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"Our point is a plea for a dialectical middle way... It means taking explicitly into account the conditions of our descriptions, whereby we switch back and forth between the organism as a system in its own internal logic, and the organism as a unity in its interactions. In this switch back and forth between these two distinct domains of description we, as observers, establish as valid certain fundamental constraints in the environment which the organism must satisfy."

-- Francisco Varela, Biologist, Philosopher and Neuroscientist (1946-2001)

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 04:20 AM

Resonant Guide

In 2004 (a long time ago), Imaginify noticed something . . .
on the horizon . . . Open Source Ecology!

Now, Marcin Jakubowski is finally featured on TED in 2011, "Open-sourced blueprints for civilization."

One day at a time . . . imagine if i . . . read the good news : )
"[T]he Global Village Construction Set,
building open source technologies for resilient communities
" !!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 02:40 PM

Emerging Systems


Gregory Bateson, 1904 – 1980

Saturday, January 01, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Creative Stimulus
Timescapes (2011)

Behind the Scenes of "TimeScapes"
"A shot of me [Tom Lowe] working on a timelapse shot last night."
Photo by Chris Mierzwinski (
© Tom Lowe @ [click photo above]

Wednesday, March 03, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Community Thrivability
“Thrivability... the designer's role... pays attention to... details of life hidden in the landscape... The invisible frontiers... where modernity has failed to make good on its promises... the wanderer around invisible peripheries, the witness and facilitator of emergent states.”
- "Design" by Joanna Guldi, Harvard Society of Fellows

Image: Public Domain

Tuesday, March 03, 2009 - 12:00 AM

Open Intellect
:: UPDATED JUNE 24TH 2009 ::

Meta-Manifesto – June 16, 2009 – In Development


Whitepaper – March 1, 2009 – Final Version

: Characteristics :
• Interdisciplinary •
• Collaborative •
• Socially Engaged •
• Timely and Relevant •

"The Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci
Public Domain

Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 02:00 PM

Creative Stimulus

"Autumn Treasures" by Trixi
(CC) Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic

"Re Ordering" by Trixi
(CC) Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic

Friday, January 23, 2009 - 12:00 AM

Awareness Research Peer-to-Patent is a pilot project in collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office. It was established in 2007 and recently extended/expanded to June 15, 2009. It is focused on helping the patent office perform high-quality examinations of pending patent applications by enlisting the public to help find and explain prior art.... Peer-to-Patent uses social software features to facilitate discussion amongst groups of volunteer experts. Users can upload prior art references, participate in discussion forums, rate other user submissions, add research references, invite others, and more. This helps the examiners focus their attention on the submission(s) of prior art that have the highest relevance to an application.

Beth Simone Noveck, Law Professor, and Director, Institute for Information Law and Policy, New York Law School launched the Peer to Patent: Community Patent Review project.

Incentives for submitting an application to the project include:
Expedited review. Public review begins one month after publication of the application. Review continues for four months, after which the patent examiner conducts an expedited examination of the patent application.
Potentially stronger patents. If Peer-to-Patent review works as expected, patents that survive the process have already undergone considerable scrutiny and will be less at risk of a successful challenge later.
Public service. Applicants can feel they are contributing to a valuable experiment in new models and technologies for public decision-making.

"The Peer-to-Patent Web site is built using open source technologies (RoR, MySQL, Linux OS). Hosted database/web servers, load balancers, and interactive features (threaded discussions, e-mail alerts, RSS feeds, social bookmarks, video clips, tagging, ratings, and more)."

Sponsors: CA, Inc., General Electric, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intellectual Ventures, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Microsoft, Omidyar Network, and Red Hat. content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 US License, except where otherwise noted.

Saturday, December 13, 2008 - 11:20 AM

Community Thrivability
An interesting post-typographical innovation...

Free EcoFont uses up to 20% less ink.
Results vary font size 9 or 10 is best depending on
your software and the quality of your screen...
Best for OpenOffice on Mac, PC, or Linux.
Distributed under GPL and based upon Bitstream Vera...

VeraSansSpecimen.svg by Sun Ladder

Also check out some new forges on the top right column... : )
BioForge, Digital Commons, Media Commons, Moving Images, Open GoogleCode, RubyForge,
ScienceCommons, ScientificCommons, Software Archive, SourceForge, WikiSpecies

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 - 07:54 PM


Monday, September 29, 2008 - 06:40 PM

Awareness Research
Giant Styrobot & Featured Stories & More

"Zoe and Styrobot, Looking Back - Rice University Art Gallery"
Source: Flickr • Photo by Mr. Kimberly
(CC) Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0

“Ironically, the robots actually critique
the very culture of which they are byproducts . . .
Every time something ships there’s a piece of
Styrofoam to keep it safe and sound . . .
I really look at these pieces as being
mechanical and robot in nature.
The result is a pretty poignant statement about what we buy . . .
and what we throw away.”

- Michael Salter, Associate Professor
Department of Digital Arts, University of Oregon
Time-lapse of "Art from Excess" at the San Jose Museum of Art.

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