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"If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option, with technology driving ever-increasing inequality."— Stephen Hakwking

"Humanity is sane, and can make use of its intelligence. We have to act as if this is true. That’s the whole story of the 21st century: Are we a sane civilization or not?"
— Kim Stanley Robinson

Previously…

Posted Monday, September 16, 2019 - 13:50
Warning: the following article about contemporary politics barely mentions Brexit or Trump. I know this might frustrate some, but after three years of talking and caring about little else, the backlog of other problems is set to burst.The future is flatter; key lessons from the World TransformedThe World Transformed is a festival of ideas,...
Posted Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 18:04
Given Uber's ability – in spite of owning no cars and employing no drivers – to swiftly grow and dominate any market it enters, there's understandably a lot of interest in a driver-owned Coop competitor, not least amidst growing controversies and opposition. In this article, two coop structures are explored, as...
Posted Friday, September 4, 2015 - 01:48
Two reports for the EU Interreg-funded Irish, North-Irish & Scottish creative cluster project Honeycomb. The first looked at producers & market activity across animation, film & TV, music and interactive media; the second at the commissioners of content, across tourism, advertising & health/education.Download Producers |...
Posted Monday, February 2, 2015 - 20:01
A short essay for Geo Coop on what makes worker-on-demand (WoD) service Uber unique and what it would take for the cooperative world to do the same. Some extracts:Uberfication has become shorthand for many new concepts—from the sharing economy to any significantly disruptive digital business model. But what exactly did Uber do that was...
Posted Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 00:00
While co-ops and open source both exist within capitalism, and in some ways help drive it, they run contrary to its orthodoxy - as does most of the digital space, driven by unpaid activity. They could offer each other much: making the web more publicly controlled, and mobilising networked people to solve complex real world problems. Utilising...
Posted Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 23:00
In 1997, Kevin Kelly in Wired Magazine set out twelve rules for the new economy. Rule five was the 'Law of Increasing Returns: Make Virtuous Circles – the idea that you could create positive ripples that self-sustain themselves: as a networked platform becomes useful, it gets users, therefore is more useful, so gets more...
Posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - 00:00
The creation of this project was motivated by the struggle producers and distributors have to make a return on their work. With online revenues for films still uncertain, exhibition income is more important than ever, as it remains one market where people are happy to pay for content - and the market is healthy and growing. The music industry has...
Posted Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 00:00
In June 2008 Netribution Ltd got Technology Strategy Board feasibility study investment to explore methods and models to enhance the live experience of film. The project, Living Cinema, was run in partnership with Eelyn Lee Productions and Yuva, culminating in test perfomrances at Thomas Tallis School in South London and the Star and...

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