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Fostering Fearlessness - Guerrilla Foundation #FearlessCities #municipalism

Why We Support the New Municipalist Movement & Why You Should Too

For most English speakers, the word municipality is an awkward, administrative word that usually rings hollow, and it is hard to imagine that it is a much more exciting word to native speakers of other languages. It is defined as ‘a single urban administrative division having corporate status and jurisdictions as granted by national and state laws to which it is subordinate’ – instantly evocative of Kafkaesque bureaucracy.

However, the latin etymology stems from mūnicipium, which means, free town, a town whose people were (Roman) citizens, governed by their own laws, and magistrates and it is

these ancient concepts of freedom, self-organisation and citizen-ownership that are the cornerstones of the New Municipalist Movement.

 

Ricardo Mendes

The Good Lobby Blog: The Go-To-Point for Online and Offline Activism – @TheGoodLobby

The Good Lobby fosters a global community of inspired and inspiring individuals and organisations sharing their talents, expertise and energy to empower citizens, grassroots, NGOs and unconventional coalitions to lobby for the public interest. It is a go-to-point both for online activism and for reflection on offline activism.

Ricardo Mendes

Ricardo Mendes

Ricardo Mendes

Ricardo Mendes

Commons in the time of monsters: How P2P Politics can change the world, one city at a time - Commons Transition

In a nutshell, this describes the argument that the 15-M/Occupy/Syntagma/various local movements are alive and well, albeit in distributed and less immediately apparent ways. For those willing to look, their effects are readily identifiable. Remember that not even six years have passed since the occupations; this isn’t a tale of hippies turning into yuppies. This is the story of a movement that refuses to take the news of its own demise as a binding contract.”

This article tells the story of a new way of doing politics distinct from the hierarchical, patriarchal political “options” of the present (your neoliberals, your Trumps or your verticalist left). It is the story of a P2P/Commons politics born out out of street protest movements and solidarity economics which has been able to gain power in a number of cities worldwide. But can this new P2P politics be taken to the next level? We argue that not only it can, but it may one of the most viable options to survive as a species and restore our relation to the planet.

Ricardo Mendes

Ricardo Mendes

The Internet Doesn’t Have to Be Bad for Democracy - MIT Technology Review

A new form of online survey uses crowdsourcing and data visualization to reveal the hidden nuances in partisan debates.

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Quand la coolitude des start-up se transforme en prolétariat nouvelle génération - et n'est en aucun cas de l'innovation !

C'est une forme d'organisation totalitaire, voire même sectaire. Dans ces structures, il y a la reproduction d'un même schéma avec un leader charismatique, incarné généralement par le fondateur de la société, autour duquel se crée un culte de la personnalité. 

Ricardo Mendes

Le pouvoir du nombre : vers une ONU 2.0 – 97network @UN

Manifeste pour une réforme de la Charte des Nations Unies et pour l’émergence d’une nouvelle génération de services publics numériques.

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