GNUnionize! Self organized session at Interference, Amsterdam 17.08.2014

“…The time is past due for new forms of association to be created that can steer the world away from its destruction through commodified exploitation. The greatest hacks of our time may turn out to be forms of organising free collective expression, so that from this time on, abstraction serves the people …” M. Wark

Link at Interference wiki: https://interference.io/wiki/doku.php?id=sessions:gnunion_global_networked_labour_union_beta_1.0

Call:
GNUnion invites you to design a networked, self-organized, and stitched One Big Meshwork by linking your like-minded peers and their network bases to each other strategically. We call everyone striving to build dynamic, free, libre, and open source spaces bottom up, to bring their collective agendas and strategies in touch modularly and act upon them in an harmonized way.

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SaysUs Project Seeks FLOSS Collaborators

Dear friends,

SaysUs just has become affiliated to May First / People Link (https://mayfirst.org), which has been providing useful IT services to the activists and movements around the world.  We did just send the below text to the comrades involved in and collaborate each other at May First / People Link networked cooperative. Yet our call is open to all floss developers, commoners, activists and anyone who shares the vision that we tried to formulate in the text as simple as possible. We invite all comrades around the world who share similar values and virtues to join us and engage with our comrades at May First / People Link network.

Here is our call:

“Says-Us (see http://www.saysus.net) is a new member of May First / People Link.  We propose the creation of a web facility, a portal, to facilitate the ability of millions of people to tell their own stories, to write anonymous complaints, about work, housing, health care, schools, unemployment, prison, government, almost anything, as it affects them.

Many job related web sites have already shown that, given the chance to safely complain, people will do so. Unfortunately, existing corporate sites are oriented towards helping employers find cheap labor, and to sell advertising, not to helping change workplace practices. Non-corporate sites are particular to one union or reform organization and are not sufficiently generalized or allowing of self-organization.

Jobvent.com collected as many as 100K complaints about 10K companies. The complaints were then destroyed when jobvent was acquired by Glassdoor.com. Sites like glassdoor are spaces where hard-to-organize flex-jobs seekers may read about and learn from each other’s experiences. But site users are not offered any course of action except the obvious – to avoid employment at the worst offender companies.
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Rethinking Labour as Social-Network-Movement

Very recently valuable and concrete reflections are being published, filling in the public understanding of the nature and dynamics of the most-recent social and emancipatory uprisings, known also as Global Revolution. The recent articles written by Bernardo Gutiérrez and Rodrigo Nunes, both involved in the 15M, Occupy, Gezi, and Brazilian uprisings and were systematically putting their self-reflections together in wider framework of a collaborative action-research network also named as Global Revolution, are highly informative and pedagogic. They explain masterfully why transnational ‘organization’ of the global ‘revolution’ is qualitatively different then what we have understood from traditional use of the concepts of ‘organization’ and ‘revolution’. Another important resource was produced by Adrià Rodriguez who have also been very active in 15M, as well as other ‘network movements’ since 201-11, and linked to the Global Revolution Research Network.

I have been involved more directly in Take The Square, Occupy,  and Gezi movement/networks as Bernardo, Rodrigo and Adria, met them online, may be many times under various nick-names and worked together, and still do so. On the other hand I was busy with developing an understanding of the emergent new labour class practices and experiences. My work at Social Network Unionism and  Networked Labour blog/networks have heavily owed to the previous work done by people like Peter Waterman, Hilary Wainwright, Marco Berlinguer, Mayo Fuster as much as others they have been collaborating around the Networked Politics initiative. I was modifying and reshaping this work based on my direct experience. Below papers and reports are those that I published on various digital spaces since the beginning of the 2011 uprisings. Now it seems very worthy to put them together in a chronological order and reproduce once more: Continue reading

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Welcome to LabourLeaks | LabourLeaks.org

 

OK. You know about press leaks: they are as old as the press. You know about the famous/notorious online Wikileaks, this is only seven years old and is one part of the subversive/emancipatory capacity of the web. There are increasing numbers of such leaks, produced by particular groups for particular purposes, for different kinds of public.

Well, we are labour activists, long active both on the shopfloor and online. And we have ourselves had bad experience with company secrecy and ‘managerial prerogatives’: some of us have been disciplined or sacked for exposing information that is essential for ourselves or our fellow workers. This is why we have created

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Transnational networks of radical labour research and (h)activism: A global working class in the making

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Unite the Union’s USI mediates the established union world entering into the networked organising (networganizing) era

The below are Google Hangout videos taken from the USI’s website:

i. Hack the Union from US interviews with Andrew of Union Solidarity International: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4U4FNAkZtSc

ii.  A small step for unions, but a giant step for global labour
emancipation?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=k6BmWC5lr8Y

This following link is to a nice article by Walton Patland introducing the ON platform:
http://www.scoop.it/t/networked-labour/p/4017080234/2014/03/05/karl-marx-on-facebook-what-is-the-ideology-of-your-social-network?hash=fd4c16ef-09d3-468d-a043-3b8de2a28135

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Open Source and Libre Worker-to-Worker Activist-to-Activist Self Traning Material on New Social Media

Source

Worker to worker transnational exchange at the shop-floor level : Social media and online networking guide for shop stewards and union activists

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Coding the Algorithyms of Emancipatory Modes of Production

algoritmi-capitaleThis is a new book curated by Matteo Pasquinelli:

http://matteopasquinelli.com/algorithms-of-capital/

The above link is to Italian version of this exciting volume bringing togather the Accelerationist Manifesto, reactions to it, and some reflections relevant to what Toni Negri calls ‘the #Acclerationisty politics’. Most of the articles are already online in English as well. Below are some of the articles with links to the English versions:

#Accelerate: Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics by Alex Williams and Nick Srnicek

http://syntheticedifice.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/accelerate-manifesto-for-an-accelerationist-politics/

Reflections on the Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics by Toni Negri: http://syntheticedifice.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/riflessioni-sul-manifesto-per-una-politica-accelerazionista/

Mattoe Pasquinelli: “To Anticipate and Accelerate: Italian Operaismo and Reading Marx’s Notion of Organic Composition of Capital”, Rethinking Marxism journal, vol. 26, n. 2, 2014. :http://matteopasquinelli.com/anticipate-an

[another good peiece from Pasquinelli: “The Power of Abstraction and Its Antagonism. On Some Problems Common to Contemporary Neuroscience and the Theory of Cognitive Capitalism”, Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism, Part 2. Berlin: Archive Books,  2014.: http://matteopasquinelli.com/power-of-abstraction/%5D

Red stack attack! Algorithms, capital and the automation of the common by Tiziana Terranova:

http://quaderni.sanprecario.info/2014/02/red-stack-attack-algorithms-capital-and-the-automation-of-the-common-di-tiziana-terranova/

On this blog [http://syntheticedifice.wordpress.com/] it possible to follow other reactions and relevant discussion. Below is a friendly critique by McKenzie Wark, taken from this blog:

#Celerity: A Critique of the Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics: http://syntheticedifice.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/celerity-a-critique-of-the-manifesto-for-an-accelerationist-politics/

To be honest #Accelerationist manifesto sounded to me, at first read, like a call for a Kautskian and Plekhanovian politics 2.0. Since it suggests that hunting down of the global networked cognitive capitalism is possible if we lead it into a future trap; Accelerating it till it is broken! Though it sounds excitingly good-crazy idea, I have to say that it has always been hard to accept for me an idea that suggest that to realize something first, if you want to negate and transcend it. Even though political imagery says ‘push it harder towards the cliff.’ It is great and energzing to hear about the anger and hope such clearly formulated, crying that the time is up to get away with this maniacal system. However, I find myself partly sympatyizing with Wark’s strong critics below. I believe that there is another way to the hack capitalist mode of production:

Here is how I would formulate my Hack, as a part of the code, yet to be put in algorithmic form:

“Agreeing with many others who think global working class is currently making it self
through ongoing and intensifying struggles, the form of self-organisation of the global working classes, in my mind, needs to be, simultaneously very well grounded, transnational, and global. It also needs to be open to all the working people, so free [gratis and accessible] to enter and leave, designed as modularly integrated organized networks linking workers [including hacker-, academic-, art-, sex-. ... so on workers], social-environmental-cultural-informational-sexual justice activists. Adoptable principles, in form of the ‘code’, which can be pre-determined, as well as the coding process itself needs to be very well documented, totally open and accessible to local, workplace, neighbourhood, issue based, activist or other forms of political collectives. In a way similar to Anonymous, 15M, Occupy, Gezi. or other decentralized forms, but with more structured and open working protocols, as it is in FLOSS projects, or grassroots and worker cooperatives. It should not be including membership, service, representation type logics that leads to reproduction of disempowerment for the involving nodes. It should not be organized by intellectual activists from outside in, and from top down towards the working class. With an opposite perspective, it should be designed by volunteer participation based on self-governing and representation principles. It should be able to put forward creative, assertive and effective direct non-violent mass action, which makes fun of and ridicule the target by allowing the formation of collective intelligence. Therefore active peer-to-peer self-learninig should be the core cultural production and learning principle. Instead of having teachers who must show the right and enlightened road to the candidate working class members, who needs to get a self-consciousness, a global and networked labour union should be providing working people with the access to the tools, resources and key networks that would make self- empowerment easily possible. By linking spaces where continuous open exchanges take place and carry the energy from one space to other. Utilizing How to(s), Do it Yourself and Do it With Others guides, in online and real world context, by FLOSS communication tools as well as mass-action tactics it would replace top down (issue-anger-action) organizing model, which would allow self-articulation, respectful and collaborative working praxis by harmonized through peer-to-peer digital communication where possible and desirable, as well as face to face and secure meetings, cultural and recreational events cultural events. It should be collaborating with other organizations, creative and productive projects that undermines capitalist mode of production and develop the algorithms and codes of alternative modes, as operating systems that could replace capitalism. Such global network needs to grow by linking existing radical networks groups of activists, hackers, organizers, makers, DIY groups, squatters, eco-willages, diggers, immigrants, asylum seekers, solidarity networks, and so on. In a way all nodes could associate with the globally networked ties, while keeping their autonomy. So instead of #Accelerate motto, i would suggest some thing like:  “All empower one, one empower all!”

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DYNAMO | Powering change on MTurk

/ How it works

It’s often hard to get together and act, that’s why Dynamo offers a platform to gather, gain critical mass, and mobilize! 
Have a question not listed here? Send it to: info@wearedynamo.org, we will update this page with your question.

Who designed and built Dynamo?

Researchers studying collective action online.

How can I register?

Follow the instructions on the register page, Dynamo has a two step registration system.

What if people use this for malicious activity?

That’s what the voting system is for.

How will your research affect us?

We have built Dynamo as part of a research project on understanding how to build systems that support collective action online.

I have an action in mind. How can I post it?

Post your idea on the Ideas page.

What information do you store on your servers? Will my information be private?

We do NOT store your worker ID on Dynamo or link your worker ID to your Dynamo account in any way.

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Digital Labor, Nov 14-16, NYC, US

Digital Labor

SWEATSHOPS, PICKET LINES, AND BARRICADES will bring together designers, labor organizers, theorists, social entrepreneurs, historians, legal scholars, independent researchers, cultural producers and perspectives from workers themselves to discuss emerging forms of mutual aid and solidarity.

The third in The New School’s Politics of Digital Culture Conference Series Sponsored by The New School and The Institute for Distributed Creativity.

Over the past decade, advancements in software development, digitization, an increase in computer processing power, faster and cheaper bandwidth and storage, and the introduction of a wide range of inexpensive, wireless-enabled computing devices and mobile phones, set the global stage for emerging forms of labor that help corporations to drive down labor costs and ward off the falling rate of profits.

Companies like CrowdFlower, oDesk, or Amazon.com’s Mechanical Turk serve as much more than payment processors or interface providers; they shape the nature of the tasks that are performed. Work is organized against the worker. Recent books included The Internet as Playground and Factory (Scholz, 2013), Living Labor (Hoegsberg and Fisher) based on the exhibition Arbeitstid that took place in Oslo in 2013 and Cognitive Capitalism, Education, and Digital Labour (Peters, Bulut, et al, eds., Peter Lang, 2011). In 2012, the exhibition The Workers was curated by MASS MOCA in the United States. Christian Fuchs’ book Digital Labor and Karl Marx is forthcoming with Routledge.

Several events have been organized in the last few years to focus on these developments: Digital Labor: the Internet as Playground and Factory conference (The New School, New York City, 2009 http://digitallabor.org), Digital Labor: Workers, Authors, Citizens (Western University, London, Ontario, Canada, 2009), Invisible Labor Colloquium (Washington University Law School, 2013), Towards Critical Theories of Social Media (Uppsala University, Sweden, 2012), Re:publica (Berlin, 2013), and the Chronicles of Work lecture series at Schloß Solitude (Stuttgart, Germany, 2012/2013).

We would like to continue and elaborate on these discussions by raising the following questions:

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turkopticon – lets you REPORT and AVOID shady digital employers

Turkopticon helps the people in the ‘crowd’ of crowdsourcing watch out for each other—because nobody else seems to be.

Almost half of the Mechanical Turk workers who wrote their Bill of Rights demanded protection from employers who take their work without paying.Turkopticon lets you REPORT and AVOID shady employers.

snoogiebug from turkernation says, “if you do not have this please get it!!!! it does work and is worth it !!”

How Turkopticon works:

Turkopticon in actionTurkopticon adds functionality to Amazon Mechanical Turk as you browse for HITs and review status of work you’ve done. As you browse HITs, Turkopticon places a button next to each requester and highlights requesters for whom there are reviews from other workers. Bad reviews let you avoid shady employers and good reviews help you find fair ones. You can view reports made against requesters with a quick click.

As you review HITs you’ve completed, are there HITs you weren’t fairly paid for? Turkopticon adds a button that lets you review requesters from your “Status Detail” page.

Other Turking resources:

Notes for requesters:

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Red stack attack! Algorithms, capital and the automation of the common by Tiziana Terranova | Quaderni di San Precario

Premise

This essay is the outcome of a research process which involves a series of Italian institutions of autoformazione of post-autonomist inspiration (‘free’ universities engaged in grassroots organization of public seminars, conferences, workshops etc) and anglophone social networks of scholars and researchers engaging with digital media theory and practice officially affiliated with universities, journals and research centres, but also artists, activists, precarious knowledge workers and such likes. It refers to a workshop which took place in London in January 2014, hosted by the Digital Culture Unit at the Centre for Cultural Studies (Goldsmiths’ College, University of London). The workshop was the outcome of a process of reflection and organization that started with the Italian free university collective Uninomade 2.0 in early 2013 and continued across mailing lists and websites such as Euronomade (http://www.euronomade.info/), Effemera, Commonware (http://www.commonware.org/), I quaderni di San Precario (http://quaderni.sanprecario.info/) and others. More than a traditional essay, then, it aims to be a synthetic but hopefully also inventive document which plunges into a distributed ‘social research network’ articulating a series of problems, theses and concerns at the crossing between political theory and research into science, technology and capitalism.

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Essays on Principles of Energetic Materialism: Beyond ‘Italian Operaismo and the Information Machine’

II. Beyond ‘Italian Operaismo and the Information Machine’

Italian Operaismo and the Information Machine, is a must read by Matteo Pasquinelli. However the ‘accelerationism’ is the name of rapidly changing Zeitgeist(s) -the spirit of ‘space-time’, compressed increasingly into smaller units. The direction of meta-data and big-data reseach already moved further within the timespawn of Pasquinelli’s paper publication in early 2014. The theorization of the emerging ‘meta-data’ society, already has to make quantum leap further in order to make sense of the fundamentals of the ambiguous global (and absolute) control society/civilization vision set forth by the infamous, joke like Islamic State screenplay. For this one has to go further and simulataneoulsy problematize the most recent developments in quantum computing, quantum-like cognition and quantum-mind reseaches, overlapping research and applications between genome, cybernetics, Internet of Everything, and [unifield fields] Theory of Everything -in physics.

In conflict with the emancipatory perspectives on P2P production and Commons Transition, the positivist cogntive-cybernetic-compex stsyems theory based research, knowledge and living labour appropriation and modelling applications based on such research have been serving the ruling class interest. The more ‘control’, ‘discipline’, and ‘exploitation’ is modelled and applied, as the capitalist and the ruling elite wish to further commodify the cosmos of the commons, includnig entire living labour-body-mind embedded in it. The conflict prone class projets and processes brought about more stress on the systems exploited, which in turn increase the entropy steering the human civilisation and live on Earth towards extinction. It is, therefore, kind of an urgent task ‘to find’ the advance and holistic emancipatory methodology that would be helpful to figure out how to turn the tide. To build an emancipatory reseach and knowledge production, as well as mechanisms to disseminate the emancipatory knowledge produced, it is clear by now that the p2p and commons are the key concepts, as components of counter-class projects and processes. In order to improve our understanding of the world and politics of the p2p, networked and digital labour, value, commons, transition so on, in todays’ global class war context, and steer the world towards emancipartory direction we need to be able to outline such methodology in details in an open and collaborative manner.

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Universal Automation: Workers of the world… Relax!

Universal Automation is a Chrome browser extension that automatically searches and applies for jobs on Universal Jobmatch, the government-run job search website which benefit claimants are forced to use.

The purpose of this project is to support the unemployed in their fight against the bullying and repressive regime of benefit sanctions.

Watch the video on the right to see how it works.

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Holidays for the Unemployed: The protest of Austrian Active Unemployed continues

Holidays for the Unemployed: The protest continues

„Aktive Arbeitslose Österreich“ (Austrian Active Unemployed) are starting an international online petition

Urlaub für Arbeitslose

(Vienna 2014-08-27) A Flash Mob on the 8th of August in the city at „Wiener Graben“ was a great success. About 20 unemployed people were sunbathing at the Graben, in front of the Erste Bank and socialised with guest from all over the world. This was a protest, that in Austria unemployed cant leave their without loosing benefits and social insurance. 50 picture postcards to the social services minister, where international guest demanded the right to holidays for the unemployed.

More of those picture post cards can be either ordered at „Active Unemployed Austria“ or can be downloaded as a copy.

The organisation „Active Unemployed Austria“ has started now an online petition. Their first one both in German and English for attracting international supporters. So it should be drawn international attention, that compared with those of other countries the Austrian unemployed insurance is a rigid one. Even in Germany for unemployed people, which are recipients of the Social benefit called Hartz IV, it is possible to go on holiday abroad up to 3 weeks, but as agreed upon to the Job Centre.

With this online petition “Active Unemployed Austria” wants to foster the international intercommunication of unemployed people abroad. Fort the next year the 8th of August should be proclaimed as an international action day for the right of recreational holiday and family holiday. Because the unemployment is not caused by the unemployed itself but by the globalized capitalism. Therefore this problem must be combatted worldwide.

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The P2P Prince?: The form and the program of the transnational REvolutionary subjectivity

Below text is an excpert from unpublished and unedited 2012 article Another World, Now! Coming of the Transnational REvolutions and the P2P Prince.

The  modern  prince,  the  myth-prince,  cannot  be  a  real  person,  a  concrete individual. It can only be an organism, a complex element of society in which a collective will, which has  already been recognised and has to some  extent asserted itself in action, begins to take concrete form. (A. Gramsci)

 

Italian political activist and theorist Antonio Gramsci’s core concepts like hegemony, organic crisis, historic bloc, war of position and war of manoeuvre are central to our understanding of today’s complex global capitalist system as well as the catastrophic changes that are currently taking place in it. Referring to the original concept developed by Gramsci, global political economy theorist Stephen Gill describes the 2008 global financial turmoil as the manifestation of an organic crisis at the global level. [1] We can also read the outcomes of the global organic crisis following another neo-Gramscian theorist Robert Cox as a mixture of three scenarios he describes.[2] First one is a global (military) Keynesian recovery being pushed by the West. Regional wars moving from the periphery to the centre involving massive destruction of lives, cities and the nature, as we witness it happening since the 9/11. The second scenario is the rise of global fascism in tandem with the regional wars. This has also been happening, especially increasingly in the centre, since 2007; highlighting the race to the bottom caused by the strengthening of totalitarian forms of capitalism at the main contenders like China, Russia and India. Finally and the last scenario is accompanying transnational revolutions, like the uprisings in the northern Africa, Americas and Europe also happening.[3]

What brought humanity to this point is not a secret and also made clear by many thinkers, intellectuals, and activists. The above mentioned article by Gill is only one of the public records. It is very clear however where we have to drive history as the humanity, the third option: Transnational revolutions. Again, following Gramsci and Gill, we can think of the realisation of the transnational revolutions in relation to the ‘Prince’. For his time Gramsci thought of it as the collective subjectivity which will give the moral leadership to a wider counter-hegemonic historic bloc, and shape the form and content of the communist revolution in a national context. And it was the communist part of the working class. Gill referred to the anti- and alter-globalisation movement. Continue reading

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Degrowth and the transition to a Commons Society | P2P Foundation

Degrowth will only be possible by changing the artificial scarcity-based design practices and engineering of the for-profit sector and by removing the incentive to externalize the true production costs in terms of matter and energy. A commons-oriented approach should combine global open design based in communities, local on-demand distributed manufacturing, and the use of renewable distributed energy. Along with changes in governance and ownership, it can contribute to a global phase transition.

Recorded at the 4th International Degrowth Conference 2014 in Leipzig Germany

September 5th

Speaker Michel Bauwens

Source: http://www.extraenvironmentalist.com/2014/09/05/transition-sustainable-commons-society/

You can find more videos from the Extra Environmentalist Livestream from DeGrowth 2014 on their Youtube channel  – https://www.youtube.com/user/xenvironmental/videos

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Volumes | Alexander Bogdanov Library

VOLUMES

The projected volumes are as follows:

Volume 1: Empiriomonism

This volume will contain all three volumes of Bogdanov’s Empiriomonism, a collection of essays which express his first fully developed reformulation of historical materialism on the basis of Richard Avenarius’s Empirio-criticism.

Volume 2: Essays in Social Psychology (1901-1906)

This is a collection of essays originally published in 1904 and revised and enlarged in 1906. Among the key ideas that Bogdanov develops is the principle of ‘socio-morphism’ – that forms of thought are modeled on forms of labour and economic relationships. He also carries on polemics with other philosophical trends.

Volume 3: Political Writings (1904 to 1928)

This volume will include some of Bogdanov’s general writings on liberalism and Menshevism, but will be primarily devoted to tracing the divergence between Lenin and Bogdanov which culminated in the formation of the Vpered group of the RSDLP which contested Lenin’s claim to be the standard bearer of true Bolshevism. Materials will include Bogdanov’s analysis of the split within Bolshevism; his writings on the First World War (where he provided the first definition of “War Communism”); his commentaries on the February Revolution and on Lenin’s seizure of power and his interpretation of social and political developments after October 1917, notably his writings on the emergence in Soviet Russia of a “new class”.

Volume 4: Fall of the Great Fetishism: The Contemporary Crisis of Ideology

This volume will provide the philosophical aspect of Bogdanov’s break with Lenin. It will contain The Adventures of a Certain Philosophical School, Fall of the Great Fetishism (which includes Bogdanov’s response to Lenin’s Materialism and Empiriocriticism), and a selection of shorter essays on philosophy.

Volume 5: The Cultural Tasks of Our Time: Essays on Proletarian Culture

Bogdanov’s key writings on Proletarian Culture, including The Cultural Tasks of Our Time, selections from On Proletarian Culture, 1904-1924, and various articles from the journal Proletarian Culture and elsewhere.

Volume 6: The Science of Social Consciousness

The basis of this volume will be the 1914 short book called The Science of Social Consciousness: A Short Course of Ideological Science in Questions and Answers that lays the foundation for Bogdanov’s theory of ideology (or ‘spiritual culture’). This will be a companion volume to the volume on ‘cultural tasks’.

Volume 7: The Tenth Anniversary of Excommunication from Marxism

This volume will include: Selections from The Tenth Anniversary of Excommunication from Marxism (1914), selections from Bogdanov’s unpublished autobiographical manuscripts, from his biographical observations concerning other revolutionary figures, and from unpublished letters and communications.

Volume 8: Philosophy of Living Experience

The Philosophy of Living Experience. Materialism, Empiriocriticism, Dialectical Materialism, Empiriomonism, the Science of the Future. Popular Outlines, (1913; 1923) with the appendix to the 1923 edition, ‘From Religious to Scientific Monism’. This is Bogdanov’s summative statement of his philosophy that anticipates his ultimate philosophical achievement: universal organisational science.

Volume 9: Tektology: Universal Organisational Science

This will contain all three parts of Tektologiia: Vseobshchaia organizatsionnaia nauka, a pioneering work in systems theory, in which Bogdanov proposed that all physical, biological, and human sciences could be unified by treating them as systems of relationships and by seeking the organisational principles that underlie all such systems.

Volume 10: Writings on Socialism

This volume will contain a variety of articles and books on socialism and political economy, including ‘On Socialism’, New World, ‘Socialism in the Present’, Problems of Socialism, The Socialism of Science: The Scientific Tasks of the Proletariat, selections from A Short Course of Economic Science, and economic essays from the 1920s.

The translation of Volumes One, Three, Four, Five, Seven, and Eight are already in progress. The editors are eagerly seeking volunteers to translate the remaining volumes. Potential translators should contact any of the General Editors: John Biggart (john_biggart@hotmail.com), Evgeni Pavlov (epavlov@msudenver.edu), or David Rowley (rowleyd@uwplatt.edu).

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Sowing the seeds of a new economy | Red Pepper

Practical alternative economic models are rapidly taking shape in practice in Catalonia. Are the indignados finally harvesting? asks Peter de Jong

August 2014

“Try one, they’re extremely tasty”, says Jordi, throwing one of the fruits of his orange tree in my direction. The orange-bricked terrace behind his Barcelona apartment is full of sustainable, self-reliant projects in every corner. Eggshells and coffee grounds fertilize an olive tree; a dumpster doubles as a compost heap; wooden trays grow all kinds of vegetables. Jordi has invited me over to see his latest addition—a square-metre solar panel. It hums quietly in the sunlight on this beautiful Spanish morning.

A full-time psychologist, Jordi is also an active member of various cooperatives throughout Spain and one of the founders of alternative media outlet La Marea. “This solar panel supplies around ten percent of my total energy consumption,” he calculates. “It’s not that much, but it has its political purposes.”

He points to the slogan on a poster hanging from the panel’s mount: ‘#DeSolBediencia’. It is a play on the Spanish words sol (meaning sun) and desobediencia (disobedience), and the name of a recent campaign by ECOOO, a Spanish energy cooperative working towards ‘solar revolution’.

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The Art of Being Many | an assembly of assemblies

 

PUBLIC DAYS OF THE ASSEMBLY:  Septembre 27th and 28th

REGISTRATION OPEN! Click HERE

Digital flyer / Program – taobmflyer

Download the Reader for the Assembly here!

End of September 2014 artists, activists, researchers and participants from all over Europe and beyond will gather in Hamburg for an assembly of assemblies. Sharing experiences from real-democracy-movements and artistic experimentation they want to explore new ways of coming together: collective insights into the materiality, the timing, the agenda, the desires and the catastrophes of being many. At Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik  geheimagentur and friends will build an assembly hall and a camp to host them. Here, the assembly will become a laboratory of itself: a collective of friends and strangers with many voices and bodies including those of ghosts and things.

Many of us will meet for the first time, but we all have something in common: We witnessed moments of assembling, which made the word ‚democracy’ sound important again.  The square-squattings and neighbourhood-assemblies of the real-democracy-movement may not have brought about the political changes, we hoped for. But they have been the initial for a new art of being many.

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Athens’ Festival for Solidarity & Cooperative Economy, 10th to 12th October 2014 – Kapipal

The Festival for Solidarity & Cooperative Economy has taken place every October in Athens since 2012. This time round, we want to share it with Europe and we need your help!

Το Εναλλακτικό Φεστιβάλ Αλληλέγγυας και Συνεργατικής Οικονομίας πραγματοποιείται κάθε Οκτώβριο στην Αθήνα, από το 2012. Αυτή τη φορά θέλουμε να το μοιραστούμε με την Ευρώπη! Στηρίξτε μας! Η αλληλεγγύη είναι η λύση!

Ελληνικά http://www.festival4sce.org/crowdfunding-ele/

Other languages available:

Castellano http://www.festival4sce.org/es/crowdfunding-cast/

Français http://www.festival4sce.org/fr/crowdfunding-fra/

Italiano http://www.festival4sce.org/crowdfunding-italiano/

About us and our project

The Festival is a meeting point for collectives and struggles to connect and share knowledge.

Round 200 alternative groups from all over Greece participate and hundreds of volunteers help us organise the festival. Participants vary from social clinics and solidarity pharmacies to time banks, social kitchens, traditional seed banks, social centres, eco-communities, cooperatives or exchange networks, including initiatives like the worker’s self-managed factory of Vio.Me. or the Kinisi 136 water movement, amongst others.

We are members of various Greek initiatives and the festival is a self-organised and self-managed process. We are not part of political parties, NGOs or any recognised organization and we are not funded. Our political views focus on direct participatory democracy.

For the third edition of our festival, we want to reach out to the rest of Europe to learn from each other and build links. We are inviting different European groups related to our struggles and here is where your contribution is of vital importance!

Check out our site: http://www.festival4sce.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/festival4sce

and Twitter: http://twitter.com/athensfest4sce

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Essays on Principles of Energetic Materialism: A Meta-theory of Unity of Everything in Diversity

I. Intro 

There has been no Big Bang, no past, no present, no future, where our particles have been embedded and floating in the space-time dimension fluxing from big bang towards beyond the borders of the universe, at least as we have been thinking of them. They are still out there, exist, real, knowable, observable, and changeable. Yet in simultaneously existing multitude, of distributed universes which we call them the networked cosmos.

How can this be, and how then we could share the same life experience? In our places of being settled on top of the ‘now’, in motion of making the short human and long word history? The answer is simple as it is: What ever possible do exit, has ever been existed from the beginning till the end, and still do so in a multilevel and distributed cosmos formed by multiple, multi layer, multi-field, interconnected space-times that are cutting across each other and going beyond what we so far conceived as ‘The Universe’, which encompass all the physic [material and immaterial, living and dead, intelligent and dumb] existence.

The future, the past, and the present, all possible situations [space-time] for all the particles and anti particles [hence energy and matter, dark energy and dark matter, material and immaterial, body and soul, ideas and actions] their forms, substances, positions and interactions, do exist and real but in endless variations [synchronized ort not] which are demarcated from the realm of ‘observation’, the space-time, by their varying ‘frequencies’ changing the quanta information and positions. So that any-being equipped with the capacity of making observation, is able to determine the collective [and relative] courses in the conceived flux in space-time as the outcome of the interacting vectors [observations made by individual observers]. Indeed, therefore the reality before our eyes coming closer to what some religions claim, some prophet’s preached, some philosophers speculated, some psychics sensed, and some physicist calculated. However, so far it has only by very few claimed to be the truth. It is because, the totality of the contradictive nature of the cosmos has never been grasped and comprehended fully by a coherent, simple, beautifully advanced unity of math formulas of advanced physics and systems of philosophy able to encompass the subjects of the metaphysics –where religious speculations have been grounded.

This series of essays bears the ambiguous objective to put forward the principles of ‘Energetic Materialism’ as a such Unified Theory of Everything that can succesfully unify the mathematical, physical, philosophical, and spiritual systems of thoughts on the truth[s], in one, interconnected, simple, networked and holistic systems of understandings of the cosmos. Essay serie will also provide a brief history of the unification of the observer human and its bellowed observed cosmos, by tracing the ideas developed by idealist and materialist developers of dialectics such as Hegel, Fuerbach, Marx, and Engels. And those who advanced this meta-theory, like Bogdanov (in his Tectology), complex systems theorists (of which fundamentals developed by Popper and Hayek).

We are intended to show who the hacking of the Dialectic Materialism as it was advanced by Alexander Bogdanov -by synthesizing historical materialism of Marx and Engels and (idealist-) Energetism of Ernst Mach and Willhelm Ostwald. As we will show, Hayek and Popper have stolen the ideas of Bogdanov, who had to develop his meta theory [methodology and philosophy of science] under another brand (Tectology) after being eliminated from the revolutionary politics by his rival Vilademir Lenin. As we will show, after Lenin’s death, in the Bolshevik constitution process, it was first Sultangaliev who refered Bogdanov’s methodology and contrasted it to Stalinist ideology and political regime, as the more radical form of Marx and Engels’ historical materialism. Sultangaliev claimed that as a universal scientific method, energetic materialsim was more suitable to understand the world issues by going beyond the Euro-centrism of Russian Marxists. Although Sultangaliev joined the term Energetic Materialsim himself he did not developed in detail his sythesis of Energetism (of Mach and Oswtald) and Dialectical Materialism of Marx and Engels as Bogdanov did (and criticised by Lenin). Bogdanov’s goal was to create a discipline that unifies all social, biological, and physical sciences by considering them as “systems of relationships and by seeking the organizational principles that underlie all systems.”

We argue that this vision, as an radical and advanced version of dialectical materialism, has achieved to open to path for scientific and philosophical advancement of human civilization has taken place sine the second half of the last century. A political-ideological class act, delivered by people Karl Popper and Fredric von Hayek incorporated by modifying and politically manipulating Bogdanov’s ideas did pave a way to an ‘scientology’ understanding of Bogdanov’s meta-theoretical vision and innovation. Yet as a restul of a ‘negative hacking’ by Popper and Hayek, it became impossible to realize the real unification of social, physical, biological, and human sciences by compex systems theory nor the econometric science of modelling. That is why today, the affirmation of ‘scineticist’ versions of Theory of Everything, steeming from theoretical physics alone is not able to overcome the demarcation between the observer and observed, in the endevour of grasping the unity of in cosmos, which changes the cosmos at the moment of observation and theorisation. What we like to assert here is that only an upgraded metatheory based on the Energetic Materialism [tektology] of Bugdanov and Sultangaliev, would be able to achieve this goal, and allow us to grasp the contradictory unity and diversity of cosmos and humanity, as parts of complex and diverse, simple and unified whole.              

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Geopolitics and Cognition

This ‘about’ section addresses a number of topics about this site, the reader, and the editor.

Who is “us”?

The “us” in the tittle of this section includes to the reader as well.

The reader may ask him or herself how to respond to the information and ideas in this site or ask oneself to what degree one wants to take responsibility for the geopolitical situation.

This site is targeted to people who prefer to gradually increase their control over one’s own affairs, priorities, and destiny over a life of constant or increasing supervision and guidance. This site is therefore aimed at people who want to take some — non-negligible — responsibility for their own and other’s situations.

This site is not targeted at people who recognize themselves as typical [authoritarians][Dependent thought -- authoritarians] with no intention to develop towards more libertarian modes of thought.

Quite a bit of the content of this site is easily interpreted as highly derogatory towards people — actually the large majority in our Western Societies — who did not (yet) have had the chance to develop beyond the level of dependent thought to [independent thought][Independent thought — libertarians].

Sorry for that. The intention is not derogatory, but factual and scientific. No one can be blamed for being authoritarian. But some blame might be in order if authoritarians adhere to and support authorities that abuse their trust and loyalty at the detriment of others and, quite likely, oneself. If you are being tricked by a con-man it makes sense to blame yourself of your own gullibility. Only blaming the con-man for exploiting your gullibility while not learning from the experience is a open invitation to be abused again.

What is this site?

This site is a [open source research] project addressing the many strong links between geopolitics and cognition. It is about wisdom and foolishness, about empowerment and self-enslavement, about good and evil, and about the mindsets and strategies of the empowered and the disempowered. It is a open source research project in the sense that it is open for everyone to read, to follow its development, to contribute to, and above all to learn from and empower yourself.

As research project it is open to (constructive) criticism. So please use the contact form if you see opportunities to improve formulations, correct factual errors, add missing insights, or even to add fields of expertise that have not yet been addressed and that supports, extends or otherwise improves the scientific basis, the explanatory power, or the way its content can be applied.

As research project it is constantly striving to become better, more comprehensive, and more consistent with a broader knowledge base. This website is not primarily an attempt at the normal experiment driven and deductive way of science, but as an integrative inductive effort. As such it synthesizes a wealth of experimental and observational evidence into a relatively small number of basic principles (such as authority, agency, empowerment, (world) complexity, the role of fear and confidence, and personal development). At the same time, more and more parts of it will become gradually stable, purged of suboptimal of simply wrong ideas and (more) strongly supported by theory, quantitative research, and case studies.

As research project it consists of well-validated and peer-reviewed results by others in combination with not yet peer-reviewed ideas, interpretations, and hypotheses. It is up to the reader to decide how to deal with the information. Taking all of it at face value is foolish, and the same holds for dismissing it all. Doubting everything is unwieldily.

According to Aristotle

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

That is probably the wisest (and oldest) advice to approach this site.

Section overview

Open source science

How to read this site?

But is it truth?

Are you pathologically normal?

Is it science?

Who is responsible for this site?

Contact

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Against Divisiveness: Digital  Workers of the World Unite!  A Rejoinder to César Bolaño by Christian Fuchs

Abstract

This piece is a short rejoinder to César Bolaño’s paper The Political Economy of the Internet and related articles (e.g., Comor, Foley, Huws, Reveley, Rigi and Prey, Robinson) that center around the relevance of Marx’s labor theory of value for understanding social media. I argue that Dallas Smythe’s assessment of advertising was made to distinguish his approach from the one by Baran and Sweezy. Smythe developed the idea of capital’s exploitation of the audience at a time when both feminist and anti-imperialist Marxists challenged the orthodox idea that only white  factory workers are exploited. The crucial question is how to conceptualize productive labor. This is a theoretical, normative, and political question. A mathematical example shows the importance of the “crowdsourcing” of value-production on Facebook. I also point out parallels of the contemporary debate to the Soviet question of who is a productive or unproductive worker in the Material Product System.

Keywords: Social media, Internet, digital labor, Karl Marx, Dallas Smythe, labor theory of value

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The Co-Workers and Co-Working-Spaces of the World Uniting?

Welcome to the Coworking Wiki! 

http://wiki.coworking.org/w/page/16583831/FrontPage

If you are a coworker, space owner, or coworking enthusiast, this site belongs to you. You can request editing privileges with a sentence or two about why you’re interested in coworking. If you’re just visiting or here to learn more, there is a lot of information available for space owners, catalysts, and coworkers.

 International Coworking Week was August 2 – 9 2014, and we celebrated all over the world.  

   come check out our stories, and add your own!!

Please note: it may take us a few days to grant editing privileges after receiving your request. There are help pages available if you are having trouble making a change or uploading content. 

What is Coworking?

The idea is simple: independent professionals and those with workplace flexibility work better together than they do alone. Coworking spaces are about community-building and sustainability. Participants agree to uphold the values set forth by the movement’s founders, as well as interact and share with one another. We are about creating better places to work and as a result, a better way to work. 

 

Our Values:

The members of this Community are engaged with and working on a model and approach that we call Open Coworking.  We are spaces all over the world, we work in many different languages and our businesses all look very different.  So how can we all be part of one big community?  

 

Here’s how.  We have all committed to the same core values.  Our values are:

  • Collaboration
  • Openness
  • Community
  • Accessibility
  • Sustainability 

To learn more, head to “The Values of Open Coworking” 

History of Coworking

Important dates can be added to the History of Coworking timeline.

 

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Debating the Global Working Class, Seminar, Friday 17th October, University of Hertfordshire,

Conference of Socialist Economists

CSE South, Capital & Class 

Co-hosted by the Global Economy and Business research Unit, Business School, University of Hertfordshire

Friday 17th October 

University of Hertfordshire, 

de Havilland site, Room N003 

14.00-17.30

PDF: file:///C:/Users/orsan_000/Downloads/Herts%20CSE%20event%20Hardy%202014.pdf

Marcel van der Linden (University of Amsterdam)

‘The Global Working Class: Decline or Revival’. 

Jenny Chan, University of Oxford

‘Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn, and China’s New Working Class’

Everybody is welcome to attend the seminar at 14.00. If you would like to join us for lunch beforehand at 13.00 you are welcome, but please register with Jane Hardy (j.a.hardy@herts.ac.uk). Please see websites for details of travel and location http://www.herts.ac.uk/contact-us/where-to-find-us/de-havilland-maps-and-directions

About the speakers:

Marcel Marius van der Linden

The Global Working Class: Decline or Revival

Abstract

The number of wage-earners worldwide has grown significantly in the last three centuries, and its regional distribution has constantly shifted. The class awareness and collective action accompanying the development of this world working class has and is taking on many different forms in the course of time. The presentation will discuss the new challenges that have arisen. It is argued that the building of a new kind of trade unionism will be a difficult process, interspersed with failed experiments and moments of deep crisis. Pressure from below (through competitive networks, alternative action models, etc.) will be a highly important factor in deciding the outcome of this process.

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Freelancers’ Movement – http://freelancersmovement.org/

Independents Unite! Inside the Freelancers' Rights Movement by Joel Dullroy and Anna CashmanIndependents Unite! – Preview Edition Now Available

The preview edition of Independents Unite! Inside the Freelancers’ Rights Movement is now available for download. This preview edition includes five chapters. Further chapters will be released in future editions of the book.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Around the world, independent workers are getting organized. No longer an ignorable minority in society, freelancers are waking up to the potential power within their growing number. They are combining through online communities, campaign groups, incorporated associations and even proto-unions to exert influence over their conditions.

Independents Unite! Inside the Freelancers Rights Movement, by Joel Dullroy and Anna Cashman, introduces the concept of the collective empowerment of freelancers. The book provides an overview of the existing elements of the freelancers’ movement, with comparisons of the organizations and campaigns currently at work and the goals they are striving to achieve. It lays out the conditions which have led to the growth of the freelancing workforce to show how the current situation has been purposefully created through political decisions, and can therefore be altered and improved by the same means.

With a foundational text in place, critical discussions on the topic of independent worker rights can continue to develop, in symbiosis with the freelancers’ movement itself.

PREVIEW EDITION:

This preview edition includes five complete chapters:

Introducing the Freelancers’ Movement

How Many? Counting Freelancers

Pushed: How Politics and Ideology Created the Freelancing Grey Zone

The Reaction Begins: How Freelancers are Getting Organized

Case Study: Freelancers Union

DOWNLOAD NOW:

The book is available as a free download, in both PDF format and .mobi format for Kindle readers. Supporters may also select to pay a donation to help the authors complete their research and writing.

Download free e-book – €0.00

Supporter – download book with donation – €5.00

Big Supporter – download book with donation – €10.00

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