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thoughts on the development of peer-to-peer dynamics in the field of politics, economics and institutions
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Home Automation with Arduino: Automate your Home using Open-Source Hardware - Kindle edition by Marco Schwartz. Professional & Technical Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Home Automation with Arduino: Automate your Home using Open-Source Hardware - Kindle edition by Marco Schwartz. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
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Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy: Helping ...

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Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy: Helping People Build Cooperatives, Social Enterprise, and Local Sustainable Economies - Kindle edition by Janelle Orsi. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
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From mid 2014 until 2025, there will be seven 18-month “Moore’s Law” generations, potentially resulting in a 128-fold increase in raw computing performance (that’s 2 multiplied by itself 7 times). That will enable devices with core components that are, for example, 5 times more powerful, 5 times cheaper, and 5 times smaller (hence requiring 5 times less energy input) than today’s computers. Over the same time period, we can expect similarly striking progress in cloud computing, big data analytics, robotics, synthetic biology, renewable energy systems, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, and many other fields.

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Convergent Risk, Social Futurism, and the Wave of Change (Part 1 of 2) - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Convergent Risk, Social Futurism, and the Wave of Change (Part 1 of 2) - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

All Social Futurist policies should be approached from a pragmatic and flexible (rather than ideologically constrained) point of view. Our main concern is therefore with policies that actually solve problems, so the use of empirical evidence is central to Social Futurism. Policy development and review should emphasise the setting of quantifiable goals and review of empirical evidence wherever that is an option, to encourage policy that evolves to better meet our goals over time.

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"The Systems View of Life" (web video) |Fritjof Capra | Schumacher College | May 7, 2014

"The Systems View of Life" (web video) |Fritjof Capra | Schumacher College | May 7, 2014 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Launch of textbook by Fritjof Capra, collecting 40 years of writings with additions by coauthor Pier Luigi Luisi.  The lecture shows precise language about the science of systems, with clear references tying together research strands.  Mature systems thinkers will be reminded of concepts that they know but may not be immediately salient to their current endeavours.  Novice systems thinkers may appreciate the easy pace of the speech, with linkages to other concepts and figures in the systems community.

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Charles van der Haegen's curator insight, July 25, 5:27 AM

The most important book to read this year, if you want to see change in the World

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Questioning the Internet: Astra Taylor Takes on Silicon Valley Cheerleaders - The Indypendent

Questioning the Internet: Astra Taylor Takes on Silicon Valley Cheerleaders - The Indypendent | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Sure, there is lofty talk of democratic access to vast troves of news and information, and one can Google-map the far corners of the world or stream music from Ethiopia. You can reconnect with high school friends via Facebook and meet the person of your dreams on dating sites. But while Silicon Valley cheerleaders insist otherwise, the Internet has evolved over the past 20 years into being primarily an engine of commerce.


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Review Novel: Harvest - Jim Crace

Review Novel: Harvest - Jim Crace | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"The scientist Brian Goodwin, reflecting on the evolutionary functions of play, suggested that one of its functions is to introduce disorder into entropied order. In animals, including humans, play is a central part of the generative process. The chaos of play is followed by the emergence of a modified order.

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Is Capitalism Dead?

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Economist Jeremy Rifkin explains the forces behind the next paradigm. (Is Capitalism Dead? @OracleProfit asks Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Zero Marginal Cost Society.
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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Book of the Day: Reclaiming the Commons for the Commons Good

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Book of the Day: Reclaiming the Commons for the Commons Good | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

With so much scholarship focused on commons as “resource management” and the measurement of externals, it’s refreshing to encounter a book that plumbs the internaldimensions of a commons –that is, commoning.  Canadian writer and scholar Heather Menzies has taken on this challenge in her recently published Reclaiming the Commons for the Commons Good (New Society Publishers), a book that she describes as a “memoir and manifesto.”  It is a three-part exploration of commoning as a personal experience, social negotiation and finally, as a spiritual quest.

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Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything pdf ...

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Editorial Reviews From Publishers Weekly The word "wiki" means "quick" in Hawaiian, and here author and think tank CEO Tapscott (The Naked Corporation), along with research director Williams, paint in vibrant colors the quickly changing world of Internet togetherness, also known as mass or global collaboration, and what those changes mean for business and technology. Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia written, compiled, edited and re-edited by "ordinary people" is the most ubiquitous example, and its history makes remarkable reading. But also considered are lesser-known success stories of global collaboration that star Procter & Gamble, BMW, Lego and a host of software and niche companies. Problems arise when the authors indulge an outsized sense of scope-"this may be the birth of a new era, perhaps even a golden one, on par with the Italian renaissance, or the rise of Athenian democracy"-while acknowledging only reluctantly the caveats of weighty sources like Microsoft's Bill Gates.

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Rethinking Economics » Ethical Economics » Shepheard-Walwyn ...

Rethinking Economics » Ethical Economics » Shepheard-Walwyn ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Rethinking Economics is an international network of students campaigning for pluralism within economics, particularly the economics curriculum, which is, at present, heavily biased towards the methods of the neoclassical school. Rethinking Economics was launched with the 2013 conference, and brought together a number of smaller groups advocating changes to economics. Together, those groups, along with many others, produced the ISIPE open letter, calling for an overhaul of the way economics is taught.

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North Atlantic Books - The Open-Source Everything Manifesto

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Since 1977, North Atlantic Books has been meeting the needs of individuals who seek to improve and expand their knowledge about spiritual practice, health, psychology, and global issues. Founded in 1994, the imprint Frog Books publishes innovative, artistic, and visionary commentaries on the human experience. We invite you browse and purchase from our online catalog, learn more about our company, and read our current newsletter with a special featured author section.
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‘The Zero Marginal Cost Society’, by Jeremy Rifkin - FT.com

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The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism, by Jeremy Rifkin, Palgrave Macmillan, RRP£16.99/RRP$28, 368 pages Machines are about to change what it means to be human.
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WEconomy, collaboration principles for value creation | Integral and ...

WEconomy, collaboration principles for value creation | Integral and ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Professor Jan Jonker, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands will publish a new book in the series: New Business Models. This book: Samen werken aan waardecreatie  or – translated in my own words: Collaboration for value creation – will be presented and discussed during the Symposium New Business Models, November 13, 2014. It is an inspirational book which will hopefully activate more people to implement WEconomy. This blog post tells about the co-writing process and zooms in on Guiding principles for WEconomy, the chapter of the book my group has been working on.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Economic Direct Democracy: A Framework to End Poverty and Maximize Well-Being

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Economic Direct Democracy: A Framework to End Poverty and Maximize Well-Being | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
With thanks to John C. Boik author of ‘Economic Direct Democracy: A Framework to End Poverty and Maximize Well-Being’ we are publishing here the foreword to the book by Lorenzo Fioramonti. The book is available for purchase and to share under a Creative Commons license from http://www.principledsocietiesproject.org .

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Open-Source Everything Manifesto - P2P Foundation

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'The Open-Source Everything Manifesto is a distillation of author, strategist, analyst, and reformer Robert David Steele life's work: the transition from top-down secret command and control to a world of bottom-up, consensual, collective decision-making as a means to solve the major crises facing our world today. The book is intended to be a catalyst for citizen dialog and deliberation, and for inspiring the continued evolution of a nation in which all citizens realize our shared aspiration of direct democracy—informed participatory democracy. Open-Source Everything is a cultural and philosophical concept that is essential to creating a prosperous world at peace, a world that works for one hundred percent of humanity. The future of intelligence is not secret, not federal, and not expensive. It is about transparency, truth, and trust among our local to global collective. Only "open" is scalable.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Book of the Day: Horizontal Hope

“When Gutenberg invented the printing press the deployment of knowledge outside of the clergy and nobility quickly caused problems in the institutions of the feudal system; the decline of feudalism significantly expanded science and the university, and radically changed the world and its operations to lead us to the industrial era.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Book of the Day: The Principles of LiquidFeedback

“This book gives an in-depth insight into the philosophical, political and technological aspects of decision making using the internet and the “secrets” of LiquidFeedback, a computer software designed to empower organizations to make democratic decisions independent of physical assemblies, giving every member of the organization an equal opportunity to participate in the democratic process.

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Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy - P2P Foundation

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This entry is about the forthcoming book "Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy" co-authored by Vasilis Kostakis and Michel Bauwens. The scholarly book will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in September 2014 and here you may find a working draft of it.

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Autopsy of an Island Currency - P2P Foundation

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“This book documents and reflects on a long-term Pixelache project called Suomenlinna Money Lab, that tried to create an experimental local currency for the small island of Suomenlinna in Helsinki. It looks at the particular challenges faced by the project, as well as the broader topics of participatory practices and money as a social & material medium through a series of essays. The book is composed of the multiple voices of artist Christian Nold, curator Susanne Jaschko and Nathalie Aubret from Pixelache. 

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Book of the Day: Solidarity Economy Alternatives

So many of us wish for something more—an economy we can feel a part of, not that makes us feel like a disposable cog in a soulless machine. That something exists and it’s called the Solidarity Economy. This kind of economy starts from entirely different premises than those of the ruling model of neoliberal capitalism which enshrines individualism, competition, materialism, accumulation, and the maximization of profits and growth. The solidarity economy by contrast seeks the well being of people and planet. It holds at its core these principles: solidarity, equity in all dimensions, sustainability, participatory democracy, and pluralism. This book is about vision and hope. It provides many examples of real solutions in a wide array of sectors. These practices are currently too isolated from one another. The task of the solidarity economy is to bring these practices together to build a whole and humane economy that works…”

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* Book: Peer-to-Peer Leadership: Why the Network Is the Leade

* Book: Peer-to-Peer Leadership: Why the Network Is the Leade | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Mila Baker believes that most of today's leadership theories are old wines in new skins and still rely on the leader-follower hierarchy. Yet hierarchy is breaking down everywhere in society, from politics to religion to social relationships -- and most particularly in computers and networking.

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John Komlos book, economic book, What Every Economics Student Needs to Know and Doesn't Get in the Usual Principles Text

John Komlos book, economic book, What Every Economics Student Needs to Know and Doesn't Get in the Usual Principles Text | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The new introductory economics book from John Komlos is an alternate introductory text which provides new insight in to topics not typically covered in other Economics text books. The book offers a heterodox approach to traditional concepts, challenging the worship of efficient markets. Principles and fundamentals of economics are explored from a new, post-recession perspective.
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Revealing the Patterns of Civilization

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History is filled with patterns that can be studied mathematically.  The rise and fall of empires can be analyzed as a dynamic system to understand how groups of people can come together and achieve complex goals.
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Eli Levine's curator insight, June 13, 2:00 PM

I really really want to read this book.

 

However, judging from the review and what I'm aware of in our social world, I think we're honestly headed towards a separation of our own country and the possible devolution into civil war as conservative culture clashes with everyone elses' desires.

 

Unless something changes in the make up of our social world; unless the conservatives die off or get into treatment, I don't see a way for us to maintain a united society in the long term (which can be altered, depending upon what happens in the short term).  We're splitting as a society and I think that the majority of the society is going to, at least in the short term, go over to the conservatives.  However, I think that over time under the conservative's auspices, their society is going to breakdown and collapse while the bulwark of our common society will either come over to the progressive's side (if the progressives handle their political and technical affairs well).  I see the conservatives lashing out as their society collapses, thus hastening their defeat in the eyes of the general public through the illegitimate imposition of an increasingly radical and idealistic vision of how they think society ought to be (even though it's not the way society is or how humans, Americans or otherwise, work or want their world to be).  I can only hope, that the radicals of the left, the so called "progressive" extremists will either be gotten into treatment for their own delusions and psychiatric problems vis a vis governing effectively for their own sakes, such that a more practical, sustainable, and better functioning world can be brought into existence without their nonsensical bs getting the way of it happening.

 

I'm not liking the way things are shaping up.

 

However, unless something changes in the way we think about the conservatives, ourselves, and the state of our world, I see us falling into the trap of civil war, revolution and overthrow of the Capitalist State of America.

 

It was an unsustainable and unrealistic dream to begin with.  It's definition of success was and is too narrow and unrelated to what we need for survival, well being, health, and quality of life, and its methods for achieving these unsustainable and unrealistic goals were going to have to be too contrived and/or forced in order to make a significant difference in the content or make up of our social function and our social practice.  The United States, I think, is ultimately a progressive society who wishes all individuals can find their state of genuine happiness without infringing upon others' state of happiness.  We may have forced other societies to be as we are artificially, and that is more in accordance with our conservative side, even when it was the progressives who carried it out.  The intention in some of the cases, I think, was honestly good.  The methodology for carrying it out was and is ineffectual at realizing its objectives, and the end goal of any empire to make everyone be like or subjugated to the metropole is as unrealistic and unworkable as well.

 

Capitalism has failed.  The conservatives won't realize it until it's too late and we'll all be more likely to be dead because of the delay.  I really do not want the power to make everything be right with the world, nor can I expect to actually be able to make everything be right with the world.  However, I would LOVE to have the ear of the many people who can make a difference in the world, such that we're all able to live at peace with each other rather than in competition or in a state of subjugated and subjugator relations.  Most societies don't work on the principle of having an elite for very long, unless the elite humble themselves to the needs and problems of the entire rest of the social, political, and environmental worlds.  The top must bend down to help the bottom if it is going to expect the bottom to naturally want to rise up to help the top.  Hierarchy isn't necessarily a bad thing provided that the state of nature that it is occurring in is in the constant perspective of the people who live in that social system, nor is it something that's easily going to be avoided.

 

Therefore, a kind, responsive, attentive, and positive approach to leadership is necessary in order to get a society to bloom.  It requires the wisdom to know when and how to intervene and when and how to not intervene.  We don't have time to pussy-foot or listen to the non-rational and unreasoned excuses and problems from the conservative right or the ideological left.  It is time that we reunify as a society under our inherently liberal roots, or else, divide, and let us reunite under the terms of civil war and conflict with the non-rational and those who are merely scared of their little world vanishing in light of common reality (which it's going to do anyway).

 

This is it.

 

What's it going to be, America?

 

World?

 

Humanity?

 

Think about it!

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Acquisitive Society - P2P Foundation

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"In his brilliant book the Acquisitive Society, written about 1920, RH Tawney argues that Democracy is an evolutionary construct emerging to greater fullness over the past 1100 years. The first phase of this evolution is the charter to trade in exchange for taxes, warlords granted this and the guild markets but needed to be bribed. This was a bloody fight in most places just to secure commercial rights at all and even these thank god were regulated and not free market. This town charter and city charter historic phase was a battle of hundreds of years. Freedom of belief then kicks in with the Reformation, then civil rights thereafter with the English Commonwealth a key milestone but also one that increasingly rolls back the commons. Civil rights and the suffrage struggle for middle class men, the working class men with property, then more universally for women but not people of colour struggles as a battle for centuries right up to Mandela.

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