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07 FEBRUARY 2012

Kickstarter: funding platform for creative projects

"Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. Every week, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.

A new form of commerce and patronage. This is not about investment or lending. Project creators keep 100% ownership and control over their work. Instead, they offer products and experiences that are unique to each project.

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(Kickstarter, Inc.)

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Simon Perkins
11 APRIL 2010

Kea New Zealand: Nation Branding Through Networking

"Kea is New Zealand's global network. Our mission is to connect New Zealand with the rest of the world by building a network of global citizens who take an active interest in the future of our country.

Kea's ultimate goal is for the home of the world's greatest travellers to become the world's leading nation without borders – for New Zealand to think, act, and engage more globally by utilising our offshore population of expatriates and honorary citizens.

While founded as the Kiwi Expat Association in 2001, Kea's activities are relevant to more than just 'Kiwi expats'. We are building a truly global network for New Zealand, which is equally important to New Zealand based organisations and individuals who are pursuing global opportunities, as well as citizens of other countries who have an affinity and interest in connecting with New Zealand.

Kea is especially committed to supporting organisations and individuals who help grow the New Zealand economy through international trade and investment, or help build New Zealand's brand and reputation on the world stage."

(Stephen Tindall)

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2001Aotearoa New Zealandbrandbrand awarenessbrand identitybrand recognitionbrandingcitizenshipcountry brandseconomyforeign investmentglobal citizensglobal networkglobal opportunities • holistic strategy • identityinvestment • kea • Kea Connect • Kea New ZealandKiwiKiwi expat • Kiwi Expat Association • nation branding • nation brands • nation without borders • networknotoriety • NZTE • reputation • Stephen Tindall • strategytrade

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Simon Perkins
27 APRIL 2005

ECHELON: Global Surveillance System

"Echelon is a system used by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) to intercept and process international communications passing via communications satellites. It is one part of a global surveillance systems that is now over 50 years old. Other parts of the same system intercept messages from the Internet, from undersea cables, from radio transmissions, from secret equipment installed inside embassies, or use orbiting satellites to monitor signals anywhere on the earth's surface. The system includes stations run by Britain [at Menwith Hill], Canada, Australia [near Geraldton] and New Zealand [at Waihope], in addition to those operated by the United States. Although some Australian and British stations do the same job as America's Echelon sites, they are not necessarily called 'Echelon' stations. But they all form part of the same integrated global network using the same equipment and methods to extract information and intelligence illicitly from millions of messages every day, all over the world."

(Duncan Campbell)

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Aotearoa New Zealand • AUSCANNZUKUS • AustraliaCanadacold warcommunications monitoring • Duncan Campbell • ECHELON • Five Eyes • Geraldton • global electronic and signals intelligenceglobal networkGovernment Communications Security Bureau (GCSB)intelligence agencies • intelligence gathering network • intercept • learning as a network • Menwith Hill • nodenodes and connectionsNorth AmericaNSAsecuritysignals interceptionsurveillanceUK • Waihope
25 FEBRUARY 2005

Castells: The Network Society And The Business Project

"The unit of this production process is not the firm, but the business project. The firm continues to be the legal unit of capital accumulation. But since the value of the firm ultimately depends on its valuation in the stock market, the unit of capital accumulation (the firm) itself becomes a node in a global network of financial flows. In this economy, the dominant layer is the global financial market, where all earnings from all activities and countries end up being traded. This global financial market works only partly according to market rules. It is shaped and moved by information turbulences of various origins, processed and transmitted almost instantly by telecommunicated, information systems, in the absence of the institutional regulation of global capital flows."

(Manuel Castells, p.9)

[2]. Castells, M. (2000). Materials For An Exploratory Theory Of The Network Society. London, British Journal of Sociology www.tandf.co.uk/journals.

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20 NOVEMBER 2003

The Virtual Guggenheim Museum: liquidity, flux, and mutability

"Objects, spaces, buildings, and institutions can now be constructed, navigated, comprehended, experienced, and manipulated across a global network. This is a new architecture of liquidity, flux, and mutability predicated on technological advances and fueled by a basic human desire to probe the unknown. The inevitable path for both these architectures, the real and the virtual, will be one of convergence and merging. Historically architecture has always struggled with this dialectic of the real and the virtual, where the stability and actuality of architecture is tempered by the poetic and the ineffable nature of meaning and experience."

(guggenheim.org)

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