open source

Biological Open Source

hello friends! I just returned to Italy and started a masters course in gastronomy and human ecology... lots of eating and a lot of informations that I would like to share. It's kind an academic approach about ideas we've been discussing about for years!
Reading this particular essay "Impeding Dispossession, Enabling Repossession: Biological Open Source and the Recovery of Seed Sovereignty" by Jack Kloppenburg I just couldn't stop thinking about all the people I met in and around casarobino and who have first taught me about open source...

Public Pasta Madre

You're in Morocco with your pasta madre. You've got friends - friends are easy to make down here - but they probably only have a toaster oven in their kitchen. That might suffice for a tiny loaf, but just around the corner, right in your neighborhood, is a magical building that's not only more appropriate for family-sized breads, but also much more social, more connecting.

The Moroccan public oven.

This place is great! And it couldn't exist without the draw of all the local families - truly a bastion of the community.

recreating governance in an open source way

What are the ways we could take over (or abolish) government? Many! In Iceland (see earlier related post) friends initiated a process that might appeal to many: let's bring a randomly chosen 1500 people to debate the main values of society and let's facilite consensus about these values.

Impossible some might think.

Very doable in fact, and applicable to many other localities/ contexts.

Long Live Pasta Madre!

I got some pasta madre from Robin in Vicenza. It has now spent a week in my pannier, without refrigeration, in a bath of olive oil in a jar, several times. I revived it in Casale, I revived it in Lyon, and I revived it in Barcelona. It seems as long as it stays wet it can live! It is always a difficult time, waiting to see if it will grow, but it always does! Hooray!
I love making bread, I even love having bread dough mixed with the other dirt on my clothing.
I love feeding people fresh home-made bread, it's one of the best gifts in the world.


Manu and me visited Amsterdam to go to the 'State of the Map'-conference, about the OpenStreetMap. If you've never heard about OpenStreetMap, I will tell you a little about it: Basically the OpenStreetMap is to maps, what Wikipedia is to encyclopedias; a community-based project to collect geographic information like streets, parks, pubs - everything which might be interesting.

Decentralization and Second Generation Social Networks... a seminal manifesto?

In our silly traveling nomad circles a lot of energy gets put into talking about how to save the world.

Funding opportunities

Opportunities are everywhere, but especially in the Netherlands when it comes down to funding. It would be good to make an overview of funding bodies and opportunities that are related to projects with values we tend to adhere to (such as free software). See below yet another funding body that would love to support us.