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"What is the IndieWeb?

The IndieWeb is a people-focused alternative to the ‘corporate web’.

Your content is yours
When you post something on the web, it should belong to you, not a corporation. Too many companies have gone out of business and lost all of their users’ data. By joining the IndieWeb, your content stays yours and in your control.

You are better connected
Your articles and status messages can go to all services, not just one, allowing you to engage with everyone. Even replies and likes on other services can come back to your site so they’re all in one place.

You are in control
You can post anything you want, in any format you want, with no one monitoring you. In addition, you share simple readable links such as These links are permanent and will always work.

Beyond Blogging and Decentralization

The IndieWeb effort is different from previous efforts/communities:

• Principles over project-centrism. Others assume a monoculture of one project for all. We are developing a plurality of projects.

• Selfdogfood instead of email. Show before tell. Prioritize by scratching your own itches, creating, iterating on your own site.

• Design first, protocols & formats second. Focus on good UX & selfdogfood prototypes to create minimum necessary formats & protocols."
web  online  internet  independent  openweb  via:kissane  ownership  selfdogfood  plurality  indieweb  privacy  data  content 
april 2016 by robertogreco
'I Love My Label': Resisting the Pre-Packaged Sound in Ed-Tech
"I’ve argued elsewhere, drawing on a phrase by cyborg anthropologist Amber Case, that many of the industry-provided educational technologies we use create and reinforce a “templated self,” restricting the ways in which we present ourselves and perform our identities through their very technical architecture. The learning management system is a fine example of this, particularly with its “permissions” that shape who gets to participate and how, who gets to create, review, assess data and content. Algorithmic profiling now will be layered on top of these templated selves in ed-tech – the results, again: the pre-packaged student.

Indie ed-tech, much like the indie music from which it takes its inspiration, seeks to offer an alternative to the algorithms, the labels, the templates, the profiling, the extraction, the exploitation, the control. It’s a big task – an idealistic one, no doubt. But as the book Our Band Could Be Your Life, which chronicles the American indie music scene of the 1980s (and upon which Jim Groom drew for his talk on indie-ed tech last fall), notes, “Black Flag was among the first bands to suggest that if you didn’t like ‘the system,’ you should simply create one of your own.” If we don’t like ‘the system’ of ed-tech, we should create one of our own.

It’s actually not beyond our reach to do so.

We’re already working in pockets doing just that, with various projects to claim and reclaim and wire and rewire the Web so that it’s more just, more open, less exploitative, and counterintuitively perhaps less “personalized.” “The internet is shit today,” Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde said last year. “It’s broken. It was probably always broken, but it’s worse than ever.” We can certainly say the same for education technology, with its long history of control, measurement, standardization.

We aren’t going to make it better by becoming corporate rockstars. This fundamental brokenness means we can’t really trust those who call for a “Napster moment” for education or those who hail the coming Internet/industrial revolution for schools. Indie means we don’t need millions of dollars, but it does mean we need community. We need a space to be unpredictable, for knowledge to be emergent not algorithmically fed to us. We need intellectual curiosity and serendipity – we need it from scholars and from students. We don’t need intellectual discovery to be trademarked, to a tab that we click on to be fed the latest industry updates, what the powerful, well-funded people think we should know or think we should become."
2016  audreywatters  edupunk  edtech  independent  indie  internet  online  technology  napster  history  serendipity  messiness  curiosity  control  measurement  standardization  walledgardens  privacy  data  schools  education  highered  highereducation  musicindustry  jimgroom  ambercase  algorithms  bigdata  prediction  machinelearning  machinelistening  echonest  siliconvalley  software 
march 2016 by robertogreco
Poetry, Fiction, Literary Non-Fiction : Small Press Distribution
"When you buy a book from Small Press Distribution, you don't just get something terrific to read: you help independent publishers and writers keep more money from their projects, which in turn helps nurture and sustain the literary arts as a whole.

Because we're a nonprofit, everything we do is aimed at helping essential but underrepresented literary communities participate fully in the marketplace and in the culture at large. We do this by offering book distribution, information services, and public advocacy programs to hundreds of small publishers.

Buy a book from SPD, enjoy a great read, and support the literary community!
At SPD, we connect readers with writers through independently published literature. Founded in 1969, SPD is currently the only distributor in the country dedicated exclusively to independently published literature."
books  literature  publishing  smallpressdistribution  publishers  independent  nonprofit  distribution  spd  poetry  fiction  nonprofits 
february 2013 by robertogreco
Toward Independence – Indiecade 2012 | Molleindustria
"There is a practical way to conceptualize the immensity & absurdity of this continuum. I borrow it from the Utopian & Anarchist thought.

Utopia is by definition unattainable but it provides a direction.

Utopia is a tiny flickering mirage at the horizon.

By the time you reach it Utopia already moved forward…yet an utopian idea is fundamental because it provides a direction.

It encourages you to a constant tactical engagement with the status quo. It pushes you to continuously break away from the forces & entities that make us miserable & are screwing up the world.

This is how I like to think about independence in gaming and in culture.

Not a status but a tension and a direction to pursue.

And the corollary is that we should not be here at these indie festivals to celebrate our little club, to exchange tricks on how to milk the indie brand for profit.

No: we should be here to conspire about how we can be *more* autonomous. About how we can move another steptoward independence."
freedom  independent  indie  corporations  post-fordism  alienation  creativework  automation  capital  autonomy  fordism  history  paolopedercini  cv  improvement  purpose  values  utopian  utopianism  utopianthinking  indiegames  anarchism  control  power  economics  videogames  molleindustria  2012  direction  vision  utopia  capitalism  labor  creativelabor  creativity  making  gamedesign  games  purity  vectors 
december 2012 by robertogreco
Outside the mainstream | independent project spaces and artist-run initiatives in Japan |
"Japan has major contemporary art museums, but also very interesting smaller independent art initiatives and exhibition spaces, which play an important role in the creation of discourse in the field of contemporary art. It is particularly difficult to start and run such initiatives in Japan, usually reliant on the commitment of dedicated individuals. This article aims to give an insight into some of those non-commercial art spaces. How is it to work in such a space? How are they financed? And why do these people put their energy and money into such projects?"
glvo  japan  art  tokyo  ongoing  youkobo  cas  osaka  itoshima  studios  studiokura  residencies  independent  2011  lcproject 
november 2011 by robertogreco
Motivating Students to Get Behind the Counter
"The clarifying metaphor that strikes me, however, is that autonomy, mastery, and purpose — which are really the core ingredients of generative thinking — can be made available to students if we can get our young people out of the single-file line that has formed in front of the counter and motivate them to grab an apron and explore what’s behind the counter."
teaching  learning  autonomy  motivation  danielpink  carriezuberbuhlerkennedy  mastery  purpose  inquiry  relevance  tcsnmy  generativethinking  thinking  unschooling  deschooling  independent  caroldweck  flow  intrinsicmotivation  inquiry-basedlearning  mihalycsikszentmihalyi  choices  studentdirected  student-led  student-centered  assessment  grades  grading  effort  risktaking 
april 2010 by robertogreco
Y2K, Dot-com Party Sushi, and Vodka Luges - Food Media - - CHOW
"When the ball drops on January 1, we’ll be entering a new decade. Isn’t it funny to think that just 10 years ago we were eating sushi all the time, working at dot-coms, and wearing high-tech-looking shoes with wavy Space Age soles? Imagine if somebody had told us that beards, pickles, and backyard chickens would be cutting-edge, 2010 fashion. busted out the time capsule to investigate more of what we were eating and drinking in 1999, and how it’s changed. Take a look…"

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food  trends  00s  2000s  lists  diy  frugality  simplicity  affordability  organics  drink  fish  seafood  sustainability  local  farmersmarkets  restaurants  starbucks  independent  pop-uprestaurants  beer  wine  smoking  diet 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Independent Puget Sound Community School frees kids to choose own paths
"freewheeling center of self-directed education in Seattle - which makes Montessori seem regimented - goal is to honor students' individual learning styles while ensuring they meet state academic requirements...In keeping with school's emphasis on personal responsibility & choice, students can opt out of service projects & spend Weds studying independently. Each student has 131 hrs annually that can be spent away from school & used at their discretion...students say school's approach requires motivation & considerable work to ensure they're learning...there are no counselors to track credits...Not all of its 5 staff instructors are certified teachers, a qualification Smallman sees as unnecessary, possibly even counterproductive...said the school doesn't track how many of its graduates go on to higher ed, but doesn't see that as ultimate measure of its success...gauges that instead on whether past & present students are "satisfied with their position in life -- whatever that may be."
tcsnmy  constructivism  learning  alternative  pscs  pugetsoundcommunityschool  seattle  washingtonstate  lcproject  deschooling  schools  unschooling  highschool  independent  indepentlearning  self-directed  self-directedlearning 
october 2009 by robertogreco
edublogs: Creativity as an egotistical, solitary, (profitable) endeavour
"The idea that the best creative thought can come from not working in a team, from not working collaboratively, but is derived from solitude and being headstrong with one's peers, pushing one's own ideas through regardless of whether "the team" feels comfortable with it is, in many education circles (and professional ones), treated as a selfish, dirty, shameful notion to possess.
collaboration  ego  creativity  productivity  attention  distraction  independence  independent 
april 2009 by robertogreco
The geneticist in the garage | Technology | The Guardian
"Meredith Patterson is not your typical genetic scientist. Her laboratory is based in the dining room of her San Francisco apartment. She uses a plastic salad spinner as a centrifuge and Ziploc plastic bags as airtight containers for her samples. But the genetically modified organism (GMO) she is attempting to create on a budget of less than $500 (£350) could provide a breakthrough in food safety.
via:preoccupations  biotechnology  diybio  science  diy  independent  activism  biology  biotech  biohacking  genetics  publicdomain 
march 2009 by robertogreco
Bank Street College of Education [see also the school:]
"Bank Street College of Education was founded in 1916 as the Bureau of Educational Experiments. Our founder, Lucy Sprague Mitchell, convinced that public schools were not serving children well, set out, with a group of like-minded colleagues, to discover the environments in which children grow and learn to their full potential, and to educate teachers and others to create these environments. From those small beginnings as an experimental nursery school staffed by teachers, psychologists, and researchers, Bank Street grew over the years, adding programs and projects, more students, both adults and children, creating materials for and about children in many media, and influencing the design and implementation of such national educational programs as Head Start and Follow Through."
education  independent  schools  teaching  progressive  johndewey  nyc 
january 2009 by robertogreco
MAKE: Blog: Etsy Workshop Talk: The Global Microbrand
"Etsy in Brooklyn, NY will be hosting a talk at the Etsy Labs Monday night with Antonio Gould, an English new media educator, It's all about indie businesses using the web to stay small yet thrive!""
etsy  events  business  glvo  web  internet  online  socialsoftware  socialnetworks  independent  networking  podcasts  blogging 
june 2007 by robertogreco
Wiiiiiiiii!: Nintendo Opens Wii to Indie Developers - Gizmodo
"Just as some traditionally open companies close the door to third-party developers, the traditionally closed Nintendo will open WiiWare in early 2008."
nintendo  wii  developers  videogames  games  play  programming  independent 
june 2007 by robertogreco - Online distribution company for independent film and television
"Dovetail gives independent work the exposure its filmmakers and producers crave, while offering audiences new and compelling entertainment experiences, all in DVD and HD quality."
art  community  diy  DVD  entertainment  film  free  independent  media  movies  music  online  radio  sharing  tv  video  web  television  social 
september 2006 by robertogreco
Why Schools Don’t Educate by John Taylor Gatto
"This article is the text of a speech by John Taylor Gatto accepting the New York City Teacher of the Year Award on January 31, 1990. It is reprinted with permission of the author."
schools  schooling  teaching  homeschool  children  learning  life  parenting  society  education  politics  sociology  psychology  independent  change  culture  community  curriculum  johntaylorgatto 
september 2006 by robertogreco
Revenge of the Nerds
"Eventually, they concluded that their courtship had to be immortalized--and that only a full-length feature film would suffice. The saga of Four Eyed Monsters, their self-directed, self-obsessed movie, had begun."
film  independent  digital  movies  business  social  communication  media  life 
july 2006 by robertogreco
Kids' Informal Learning with Digital Media
"The postdoctoral researcher will work as fieldworker/ethnographer on a project on “digital kids” and informal learning, which involves foundational research on how children and youth are using information and communication technologies and participat
youth  children  learning  education  independent  teens  communication  information  research 
march 2006 by robertogreco

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