These are my links for October 29th to November 3rd:
- Royal Bank of Scotland embraces open source – ZDNet.co.uk – The Royal Bank of Scotland has revealed that it is working on a large content management system based on the open source application server Zope. At the end of last year, the bank sent an email to a number of Zope mailing lists, stating that it was looking for a developer to join the CMS development team in its Corporate Markets division, which provides financial services to large and medium-sized businesses and serves around 75,000 customers worldwide.
- RiverCottage.net Landshare – What is Landshare? With allotment waiting lists massively over-subscribed and people right across the country keener than ever to grow their own fruit and veg, the aim for Landshare is to become a UK wide initiative to make British land more productive and fresh local produce more accessible to all. But all of this depends on people like you registering their interest now.
Sign up to help us build the momentum we need to launch this exciting project in early 2009. In the meantime, via monthly updates, you'll get the chance to help shape the initiative and make sure you’re amongst the first to have the opportunity to be involved.
- SurvivalAcademy.org – The Survival Academy is conceptualized as a place where, during the COP15 Climate Summit, participants and the general public can come to learn human capacities of affecting and coping with the future of climate change. The idea has been conceptualized by members of a group of organizations focused on learning and innovation: Reos Partners, Bigger Picture, Unfolding Fields, and Pioneers of Change. There is space for others to join.
- In Bristol Art and Design Studio Workshop – In Bristol Studios are based in an 1830’s Cotton Mill just off Feeder Road in Barton Hill. We offer fully equipped work space for woodwork, ceramics, print and textiles with a variety of sized units to rent from 60-100 sq-ft. Prices start from £27 per week all inclusive. We also offer a Pay As You Go service where non-members can use the facilities for a daily or weekly rate. There are opportunities to run workshops and classes from our exhibition space and we will be holding open studios annually with collective shows planned throughout the year.
- Crisis2008 – This page provides information about the most urgent actions to be taken now that the banking crisis of 2008 has hit.
Whatever governments do for the banks, credit will be a lot harder to obtain for businesses, for many years to come. The trickiest aspect of the current situation is the simultaneous, global nature, of the banking crisis. Please, get ready now for an unprecedented rough ride for as long as one decade. What all this means in practice is that we have now entered the period of an unprecedented convergence of the four planetary issues – financial instability, climate change, unemployment and the financial consequences of an aging society – that was described in the 2001 book, The Future of Money.