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Communities Aren't Just Places, They're Social Networks - CityLab -
Cities are obviously more than just the sum of their physical assets — roads and bridges, offices, factories, shopping centers, and homes — working more like living organisms than jumbles of concrete. Their inner workings even transcend their ability to cluster and concentrate people and economic activity. As sociologist Zachary Neal of Michigan State University argues in his new book, The Connected City, cities are made up of human social networks. - Dave Witzel
Tips for building an open source community around your product | -
Taking the path of open source, and choosing your desired license, should be treated with the right respect and commitment. And as you open your codebase, the next most important item on the checklist is building a strong community of contributors and folks who care about the project. Remember this: your project community is only as strong as the contributing developers who help test, build, and maintain the platform. They promote, support, and push the limits of the platform. When building your contributor community for your open source product, there are a few things you should consider. - Dave Witzel
About the Center - Higher Ambition -
The Center for Higher Ambition Leadership is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and supporting a growing global community of leaders who have higher ambitions for themselves and their institutions. Higher-ambition leaders are driven by a sense of purpose that goes beyond achieving financial success. They aspire to build organizations that succeed in the marketplace by earning the respect, trust, and, commitment of their people, customers, communities, and investors. - Dave Witzel
Electric car groups eye collaboration over charging technology - -
Three of the world’s biggest electric-car makers are interested in collaborating on charging technology, following Tesla Motors’ decision to offer its patents to rivals in an attempt to promote the low-emission vehicles. Nissan and BMW, two of Tesla’s main competitors, are keen on talks with the US carmaker to co-operate on charging networks, sources at the three companies told the Financial Times. - Dave Witzel
All Our Patent Are Belong To You | Blog | Tesla Motors -
Given that annual new vehicle production is approaching 100 million per year and the global fleet is approximately 2 billion cars, it is impossible for Tesla to build electric cars fast enough to address the carbon crisis. By the same token, it means the market is enormous. Our true competition is not the small trickle of non-Tesla electric cars being produced, but rather the enormous flood of gasoline cars pouring out of the world’s factories every day. We believe that Tesla, other companies making electric cars, and the world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform. - Dave Witzel
Want To 'Scale' Social Impact? Then Give Away Your Trade Secrets - Forbes -
Dr. Sanjeev Arora is the founder and director of Project ECHO, an initiative to revolutionize community health care using video conferencing technology. At the core of ECHO’s approach is a set of practices and tools that enables networks of physicians and specialists to deliver care to the most remote and impoverished rural communities across the United States, and to monitor the outcomes of their treatment. Sanjeev’s business model might make an MBA student cringe: he gives away his intellectual property so that as many can copy him as possible. And he does so because Project ECHO is committed to elevating the social mission above organizational sustainability – or as Sanjeev refers to them, mission 1 and mission 2. Mission 2 always comes second. - Dave Witzel
Tesla, BMW And Nissan Are In Talks To Collaborate On Electric Car Charging Standards -
Electric cars make up a sliver of the total auto market, and automakers are wondering if standardizing the way the vehicles are charged might help them all boost sales. A week after Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk announced his company would make its electric-vehicle patents public in an attempt to promote the technology that lowers carbon emissions, top electric carmakers are reportedly coming together to figure out how to standardize electric car technology. - Dave Witzel
Why does big business want to save the world? | Lucy Seigle | Comment is free | The Observer -
By the end of play on Friday, the consumer goods behemoths had committed to zero net deforestation by 2020 through the reform of supply chains, phasing out hydro fluorocarbons from refrigeration by 2015, ending junk food ads aimed at under-12s by 2018 and called for a binding global climate deal ahead of international talks next year. - Dave Witzel
Open Platforms Fuel Startup Ecosystems | TechCrunch -
Companies face an inherent tension between being open or proprietary, but we’ve seen, again and again, that open systems can act as catalysts for entirely new businesses built on top of a popular platform. Earlier this month, we encountered examples of each approach, as Tesla Motors opened up its patents and Netflix decided to shut down, or at least severely limit access to its API. (To be fair though, Netflix makes a lot of valuable contributions to open source). Companies have their reasons for isolating or opening, but when you open a platform, innovation tends to happen. - Dave Witzel
NIH announces novel venture with drug companies to fight major diseases - The Washington Post -
The National Institutes of Health is undertaking an ambitious collaboration with private industry in an attempt to speed up the search for treatments for some of the world’s most devastating diseases — Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. The pilot projects announced Tuesday will involve the sharing of not only scientists but also of data, blood samples and tissue specimens among 10 rival companies, the federal government and several nonprofit groups and research foundations. - Dave Witzel
Michalski Shuttleworth Application - YouTube -
jerry michalski's application to shuttleworth foundation for the open global brain - Dave Witzel
GitHub forks and pulls: I do give a damn 'bout my reputation » GoDaddy Blog -
Why is acceptance of a pull request a high form of praise? It indicates that your code is believed to be sound. It says that your contribution solves a problem, and it means the original maintainer of the project thinks highly enough of your contribution to integrate your changes back into the main branch of the project. In other words, acceptance of a pull request is a nod of approval from the project’s maintainer, who feels your code will benefit the community. With GitHub, your work is measurable and viewable by the crowd — and contributes directly to your online reputation as a Web pro. - Dave Witzel
World's top electric car makers 'talk collaboration' -
Electric car-makers Nissan and BMW are keen to collaborate with rival Tesla after the US company agreed to share its patents with competitors, the Financial Times reported on Monday. - Dave Witzel
Despite green pledge, Wilmar partner continues to destroy forest for palm oil -
Analyzing satellite data, Greenomics found that both PT Sawindo Cemerlang and PT Sawit Tiara Nusa are clearing forests in Pohuwato Regency, located in Gorontalo, North Sulawesi. Independent data from Global Forest Watch confirms recent changes in forest cover in the area. - Dave Witzel
On To State for GM Boys & Girls Soccer -
When Should Donors Mitigate Private-Sector Risk? | Center For Global Development -
These arguments are all set out in a bit more detail in a note I am writing in response to an informal request from one of the organisations which is thinking about this. The note will also explain why aid agencies might tend to make the wrong choice. Here is the current draft - it is a Google doc, but I don't think you need a Google login to access it. I'm working on this now (which is why I want feedback) - Dave Witzel
Who's Afraid of Peer Review? -
I know because I wrote the paper. Ocorrafoo Cobange does not exist, nor does the Wassee Institute of Medicine. Over the past 10 months, I have submitted 304 versions of the wonder drug paper to open-access journals. More than half of the journals accepted the paper, failing to notice its fatal flaws. Beyond that headline result, the data from this sting operation reveal the contours of an emerging Wild West in academic publishing. - Dave Witzel
NCDD Community News » Collective Impact: A Game Changing Model for the Social Sector -
I recently asked NCDD supporting member Marty Jacobs to write a primer for the NCDD blog on “collective impact.” This strategy for large-scale collaborative change has been gaining momentum among funders and nonprofit thought leaders, and we wanted to make sure NCDD members are aware of the concept. - Dave Witzel
» 31 reasons why you should blog about your research The Sociological Imagination -
It helps you become more clear about your ideas. It gives you practice at presenting your ideas for a non-specialist audience. It increases your visibility within academia. It increases your visibility outside academia and makes it much easier for journalists, campaigners and practitioners to find you. It increases your visibility more than a static site and allows people who find you to get an overall sense of your academic interests. - Dave Witzel
Former Microsoft Privacy Chief Says He No Longer Trusts The Company - HotHardware -
Bowden was in charge of privacy at Microsoft, and oversaw the company's efforts in that area in more than 40 countries, but claims to have been unaware of the PRISM program's existence while he worked at the company. In the two years since leaving Microsoft, Bowden has ceased carrying a cell phone and become a staunch open source user, claiming that he no longer trusts a program unless he can see the source. - Dave Witzel
Digital Agenda for Europe - European Commission -
The Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation (CAPS) are ICT systems leveraging the emerging "network effect" by combining open online social media, distributed knowledge creation and data from real environments ("Internet of Things") in order to create awareness of problems and possible solutions requesting collective efforts, enabling new forms of social innovation. The Collective Awareness Platforms are expected to support environmentally aware, grassroots processes and practices to share knowledge, to achieve changes in lifestyle, production and consumption patterns, and to set up more participatory democratic processes. Although there is consensus about the global span of the sustainability problems that are affecting our current society, including the economic models and the environment, there is little awareness of the role that each and every one of us can play to ease such problems, in a grassroots manner. - Dave Witzel
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institutions for collective action can be a suitable way to govern resources sustainably and efficiently, depending on the type of resource and the circumstances - Dave Witzel
Platforms for collective action in multiple-use common-pool resources - Springer -
The establishment of “platforms for resource use negotiation” is a way of dealing with complex natural resource management problems. Platforms arise when stakeholders perceive the same resource management problem, realize their interdependence in solving it, and come together to agree on action strategies for solving the problem (Röling, 1994). - Dave Witzel
People, passion and learning to fail: Opening up with Dries Buytaert | -
Drupal, the open source platform he developed 13 years ago, has grown immensely, now underpinning around 1 in 50 websites and a huge community of developers. Sites running on Drupal range from the White House and NBC, to the EU's Digital Agenda site—and indeed my own site. - Dave Witzel
EMVCo, owned by American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, UnionPay and Visa, manages, maintains and enhances the EMV®1 Integrated Circuit Card Specifications to ensure global interoperability of chip-based payment cards with acceptance devices including point of sale terminals and ATMs. - Dave Witzel
EMV - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
It is a joint effort initially conceived between Europay, MasterCard and Visa to ensure the security and global interoperability of chip based payment cards. Europay International SA was absorbed into MasterCard in 2002. The standard is now defined and managed by the public corporation EMVCo LLC. JCB (formerly Japan Credit Bureau) joined the organization in December 2004, and American Express joined in February 2009. In May 2013 China UnionPay was announced as its latest member[1] with UnionPay now having an equal 1/5 interest in the standards body along with Visa, MasterCard, American Express and JCB. IC card systems based on the EMV specification are being phased in across the world, under names such as "IC Credit" and "Chip and PIN". - Dave Witzel
Democracy Digest » Global Trends 2030: decline in US power, but ‘new era of democratization’ -
Global megatrends could be leading to a new era of democratization, according to a new report from the U.S. government’s National Intelligence Council. - Dave Witzel
Modeling the Rise in Internet-based Petitions - -
Collective action taking place on Internet platforms leaves a digital imprint which may be harvested to better understand the dynamics of mobilization. This ‘big data’ offers social science researchers the potential for new forms of analysis, using real-time transactional data based on entire populations, rather than sample-based surveys of what people think they did or might do. This paper uses a big data approach to track the growth of about 20,000 petitions to the UK Government over two years, analyzing the rate of growth and the outreach mechanism. - Dave Witzel
working better together -
The success of these organizations (whose stories we share later in this publication) show s that when it comes to achieving progress on difficult issues, working together beats working alone. W h en people reach across the lines that too often divide organizations and sectors , they tap into new ideas and new resources and create new partnerships that can help them achieve their goals . - Dave Witzel
Red Hat Grows Linux Revenues, Displacing Unix and SUSE - Datamation -
Red Hat reported its second quarter fiscal 2014 earnings late Monday, once again showing continued demand for the company's Linux and open source technologies. Red Hat's CEO used the call as an opportunity to detail the competitive landscape as well as identifying where business is coming from. - Dave Witzel
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