September 6, 2013
Frédéric Chopin by Eugène Delacroix, Musée du Louvre
Musopen is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing copyright free music content: music recordings, sheet music and a music textbook. In 2010, they raised $68, 359 (well over the $11,000 requested) on Kickstarter to hire an internationally renowned orchestra : Musopen recorded and released the rights to Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky symphonies.
Today, Musopen has decided to tackle a far more ambitious project: record and release for free (meaning royalty-free) the entire works of Frédéric Chopin.
A little bit of explanation here: true, it is 164 years after Chopin’s death. So his music is well into the public domain. Yet, as Musopen explains, most people still consume it as if it were still copywritten: from CDs, iTunes, or Youtube videos (many of which are copywritten).
The new fundraising campaign aims at hiring talented performers to record all of Chopin’s works and then release this music for free, both in 1080p video and 24 bit 192kHz audio. This is roughly 245 pieces.
To do this, Musopen needs $75,000. The fundraising campaing is going through October 20th, 2013.
To learn more about their project : Set Chopin free Kickstarter’s page.
August 9, 2013
Self-interest is at the root of cooperation. In a group of free individuals, everyone tries to maximize his/her self-interest. It is a major criterion when chosing a strategy (consciously or uncounsciously) for dealing with others, even if it is not the only one.
The cooperative approach is based on the assumption that for a rational individual to maximize his self-interest, he needs other people. Given this assumption, an individual has two options. One of them is trying to benefit from other people at their expense, often by manipulating them; the other option is cooperating with other people, i.e. acknowledging that they also have their own interests that they try to maximize. When giving other people a hand to reach their goal, one expects that they will do the same in return. At the end of the day, this brings virtuous feedback loops that benefit the whole group. When a group of people is facing other groups in a competition (e.g. in sports or in business), this collective advantage can make it prevail.
When people in a group chose to cooperate, some of them may eventually be better off than the others. Still, the cooperative strategy benefits to the group as a whole and makes it stronger than other groups that would have chosen other strategies.
March 26, 2011
Creative Commons – photographerpandora
Exciting opportunities are waiting for companies ready to adopt cloud computing. Indeed, according to a study conducted by EMC and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), cloud computing will make it possible for European companies to save an estimated 763 billion euros by 2015.
Jean-Yves Pronier, marketing director at EMC France, said that “the adoption of cloud computing gives companies the agility and cost reductions that are now necessary for their development in a difficult economic context “.
In the same vein, cloud computing should also result in the creation of 2.4 million jobs, especially in the areas of distribution and tourism.
Source: http://dsi.silicon.fr/nouveautes/le-nuage-fera-economiser-163-milliards-d% E2% 80% 99euros-a-la-France-1118
October 1, 2010
Microfinance is something pretty new in France. A couple of months ago, Jean-Christophe Capelli launched Friendsclear Pro, a collaborative website where investors and entrepreneurs can meet.
This website is original because investors can invest as little as 100 euros. Even if you are not that well-off, you can show your support and confidence in a project. When enough investors have backed the project to collect the total amount requested by the entrepreneur, the loan is granted.
As far as I am concerned, I decided to invest into Be Bio. The company has existed since the end of 2009 and is using Friendsclear to finance a new investment. Their activity consists in delivering organic food baskets to employees where they work. Given the momentum on the organic market in France these days, this is definitely a good niche.
What I like about Friendsclear is that:
- this is a new way for entrepreneurs to raise money
- it is a good way to foster entrepreneurship and to help risk-takers
- investors can expect a good return, up to 4.25%
- investors can fine-tune their risk, since investments can start with 100 euros only
- this is one step more towards a cooperative economy, which I have been advocating since 2004!
To learn more about Friendsclear, just visit their website: www.friendsclear.com
June 21, 2010
Edit (June 8th, 2013) : their Website seems to have been discontinued as from 2012.
After the dematerialization of books, here comes the dematerialization of booksellers! This is the idea behind French Doucet bookshop’s libraireadomicile.fr. Looking for a book idea for a gift? Needing references for a term paper ? Or maybe you have discovered a great idea in a book but can’t remember the author or title?
Libraireadomicile website offers a form where you can enter characteristics of the book you are looking for. You will then receive by mail a complete bibliographic record that will help you find the book of your dreams!
May 27, 2010
Is it still accurate to talk about “emerging countries” when we can see that the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur can produce videos of such a quality ?
Prof.S. Sengupta, Department of Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering, IIT Kharagpur
More videos: National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning