Gaia - The Future of Politics

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A journey through time charting the information power shift caused by the Internet and the ensuing development of a new global politics.
Gaia, a New World Order, is born today, the 14 August 2054.
Racial conflicts, ideological conflicts, religious conflicts, territorial conflicts belong to the past.
Every man is a world citizen, subject to the same law.
The Internet has driven the change, spreading communication, knowledge and organization at a planetary level.

Via Bruce Eisner's Vision Thing

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Contsructive Capitalism

Umair Haque @ Daytona Sessions vol. 2 - Constructive Capitalism from Daytona Sessions on Vimeo. February 12, 2009, Stockholm.

A thought provoking presentation by the Director of the Havas Media Lab, Umair Haque,  about Constructive Capitalism and Why Ideals are the New Business Models

The Ten Laws of Constructive Capitalism

 1. Strategy is a commodity
 2. Competition is obsolete
 3. There is nothing more asymmetrical than an ideal
 4. Tomorrow is today
 5. Connections not transactions
 6. People, not product
 7. Creativity, not productivity
 8. Outcomes not incomes
 9. Advantage is in the DNA
10. The next revolution is institutional

Video Explaining the Subprime Mortgage Time-Bomb

The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.

A short animation explaining the system of borrowing and lending that led to the current financial meltdown:
The goal of giving form to a complex situation like the credit crisis is to quickly supply the essence of the situation to those unfamiliar and uninitiated.
Created by Jonathan Jarvis.
Narration by John Levoff.

Update: Useful links for the global economic meltdown.

 A Great Recession Guide - a mini-guide to the lighter side of the current, prolonged recession.

Google Tip Jar - a collection of money saving tips submitted and ranked by the web community.

Embedr - Create Video Playlists and Widgets

Embedr let’s you take your favorite videos from all over the web and make them into a playlist. It’s compatible with most of the top video sites like YouTube, MySpace, Vimeo, Dailymotion, and Blip.Tv. (Full list)

The site is clean and simple to use, giving you two ways to build a playlist; Standard Playlist or Smart Playlist. You can add up to 100 videos to a standard playlist and 50 to a smart playlist.

To build a Standard Playlist, videos are added one at a time, simply enter the URL or Embed code from the video’s location, for example a YouTube page.

You can build a Smart Playlist (YouTube only) by searching for keywords or by YouTube Username. The content in smart playlists changes dynamically as new videos are found. Select the number of videos you want to show in the playlist, and sort by Relevance, Published Date, View Count or Rating.

Embedr lets you create multiple playlists. You can easily change the order of videos by dragging them into position. You can also edit various parameters before and after you create a playlist. This is ideal for building a pool of content associated with your user profile.

Once you’ve created a playlist you have a ready made widget that you can customize and embed on webpages. The width of the widget determines it’s height proportionately. It’s simple and very effective, making it a breeze to create and distribute video content in an attractive and functional format.

I built the Guitar Players Spotlight above using a standard playlist from hand-picked sources on YouTube. Here’s my Embedr Profile