Something hit me very hard once, thinking about what one little man could do. Think of the Queen Elizabeth again: The whole ship goes by and then comes the rudder. And there's a tiny thing on the edge of the rudder called a trim tab. It's a miniature rudder. Just moving that little trim tab builds a low pressure that pulls the rudder around. It takes almost no effort at all. So I said that the individual can be a trim tab. Society thinks it's going right by you, that it's left you altogether. But if you're doing dynamic things mentally, the fact is that you can just put your foot out like that and the whole ship of state is going to turn around.
So I said, "Call me Trim Tab." —R. Buckminster Fuller
- Desire for change unites post-apartheid activism - Sarah Wild (2014)
- Insurrectionist Civics in the Age of Mistrust - Ethan Zuckerman (2015)
- How we can transform youth activism into lasting civic engagement - Swarna Rajagopalan (2015)
- Uncomfortable about current protests? Embrace your discomfort and be part of social change - Ahmed Riaz Mohamed (2015)
- #ZumaMustFall as process not an event, for a better South Africa ‘for all’ - Jodi Allemeier (2015)
- Chaos Communication Camp: on belonging, and fighting together - Zara Rahman (2015)
- Why Hackers Must Welcome Social Justice Advocates - Coraline Ada Ehmke (2015)
- 5 Really Important Reasons to Stop Dismissing Online Activism - Sian Ferguson (2015)
- The End of the Internet Dream - Jennifer Granick (2015)
- The Web of Relationships We Have To Save - Zeynep Tufekci (2015)
- Towards a new technology of community - Anita Gurumurthy (2015)
- A New Alignment of Movements? - David Bollier and Pat Conaty (2015)
- How Social Justice Became Cool - Rawiya Kameir (2015)
- Democracy - Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (2014). On the relationship between digital technology and democracy.
- So you want to reform democracy - Joshua Tauberer (2015). On using digital technology to make governance better.
- The Conceptualization of Digitally Networked Participation - Yannis Theocharis (2015)
Manifestos and statements
- Data Will Help Us - Jonathan Harris (2013)
- Guerilla Open Access Manifesto - Aaron Swartz (2008)
- New Clues - Doc Searls, David Weinberger (2015)
- Mozilla Manifesto
- Public Domain Manifesto (criticism1)
- Freedom to Read Statement - ALA, AAP (1953)
- Do It Yourself: A Handbook For Changing Our World - Edited by Trapese (Pluto Press, 2007) (free download)
- Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution - Edited by Andrew Boyd and Dave Oswald Mitchell (OR Books, 2012) (free online)
- The Wealth of the Commons - A world beyond market & state - Edited by David Bollier and Silke Helfrich (Levellers Press, 2012) (free online)
- Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - Steven Levy (O'Reilly, 1984). On hacker culture and the hacker ethic. (Wikipedia summary)
- The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World - Lawrence Lessig (Random House, 2001) (free download)
- Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom - Rebecca MacKinnon (Basic Books, 2012)
- The Internet Revolution: From Dot-com Capitalism to Cybernetic Communism - Richard Barbrook, Andy Cameron (2015). On the politics of the Net and the gift economy. (free download)
- Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age - Sherry Turkle (Penguin Press, 2015)
- Cost of Freedom (2015). On freedom and culture. (free download)
- Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice (2016). On how digital media are fundamentally advancing or threatening the capacity of citizens across politics, activism, education, art, health, expression, games, and society writ large.
Further listening and reading
- Collusion - podcast exploring the relationship between technology and power.
- Network Effect - exploring the psychological effect of Internet use on humanity (interview on CBC Radio)
- Input Please? Review v 0.1 of My Technology Criticism Reading List - Sara Watson (2015)
- Social Media + Society - journal dedicated to the study of social media and their implications for societies.
- Digital Activism Research Project - studying the effect of digital technology on political contention.
- Engagement Lab (Emerson College) - innovating the ways people participate in civic life and expanding the study of citizenship in a digital era.
- Institute of Network Cultures - writings on the intersection of research, art, and activism.
- MIT Center for Civic Media - working with diverse communities to collaboratively create, design, deploy, and assess civic media tools and practices.
- re:publica - conference about the Internet and society (archive on YouTube)
- Web We Want - helping to shape and claim the future of the Web.
- Library Freedom Project - privacy rights activism in libraries.
- Code: Version 2.0 - Lawrence Lessig (2006) (free)
- Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive - Bruce Schneier (2012)
- Commons Transition: Policy Proposals for an Open Knowledge Society - Edited by Stacco Troncoso and Ann Marie Utratel (P2P Foundation, 2015)
- Against Decentralization - Friedrich Lindenberg (2015)
- A Critical Look at Decentralized Personal Data - Narayanan, Barocas, Toubiana, Nissenbaum, Boneh (2012)
- Thoughts on Cypherpunks 2.0 - Yan Zhu (2013)
- Human Rights Protocol Considerations Methodology - Varon, Ten Oever, Guarnieri, Scott, Cath (2015)
- OECD Better Life Index: Civic Engagement
- Is Spring the Shortest Season? - Srećko Horvat (Social Context conference, 2013)
- Ignorance and the denial of the possibility of social change - Renata Salecl (Social Context conference, 2013)
- Tactical networking and the Right to the City - Teodor Celakoski (Social Context conference, 2013)
- Subversive Festival - annual fortnight of political, activist, cultural, educational, literary and artistic events (archive on YouTube)
- Towards a community and place centred form of holistic learning - Evan Blake (2015)
Similar concepts and projects
- AdaCamp - unconference dedicated to increasing women's participation in open technology and culture.
- Cowbird - public library (website) of human experience.
- Public Lab - DIY environmental science community.
- Space Collective - ideas about the state of our species, our planet and the universe.
- Tea With Strangers - bringing strangers together for great conversations.
- Youth Lab - creating spaces for young people to have discussions about policy and socio-economic issues.
- Young Lab Association - creating spaces for young people to have discussions about policy and socio-economic issues.
Other community media
- Newcomer's Radio - community channel for voice communications, focusing on refugees. Based on RootIO.
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