Category Archives: Society

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights infographic movie

In (belated) honour of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights here is the document presented as an infographic movie (with a political message about Aung San Suu Kyi at the end):

via: information aesthetics

It’s important to bring the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into the forefront of our awareness from time to time, as the fight to bring human rights to all is still an ongoing process.

Seth Godin on Tribes

If you are interested in community formation and have an hour to spare you should check out this presentation by Seth Godin on Vimeo where he talks about the ideas in his book Tribes.

Here are the slides from the presentation:

Seth Godin on Tribes – SlideShare

Update – 13/12/08: As per Andrew‘s comment below the Vimeo embed is working now. Thanks to Andrew for posting the video online. See Seth Godin On How To Build And Lead Your Tribe. :

I would have embedded the video here as well, but when I tried I got this message:

Seth Godin on Tribes–via

Some “feature”! I’m not sure what Andrew Warner has against At least Seth lets me embed his slides. 😦

The Future of Money: How millions of currencies are about to change the world

via English :: “El futuro del dinero” which has the text version.

Obama: Open Source President?

A fascinating comparison between Obama’s bottom-up leadership approach and open source software.

Via Matt Assay who provides the transcript:

(Obama) said his campaign began with a simple idea: “Change begins from the bottom up.” That’s not the way the U.S. government works. The seminal essay–this is a little wonk-speak here–in computer software architecture is called The Cathedral and the Bazaar. And the cathedral is the old way of doing things. It’s the way Microsoft builds software. We’re going to do it our way, worship at our church or you don’t get to do it at all.

But the open-source movement in computer engineering is people get together from all over the world and build computer software bottom-up. Is Barack Obama going to be the old top-down industrial-age cathedral leader, or is he going to be the fellow we heard tonight, this new generation of leadership that is very bottom-up for the communications age?

As Matt Asay puts it:

For those who missed CNN’s coverage of the U.S. presidential election, you missed a real treat. Alex Castellanos, a Republican consultant, discussed President-elect Barack Obama’s “bottom-up” approach to leadership, comparing it to the open-source movement (and chiding traditional Washington “top-down” government as akin to the “old way” that Microsoft builds software).

It’s an open question as to whether Obama will actually live up to his hype, and Castellanos’, but I agree that Obama’s groundswell approach to leadership, along with his call for help from the masses to construct the government they desire, is very open source.

Indeed. Here’s hoping this approach he used so successfully in his campaign will be continued in his approach to governing.

Edit: Oh… I forgot to say: Yay! (regarding Obama’s win) 🙂