Links for March 6th to March 7th

These are my links for March 6th to March 7th:

  • Thank a Dev Day – The general idea is to appreciate the creators behind your favorite Free Software application or/and component (preferred target is a not so well known piece of code) by sending an email to the author.
  • BerkShares: Local Currency for the Berkshire Region – BerkShares are a local currency for the Berkshire region. Dubbed a "great economic experiment" by the New York Times, BerkShares are a tool for community empowerment, enabling merchants and consumers to plant the seeds for an alternative economic future for their communities. Launched in the fall of 2006, BerkShares had a robust initiation, with over one million BerkShares having been circulated in the first nine months and over two million to date. Currently, more than three hundred and fifty businesses have signed up to accept the currency. Five different banks have partnered with BerkShares, with a total of twelve branch offices now serving as exchange stations. For BerkShares, this is only the beginning. Future plans could involve BerkShare checking accounts, electronic transfer of funds, ATM machines, and even a loan program to facilitate the creation of new, local businesses manufacturing more of the goods that are used locally.
  • How to Eat Better – What Your Ancestors Ate is Good for You. Thousands of years from now, the oceans might be full of bacteria that feed on plastic. Their ancestors will have specialized in eating plastic for millions of generations, and plastic will be the best food for their health. Your ancestors did not eat plastic, or donuts, or many of the "foods" that fill industrial-age supermarkets.
  • Victor Keegan: Can we build a world with open source? | Technology | The Guardian – The business plan is to cut the price of essential goods and services to the point where the poor can afford them. Gupta is just one example of a global movement that offers an alternative to the scandalous tales of banking avarice that have saturated the world's media.
  • Eastside Roots Home – Eastside Roots is a 'not for profit' workers co-operative that evolved from the Bristol Permaculture Group's idea to provide a 'gardening hub' for Easton and the wider Bristol community ('Permaculture' is derived from the concept of permanent agriculture. It is a design-based tool for creating sustainability by observing and working with nature). We are rejuvenating the derelict land next to Stapleton Road train station, creating a safe, social, positive & thriving community green space. It is a forum for skills and knowledge share, education, plant & seed sale, resource hire as well as holding events and celebrations. The project has been guided by the community and we wish to maximise their input.