“In what may be one of the most innovative change programs in Latin America, the administration of Rafael Correa is proposing to transition from a neo-liberal, free market economic model to what they are calling a social knowledge economy based on a combination of commons-based economics and the promotion of open knowledge systems. It’s heady stuff and the project is placing Ecuador at the forefront of global efforts to advance human knowledge as a commons and to apply this knowledge to the creation of a new economic model based on the commons, co-operative models of production, open-source systems of sharing, and free access to information.”—John Restakis at P2P Foundation Blog. John Restakis and Michel Bauwens on the FLOK Society Transition Project in Ecuador (via protoslacker)
It’s becoming obvious that this year has been a bumper year for gall wasps. The underside of almost every oak leaf is coated with little brown dots. These, it turns out are silk button spangle galls and belong to just one of the forty two different types of wasp that induce galls on oak trees….