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Are there alternative trajectories of technological development? A political ecology perspective

by Vasilis Kostakis*

Alternative technological systems could develop through the confluence of digital commons, peer-to-peer relations and local manufacturing capacity – but we need the integration of a political ecology perspective to face and overcome the challenges this transition implies… 726 more words


Life in the Cosmos

By Dr. Jeremy Holmes

Some time ago, I visited a friend who owns a Steinway baby grand piano. He told me about the history of the Steinway brand and the unlikely success of its orphaned and impoverished founder, but I could hardly pay attention. 1,226 more words

Art And Technology

Changing the way we 'school' ourselves

In this article, I am not going to be as heretical as Ivan Illich whose book ‘Deschooling Society’ (1971) gives examples of the ineffectual nature of institutionalized education. 365 more words

About this blog

This blog is intended to be partly about education. And I am an educator, at least in name. A nominal functionary of the education system for the past eleven years. 353 more words


Reflection 6.30.17

You know, there is an American myth that denies suffering and the sense of pain. It acts as if they should not be, and hence it devalues the… 17 more words


Mass schooling or De-schooling?

What does industrial-scale schooling mean?

“The establishment of more schools in Malaysia or Brazil teaches people the accountant’s view of the value of time, the… 474 more words


The Unexpected Neighbor

The Unexpected Neighbor

The remarkable social philosopher and Catholic priest Ivan Illich was once asked, “Given what you suggest about institutions, what is the best way to make change, violent revolution or gradual reform?” Illich answered, “Neither, the best way to bring change is to give an alternative story.” (in David Cayley’s, … 866 more words