“Where are the eager cub reporters?”

Organizing Theory

“Where are the eager cub reporters?” As an organizer, it’s sometimes hard to remember that if you dissuade new activists from doing work by constantly correcting them or telling that they’re doing it wrong–it just means they quit and there’s more work for you in the long run. Seems like the editors of Wikipedia need to have a similar realization. Collaboration requires a diversity of views, not a winnowing of them.

How does the trade union movement use digital communications tools? Read about it in this new book, Firefox OS for Activists.

And speaking of digital communication tools—change.org has recently rolled out a new feature, where elected officials can directly respond to petitions directed at them. Here’s David Karpf on the possible ups and downs.

What’s Going On in the Workforce

In thinking about how to broaden the scope of this blog, I’ve been struggling around the idea of how to raise enough money to pay writers. It’s not a problem just here, of course–content creators are having a tough time of it, lately. Micropayments may be the way that writers, photographers and musicians have an economic future. Bitwall is trying to help.

Companies are starting to use phones’ tracking systems to see what field & service workers are doing at all times. Telling people to turn their phone off every night when they go home, if they’re worried about being spied on is just one more way that the burden of privacy is being continually shifted to individuals.

Some people think the future of higher education can be found online. How is the existence of the digital divide getting in the way of access to MOOCs?

This waiterless Japanese sushi restaurant may mean struggling writers and actors need to find a different day job. Sure, a conveyer belt can bring me sushi–but will it sing “Happy Birthday” to me?

But maybe we all just need to work less. A new book, Time on our Side, looks at why we all need a shorter workweek.

The Singularity Approaches

What if the singularity happened and all the corporations turned autonomous? Wait, aren’t they already autonomous?

The energy you throw off when walking down the street may someday be used to power your city.

Worried about the safety of driverless cars? New data shows that they already drive better than you, and that’s without the factor of your texting-while-driving habit.

From Partners

A new co-operative think tank has been launched in the UK, to design future ways of living and working.

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

In the Bay Area and want to learn more about employment law & your sharing economy business? Check out this event hosted by the Sustainable Economies Law Center.

Want to build a business in a new kind of way? Cutting Edge X claims to create capital for the 100%–not the 1%, through investment crowdfunding.

Greek workers have had many different responses to the austerity crisis in their country. These workers at Bio Me took over their factory, and turned it into a co-op.

You probably already know that much European & US trash ends up in the developing world to be stripped & recycled. But have you seen this video of a car made from recycled parts, in Ghana?

Occupy Money Cooperative launches its own debit card. Quizzical looks ensue. I wonder if they used this nifty co-op building tool, in creating their business plan?

Maybe the professor who wants to live in a dumpster also wants to teach in one? The new urban space.

Reputation, reputation, reputation

It’s harder than you think, to make up a totally fake person online. But it’s not impossible. Now, if only I could write off my imaginary friend as a dependent, on my taxes…

An FTC commissioner writes about the need for data mining companies to protect consumer privacy through a new initiative called “Reclaim Your Name.”

Read a first-person account by a corporate CEO, targeted by Greenpeace (requires registering for free account).

Geeking Out

Colombian design student Adrian Zapata wants to help you clean your house with flying robots. But what happens if my @classwarkitteh eats one?

An eerily beautiful video of robot evolution at the University of Pennsylvania.

This group of Brooklyn Millennials is building a wifi mesh network to protect their community during times of emergency.

Final Thoughts

“Providing an escape valve for a system’s strongest users lessens the pressure for change.”

Nathan Heller, “Bay Watched,” New Yorker, 10/14/13

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