectivist

==============Guardian article unchanged ===========

Why Vladimir Putin has already lost this war

Yuval Noah Harari

The Russians may yet conquer Ukraine. But Ukrainians have shown in the past few days that they will not let them hold it

Members of an Ukrainian civil defence unit pass assault rifles to the opposite side of a blown-up bridge on Kyiv’s northern front, 1 March.
Members of an Ukrainian civil defence unit pass assault rifles to the opposite side of a blown-up bridge on Kyiv’s northern front, 1 March. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Mon 28 Feb 2022 06.00 GMT

Less than a week into the war, it seems increasingly likely that Vladimir Putin is heading towards a historic defeat. He may win all the battles but still lose the war. Putin’s dream of rebuilding the Russian empire has always rested on the lie that Ukraine isn’t a real nation, that Ukrainians aren’t a real people, and that the inhabitants of Kyiv, Kharkiv and Lviv yearn for Moscow’s rule. That’s a complete lie – Ukraine is a nation with more than a thousand years of history, and Kyiv was already a major metropolis when Moscow was not even a village. But the Russian despot has told his lie so many times that he apparently believes it himself.

When planning his invasion of Ukraine, Putin could count on many known facts. He knew that militarily Russia dwarfs Ukraine. He knew that Nato would not send troops to help Ukraine. He knew that European dependence on Russian oil and gas would make countries like Germany hesitate about imposing stiff sanctions. Based on these known facts, his plan was to hit Ukraine hard and fast, decapitate its government, establish a puppet regime in Kyiv, and ride out the western sanctions.

But there was one big unknown about this plan. As the Americans learned in Iraq and the Soviets learned in Afghanistan, it is much easier to conquer a country than to hold it. Putin knew he had the power to conquer Ukraine. But would the Ukrainian people just accept Moscow’s puppet regime? Putin gambled that they would. After all, as he repeatedly explained to anyone willing to listen, Ukraine isn’t a real nation, and the Ukrainians aren’t a real people. In 2014, people in Crimea hardly resisted the Russian invaders. Why should 2022 be any different?

With each passing day, it is becoming clearer that Putin’s gamble is failing. The Ukrainian people are resisting with all their heart, winning the admiration of the entire world – and winning the war. Many dark days lie ahead. The Russians may still conquer the whole of Ukraine. But to win the war, the Russians would have to hold Ukraine, and they can do that only if the Ukrainian people let them. This seems increasingly unlikely to happen.

Each Russian tank destroyed and each Russian soldier killed increases the Ukrainians’ courage to resist. And each Ukrainian killed deepens the Ukrainians’ hatred of the invaders. Hatred is the ugliest of emotions. But for oppressed nations, hatred is a hidden treasure. Buried deep in the heart, it can sustain resistance for generations. To reestablish the Russian empire, Putin needs a relatively bloodless victory that will lead to a relatively hateless occupation. By spilling more and more Ukrainian blood, Putin is making sure his dream will never be realised. It won’t be Mikhail Gorbachev’s name written on the death certificate of the Russian empire: it will be Putin’s. Gorbachev left Russians and Ukrainians feeling like siblings; Putin has turned them into enemies, and has ensured that the Ukrainian nation will henceforth define itself in opposition to Russia.

Nations are ultimately built on stories. Each passing day adds more stories that Ukrainians will tell not only in the dark days ahead, but in the decades and generations to come. The president who refused to flee the capital, telling the US that he needs ammunition, not a ride; the soldiers from Snake Island who told a Russian warship to “go fuck yourself”; the civilians who tried to stop Russian tanks by sitting in their path. This is the stuff nations are built from. In the long run, these stories count for more than tanks.

The Russian despot should know this as well as anyone. As a child, he grew up on a diet of stories about German atrocities and Russian bravery in the siege of Leningrad. He is now producing similar stories, but casting himself in the role of Hitler.

The stories of Ukrainian bravery give resolve not only to the Ukrainians, but to the whole world. They give courage to the governments of European nations, to the US administration, and even to the oppressed citizens of Russia. If Ukrainians dare to stop a tank with their bare hands, the German government can dare to supply them with some anti-tank missiles, the US government can dare to cut Russia off Swift, and Russian citizens can dare to demonstrate their opposition to this senseless war.

We can all be inspired to dare to do something, whether it is make a donation, welcome refugees, or help with the struggle online. The war in Ukraine will shape the future of the entire world. If tyranny and aggression are allowed to win, we will all suffer the consequences. There is no point to remain just observers. It’s time to stand up and be counted.

Unfortunately, this war is likely to be long-lasting. Taking different forms, it may well continue for years. But the most important issue has already been decided. The last few days have proved to the entire world that Ukraine is a very real nation, that Ukrainians are a very real people, and that they definitely don’t want to live under a new Russian empire. The main question left open is how long it will take for this message to penetrate the Kremlin’s thick walls.

  • Yuval Noah Harari is a historian and author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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“The Times” published a letter today March 7, 2022, by an FSB whistleblower:

WAR IN UKRAINE

This war will be a total failure, FSB whistleblower says

Tom Ball

Monday March 07 2022, 12.01am GMT, The Times

Lyudmila Narusova, a senator, said conscripts were tricked into fighting
Lyudmila Narusova, a senator, said conscripts were tricked into fighting MIKHAIL METZEL/TASS VIA GETTY IMAGES

Spies in Russia’s infamous security apparatus were kept in the dark about President Putin’s plan to invade Ukraine, according to a whistleblower who described the war as a “total failure” that could be compared only to the collapse of Nazi Germany.

A report thought to be by an analyst in the FSB, the successor agency to the KGB, said that the Russian dead could already number 10,000. The Russian defence ministry has acknowledged the deaths of only 498 of its soldiers in Ukraine.

The report said the FSB was being blamed for the failure of the invasion but had been given no warning of it and was unprepared to deal with the effects of crippling sanctions.

The whistleblower added that no one in the government…….

See the rest of the Letter on The Times, or the discussion on Twitter there.

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Change is Happening: The Two Lies

Basisidee voor de Praten Partijen: ” De Twee Leugens “

Het blijft mij verbazen. Een aantal dingen staan op het punt van veranderen, plotseling en heftig. Ik kan ze bijna aanraken zo dichtbij zijn ze. Maar ik heb geleerd daarover mijn mond te houden, want de meeste mensen houden helemaal niet van verandering.

Dat weten onze regering en de politieke partijen: bijna allemaal in het midden, waar ze denken dat de kiesmeute zit, ook. Positieve toekomst als het komt is mooi meegenomen voor hun imago, en als het heel erg tegen gaat zitten is het overmacht geweest. Zelfs bij toekomststategie sessies voor ministeries en bedrijven ondervond ik dat men het liefste “like” ontwikkelingen wilde bekijken en “likely”. Dat is stom want je kan je beter voorbereiden op dingen die je liever niet wilt, en er dan dan een onmiddellijke reactie samen voor hebben voorbereid. Prettig voor mij is dat mijn voorspellingen over veranderingen, meestal hele series, bijna allemaal uitkomen, zij het dat het soms veel langer duurt dan ik dacht tot ze verschijnen. Dat heb je zo met exponentiele groei en leercurven. We vinden het moeilijk om niet rechtuit te extrapoleren.

Waarom denk ik wél over veranderingen na? Dat heb ik in mijn verbindingsnetwerk-vak geleerd in de vele spannende en plotselinge overgangen van: mainframes–> minicomputers –> PC’s–> LAN’s –> internet –> Clouds –> HoloChain wolken. Bestuurders en beheerders van een vorige fase (vaak zelf ook ooit rebellen geweest) waren altijd mordicus tegen ook maar denken over de volgende fase omdat dan hun autoriteit en alle “vested interest” mogelijk werd ondergraven. Maar in de ICT ben je volgende week al oud nieuws als je niet blijft leren en afleren. Veranderingen? Hardware gaat nog maar drie tot hoogstens vijf jaar mee en moet op de groei zijn aangeschaft.

Ontwikkelingen gaan sprongsgewijs. Zo was het bijvoorbeeld met de Crash van 2008. Nout Wellink zei toen ‘dat hij totaal verrast was en dat niemand de instortende beurzen en banken met slagzij (zijn verantwoordelijkheid) had kunnen zien aankomen’. Kletskoek van hem. Prof. Carlota Perez had er twee jaar daarvoor al een boek over geschreven, wat circuleerde onder economen. Wat Putin nu doet met Belarus en Ukraine is al zeven jaar geleden beschreven door Journaliste/Historica Ann Applebaum. 

Waarom vertel ik dit verhaal over de toekomst dan toch, als de meeste mensen het niet willen horen? Jongen mensen willen WEL weten wat ze te wachten staat en hoe ze zinvol werk kunnen gaan doen: samen toekomstbestendig en op prijs gesteld door hun omgeving.

Wat ik kan helpen aanreiken is een mindset die wij als Piraten in heel Europa al jaren hebben. We herkennen bepaalde dingen als ze verschijnen en kunnen hun betekenis  interpreteren, terwijl veel mensen het niet zien langskomen in de chaos van de veranderingen. Twee grote omslagen denderen op ons af.

Leugen 1. Fossiele brandstoffen en grondstoffen voor de industrie zijn on-uitputtelijk (abundant) aanwezig in de grond en kunnen worden gedolven overal in de wereld tegen een kleine vergoeding aan de bevolking ter plaatse.    

Dit is aantoonbaar onjuist. De voorraad fossiele brandstoffen is eindig en extractie en gebruik ervan gaan ten koste van de natuur, milieu en gezondheid van bewoners.  Ook grondstoffen zijn schaars (scarce). Voorbeeld is koper. In New York zit meer koper onder de grond en in gebouwen dan er in Chili nog te winnen zou kunnen zijn.  

Leugen 2. Informatie, kunst, muziek en kennis is heel dun gezaaid in de wereld, in boeken, tijdschriften, films en video’s en dus schaars (scarce). Om de scheppers: auteurs, wetenschappers en kunstenaars; te beschermen tegen copieren en om ze te belonen is internationaal het stelsel van Copyright ingevoerd. Met een eindige looptijd.

Dis is al lang niet meer geldig. Het was waar toen de fysieke vormgeving, de dragers (steen, boeken, grammofoonplaten) en de distributie systemen er voor nog een belangrijk deel van de kosten vormden. Dat geld van de copyrights © ging en gaat in de pockets van de uitgevers die de auteurs / artiesten bijna niets betalen, maar ze wel beroemd kunnen maken. Maar nu kan via Internet iedereen met een paar muisklikken iets maken en verspreiden en als het aangemerkt is als (CC) = Creative Commons licentie, kunnen anderen dan de auteur de werken downloaden, copieren en verwerken (met vermelding) in nieuwe samengestelde kunstwerken. Dit bevordert de samenwerking en synergie volgens de “vier netwerk-effecten” (zie mijn blog) waar onze maatschappij op moet voortbestaan. Informatie, kunst, muziek en kennis zijn nu dus niet meer schaars, maar abundant = onuitputtelijk.

De eerste “piraten partij” afdelingen, naar ik mij herinner in Zweden en IJsland hadden dit al vroeg door en begonnen muziek opnamen te copieren en aan elkaar te sturen, zonder betaling, al snel piraterij genoemd. Maar niet te stuiten. Reactie van de muziek industrie was om bijv. voor cassettebandjes en later CD’s een bedrag voor de copyrights te vragen, maar ook deze dragers zijn wat in onbruik geraakt. De NL juristen hebben redelijke regels gemaakt “dat je mag copieren maar je mag er zelf geen handel in gaan drijven”, tenminste zo interpreteer ik het. Met films is het anders gelopen. Via de streaming media zoals Netflix en anderen is het betaalbaar geworden om films te zien. Internet en digitale infrastructuren maken dit mogelijk via optic fiber kabels in het hele land, (mijn vak).

Tot zover de twee leugens. Maar nu komt de crux. Deze twee omwentelingen zijn elkaars gespiegelden!!

  • Brandstoffen en grondstoffen gaan van Abundant –> Schaars
  • Kennis en kunst en muziek       gaan van Schaars  –> Overvloedig

Ja dat is dubbel schrikken, maar wen er maar vast aan 🙂

De leden en stemmers van de Piratenpartij hebben door wat er aan het gebeuren is en zullen helpen deze veranderingen in goede banen te leiden zodat we een toekomst hebben die de moeite waard is. Zoals u ziet hebben milieu en kennis iets met elkaar te maken,

Daarom wordt er op meerdere plaatsen in ons land samengewerkt tussen Piraten en ‘groen’georienteerden.

jaap van till, lijstduwer van de Piraten Partij Utrecht

CC licence by Jaap van Till

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Basic Idea for the “Pirate Parties: “The Two Lies”

It continues to amaze me. Some things are about to change, suddenly and violently. I can almost touch them they are so close. But I’ve learned to keep my mouth shut, because most people don’t like change at all.

Our government and the political parties: almost all of them in the middle, where they think the electoral bubble is, know that too. A positive future when it comes is a nice bonus for their image, and if it goes very bad it is force majeure, and “unforeseen”. Even at future strategy sessions for ministries and companies, I found that people preferred to look at developments they “like” and are“likely”. That’s stupid because it’s better to prepare for sudden things you’d rather not want, and then have an immediate response prepared for it together when it does.

It’s nice for me that MY predictions about changes, usually entire series, almost all come true, although sometimes it takes much longer than I thought for them to appear. That’s what happens with exponential growth and learning curves. We find it difficult not to extrapolate in a straight line ahead.

Why do I think about changes? That’s what I learned in my “connection networking” craft in the many exciting and sudden transitions of: mainframes –> mini computers –> PCs –> LANs –> internet –> Clouds –> HoloChain clouds. Administrators and technical administrators of a previous phase (often once rebels themselves) were always adamantly against even thinking about the next phase, because then their authority knowhow and all vested interest could be undermined. But in ICT you will be old news next week if you don’t keep learning and unlearning. Changes? Hardware will only last three to five years at the most and must be purchased in response to upscaling for growth.

Developments happen by sudden leaps and bounds. That was the case with the Crash of 2008, for example. Nout Wellink chief of the national bank supervisor said at the time “that he was totally surprised and that no one could have seen the collapsing stock markets and banks coming (his responsibility)”. Nonsense from him. Prof. dr. Carlota Perez (London) had already written a book about it two years earlier, which was circulating among economists. What Putin is doing now with Belarus and Ukraine was already described seven years ago by Journalist/Historian Ann Applebaum.

Then why am I telling this story about the future if most people don't want to hear it? Young people DO want to know what to expect and how they can do meaningful work: future-proof together and appreciated by their environment.
What I can help provide is a mindset that we Pirates throughout Europe have had for years. We recognize certain things as they appear and can interpret their meaning, while many people don't see it passing in the chaos of the changes. Two large envelopes thunder toward us.
Lie #1. Fossil fuels and raw materials for industry are inexhaustible (abundant) present in the ground and can be mined anywhere in the world for a small fee to the local population.
This is demonstrably incorrect. The stock of fossil fuels is finite and their extraction and use are at the expense of nature, the environment and the health of residents. Raw materials are also scarce.
Example is copper. There is more copper underground and in buildings in New York than could be extracted in Chile.
Lie #2. Information, art, music and knowledge is very scarce in the world, in the form of the carriers: books, magazines, films and videos and therefore scarce.
To the creators: authors, scientists and artists; To protect them against copying and to reward them, the Copyright system has been introduced internationally. With a finite term.
This is no longer valid. It was true when physical design, carriers (stone, books, records) and distribution systems still accounted for a significant portion of the cost. That money from the copyrights © went and goes into the pockets of the publishers who pay the authors / artists almost nothing, but can make them famous. But now anyone can create and distribute something via the Internet with a few mouse clicks and if it is marked as (CC) = Creative Commons license, others than the author can download, copy and process the works (with mention) into new composite works of art. This promotes cooperation and synergy according to the “four network effects” (see my blog) on ​​which our society must survive. Information, art, music and knowledge are now no longer scarce, but abundant = inexhaustible.
The first "Pirate Party", I remember in Sweden and Iceland, noticed this early on and started copying and sending music recordings to each other without payment, soon called piracy. But unstoppable. The response of the music industry was to ask for an amount for the copyrights for e.g. cassette tapes and later CDs, but these carriers have also fallen into disuse. The NL lawyers have made reasonable rules “that you may copy, but you may not trade in it yourself”, at least that's how I interpret it. It's different with movies. Through the streaming media such as Netflix and others, it has become affordable to watch movies. Internet and digital infrastructures make this possible via optic fiber cables throughout the country, (my profession: Fiber rollout projects).
So much for the two lies. But now comes the crux. These two revolutions are mirrored to each other!! 
Fuels and raw materials go from Abundant --> Scarce
Knowledge and art and music go from Scarce --> Abundant
Yes that is doubly scary, but get used to it 🙂 
The Pirate Party members and voters are aware of what is happening and will help manage these changes so that we have a future worth living. As you can see, environment and knowledge have something to do with each other,
That is why there is cooperation in several places in our country between Pirates and 'green' oriented parties.
jaap van till, local election list pusher of the Pirate Party Utrecht

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Dramatic Plea of Zelenskyy to the Russian People

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The Speech

This is the best speech I did ever see

It tells the world what is going on around #Belarus, #Kazachstan, #Ukraine .

And why #Putin, Kremlin and his Duma are chasing an outdated colonial dream. Retro formation of an Colonial Empire. While the economy of Russia and its Federation is crumbling.

Fortunately, the rest of the world is not falling for Putins rethoric and lethal tank movements. The UK has fallen for this trap with their stupid #Brexit isolating move. And now regrets is while getting new conflicts in Northern Ireland. Nationalism is silly in a hyper connected world.

Quote: ” ” (will be added later)

We have chosen to establish Connectivity & Transborder Cooperation and trade. This creates value and synergy instead of Extracting Value at the expense of people and Nature. Fighting over border corrections according to language/ ethnic background/ historical roots/ hair color/ shoe sizes/ cooking/ perceived superiority/ class level/ castes is just a serious waste of time and costs human lives.

jaap van till, TheConnectivist

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Guest Blog About Commons Implementations

In the blog before this, I wrote about “Cooperation” aka “Collaboration”. That subject cluster is closely related to the idea of the Commons, which is projected at the side of the Civil Society in the “Trias Internetica”, which I introduced years ago. The other two points are Business and State. The P2P Foundation in which Michel Bauwens plays a very important role discusses many aspects of how to organise groups of people to develop and grow a “Commons”. Recently Michel wrote the paper below, as an Editorial Statement for the P2P Foundation site, which I am glad to distribute as a guest blog here, with Michel’s permission.

The link to that paper is: https://wiki.p2pfoundation.net/Towards_a_Global_Open_Ledger_for_Contributory_and_Ecological_Economics

I regard this paper as very fundamental and important for our future.

IMHO the “Cosmo Local Model”, see below, of working can be enhanced and made more succesful by concentrating on local Value Creation by combinations of people with different talents and skills, thus generating Synergy that all contributers can share.

This is a leading-edge research paper because P2P cooperation builds collective intelligence into society, supporting democratic processes that can help to innovate, evolve networks and cope with Complexity better than the outdated hierarchies can.

Warning: it is usually only AFTER people start to interconnect and try to cooperate that they discover that “the others” have different data definitions and different prejudices and ‘cognitive biases’. In other words: ” live on different planets/ bubbles. A recent example of this is the EU project “GAIA-X”, which even runs into problems explaining what their objectives are and what the benefits for participants are. Not only “the others” but also the participants themselves have to understand that they have to make changes 🙂

My friend Pierre Lévy of the University of Montreal has been working on a Semantic Meta-Language called IEML (Information Economy Metalanguage), to make cooperation possible. I wish him success !!

Jaap van Till, TheConnectivist

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Towards a Global Open Ledger for Contributory and Ecological Economics

* Provisional title: Great Transition Initiative: Filling in the Commons Gap

Draft for the Great Transition Initiative.

With thanks to Jason Lee Lasky for editorial suggestions.

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Michel Bauwens, Chiang Mai, 29/12/2021


Technological determinism or human agency

Whether we believe or not that technology itself has its own determinism, i.e. it has its own relative agency independent of collective human wishes; or whether we believe or not that technology is shaped by material interests, i.e. designed by the ruling classes, there is always a residue of human agency to transform technological tools in the service of social change, and even in particular the interests of the greater number. This is what we propose to do here with perhaps the most unlike candidate: the bitcoin-generated blockchain. Our contention will be that the blockchain can be used as an essential tool to construct the next cyber-physical infrastructure that will allow humanity to produce for its own needs, while respecting the material and ecological planetary boundaries, and its interdependency with the web of life.


Bitcoin blockchain & distributed ledgers: from an internet of communication to an internet of transactions

Bitcoin and its attached ledger is the recipient of many legitimate critiques by progressives. It was designed with Austrian economics and anarcho-capitalist values (1) in mind, is very energy-intensive in its production, and has a very unequal distribution in terms of income and property, a distribution that is not accidental in view of the ‘oligarchic protocols’ that is has chosen as incentives for its stakeholders. But is it important to distinguish the existence of a global distributed ledger, i.e. a open and interoperable accounting and logistical system that can be used to coordinate production on a global scale, from its first iteration as the ledger of Bitcoin. We now have different post-blockchain distributed ledgers that attest to this, and a number of these ledger projects are operated not according to libertarian values and rules, but by integrating the insights of Elinor Ostrom (2).

The question to answer is the following: what becomes possible once we have such technology at our disposal ? My contention is that an interoperable blockchain becomes the vehicle for global mutual coordination of human production within planetary boundaries.

A ledger is first and most a accounting tool, recording transactions. The peer production communities (i.e. open systems of production and distribution of value, based on the free association of participants who can enter and exit such ecosystems of collaboration). This is obviously not trivial: the first accounting systems in Sumer, with temple administrations recording the flow of grain and debts, stands for the origins of the state apparatuses; the double entry accounting system for private competitive units streamed by a Franciscan monk in the Italian city-states, stood for the emergence of private forms of capitalism which would eventually become dominant.


Accounting for cosmo-global emergence


Blockchain ledgers have current inaugurated various forms of post-capitalist accounting which seem to be just as non-trivial:

• Contributory accounting (3), which can record, value and recompense non-commodified forms of contributions to ecosystems and networks, already signify the recognition of value outside the commodity form; it is a crucial tool signifying a transition to contributory regimes of value.

• Flow accounting, such as the Resource-Events-Agents software, allows every transaction to be recorded as an event in a network, and has abandoned double entry; it is an accounting for externality-aware ecosystems, not externality-ignoring closed entities.

• Thermodynamic accounting directly record the flow of matter and energy into an accounting system, such as the systems pioneered by R30.org and the Global Commons Alliance, who use a ‘global thresholds and allocations’ approach to determine the maximum allowed flow in particular contexts.


These ledgers are linked to tokens and intelligent current-sees (4) which can allow for expanded and complex value regimes. We now have access to local currencies, which can protect and regulate local economies, domain-specific intelligent monies such as SolarCoin generated by renewable energy, or FishCoin which regulates the maximum volumes for the fishing industry. Local-geographic currencies, domain-specific virtual currencies, transformed nation-state currencies can co-exist in a regime of monetary biodiversity that is both socially aware (contribution and impact aware), ecologically aware (thermo-dynamically informed), linked to full-activity supporting national economic policies, and a global regulatory currency that insures the economy stays within agreed upon ecological limits.


Three layers: stigmergic coordination, generative market exchange and thermodynamically informed planning frameworks

With these tools at hand, integrated in a cosmo-global cooperative ledger, it becomes possible to transcend the violent competition between economic coordination systems that plagued the 20th cy, ie. The fight between centrally planned economies and private-capital run economic systems. What we propose is an integration of the best of markets, transformed into generative market mechanisms that work for human and extra-human commons; the best of planning, which incorporates vital protection mechanisms for the survival of the planet, without being top-down authoritarianism, but a system which allows the maximum of local choices; and the free coordination in open transparent systems, i.e. stigmergy, the gift of open source peer production, i.e. the practices of the contemporary productive commons communities.

Here is what is envisageable:

– The primary layer of human cooperation becomes ‘stigmergy’, the gift of the commons economy that has been operating successfully within the open-source economy for two dozen years by now: open and transparent systems allow participating producers to freely coordinate their work effort in view of the needs and possibilities of the ecosystem as a whole, without needing central command. Collective agreements then result from negotiated coordination. The agent of this are the contributive communities, and the for-benefit associations that maintain their infrastructure of cooperation. In this particular context, the blockchain economy is best seen as an extension of this movement: it enables the creation of open and global coordination systems, in which a substantial amount of the income is devoted to paying open source developers.

– The secondary layer consists of the generative market exchange mechanisms, post-capitalist market forms that regulate genuine exchange, within planetary limits; this is necessary for the flow of all the resources that need investment and need to be renewed. The agent for this are generative and cooperative market entities, that add value to the commons economy. Commons Stack focusing on commons regulations, and RadicalXchange focusing on the creation of generative market systems are amongs the initiatives dedicated to this.

– The third layer is the planning layer. This is where thermodynamic accounting systems come in, by rendering visible the flows of matter and energy in a economic system, and where the ruleset of ‘global thresholds and allocations’, allows for specific ‘maximums’ that are context-specific.


Three possible futures for the world system: neoliberal wokism, national protectionism, and cosmo-localism

Of course, to a sceptic, the description so far will sound like an utopian description of a unlikely future, given the current balance of forces. What could be the agent of sufficient change that would lead to the adoption of such a global infrastructure ?

Our answer is that the commoners are the agents of such a change, following cosmo-local models (5), which we see as the ‘third possible future’ for humankind.


The first future is the continuation of multicultural neoliberalism, from now on under the hegemony of the Successor Ideology (i.e wokism), as proposed by the World Economic Forum, it is a world run by public-private partnerships, with weak national governments, strong transnational capital, and instrumentalized global NGOs. It’s political preference is for alliances of the elite fractions of urban cognitive elites, organized under group allocation rules so that they get their piece of the unequal pie, which can be used to manage the unruly popular classes. This is a win-lose game in favour of the elite.

The second model is protectionist retreat, which aims for re-strengthening sovereign nation-states. creating solidaristic citizen-based class coalitions internally, and attempts to control global flows of capital and labor to benefit a competitive nation. This is based on alliances between the more business-oriented middle classes, with the national working classes, against ‘external (and internal) threats’. The danger of the second model is armed confrontation between states aiming for control of scarce resources. This is another version of a win-lose game.

The third model is the cosmo-local model: in this model, we aim for a subsidiarity of material production (i.e. intelligent relocalization ‘that makes sense’), based on distributed manufacturing models, producing on demand using the maximum amount of biodegradable materials, and preferable using cooperative models with distributed governance and property features. In such a model, local production units are linked to global open design communities, which we call ‘protocol cooperatives’, and that are the depository of global learning for that particular domain. The partner state concept stands for a ‘community state’ that enables and empowers individual and collective autonomy at the local scale, guarantees the equality of contributory capacity, using multi-stakeholder commons institutions, following the quintuple helix governance model pioneered for the Italian urban commons. Local alliances of public authorities, the commercial sector, the formal civil society and research organizations support commons-centric public initiatives; they are mirrored, in a fractal way, by similar transnational institutions that support a domain-specific commons institutions, which we call the ‘magisteria of the commons’.


Addressing the ‘commons gap’ at the global level: towards Magisteria of the Commons

This addresses the ‘commons gap’ that is the main feature of the current global world order, which confronts a strong globalized financial capital, to weak nation-status and a subordinated civil society. Trans-local and trans-national magisterial are the vehicles needed to legitimize the global limits necessary to protect planetary boundaries, the web of life and the needs of coming generations, all ill-served priorities today. The cyber-physical infrastructure is the means to the end of organizing such a new cosmo-local order, and the commoners, the networked working class, is its agent.

We see these networked workers, organized in common third spaces, i.e. revamped makerspaces, as both local agents, rooted in their communities, and as agents that are linked to the global open design communities which are the vehicle of their social and technical knowledge. The digital nomads, are the equivalent of the medieval guilds, with the travelling knowledge workers who create cultural unity across geographic space.

Barring or awaiting the emergence of political forces which can represent this cosmo-local order, the priority is to network the productive nodes, and to construct the necessary transnational layer which can represent the counterforce to transnational capital. Partner state organizations are a vital link to facilitate the connection of local producers to the global streams of shared knowledge, and the new domain-specific value streams (the token economies governing domains of production).

References

(1) To see how this differs from a commons-centric design, see the comparison table: Contrasting the Propertarian Blockchain with Commons-Based Ledger Systems, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RQXhk83jrRTuWXKzPC6R5pxcbm-hqA-WiRgsfjU9NIs/edit#heading=h.cfglx2edur25

(2) The Commons Stack project, part of the Crypto Commons Association, is exemplary in this regard. See https://commonsstack.org/

(3) The P2P Value project found that 75% of the 300 studied peer production projects were using, experimenting or researching such accounting conventions and tools, https://wiki.p2pfoundation.net/P2P_Value

(4) The concept is from Arthur Brock, founder of the Holochain post-blockchain ledger, a open and p2p-based interoperable ledger system that doesn’t require a world computer but is based on the free interconnection of autonomous ledgers.

(5) Cosmo-local production models are described in a new book by the P2P Foundation, which contains 40 case studies of initiatives combining local material production with globally shared open designs: The Cosmo-Local Reader. Ed. José Ramos, Sharon Ede, Michel Bauwens and Gien Wong. P2P Foundation, 2021, https://clreader.net/

Bibliography

The ideas expressed in this editorial are derived from the following in-depth report:

  • P2P Accounting for Planetary Survival: Towards a P2P Infrastructure for a Socially Just Circular Society. By Michel Bauwens and Alex Pazaitis. Foreword by Kate Raworth. P2P Foundation, June 2019.

URL = http://commonstransition.org/p2p-accounting-for-planetary-survival/ ; draft illustrations

How shared perma-circular supply chains, post-blockchain distributed ledgers, protocol cooperatives, and three new forms of post-capitalist accounting, could very well save the planet.

  1. Chapter 1: The Background to this Study
  2. Chapter 2: Tools and technologies for integrated, fair, and sustainable ecosystems of production
  3. Chapter 3: Evolution of Accounting

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last edited January 4 2022 by Michel. With minor typo corrections by J.v.T.

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