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Manuel Mühlbauer's curator insight, November 14, 2013 6:09 AM

what might happen during your lifetime ???

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Interesante y original línea de tiempo futurista, iniciada en 2012.

Joseph Kim's curator insight, August 18, 2014 8:59 AM

what do we need to consider for clinical research?

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Facilitating Agricultural Technology Adoption Among the Poor: The Role of Service Delivery Through Mobile Phones by Heike Baumüller :: SSRN

Facilitating Agricultural Technology Adoption Among the Poor: The Role of Service Delivery Through Mobile Phones by Heike Baumüller :: SSRN | Holistic Politics | Scoop.it
The use of mobile phones in poverty reduction and development has ignited much interest over the past decade. To take advantage of the rapid expansion of mobile
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Shape of the Universe - The Orange Theory

How does the Universe work? dive in to The Orange Theory to find out some ideas. By Cristián Bredée
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'Networked minds' require fundamentally new kind of economics

'Networked minds' require fundamentally new kind of economics | Holistic Politics | Scoop.it
In their computer simulations of human evolution, scientists have discovered the emergence of the “homo socialis” with “other-regarding” preferences.

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After homo sapiens sapiens it's time for homo sapiens socialis

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Viktor Markowski's curator insight, March 25, 2013 3:49 PM

Economics has a beautiful body of theory. But does it describe real markets? Doubts have come up not only in the wake of the financial crisis, since financial crashes should not occur according to the then established theories. Since ages, economic theory is based on concepts such as efficient markets and the “homo economicus”, i.e. the assumption of competitively optimizing individuals and firms. It was believed that any behavior deviating from this would create disadvantages and, hence, be eliminated by natural selection. But experimental evidence from behavioral economics show that, on average, people behave more fairness-oriented and other-regarding than expected. A new theory by scientists from ETH Zurich now explains why. 

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Evolution of “friendliness”


Prof. Dirk Helbing of ETH Zurich, who coordinated the study, adds: “Compared to conventional models for the evolution of social cooperation, we have distinguished between the actual behavior – cooperation or not – and an inherited character trait, describing the degree of other-regarding preferences, which we call the friendliness.” The actual behavior considers not only the own advantage (“payoff”), but also gives a weight to the payoff of the interaction partners depending on the individual friendliness. For the “homo economicus”, the weight is zero. The friendliness spreads from one generation to the next according to natural selection. This is merely based on the own payoff, but mutations happen.

For most parameter combinations, the model predicts the evolution of a payoff-maximizing “homo economicus” with selfish preferences, as assumed by a great share of the economic literature. Very surprisingly, however, biological selection may create a “homo socialis” with other-regarding preferences, namely if offsprings tend to stay close to their parents. In such a case, clusters of friendly people, who are “conditionally cooperative”, may evolve over time.

If an unconditionally cooperative individual is born by chance, it may be exploited by everyone and not leave any offspring. However, if born in a favorable, conditionally cooperative environment, it may trigger cascade-like transitions to cooperative behavior, such that other-regarding behavior pays off. Consequently, a “homo socialis” spreads.

 

 

Networked minds create a cooperative human species


“This has fundamental implications for the way, economic theories should look like,” underlines Professor Helbing. Most of today’s economic knowledge is for the “homo economicus”, but people wonder whether that theory really applies. A comparable body of work for the “homo socialis” still needs to be written.

While the “homo economicus” optimizes its utility independently, the “homo socialis” puts himself or herself into the shoes of others to consider their interests as well,” explains Grund, and Helbing adds: “This establishes something like “networked minds”. Everyone’s decisions depend on the preferences of others.” This becomes even more important in our networked world.

 

 

A participatory kind of economy


How will this change our economy? Today, many customers doubt that they get the best service by people who are driven by their own profits and bonuses. “Our theory predicts that the level of other-regarding preferences is distributed broadly, from selfish to altruistic. Academic education in economics has largely promoted the selfish type. Perhaps, our economic thinking needs to fundamentally change, and our economy should be run by different kinds of people,” suggests Grund. “The true capitalist has other-regarding preferences,” adds Helbing, “as the “homo socialis” earns much more payoff.” This is, because the “homo socialis” manages to overcome the downwards spiral that tends to drive the “homo economicus” towards tragedies of the commons. The breakdown of trust and cooperation in the financial markets back in 2008 might be seen as good example.

“Social media will promote a new kind of participatory economy, in which competition goes hand in hand with cooperation,” believes Helbing. Indeed, the digital economy’s paradigm of the “prosumer” states that the Internet, social platforms, 3D printers and other developments will enable the co-producing consumer. “It will be hard to tell who is consumer and who is producer”, says Christian Waloszek. “You might be both at the same time, and this creates a much more cooperative perspective.”

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Advancing Sustainability with Inspiring Visions of the Future | Sustainable Cities Collective

Advancing Sustainability with Inspiring Visions of the Future | Sustainable Cities Collective | Holistic Politics | Scoop.it
Imagine a world cruise not on the ocean, but in a giant, zeppelin-like hotel in the sky, from which you have time to marvel at natural or manmade wonders...
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Mining boom drinks us dry

Mining boom drinks us dry | Holistic Politics | Scoop.it
We should all benefit from our resources treasure, but we may find the dream turns to nightmare (Mining boom drinks us dry.
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Sustainability: Past, Present, and Future | The Energy Collective

Sustainability: Past, Present, and Future | The Energy Collective | Holistic Politics | Scoop.it
A variety of factors are coalescing to make 2013 a pivotal year in the growth of sustainability. While implementation was once fraught with risk, it's now seen as a way to reduce risk and establish competitive positioning.
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India's rice revolution

India's rice revolution | Holistic Politics | Scoop.it
John Vidal: In a village in India's poorest state, farmers are growing world record amounts of rice – with no GM or herbicide. Is this a solution to world food shortages?
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Ground depletion is a real issue in all heavily farmed countries.

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Sharing is the Rational Economic Choice - Triple Pundit

Sharing is the Rational Economic Choice - Triple Pundit | Holistic Politics | Scoop.it
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The sharing economy is taking root and growing fast the world over. This is extremely welcome. While it will undoubtedly influence the mainstream economy, can it ever replace it?
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The End of the Web, Search, and Computer as We Know It | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

The End of the Web, Search, and Computer as We Know It | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Holistic Politics | Scoop.it
It all began with the “lifestream,” a phenomenon that I predicted in the 1990s and shared in the pages of Wired almost exactly 16 years ago.

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'Sustainability education required for the future' - Jerusalem Post

'Sustainability education required for the future' - Jerusalem Post | Holistic Politics | Scoop.it
'Sustainability education required for the future' Jerusalem Post The key to pushing sustainable development forward is making sustainability principles a staple of educational curricula and integrating them into social policies and cultural norms,...
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The Sharing Economy: Our Sustainable Future - STWR - Share The World's Resources

The Sharing Economy: Our Sustainable Future - STWR - Share The World's Resources | Holistic Politics | Scoop.it
If we believe that the sharing economy has a role to play in creating a fairer and more sustainable world, then we need to look broadly at how the principle of sharing applies to all aspects of governmental policymaking – particularly on an...
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Capitalism is flawed. But an alternative system is well within reach

Capitalism is flawed. But an alternative system is well within reach | Holistic Politics | Scoop.it
There has been an awakening since 2008; a veil has been lifted as to the limitations of Capitalism
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HBR/McKinsey M-Prize: Leaders Everywhere Challenge | MIX M-Prize

HBR/McKinsey M-Prize: Leaders Everywhere Challenge | MIX M-Prize | Holistic Politics | Scoop.it
Never before has leadership been so critical, and never before has it seemed in such short supply.
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A call for new models of corporate organization

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Notizie di libri e cultura del Corriere della Sera

Notizie di libri e cultura del Corriere della Sera | Holistic Politics | Scoop.it
Notizie, anteprime e recensioni su arte, libri, musica, concerti, teatro ed
intrattenimento. Approfondimenti su spettacoli ed eventi. Spettacoli e Cultura, in News del Corriere della Sera.
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On resource wars

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Solving the World's Problems Differently

Don Tapscott, one of the world's leading authorities on innovation and the economic and social impact of technology, shows how new global non-state networks ...
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Technology revolution +net generation, social revolution, economic revolution driven by the web

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Global business responses to climate change: Where to now?

Global business responses to climate change: Where to now? | Holistic Politics | Scoop.it
Despite the widespread scientific consensus regarding anthropogenic climate change, ideological rhetoric dominates the global political discourse.
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Earth will start to cash in soon...

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Biodiversity and Sustainability Are Closely Linked to Language and Culture | NEWS JUNKIE POST

Biodiversity and Sustainability Are Closely Linked to Language and Culture | NEWS JUNKIE POST | Holistic Politics | Scoop.it
#Biodiversity and #Sustainability Are Closely Linked to #Language and #Culture http://t.co/XItbRNpcE5 via @newsjunkiepost
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Research reveals young people’s desire to work in the green economy

Research reveals young people’s desire to work in the green economy | Holistic Politics | Scoop.it
Over half (59%) of the country’s young people (19-25) say they are interested in working in the green economy, according to research released by British Gas.
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11 Ways The Sharing Economy is Changing How we Live and Work

11 Ways The Sharing Economy is Changing How we Live and Work | Holistic Politics | Scoop.it
The term “sharing economy” refers to an emerging trend where people are deciding to share their time and resources with each other in ever increasing numbers.
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German environment minister: 'we want to limit fracking'

German environment minister: 'we want to limit fracking' | Holistic Politics | Scoop.it
Conservative politician Peter Altmaier says rules for the new drilling technique will likely be tightened in Germany (German environment minister: 'we want to limit fracking' http://t.co/Hp6baaPv #environment...
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Is Our Republic Ending? 8 Striking Parallels Between the Fall of Rome and U.S.

Is Our Republic Ending? 8 Striking Parallels Between the Fall of Rome and U.S. | Holistic Politics | Scoop.it
As Benjamin Franklin observed, we have a Republic -- but only if we can keep it. (I am sharing this one more time because... Well... It's important.
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The Sharing Economy: Our Sustainable Future - STWR - Share The World's Resources

The Sharing Economy: Our Sustainable Future - STWR - Share The World's Resources | Holistic Politics | Scoop.it
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