Monthly Archives: May 2011

How the best labs manage talent

The highest-performing labs use the best talent-management practices. That’s no coincidence. Of the $1.2 trillion spent globally each year on R&D across corporations and academia, 40 percent—much the largest share—pays for people. Our team interviewed and surveyed world-class researchers in … Continue reading

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The Children’s Manifesto

Read From milk cows to after-school clubs, ideas flooded in from children all over the country about the kind of school they would like. Here is their manifesto. ★ Active – with lots of different sports, including judo, dance, karate, … Continue reading

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The Subversion of Politics: European Autonomous Social Movements and the Decolonization of Everyday Life

A gripping account of European autonomous social movements from 1968 to the present. Since the modern anti-globalization movement kicked off with the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle, a new generation has been engaging in anti-capitalist direct action. Its aims, politics, … Continue reading

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The Eros Effect and the Arab Uprisings: An Interview with George Katsiaficas

Read And as I tried to grapple with a way to get a handle on what had happened, Herbert Marcuse’s notion of Eros – and political Eros, which he had been developing – crystallized as the “eros effect,” meaning that … Continue reading

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Why Twitter’s Oral Culture Irritates Bill Keller (and why this is an important issue)

Here I am going to be drawing upon scholarship of Walter Ong and others who distinguish the characteristics of oral societies with those which are dominated by writing—and Europe and the United states are thoroughly dominated by the written culture … Continue reading

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Understanding ‘Spanish revolution’

Seven days before the local and regional elections in Spain, the main political issue has been the ‘Spanishrevolution’, a civil movement which has sprung up to demand deep democratic changes. Thousands of young people, the unemployed, retired, and people from … Continue reading

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Spain’s Tahrir Square

Read Spain’s people’s movement has finally awoken, la Puerta del Sol in Madrid is now the country’s Tahrir Square, and the ‘Arab Spring’ has been joined by what is now bracing to become a long ‘European Summer’. As people across … Continue reading

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Beyond idealism: university-level training in free technology

Read “Software, technology, knowledge and culture should be free!” summarizes the battle cry of the activists of “free”. It’s only by by putting free technology in the hands of free and empowered people that one can achieve wider freedom in … Continue reading

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Spain is Ground Zero for the P2P Revolution

When people agree on what they don’t want, i.e. a market dictatorship in the hands of a financial predatory class, but are open-minded about the future, what should they ask for? The answer is very simply: true democracy, as this … Continue reading

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“Las plazas están creando buenos ciudadanos, es decir, ciudadanos problemáticos”

La convocatoria de la manifestación ya anticipaba los rasgos de Sol: al mismo tiempo radical, abierta e incluyente. Liberó tanta energía que hubo quien no pudo volver a casa sin más y decidió plantarse aquella misma noche en la plaza. … Continue reading

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