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Personal Management Software destroys internet authenticity and democracy

The Bumble Bee

The aim is to create the perception of a (fake) upswell in sentiment on a given topic (a practice is known as astroturfing ). News & Media

Trust and Networks

Alchemy of Change

Democracy & Social Change Engagement, Relationships & Connection Networks & SystemsTrust makes networks work. In Trust We Trust.

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Workforce Democracy: Put heart back in the workplace

The Bumble Bee

On one hand we have worked hard in the western world to develop democracy under the foundations of authority, privacy, responsibility, and justice.

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.  I spot tested the reduced shortened urls and they all should work. I hope this is also useful for you. 

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The Democracy Project

How to Save the World

What is democracy, in its essence? David defines it this way: Democracy was not invented in ancient Greece. Voting is divisive.

Democracy in learning at KnowHow NonProfit: request your own course

Social Reporter

I stopped for a chat at the KnowHow NotProfit stand with head of operations Linden Muirhead, and multimedia content manager Cristina Tiberian.

Occupy Wall Street – The Revolution is Twittervised

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Why Governments Fear Social Media – the Demise of Representational Democracy. Not bad for a Sunday morning in rainy Sydney! God Forbid.

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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. But, as a self-employed individual, I am also on my own.

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

Alchemy of Change

We can learn a lot about organizations from biology. Yes, Virginia, there really is an organizational membrane. A Membrane Made of Humanity.

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A Cure for Listless Tweeting: “Tweet to List”

Alchemy of Change

Some care about CRM but not democracy. Some people care about sustainability, but not social networks. Sigh… Sound familiar to you? Tweet.

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The Great Unbundling and Collapse of Local Newspapers

Alchemy of Change

For it was in that year that newspaper revenues peaked at $48.6 billion. But technology was not the only culprit: greed also had much to do with it.

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If Companies are People, Where’s Their Soul?

Alchemy of Change

Last January’s Citizens United Supreme Court case is the latest example and it paints a sobering picture for the future of our democracy.

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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. Of course, electing representatives is just one way of engaging with the civic sphere. More recent coverage here.

Consumer No More: How the Web Changes Us

Alchemy of Change

The web has changed a lot of things about the way we consume media. Medium = Message. Media can be used both to create and to communicate. Great.

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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. Metagovernment is alive and well.

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.&# Turns out my hopes were misplaced. link] What do you think? What do I think? I think YES ! Why is this important? Tweet.

Media Trust explains how local news hubs will work

Social Reporter

The Big Lottery grant of £1.89 Read the backstory here , the original announcement , and the latest response from BIG’s CEO Peter Wanless.

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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. Credit due for transparency).

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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. Looking at some of her graphics , you can see that she conceptualizes the situation as a two-mode-network (though I’m not sure she uses the term…).

The Metamovement: Moving Beyond Marches and People in the Street

How to Save the World

METAMOVEMENT ORGANIZATION AND OPERATION. M onday evening I attended the General Assembly of Occupy Portland. The privilege is not abused. Marches.

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

How to Save the World

the capitalist oligopolies) to solve our problems is a recipe for disaster, fraud and bankruptcy. We’re not buying any of it any more.

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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. 

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." " These are big claims for a lede article in the paper of record.

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 Think 3D manufacturing and cloud computing.

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Why the Metamovement Will Ultimately Fail

How to Save the World

First edition of the Occupy Wall Street Journal. Full size copy and edition two here. ”). So where is this Metamovement going?

Love and Power

Alchemy of Change

Democracy Power RelationshipIn honor of Dr. King today: “Power, properly understood, is the ability to achieve purpose. Tweet.

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. Tweet.

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.&# Tweet.

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The Divine Right of Capital: The Corporation as Feudal Estate

Alchemy of Change

Democracy Good Companies capitalism corporationsChapter 3: The Corporation as Feudal Estate. The source of stockholder privilege is ownership.

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. Tweet.

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. Tweet.

The Divine Right of Capital: Waking Up

Alchemy of Change

Democracy Good Companies Mission Ownership capitalism corporationsChapter 7: Waking Up. This was more true in capitalism’s early days.

The Divine Right of Capital: Only the Propertied Class Votes

Alchemy of Change

Democracy Good Companies Mission capitalism corporationsChapter 4: Only the Propertied Class Votes. The 1919 “Dodge v. Ford Motor Co.&#

Your Square Mile aims for “8000 local democracies”

Social Reporter

I’ve now also written a summary of past developments over here on Our Society. I hope you’ll join in. All posts Big Society yoursquaremil

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

Protester waving Egyptian flag on Tahrir Square (copyright Jonathan Rashad). It’s like standing back in awe, watching a force of nature.


How to Save the World

I ‘m a pretty fearful guy. Here’s my thinking: Back when there were only a few million of our species, we had no real need for culture.

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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. So it’s obvious - invent and fund a de-politicised form of CD.

The Information Needs of Communities

Alchemy of Change

Part 1 of 5: This is the first in a five-part-series on the decline, fall and possible renaissance of local news. page 291 of the report). page 17).

First Your Square Mile sites up – privately

Social Reporter

Here’s screen shots from Todmorden. There is no central register of sites, but as examples here’s Liverpool8 , Manton , and Wigton.