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The more I hear, read, think about it, the more I love this recession. Consider this: web2.0 is the child of the 2000 blip. What would a real, deep recession give birth to? Collective economies (rent / share vs. buy), unleashed human capital (shift from mums at home to equal partnership at home and at work), agile resource management. Out of necessity comes ingenuity. The stampeding bulls of the last few years have made it all but impossible for innovation to get a foothold – “if it ain’t broken” etc. It is broken, we know it, but as long as the economy expands – however artificially, no one will listen. Well, now they have to. Or at least they will, once they realize that “restoring consumer confidence” is just not going to happen without a shift in producer culture.
Yet there’s a dark side we can’t forget. Along the way to a more efficient, robust and sustainable economy, a lot of people are going to feel real pain. The question of just how much is a lot is the line between recession and depression.
You are invited to a recital and a talk with
The Oud & Violin virtuoso
A master of both Eastern and Western music, oud and violin artist
Taiseer Elias performs worldwide. He is founder/ conductor of the first
Orchestra of classical Arabic Music in Israel, and currently the
musical director and conductor of the Arab-Jewish orchestra of the JMAD
& the Music center in Jerusalem.
Elias has recorded with a number of ensembles including
“Like a modern Paganini, Elias’s playing was fast,
The performance is in support of UK friends of the Abraham Fund
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I know, the elections that will determine the fate of the world are in 3 days. In the meanwhile, you can practice at the Knight News Challenge. Ok, bad joke. The real story here is that I put in a last-minute bid, and I honestly think it’s got some value, so have a look and express yourself -
this project will connect existing open-source tools and web2.0 sites to create a platform that will allow users to broadcast and subscribe to news by location, time, and topic. Users will be able to send and receive items by SMS, MMS, email, microblogs, RSS, instant messengers and social networking sites. Users will also be able to tag and rate incoming items. The unique feature of the system is the ability to define a subscription “radius”, which will direct news from the proximity of the selected location / time / topic. For example, if I subscribe to sport news in a radius of 10km of my home, I will receive any item posted to that topic within that range. The proximity variance will create a dynamics of information cross-over, engendering unexpected links between communities of shared, or close, interest. Thus, the “small worlds” property of human networks will be expressed and enhanced, empowering individuals to access the knowledge they want and build communities around common agendas. The core of the system will be the news routing engine, which will collate items from a variety of sources and distribute them to masses of subscribers. The system will provide several straightforward user interfaces, via web, SMS commands, and iPhone and Android apps. More elaborate interfaces will be provided as components for social networking sites and mashups (e.g. with googlemaps). The requested funding is intended to cover the fist year of development and operation. After that, the system should sustain itself through advertising and commissioned channels. Users will have a choice of several subscription options, from free and open ad-supported to corporate rented closed and ad free. The free option will always be available, and will be supported by the paid ones.
An online news service maintained by a global network of volunteers which aims to serve the international trade union movement by collecting and disseminating information — and by assisting unions in campaigning and other ways.
Its features include daily labour news links in more than 20 languages and a news syndication service used by more than over 700 trade union websites. News is collected from mainstream, trade union, and alternative news sources by a network of over 500 volunteer correspondents based on every continent.
Eric has been running it on a shoestring, and he thinks its time to take it to the next level. I think he deserves your vote.
Really, no disrespect for anyone’s beliefs. Me, I believe in humans, you can’t get more wacky than that, so who am I to judge? But with all the alpha course signs all over town, and the plain ‘ol pentacostals, its nice that someone mentions the alternative. You know, just opening up the debate a bit. Like seeing an ad for Ubuntu on the telly.
Of course, we need a picture of the FSM crawling down Tate modern’s chimney stack to really get close to balance, but you know, even a little bit of diversity is better than none.
Singapore: B-dancers, skyscrapers, street food and orchids.
|Today we went to see the London Architecture Festival pavilions on Exhibition road. One of the best pieces was 6a’s Brompton Stoops. And it got even better when a swarm of kids spontaneously started wrapping it in duct tape.|
Arnold Goldman, Founder and Chairman of BrightSource Energy, Inc., was also the founder of Luz International, Ltd. (no longer in operation).
Luz II, Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of BrightSource, provides product development and engineering, project engineering and management, and solar field manufacturing and supply services.
Luz II is headquartered in Jerusalem, Israel.