Still going strong

Love this Al Jazeera feature of Tao Porchon-Lynch, a 93-year-old yoga teacher. She was born in India, worked as a model and documentary filmmaker, and has taught yoga for over 45+ years. She holds the record for “world’s oldest yoga teacher” according to Guinness World…

The Fetishism of Process

There’s a risk of making a fetish of process over product, of the act of collaboration over the artifact that results from it. How important is it that a product was produced through an open, distributed network if, in the end, it serves the interests…

Designing for Collaborative Consumption

Last night I had the honor of speaking at TEDxKreuzberg, which was a lot fun and the perfect opportunity to polish up some ideas and practice pontificating in front of a crowd. My talk was about Designing for Collaborative Consumption, and it was inspiring to…

The Entertainment Complex

The figure of Death presides over the front entrance of a carnival sideshow whose spectators watch performers undergo unspeakable degradations so grotesquely compelling that the spectators’ eyes become larger and larger until the spectators themselves are transformed into gigantic eyeballs in chairs, while on the…

Purge! The Cult of Less

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FrWs2Y1llM] While I don’t consider myself to be some sort of ascetic or societal recluse, I’ve found that more stuff equates to more stress. Each thing I own came with a small expectation of responsibility. I look into my closet and feel guilt. I glance…

Travel and Running: the most self-affirming things I know

All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why. – James Thurber Travel and running, I find, are exhilarating. And lately I’ve been thinking about why. I attribute so many positive emotions to both activities, and…

Commons Manifesto: Strengthen the Commons – Now!

A thesis paper, drafted during the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s interdisciplinary political salons, seeks to capture the complexity and importance of natural and knowledge commons. The manifesto, written jointly by the salon’s attendees and lead by Silke Helfrich, is a rallying call for the public to…

Governing Openness

Openness is a philosophy that is being used as the basis of how various groups and organizations operate. It is a relatively new term to describe a general way of doing things. — “Openness.” Wikipedia. Accessed 01.06.09. Over the span of four hours, Dr. Christine…

Openwashing

Openwashing: to spin a product or company as open, although it is not. Derived from “greenwashing” There’s a troubling trend surfacing in the marketing world, one that’s riffing off a now-familiar strategy, “greenwashing”. We’ve all seen products coated in greensheen, the misleading marketing ploy that…

openeverything focus + CC Salon

Last night we kicked off the openeverything focus series, a Berliner initiative to explore and promote “openness” in a range of fields and applications. About 30 guests joined us in christening oefb, which willl be held regularly every fourth Thursday of the month in newthinking…