Linux is community owned...
"If you ask anyone in the Linux community the answer is simple: The community owns Linux. A collective of minds, users, and enthusiasts all working (in one way or another) to continue to push the Linux operating system as far forward as possible." see Link
creative commons & GNU
"I don't have a problem with someone using their talents to become successful, I just don't think the highest calling is success. Things like freedom and the expansion of knowledge are beyond success, beyond the personal. Personal success is not wrong, but it is limited in importance, and once you have enough of it it is a shame to keep striving for that, instead of for truth, beauty, or justice."
Science Fiction Anime & Fan Conventions
An important distinction can be made between commercial events (often called "shows") – those run by dedicated companies who specialize in con organization, or by local for-profit firms – and volunteer-run cons.Admission to volunteer cons is usually called "membership",Fan conventions are traditionally organized by fans on a not-for-profit basis. Mindbridge Foundation runs most of the cons in the Eastern Iowa area.
I have hit over the Gallon mark in the amount of blood that I have given. I think giving blood just to help other humans is very important I get no money from this I only get free juice and cookies :) http://www.bloodcenter.org/donate-blood/
Websites & organizations that are noncommercial
Citizenship & Capitalism over Consumerism!
These forces are manifested in our lives as consumerism. People voluntarily hand over their sovereignty as Americans and citizens in exchange for things and conveniences that sap and paralyze our ability to fight the forces that are weakening our real economy and our ability to affect change in it.
How the language we use & how we define something can change our perspective instead of Citizens we have become just Consumers Vs Taxpayers :(
Top 10 Anti-Consumerism Must Haves Link
"Sports is another crucial example of the indoctrination system . . . It offers people something to pay attention to that is of no importance . ~ Noam Chomsky
Fred Rogers & Public Media Radios and more...
Fred really influenced a lot of my thinking when I was younger & I think still has an influence today. unlike most children shows he didn't try to push products
another PBS project to empower people to have non commercial values :)
bogleheads.org not-for profit investment advice website no Ads.
public spaces & community values
Such as Cemetery & Parks along with Public Libraries offer non-commercial spaces
Cemetery are interesting places in that they seem to be the last and sometimes only place that remains of a town or community that has left or died off. My family has a plot section in an old township cemetery that was started in the 1840's and will be my last resting place.
TimeBanking is a time-based currency its an alternative currency where the unit of exchange is the person-hour. Time Dollars are a tax-exempt complementary currency used as a means of providing mutual credit in Time Banking. I don't see this replacing Capitalism nor would I want it too, but I do think it provides a means for people to get empowered & create an equality of opportunity. I like volunteering & building social capital i think time banking can do this.
I was a member of the Eastern Iowa/Cedar Rapids Area TimeBank that group has since disbanded www.thetapestry.us
Everyone is an asset
Some work is beyond a monetary price
Reciprocity in helping
Social networks are necessary
A respect for all human beings
The Center for a New American Dream is a nonprofit organization with a stated mission to “help Americans to reduce and shift their consumption to improve quality of life, protect the environment, and promote social justice. Website
National Do Not Call Registry
call 1-888-382-1222; or register via the website DoNotCall.gov
Junk mail removal
NOAA HAM and commercial Free FM
I feel that radio and verbal commutations are interesting in how much space they are given that is non commercial compared to cell phone and TV space
On the FM broadcast band, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reserved the lowest 20 channels, 201~220 (88.1~91.9 MHz) for NCE stations only. This is known as the reserved band
noaa weather radio only broadcast weather information no ads nothing else can alert you when a storm is coming. Big deal in the Midwest
ham radio community and non commercial space.
when cable was CATV
So When Cable TV started out it was community antenna television, then it became community access television so places with a lot of hills and
C-Span FCC mandated Local channel for all cable subsribers that only cost 6 cents a month!
BookTV.org a program from C-Span about nonfiction books of interest
Public-access television is an alternative viewing options instead of watching for profit commercial broadcasting system, and in order to fulfill some of the social potential of cable television its a Free Speech zone of types where anyone who wants to say anything can. FCC requires cable TV providers offer at least 1 public access ch