Tuesday, November 10, 2009


I've posted Douglas Ruskoff before because he is part of a growing movement that has been labeled a "peeracy" where people are finding new ways to collaborate.

Back in my activist days I learned that property and proprietorship were an iron-clad and unalterable way of institutionalized life in America and that if you wanted something better one would have to look beyond the corporate forms. It also seemed that inertia-laden and interest-ridden governments would be the last to catch on.

But, lo and behold, change may actually be emerging in Brazil with highest level government leadership under the guise of digital inclusion. I've run this Lula speech before. If you missed it please give it your 15 minutes. Even if you disagree, I know that you'll be delighted and entertained to see how this old lathe operator with a 4th grade education woos an audience of intellectuals.

OK, you say that's just a pep rally? Mere political rhetoric? Not so! In Brazil they are actually starting to build these ideas into the actual process of promulgating new public policies. Here is Jose Murilo of the Brazilian Ministry of Culture explaining the evolution of the process at a recent global open source conference in Barcelona, Spain.

ECO-RAMA is a good English language website where you can stay informed about the evolution of digital culture in Brazil (and other interesting stuff like this).

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