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I love fake

I love fake. During my last trip to Vietnam and China I just realised how much I love fakes and copies. I find them funny and innovative. Shoes, shirts, pants, belts, caps, even computers and telephones.. People are so creative. Actually what I love most is not the real looking fake. I love the real fake be it “Erke”, “Adiboss” or “Nuvea”. I took these pics in Doha, Qatar on December 13.

Unfortunately they did not have my size!

adiboss in Doha, Qatar, December 2007
White Adiboss shoes with stripes in different colors

adiboss in Doha, Qatar, December 2007
Brownish Adiboss shoes

erke in Doha, Qatar, December 2007
Blue Erke in Doha

All layers must be free in a a free civilization

Countless working examples of people creating free layers show the huge potential of free and open systems. However interior and exterior difficulties and problems in communities that are engaged in projects like in the free software world cannot always be overcome.

Successful as well as failed ideas and projects can teach invaluable lessons. To learn about the way people work together, their common ideas, differences and their culture as well as about the opposition to these ideas does not only teach us a lot about the successful organization of free layered projects, it could indeed teach us some basic lessons how a free society could work.

I believe a civilization where all layers are free, a civilization with a culture of free exchange and collaboration can guarantee a truly free society.

To know what difficulties lie ahead in the creation of a free civilization, or rather free societies, and what strategies and solutions are available, we should look for answers in the communities engaged in free layered projects that are already successful today as well as to projects that encountered problems, splitted up or even stopped working completely.

What are free layers?

Some questions should be answered that could help to understand what free layers actually are.

1. What is the common idea behind free culture, free content, free software, free hardware, free infrastructures and a free economy?

2. What are working examples of free layered projects and why do they work and others did not?

3. Who are the people engaged in communities building free layers?
a) What do the people in these communities identify as the basis for their project? Political changes, technological changes, cultural changes?
b) What do people engaged in projects have in common, what not? - ideas, organizational structures, background.
c) What is the motivation of people to take part in these projects?
d) What are the difficulties of people engaged in projects and how do they solve problems?
e) What communication technologies do they use primarily?
f) What common cultural particularities can be identified?
g) Where do the people involved meet, work and communicate?

4. What difficulties a systems of free layers face in regards to international treaties, patents and copyright laws and censorship?

Ein halbes Jahr Kuba: Was von meinen träumerischen Vorstellungen übrig blieb

Ich bin mittlerweile am Ende meines Aufenthaltes bei Fidel. Wenig ist geblieben von den träumerischen Vorstellungen, die ich hatte, als ich hier angekommen bin. Ich bin in vielerlei Hinsicht ernüchtert. Bereichernd ist sie in jedem Fall, die Erfahrung in einem Entwicklungsland gelebt zu haben – viele der täglichen Entbehrungen hautnah gespürt zu haben. Ich erinnere an das kubanische Durchschnittseinkommen von 15 Dollar im Monat. Gelebt zu haben in einem Land, das politisch einen anderen Weg geht, nämlich seinen eigenen. Das ist beeindruckend und bewundernswert.

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Zur wirtschaftlichen Situation Kubas: Offizielle Berichte und mein Abgleich mit der Realität

An dieser Stelle ist es vielleicht wertvoll, offizielle Berichte und persönliche Erfahrungen der kubanischen Realität abzugleichen. In meiner Fakultät hängt seit der Jahreswende eine Übersicht ökonomischer Indikatoren Kubas des Jahres 2006. Die meiner Meinung nach wichtigsten Zahlen lauten wie folgt: Wirtschaftswachstum 12.5%, Arbeitslosigkeit 2.5%, Investitionen in Bildung und Gesundheit erreichen Wachstumsraten von über 100%.

Free Society = Read-Write Society: A Culture of Openness and Free Collaboration

What made and makes the development of free software, free content and free infrastructures – alternatives to centralized systems of knowledge distribution and development possible? What made and makes the system of the many in contrast to the system of the few and powerful possible?

Venezuela war wie ein Paradies – die Rückkehr in die Zivilisation

Guter Kaffee, vernünftige Lebensmittel im Supermarkt, Breitband-Internetverbindungen, Einkaufszentren, moderne Autos – ein Land in Bewegung. Venezuela hatte im letzten Jahr ein Wirtschaftswachstum von 10% vorzuweisen, größtenteils bedingt durch starke Erdölexporte. Das Benzin kostet dort 0.03 Dollar pro Liter, den vielgebrauchten Pick-Up Truck lassen die Venezolaner also für etwa 3 Dollar volltanken.

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