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Via SumOfUs - Monsanto versus small farmers in Guatemala - get involved

 

SumOfUs writes - What happens when small farmers in Guatemala save seeds from one year to the next, as they have for centuries? They get up to four years in prison.

That’s according to the “Monsanto Law,” which was recently struck down by Guatemala’s highest court.

But now Monsanto is saying the law is required under free trade deals, and it's likely only a matter of time before it launches a wave of lawsuits to force Guatemala to give in.

#Inequality, invisibility and Internet #BAD2014 #OCT16 #BlogAction14

It's Blog Action Day, and this year the topic is "Inequality", hence these thoughts on inequality and invisibility on the Internet:

Hype about the Internet suggests that we live in a connected world. Hype about mobile phones suggests that, even where direct Internet connectivity is still problematic, smart phones are plugging any remaining gaps. Hype suggests that even in rural areas across the globe people can all be equally on line and equally visible to each other. Imagine if that was true. 

January 10th 2015 - Starting the New Year with Dadamac.

The seeds of this event were sown back in 2002 when two community projects in different parts of Nigeria linked up through occasional access to the Internet and a shared connection with a contact in London.

The intervening years have given us tantalising glimpses of what the future might bring, if the world wide web becomes genuinely world-wide.

It's time to end this development disconnect

Effective development happens when financial capital and social capital are combined appropriately.

Financial capital is needed, obviously, for things that need to be bought. But there are things that can't be bought.

Social capital provides those things that can't be bought - reputation, trust, local knowledge and networks, fluency in local languages, understanding of (and being part of) local culture, vision based on insights about local opportunities and challenges.

Dadamac Definitions

Dadamac definitions are going to help me solve a problem with words.

The problem

Words are "slippery" things - hard to get a firm hold on for any length of time. They have different meanings in different contexts. Some have regional variations - check out the Cornish use of the words "maid" and "lover".  Meanings change over time - what about "gay", "cool" and "wicked"?

By writing a dadamac definition I'm giving myself permission to make a word mean what I say it means (while recognising that other people may have other ideas).

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