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Fresh from the press..a great article about social media optimisation and the benefits.

P2P and Human Happines

By Michel Bauwens,,

The emergence of distributed networks, defined by capacity of agents to freely determine their actions and relations, and of the internet and the social web in particular, have created a new set of technological affordances creating a broad range of open knowledge and open design communities functioning according to a ‘peer to peer’ social logic. These communities have set in motion a new set of social processes for the creation of value, which we could summarize as peer production (the ability to produce in common), peer governance (the capacity to self-organize) and peer property (the capacity to make common production universally available).  The social web has created the possibility to create complex social services, and ‘productive systems’, through the global coordination and scaling of small group processes  of mass participation, moving them from the periphery of social life to its very center.

The aim of this paper is to describe the characteristics of this new social process, and to see how they are specifically related to the issue of human happiness.


Its very alarming. Here are some commentaries on this:

The Patriot Act,
Terrorism & the Bill of Rights

By Alan Shapiro


To the Teacher:

The Patriot Act is a hotly debated law very few have read and about which there is a good deal of ignorance and misunderstanding. Many questions have been raised about the new law. Among them: Does it violate the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution? And if it does, should the gravity of the terrorist threat require such extra-constitutional measures?

The opening exercise offers students an opportunity to learn something about the Patriot Act and to grapple with some of its controversial provisions. Two readings and the questions that follow aim to explore those and other provisions and a values conflict. Most Americans value the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. Most Americans also want to combat terrorist threats effectively. Can the latter be done without damage to the Bill of Rights and the Constitution?


American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, “USA Patriot Act

Issues for Campuses,”

American Bar Association, “USA Patriot Act: The Good, the Bad, and the Sunset,” John


American Civil Liberties Union, “Freedom under Fire: Dissent in Post-9/11 America,”

“Insatiable Appetite: The Government’s Demand for New and Unnecessary Powers after

September 11.”

“Unpatriotic Acts: The FBI’s Power to Rifle through your Records and Personal

belongings without telling you.”

American Libraries Association,

Congressional Research Service, The Library of Congress,

Council on Law in Higher Education,

Electronic Privacy Information Center,

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act,

FERPA@Ed.Gov and

USA Patriot Act,

Week Three Resources:

I have selected a first batch that demonstrates the integration of social media.

edu 2.0, meaning 'next generation education'.
Make teaching and learning more efficient and enjoyable.
Free web-based education site with comprehensive features for teachers, students and parents.
Anyone can teach and/or learn using the system, whether it's at school, at home, or on the move.

1) Sharing your story
Got a camera and some friends? Go have fun, and put the result on Viddler. Want some exposure for the movie you made at film school? Put it on Viddler—it gives you the opportunity to reach out to thousands of viewers online.

2) Making search results relevant
Since Viddler searches inside the content of videos, our users have a lot of flexibility when it comes to finding new material to watch. Search for any object, person, or place and the results will be staring you in the face with exactly what you wanted.

3) Bringing users together
Social networking is a big part of Viddler. Users can make friends and send messages to each other, but what really allows people to get their voice heard is timed commenting, which lets them discuss specific moments in a video, rather than just talking about the video as a whole.

Fourteen years ago The George Lucas Educational Foundation was created to celebrate and encourage innovation in schools. Since then we have discovered many creative educators, business leaders, parents, and others who were making positive changes not only from the top down but also from the bottom up. Since that time we have been telling their stories through our Web site, our documentary films, and Edutopia magazine.

Along the way, we listened and learned. Nothing is simple when strengthening and invigorating such a vast and complex institution as our educational system, but common ideas for improvement emerged. We've distilled those into this ten-point credo.

In the coming year, we will publish a series of essays that further explores each aspect of this agenda, with the hope that those on the frontlines of education can make them a part of their schools.

Engage: Project-Based Learning
Connect: Integrated Studies
Share: Cooperative Learning
Expand: Comprehensive Assessment
Coach: Intellectual and Emotional Guide
Learn: Teaching as Apprenticeship
Adopt: Technology
Reorganize: Resources
Involve: Parents
Include: Community Partners

The shape of things to come (already here in fact):

What is twidox?

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