FWD: Episode 92: Niels ten Oever on Human Rights, Open Source, and Digital Infrastructure

“But, as open source developers know, the most central part in this are actually people.”


Global Cultural Economy

The interrelationship between culture and economy across the world.

C. De Beukelaer and K. M. Spence,  (Routledge, 2018) New Books in World Affairs


FWD: 130 – How to Price Your Work — with Tom Hirst The Futur with Chris Do

When it comes to talking about money, a lot of creative folk tend to get uncomfortable. Many of us believe that the work should speak for itself. And that the cost of something correlates with how long it takes to produce.

But that’s not always true.

There are plenty of ways to bill for your work. Hourly, daily, fixed price, value-based, and retainer. There’s even the good old barter system.

Which way is the best? And is it fair and ethical to not bill for the time you spend on something?

If these are questions you struggle with answering, then you are in the right place.

Our guest, Tom Hirst, is a freelance web developer, author, and mentor. Beyond building custom websites, his specialty is pricing. How to think about it and how to talk about it with your clients.

The Futur with Chris Do

024: Managing Knowledge & Data for Continuous Improvement


FWD: Dylan Field – The Growing Importance of Design – [Founder’s Field Guide, EP.14] Invest Like the Best

Blog Podcasts

Political Economy research notes (draft)

“Less is more” – by Jason Hickel Political Economy Podcast

Some takeaways:

A living system is not dependent only on growth but on sustainable distribution. This is what our current market economy has wrong. Our economy’s dependence on economic growth…and obsession with GDP as a success indicator although it was explicitly warned not to be used for determining welfare and living standards.

Despite economic growth and innovation being cited in our mainstream discourse as a driving force behind an increase in living standards around the globe. Meanwhile, life expectancy was largely due to distribution of public goods (ie – water systems, public education, universal healthcare – medicare/medicaid in USA).

Reciprocity in nature is based on not taking more than we are giving back to ensure sustainability in our living system.

Proposal: Global minimum wage and maximum wage based on multiplier.

From this podcast, I learned that decoupling capital from growth and instead rebalancing distribution will restructure the current economic paradigm into optimal health and a sustainable growth rate for the entire living system valued as a whole. We cant throw more money at the problem without realigning the incentives to maximize public interests for equitable utility distribution. This can be done without sole ownership by the state or solely by the private sector. In other words, it does not imply throwing out the private sector or market economy entirely, or private property rights. Likewise, it also does not mean throwing out the government, and public goods and services that more broad-based growth also depends on.

At the State level, the role of governance is financed through selling government bonds. This requires the government to grow to pay back on the private interest to those lenders or bond purchasers.

Does business or organizational governance have to adopt the same financing methods if competing with the current economic structure or is there a better way?

Neoliberalism – when the state agrees with the accumulative goals of capital. The purpose of the government is to boost exchange value and the growth of corporations.

Global North and South


SPI 385: The Next BIG Thing for Marketers Is . . . Email? – Smart Passive Income


Sustain Episode 51: Working in Public: Nadia Eghbal and her new book about Making and Sustaining Open Source Software

Nadia Eghbal, author of the seminal work Roads and Bridges, came on to talk to us about her new book, Working in Public.

Source: Sustain Episode 51: Working in Public: Nadia Eghbal and her new book about Making and Sustaining Open Source Software



Quadratic Crowdfunding

Here’s a show for you… Episode 50: Gitcoin, Quadratic Funding, and how Crypto can sustain Open Source Sustain

20:00 – Quadratic Funding

Optimal way of democratically funding public goods

Matching Sponsor funding pools for campaigns based on X

Matching funds based on number of contributors not amount of contributions

Articles Podcasts

Don Goodman-Wilson “Open Source is Broken”

“What does a people-centric collaborative software development model look like? I’d like to explore some basic properties that such a model ought to have, as a starting place for building new institutions to support productive, non-exploitative software development.”

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