[kwlug-disc] "Open Source Economics" talk

Paul Nijjar paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca
Fri May 20 23:48:48 EDT 2011

Sorry about not changing the subject on that last post. 

In other news, I have been attending some of the "Innovators in
Action" series talks put on by SiG -- the Social Innovation Group at
the University of Waterloo. There is another one of their talks coming
up on June 9: 


I don't know whether this talk is just appropriating the name "open
source" or not. It looks like it will be pretty hippy-dippy, but it
could be informative all the same. Here is the talk summary.

* * * 
Open Source Economics Looking for Meaning in a Throwaway World with
Stephen Quilley

For two hundred years, people have experienced the flip-side of
material prosperity as a loss of meaning – alienation, the loss of a
sense of self-sufficiency, the feeling of being a cog in a vast
machine. Stephen’s talk will explore the significance of this quest
for meaning – a meaningful relationship with other people, with our
environment and with the products that we make, use and consume. In
his talk he will compare “Transition Towns” with the growing
popularity of home-schooling, the radical-fringe of the Do-It-Yourself
(DIY) movement, the emergence of ‘collaborative’ forms of consumption
and a unique Kansas-based experiment in 'Open Source Ecology' (open
sourcing the technology of modern material culture for production,
maintenance and repair at home).

* * * 

- Paul


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