Top Demos Downloads - June 2004

The top five Demos downloads for June 2004 were:1. Disablism - Paul Miller, Sophia Parker and Sarah Gillinson2. A Child's Place - Gillian Thomas and Guy Thompson3. Postmodern State and the World Order - Robert Cooper4. Open Source Democracy - Douglas Rushkoff5. Personalisation through Participation - Charles Leadbeater

Posted by Paul Miller on 01 Jul 2004
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Fruit Mobbing

I came across an interesting spin on the idea of smart mobs while I was in New Zealand. Groups of casual workers who are employed picking fruit in areas like Hawke's Bay use mobile phones to gain leverage over employers. They will text each other the wage that different growers are offering per basket that day, and then go and work for whoever is paying best, leaving other growers in the lurch. It goes to show that even in industries like horticulture, technology can still have a very dis...

Posted by Paul Joseph on 30 Jun 2004
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We interrupt this service...

As Duncan mentioned, we're in the process of moving office so apolgies if we're a bit naff at answering phone calls or emails over the next few days. It's because we're busy playing paper/scissors/stone over who sits where in the new place.

Posted by Paul Miller on 29 Jun 2004
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Roundies and Squaries

The Guardian carries the think-tank version of the kiss-and-tell story today. Ellie Levenson, a former editor of the Fabian Review, pokes fun at think-tanks, examining their branding and categorising them as either 'roundies' or 'squaries'. I tried to gather some opinion on the subject, but everyone's busy enjoying the last of the Waterloo puddles before the big move...

Posted by Duncan O'Leary on 28 Jun 2004
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The De-Networked Worker

Interest in the ideas contained within the Demos Collection on networks continues to grow. Well, actually, this is slightly cheating, as this article on the Employers for Work-Life Balance website is by one of the editors of said publication, but hopefully will still serve to spread the word. I've developed some of the ideas from my essay on women's networks by thinking about how they relate to the pursuit of that elusive entity: work-life balance. In brief, working flexibly, I argue,...

Posted by on 28 Jun 2004
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Whitehall Wiki

This is the first example I've come across of a government department or quango using a wiki for consultation purposes. How long before we follow suit? We should definitely try this for one or two Demos projects.

Posted by on 28 Jun 2004
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Demos attempt vote-rigging scandal

Prospect are running one of those list things (Greatest Britons, The Big Read, Sexiest Movie Moments...) to find Britain's top public intellectual. They've picked 100 and you get to vote for your top 5 by July 12th. [via iWire]

Posted by Paul Miller on 28 Jun 2004
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Naughton & Network Logic

A thoughtful review of our networks collection from John Naughton in yesterday's Observer. He makes a fair criticism, namely that: "The term 'network' is one of those words whose very ubiquitousness allows it to escape careful definition. The fact that everyone is assumed to understand it means that nobody ever feels obliged to explain it carefully. This is not entirely true of the Demos essayists, but even when they deign to define, they let it slip away."

Posted by on 28 Jun 2004
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Top Demos Downloads - May 2004

It's always interesting to watch our webstats and see what people are downloading from the Demos catalogue. The top five downloads for May 2004 were:1. Personalisation Through Participation - Charles Leadbeater2. The Postmodern State and the World Order - Robert Cooper3. Girlfriends in High Places - Helen McCarthy4. Open Source Democracy - Douglas Rushkoff5. Network Logic - Helen McCarthy, Paul Miller and Paul Skidmore (eds)

Posted by Paul Miller on 24 Jun 2004
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From Middle Earth to Model Earth

I'm in New Zealand, where I've been speaking at a forum to mark the launch of the Pure Business Project, a new initiative focused on creating an environment in which small and medium sized enterprises (which account for around 40 per cent of New Zealand's GDP and employment) can thrive.What is remarkable about the project is how closely it echoes some of the themes in Jake's work and the wider Demos canon about how policy formation and implementation should be done:Establishin...

Posted by Paul Joseph on 24 Jun 2004
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