Personal Management Software destroys internet authenticity and democracy

The Bumble Bee

The Guardian reports on the growth in "Persona Management Software" which individuals use to engage in web conversations using multiple identities on forums and social sites. The aim is to create the perception of a (fake) upswell in sentiment on a given topic (a practice is known as astroturfing ).

Trust and Networks

Alchemy of Change

Democracy & Social Change Engagement, Relationships & Connection Networks & SystemsTrust makes networks work. When trust is high among members of a network, there’s a wonderful cohesiveness and capacity to get work done.

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Trending Sources

Workforce Democracy: Put heart back in the workplace

The Bumble Bee

Mark Dowds , from Brainpark , is a leading thinker and practitioner in the emerging area of Workforce Democracy - an innovation which is beginning to radically change work places by replacing 'command and control' with self-organisation.

My Favorite Tweets for June 1 - 15 2011

Portals and KM

Social Democracy: White House Learns To Listen [link]. 25 Women Who Rock Social Media in 2011 [link]. Here is another in a series of posts that provide access to my favorite tweets that contain links to useful information.    Some of these I did to link to things I found useful and others are RTs that I want to save for the same reason. Since Twitter archiving is an oxymoron, I am now going to post my favorite links for the month so they can be easily accessed later.

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The Democracy Project

How to Save the World

He sees OWS and its sister movements in Europe and the Mideast as important experiments in rediscovering the potential of a real democracy, and a society which retains real freedoms, even at a cost. What is democracy, in its essence? Democracy was never really “invented” at all.

Democracy in learning at KnowHow NonProfit: request your own course

Social Reporter

There were inspirational keynotes and a wealth of instructive workshops at the Third Sector Social Media Convention this week – and also some interesting offerings from exhibitors.

Occupy Wall Street – The Revolution is Twittervised

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

In this article, I’m looking at process vs product journalism, representational democracy falling over, the demise of capitalism, authoritarian aspects of traditional media AND online community hosts e.g. Twitter and the newly found power of Crowd Activism.

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The Social Enterprise – Welcome to the Era of Intrapreneurship!


Social is not about anarchy ; it’s about freedom and democracy and innovation.

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How People Define Smart Organizations: The Biology of Great Organizations Part II

Alchemy of Change

You might even say it is the next phase in the evolution of democracy; one that will extend its reach beyond the public realm and into the private sector. We can learn a lot about organizations from biology.

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A Cure for Listless Tweeting: “Tweet to List”

Alchemy of Change

Some care about CRM but not democracy. When I go on a big tweet fest on democracy for a few days, my CRM-loving followers may start to wonder whether following me was such a great idea – and may even unfollow me as a result.

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The Great Unbundling and Collapse of Local Newspapers

Alchemy of Change

Or it may mean that wealthy individuals—entrepreneurs and philanthropists—will view newspaper ownership in a different light than most corporate leaders have: not as a profit making venture, but as a way to provide an important civic benefit that will help to sustain democracy.&#.

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If Companies are People, Where’s Their Soul?

Alchemy of Change

This legal fiction serves a number of practical purposes, but over time, the courts have gradually expanded the implications of corporate personhood in ways that undermine democracy in this country. Our democracy suffers today from the undo influence of money in our politics. The U.S.

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Local democracy is important: but will we vote for it?

Social Reporter

It’s a good time to talk about local democracy – whether the type you vote for, the type you get involved in, or both – and so I’m looking forward to the Create a Council event in London tomorrow evening. I’m not sure where YSM stands on local London councils, but earlier this year they were promoting the ideas that membership of the YSM mutual could help create 8000 local democracies.

Consumer No More: How the Web Changes Us

Alchemy of Change

We’ve used it for noble social change purposes, such as exposing violence and suffering in Kenya and other places, and organizing movements for democracy in the Middle East and throughout the world. The web has changed a lot of things about the way we consume media.

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Facebook: Iceland Constitution and Gov 2.0

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Mayor Giuliani of New York circa 2011, Premier Anna Bligh during Queensland’s natural disasters. By the way, is representational democracy dead? Iceland have turned to social media to ask the population to crowdsource writing Iceland’s new constitution.

The Bank of Facebook

Alchemy of Change

Democracy Engagement Innovation Mission NetworksThis morning I followed a link to an article on ZDNet, somewhat disingeniously titled “Zuckerberg says it’s time for Facebook to become a “Social Business.&# Wow, I thought, could Facebook really be up to something innovative here – a breakthrough in governance and funding to better align the firm with the long-term interests of its customers who already invest so deeply in the service in non-financial ways?

Media Trust explains how local news hubs will work

Social Reporter

Establishing a more collaborative relationship between news organisations, individuals and civil society should be encouraged in order to enable participation, increase effective engagement, expand the public sphere, and enhance democracy. The Big Lottery grant of £1.89

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BIG’s People Powered Change may catalyse a more bottom-up big society

Social Reporter

This aims at developing “8000 local democracies&# for community-based action through a mix of advice, signposts to funding, local web sites and benefits for anyone who joins the mutual. Any new programmes developed during 2011 and beyond will meet the aims set out under People Powered Change. With the launch this week of People Powered Change , the Big Lottery sets out its plans for a distinctive niche in the Big Society agenda , supporting local bottom-up community projects.

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Shadow Elite

Net-Map Toolbox

The full title is: Shadow Elite: How the World’s New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market. Interesting and scary book by Janine R. Wedel. She looks at the revolving door through which a small number of powerful individuals move between jobs in government, as lobbyists and industry and back to government positions, blurring the lines between government and industries, public and private interest.

The Metamovement: Moving Beyond Marches and People in the Street

How to Save the World

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The Metamovement’s Message: “We’re Not Buying It Any More”

How to Save the World

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My Favorite Tweets for June 15 - 30 2011

Portals and KM

Boston 2011: Performance, Passion and People [link] #e20 #socbiz. Conf 2011 Day 3 @absolutesubzero [link] #e2conf. Boston 2011 Conf #e2conf [link]. Social Democracy: White House Learns To Listen [link]. Here is another in a series of posts that provide access to my favorite tweets that contain links to useful information.    Some of these I did to link to things I found useful and others are RTs that I want to save for the same reason.

Take that, Gladwell: Vinegar, onions, social networks, and soccer nuts a revolution do make

Endless Knots

" Excellent, detailed, and insightful reporting lays out the sequence by which, the online subhead reads*: "Two-year collaboration of dissidents gave birth to a new force — a pan-Arab youth movement dedicated to spreading democracy in a region without it."

Scenarios 2011 to 2022 – Media/Military Complex: New Year Resolve

21st Century Organization

Student scenarios: No More Secrets: Democracy evolves -- not with a bang, but with a wiki.(Insular Thom Shanker writes in Why We Might Fight, 2011 Edition . …

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Why the Metamovement Will Ultimately Fail

How to Save the World

Real democracy is, for all our efforts, rare in the world, and power inequality is staggering, growing by leaps and bounds, and almost unprecedented in human history. First edition of the Occupy Wall Street Journal. Full size copy and edition two here.

Love and Power

Alchemy of Change

Democracy Power RelationshipIn honor of Dr. King today: “Power, properly understood, is the ability to achieve purpose. It is the strength required to bring about social, political, or economic changes.

The Divine Right of Capital: Wealth Reigns

Alchemy of Change

The history of democracy is the history of people repeatedly and successfully challenging various forms of property rights. The Magna Carta limited the king’s ability to take other’s property and was a seminal moment in the history of democracy.

The Divine Right of Capital: Lords of the Earth

Alchemy of Change

“If equality under the law is the hallmark of democracy, privilege sanctioned by law is the hallmark of aristocracy.&# Democracy Good Companies Ownership capitalism corporations wealth

The Divine Right of Capital: The Corporation as Feudal Estate

Alchemy of Change

Democracy Good Companies capitalism corporationsAs I mentioned in my recent, original post , I just finished reading The Divine Right of Capital by Marjorie Kelly.

The Divine Right of Capital: The Sacred Texts

Alchemy of Change

Democracy Good Companies Mission Ownership capitalism corporationsI just finished reading The Divine Right of Capital by Marjorie Kelly. It’s one of those mind-opening books that deserves to be read by a large audience.

The Divine Right of Capital: Emerging Property Rights

Alchemy of Change

Locke was a founding theorist of democracy, and we can no longer afford to allow him to be used by wealth-rights absolutists. Democracy Good Companies Mission Ownership capitalism corporations

The Divine Right of Capital: Waking Up

Alchemy of Change

Democracy Good Companies Mission Ownership capitalism corporationsAs I mentioned in my original post , I just finished reading The Divine Right of Capital by Marjorie Kelly.

The Divine Right of Capital: Only the Propertied Class Votes

Alchemy of Change

Democracy Good Companies Mission capitalism corporationsAs I mentioned in my recent, original post , I just finished reading The Divine Right of Capital by Marjorie Kelly.

Your Square Mile aims for “8000 local democracies”

Social Reporter

The site says: Imagine 8,000 local democracies in which citizens, groups and local businesses are all interlinked and can actively share resources and create change.

Links of the Month: September 25, 2011

How to Save the World

Excerpts: Orlov: Democracy is really for people who are capable of self-governance. A lot of reading, this month, and not a lot to show for it.

Facebook and twitter aren’t the only networks that matter in Arab Spring

Net-Map Toolbox

My humble prediction is that you will have to look offline as well as online to find the networks that will shape the future of these countries: Existing and emerging leaders of different groups (both pro- and anti-democracy) will play distinct roles in negotiating the future.


How to Save the World

This is another post in my ongoing personal exploration of ‘who we (human beings) are’, how we got that way, and how, at the individual level, we might learn to better heal, better adapt, and better prepare ourselves for what’s to come. I ‘m a pretty fearful guy.

The cleansing of community development


    Citizenship and democracy Governance and participationThe other day I attended the launch of the Church Urban Fund’s new programme called Near Neighbours. The programme will disburse central government money in small grants through local parishes.

The Information Needs of Communities

Alchemy of Change

The 2011 Pew State of the Media report declared: “As a result of bankruptcies, private equity funds now own and operate a substantial portion of the industry. Part 1 of 5: This is the first in a five-part-series on the decline, fall and possible renaissance of local news.

First Your Square Mile sites up – privately

Social Reporter

The highly-ambitious Your Square Mile programme, that aims to help develop “8000 local democracies&# throughout the UK supported by new online systems, now has some of the first sites up in the pilot areas, using SocialGO.