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Andrew Kliman on the Failure of Capitalist Production

Friday, March 15th, 2013, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Economist Andrew Kliman will make a rare Boston appearance to discuss his book "The Failure of Capitalist Production: Underlying Causes of the Great Recession" (Pluto 2012). Many analyses of the Great Recession have been put forward from theories of unregulated finance, to Neoliberalism, to rising inequality. Kliman's book is the first to put forward, based on in-depth empirical analysis of US data, that Marx's theory of the Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall can explain these events. This talk will also present some of Kliman's most recent work on the contentious issues of wages and inequality.

Kliman's conclusions have immediate political implications. Short of a socialist transformation the only way to escape the 'new normal' of stagnation is to restore profitability through full-scale destruction of the value of existing capital assets, something not seen since the Depression of the 1930's.

Technology & Direct Democracy

Friday, June 22nd, 2012, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Occupy Boston Information & Technology (OBIT) is proud to present a consensus building tool focused on accessing direct democracy and using technology to influence political outcomes at the state and federal levels.

While many carry beliefs that electoral politics are tainted by corrupt practices and big money Super PACS, there are others who still believe that it is important that voters leverage their power through actively challenging their elected officials to speak for the people

On June 22 we will look at the various ways that technology is being used to impact true democratic practices and get more people involved in the drafting and revision of proposed legislation.

Alperovitz: America Beyond Capitalism

When they say, "there's no alternative..."

Saturday, December 3, 2011, 6:00 p.m.  As discontent with the economic and political status quo mounts in the wake of the “great recession”, America Beyond Capitalism is a book whose time has come. Gar Alperovitz’s expert diagnosis of the long-term structural crisis of the American economic and political system is accompanied by detailed, practical answers to the problems we face as a society. Unlike many books that reserve a few pages of a concluding chapter to offer generalized, tentative solutions, Alperovitz marshals years of research into emerging “new economy” strategies to present a comprehensive picture of practical bottom-up efforts currently underway in thousands of communities across the United States.

Tech for Social Change! An UnMeeting

Saturday, June 5, 2010, 1:00 p. m.  - 6:00 p.m., An open agenda gathering designed to bring technologists, organizers, and community advocates together to explore the range of options and challenges facing collective actions in the use of media and information tools. This event is sponsored by the Organizers' Collaborative, see the Tech for Social Change webpage for more information and links to the event wiki.

Training for Transition

How to Launch a Transition Town/Transition Initiative in Your Community

Saturday & Sunday, November 21 - 22, 2009, Starting at 9:00 a.m. The Transition Network and Transition US (www.transitionus.org) are offering the two-day Training for Transition course as developed by Naresh Giangrande and Sophy Banks of the Transition Network in Totnes, England (www.transitiontowns.org). The course is an in-depth experiential introduction to Transition for those considering bringing Transition to their community. It meets the training requirement for local initiating groups to become an internationally-recognized Transition Town.

Software Freedom Day - Pictures

We'll link to the blogs soon so that you can read about what actually went on...

Software Freedom Day

Saturday, September 19, 2009, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. A day for users and activists to come together and learn more about using free software through workshops and demonstrations. Organizer: Free Software Foundation. More details to follow.

TecsChange: Machaka - "Helping a Neighborhood Cultural Association Make a Difference"

Wednesday, June 3, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Tecschange recently donated 5 computers to an all-volunteer community cultural association based in one of the poorest urban neighborhoods of Maputo, Mozambique. Peter Young, a (former) Tecschange volunteer living in Maputo will talk about the project and how it is benefiting the community of Mafalala.

Internet Tech: Celebrate World Plone Day

Friday, November 7, 2008, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. NOTE: Location has changed: visit http://bostonworldploneday.eventbrite.com/ for details.World Plone Day is a free event open to anyone interested in the benefits of a Content Management System (CMS). Coming off the heels of the annual International Plone Conference in Washington D.C., The Boston Plone User Group will host seminars, talks, and demos of Plone in action. Speakers include Plone contributors and developers Nate Aune, Sally Kleinfeldt, Aaron VanDerlip of Jazkarta, Michael Trachtman of Vercadia Systems, Sid Koul of New England Wildflower Society, and Tatsu Ikeda of The Tatsu Co. (Watch http://bostonplone.org for updates!)

Software Freedom Day

Saturday, September 20, 2008, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Software Freedom Day is an international celebration of software freedom. We'll be promoting computer user freedom with how-to's, activist updates, and interactive talks. Organizer: Free Software Foundation