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Toward a Salutary Political-Economy - Freedom from Jobs

Toward a Salutary Political-Economy - Freedom from Jobs | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it

While gains have certainly been made toward a more inclusive, egalitarian society over the half-century since Martin Luther King delivered his iconic I Have a Dream Speech (as part of the March for Jobs and Justice in Washington, D.C.), in many respects – particularly in economic matters – there has been little or no progress at all. Indeed, by certain measures equality has significantly diminished in the US. Accompanying a minimum wage that, when adjusted for inflation, is lower than it was in 1968, and wages that – except for the wealthy – haven’t risen in decades, the economy has polarized wealth to a greater degree than ever, reducing the economic classes more and more to two – rich and poor – and squeezing the middle and working classes into little more than a memory in the process. In among other places, this lack of change is observable in the fact that it’s five decades later and people are still talking about jobs – coveting jobs as though jobs were those necessities and luxuries that work is obtained to secure.

 


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Again: reasons enough for having an #unconditional #basicincome.

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Building a more resilient economy with Bay Bucks - KALW

Building a more resilient economy with Bay Bucks - KALW | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it

Lub has tried all kinds of complementary and alternative currencies through the years. He’s an old hand at bartering – he once traded jewelry for an entire house. If you order from Lub’s website, there’s an option at checkout for wholesale, retail, or barter exchange.


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FBI warns driverless cars could be used as 'lethal weapons'

FBI warns driverless cars could be used as 'lethal weapons' | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it
Internal report sees benefits for road safety, but warns that autonomy will create greater potential for criminal 'multitasking'. By Mark Harris
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It will happen: self-driving cars for bank robberies, for setting up roadblocks so the police cannot pass and a lot of other things we can't even think of right now.

We call it #progress...

 

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Singularity 1 on 1: Jeremy Rifkin on the Zero Marginal Cost Society and the Decline of Capitalism

Singularity 1 on 1: Jeremy Rifkin on the Zero Marginal Cost Society and the Decline of Capitalism | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it
A one-of-a-kind conversation with Jeremy Rifkin discussing “The Zero Marginal Cost Society” and the decline of capitalism.

 

Jeremy Rifkin is a social activist, economist, futurist and best-selling author of twenty books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. His books have been translated into more than thirty five languages and are being used in hundreds of universities, corporations and government agencies around the world.

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Nikola Danaylov on #Singularity weblog.
Global Collaborative Commons and the eclipse of #capitalism. 

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The Sharing Economy Boom Is About to Bust

The Sharing Economy Boom Is About to Bust | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it
Startups like Airbnb and Uber are already experiencing a backlash from traditional hotel and taxi industries, all because local governments didn't anticipate the regulatory questions posed by this new economic model.
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Joe Matthews explains why the #sharing #economy is here to stay.

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Review of “The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies.”

Review of “The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies.” | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it

Book review by Karl Widerquist

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The #UBI: Unconditional Basic Income. Every develop country should be seriously think about it.

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The Collaborative Economy is for Business to Business | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business

The Collaborative Economy is for Business to Business | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it

The Collaborative Economy, which includes the sharing economy, maker movement, crowd funding, and crowd lending, is perceived mainly as a peer-to-peer movement. Yet, it’s not limited to individuals helping each other alone. Companies, both large and small are replicating the same strategies and tactics to improve their own business. Companies themselves are becoming like peers – collectively tapping into this collaborative space.

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Jeremiah Owyang explains why the #collaborative #economy is very suited for #B2B

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Could This 20-Year-Old Kid Make Bitcoin Obsolete?

Could This 20-Year-Old Kid Make Bitcoin Obsolete? | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it

Toronto programmer Vitalik Buterin was just 17 when he first became active in the world of Bitcoin. Now, at 20, he's one of the creators of a new currency called Ethereum, which its founders hope will be the next generation of cryptocurrency.

 

Just as Bitcoin made it possible to send and receive money outside of the traditional banking system, Ethereum could make it possible to set up binding contracts outside of the legal system. In addition to a virtual currency called Ether, Ethereum includes a full-fledged programming language that makes it possible to encode binding agreements embedded in the same transaction record that tracks the flow of Ether.

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#Ethereum or #Bitcoins

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Has Your Leadership Lost Its Mojo?

Has Your Leadership Lost Its Mojo? | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it

There comes a time in every leader’s life that they must step back and evaluate their leadership.  Maybe you have noticed that you are losing your mojo and others are starting to wonder if you ever had it to begin with.

As leaders, we lead ourselves first – that’s the cold hard truth. If we aren’t leading ourselves – no one is ever going to follow us into battle. The leader is a person everyone looks to for confidence and the vision, the plan to carry forward.

If a leader is showing cracks, then it’s time to take a look where we need to shore up our foundation.

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Jennifer Olney on +SteamFeed. 
#Micromanaging others 

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After Technology Destroys Capitalism | TechCrunch

After Technology Destroys Capitalism | TechCrunch | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it
In honor of May Day, let's think big for a moment. No, no, no. Bigger than that. Consider all the furious attention paid to economic inequality of late,..
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Thomas #Piketty - The #capaital of the 21st centuty.

An unconditional #basicincome may be a good post-capitalistic system.

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Two theses for building an entrepreneurial ecosystem in your community

Two theses for building an entrepreneurial ecosystem in your community | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it

hnikSome interesting validations for a theory about how to build a community ripe with entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Think #locally, #act locally. Entrepreneurship is a local phenomenon.

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Authenticity versus the Armor of Leadership by Travis Waits

Authenticity versus the Armor of Leadership by Travis Waits | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it
Your willingness to risk as a leader is contingent on your capacity to be vulnerable. Travis Waits shares about the armor that leaders put on which prevents their authenticity and effectiveness. Leaders make the most impact when they use their influence.
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Travis Waits about #authenticity in #leadership

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Who Needs a Boss?

Who Needs a Boss? | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it
Worker co-ops might be the key to alleviating inequality, if only someone would give them a loan.

 

If you happen to be looking for your morning coffee near Golden Gate Park and the bright red storefront of the Arizmendi Bakery attracts your attention, congratulations. You have found what the readers of The San Francisco Bay Guardian, a local alt-weekly, deem the city’s best bakery. But it has another, less obvious, distinction. Of the $3.50 you hand over for a latte (plus $2.75 for the signature sourdough croissant), not one penny ends up in the hands of a faraway investor. Nothing goes to anyone who might be tempted to sell out to a larger bakery chain or shutter the business if its quarterly sales lag.

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Indeed: #bosses are outdated. We don't need them.

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'Whatever We Work On Together Is Our Most Important Work.'

'Whatever We Work On Together Is Our Most Important Work.' | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it
By pursuing transparency, one company has taken alignment to a whole new level.

 

To demolish silos and intra-departmental communication vacuums, Barrett Distribution flattened its management structure about five years ago. Decision-making became democratic. Passionate debate was welcome. Priorities were made clear. “Whatever we are working on together is our most important work, and we need everyone’s input to get it done,” says Tim Barrett of the executive team.

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Working #together base on #trust

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With P2P Towards a Post-Capitalist Society - P2P Foundation

With P2P Towards a Post-Capitalist Society - P2P Foundation | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it

* De Wereld Redden. Met P2P naar een post-kapitalische samenleving. Michel Bauwens en Jean Lievens. Houtekiet / Oikos, 2013

Status: this book achieved its third printing in a very short time in the Flanders ; we're looking for an english and other language publishers. French translation is already secured.

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#P2P and a #PostCapitalist Society

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Kleine bedrijven grijpen de macht

Kleine bedrijven grijpen de macht | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it
Sommige innovaties zetten een bestaande markt op z'n kop. Gratis taxi-app Uber doet dat in de taxibranche. De revolutie lijkt onomkeerbaar.
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#innovatie vooral door kleine bedrijven omzat zij #radicaal kunnen veranderen. Door Marijn Duintjer Tebbens

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Microsoft rumored to be planning to replace 'Surface' branding with 'Lumia' | ZDNet

Microsoft rumored to be planning to replace 'Surface' branding with 'Lumia' | ZDNet | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it
Would it help or hurt Microsoft more if the company consolidated its mobile branding using the 'Nokia' and 'Lumia' brands instead of using the current 'Surface' branding?
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#Surface or #Lumia: would it matter?

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What Apple Should Learn From Tesla's Patents

What Apple Should Learn From Tesla's Patents | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it
Apple is a brilliant innovator. Too bad Cupertino hasn't learned to share.

 

Every once in a while a company comes along that completely changes the world. Google is one such company, making the Internet accessible and meaningful to billions of people. So is Facebook, which increasingly connects those billions of people. And then there's Apple, which has set the standard for what is possible with mobile devices.

Still, it's too bad Apple can't be more like Tesla, the electric car company founded by Elon Musk. Because Tesla, unlike Apple, is determined to share its innovations.

 
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Matt Asy on @Readwrite about #patents and why sharing them is good for the economy.

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The Case Against Sharing

The Case Against Sharing | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it
On access, scarcity, and trust

 

With the rise of the “sharing economy,” many have asked the same question, though perhaps not with the same excitement. But this wasShare, a conference meant to “catalyze the sharing economy,” organized by sharing economy lobbying group Peers and capitalism-for-good boostersSOCAP, sponsored by Airbnb, Lyft, eBay, and attended by about 500 investors, entrepreneurs, and advocates.

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Great illustrated article on the #sharing #economy. By Susie Cagle

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This Algae Battery Could Power A Tesla With 200X The Charge | TechCrunch

This Algae Battery Could Power A Tesla With 200X The Charge | TechCrunch | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it
In a small lab, near a lake at the edge of West Berkeley, sits the prototype of what could revolutionize battery power as we know it. The secret to this..
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#Algea #baterries. Much more enviroment friendly and much more power

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The Cooperative Economy | Orion Magazine

The Cooperative Economy | Orion Magazine | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it
The exploitative economy has gotten us into trouble, but there is a logical—and hopeful—alternative.

 

IN THE MID-1960s, when author, historian, and political economist Gar Alperovitz was working as legislative director for Senator Gaylord Nelson, change was in the air. Ink had dried on an early version of the Clean Air Act, the civil rights movement had won major victories, and the first Earth Day was in the works. The U.S. still faced plenty of serious challenges, but many Americans felt their country was capable of dealing with them successfully.

Today, things feel very different. “From climate change to a medieval level of wealth disparity, what we face in this country is no longer a regulatory crisis,” says Alperovitz. “We face a systemic crisis. And if you begin there, you begin to wonder: Is capitalism itself in profound trouble?”

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Scoot Gast interviews Gar Alperovitz about his ideas of a new #cooperative #economy

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Framework: Collaborative Economy Honeycomb

Framework: Collaborative Economy Honeycomb | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it

The Collaborative Economy enables people to efficiently get what they need from each other. They use powerful technologies that enable Crowdfunding, Peer-to-Peer lending, the Maker Movement, and the Sharing Economy. If you look closely, the crowd is becoming like a company: self funding, designing, producing, and sharing what they already have.

 
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The #Collaborative #Economy structure #framework. By Jeremiah Owyang

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How to Tax the “Sharing Economy” | PublicCEO

How to Tax the “Sharing Economy” | PublicCEO | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it
By Dan Rothschild. Across the nation, so-called “peer production businesses” have become a common feature of the urban landscape, and cities are scrambling to figure out how to tax and regulate them. From the short-term housing provided through services such as Airbnb and Breather to Lyft and Sidecar’s “ridesharing” services, new companies founded on elegant new business models ...
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Interesting question: how to #tax a #shared #economy? Or do they need a redefintion of tax?

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The mesh sharing and serendipity

The mesh sharing and serendipity | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it
The mesh is the new value creation network cluster, serendipity rules

 

From a Society30 point of view, economic growth can no longer be described with indexes such as GNP (the only reason to show growth in our Gross National Product is to convince the financial dragons that we are able to repay our debts within the agreed upon term). 

 

The Interdependent Economy of Society30 has other growth regulators than we are used to:

- It is all about what goes out, and not what comes in. So, you will not hear “Are we richer today than yesterday?” It’s all about people being better off. Why produce more products that nobody wants?
- It is about connections, not transactions. Growing smart is about connecting and co-creating, and not just about trading goods with each other.
- It is about people, not products.
- It is about skills – the commitment and creativity of people.
- It is about openness, fading boundaries, and originality or authenticity. Trusting the processes, trusting each other.

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Ronald van de Hoff - the new #economy based on #sharing

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Capitalism is making way for the age of free

Capitalism is making way for the age of free | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it
Jeremy Rifkin: The internet of things has facilitated an economic shift from markets to collaborative commons, with costs close to zero
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The new #economic paradigm: the #collaborative commons

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The Collaborative Economy Is Exploding, And Brands That Ignore It Are Out Of Luck

The Collaborative Economy Is Exploding, And Brands That Ignore It Are Out Of Luck | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it

Rides, houses, power tools: You can share almost anything today, and the number of people sharing is growing every day. If you're a company that only sells to consumers and doesn't help them share, you may want to rethink your plans.

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A #taxonomy of the collaborative #economy

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Why Rational People Can't Succeed as Economic Forecasters

Why Rational People Can't Succeed as Economic Forecasters | Cooperative capitalism | Scoop.it
Historian Walter Friedman on the pioneers of forecasting, and why we haven't gotten better at it.

 

We’re all used to economic forecasts. We’re also used to them being wrong. But there was a time when forecasts were new and exciting, and people were genuinely surprised when they didn’t pan out. This was during the first decades of the previous century, an era that Harvard Business School historian Walter Friedman chronicles in his new book Fortune Tellers: The Story of America’s First Economic Forecasters.

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Economics isn't science and therefore not rational.

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