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on peer-to-peer dynamics in politics, the economy and organizations
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Peak stuff: the 'growth' party is over. So what next?

Peak stuff: the 'growth' party is over. So what next? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Over in Davos world leaders are desperately trying to find a 'fourth industrial revolution' to keep the 'growth' juggernaut rolling, write Bennet Francis & Rupert Read. But their efforts are doomed: the real challenge we face is to build a healthy, more equal society and a green, sustainable future for us all.
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Cheap Clothes Are Too Expensive: Buy Quality Instead

Cheap Clothes Are Too Expensive: Buy Quality Instead | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Quality clothes last longer for the money you spend, they’re more comfortable, and they make you look and feel pretty good while you wear them. Best of all, you can find quality anywhere. It comes down to buying less mediocre stuff and using that money on a few nice things that last forever.
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Is the Sharing Economy a Backlash to Our Culture of Consumerism?

Is the Sharing Economy a Backlash to Our Culture of Consumerism? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Is the Sharing Economy a Backlash to Our Culture of Consumerism?

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From consumers to communards

From consumers to communards | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The disappearance of the “consumer” in the new productive models drives a growing social space of productive networks and egalitarian oriented to abundance.

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CONSUMPTION IN COGNITIVE CAPITALISM: COMMODITY RIOTS AND THE DICTATORSHIP OF THE PROLETARIAT OF CONSUMPTION

CONSUMPTION IN COGNITIVE CAPITALISM: COMMODITY RIOTS AND THE DICTATORSHIP OF THE PROLETARIAT OF CONSUMPTION | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
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We challenge the prevalent opinion that consumption does not seem to matter as much as production and defy the fetishism of industrial work. We explore the implications of the premise that under conditions of cognitive capitalism consumption dictates what production does, when and how. We explain that in a post-industrial global society and economy fashion, branding, instant gratification of desires, and ephemeral consumer tastes govern production and consumption. The London (commodity) riots of August 2011 send us a warning that consumption and cognitive capitalism are asphyxiating in the structures and norms of industrial capitalism that are still in place.
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Airbnb and Collaborative Consumption: The End of Excess? - The Inquisitr

Airbnb and Collaborative Consumption: The End of Excess? - The Inquisitr | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
It began when two cash-strapped design school grads decided to rent out air mattresses to visitors in order to pay the rent. Soon after, they set up a website
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Reality is the Next Big Thing Debate: Can Capitalism and Democracy Co-Exist? - David Charles

Reality is the Next Big Thing Debate: Can Capitalism and Democracy Co-Exist? - David Charles | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The fact that everybody at Elevate seems to be so bothered by the idea of another person using our data to make a profit, raises a question from the audience: Can capitalism and democracy co-exist?
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A brief history of contemporary “consumerism” and anti-consumerism

A brief history of contemporary “consumerism” and anti-consumerism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

History books usually study social movements of the second half of the nineteenth century from the point of view of the split between anarchists and Marxists. Both theories played an important role in debates of the great workers’ movements of the following century, and for a long time, no one seemed to question the root they shared: the idea that the origin of the “social problem” was in the way in which the production of things was organized.

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Apple and Amazon Have a Problem: People Don't Want to Buy Stuff Anymore | WIRED

Apple and Amazon Have a Problem: People Don't Want to Buy Stuff Anymore | WIRED | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The failure of the Fire Phone has been widely cited as the reason for Amazon’s disastrous quarter, but a darker cloud has settled over the world’s biggest online retailer.
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Building the New Commons

Building the New Commons | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Humanity’s strength is in groups. In fact, It is our way of cooperating and communicating together in small and large groups that has allowed us to become a dominant form of life on Earth.


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Consumers: 'We don't need our stuff'

Consumers:  'We don't need our stuff' | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Sixty-five percent of those surveyed said society would be better off if people shared more and owned less.

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Eli Levine's curator insight, May 13, 2014 8:33 PM

I wonder if this too is just a pendulum swinger.

 

Each generation is different, and we happen to live at a time when so few have so much compared to so many.

 

Why should we believe that this "n" of one is a real trend?

 

Think about it.

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Civic Consumption Puts the "We" in the Sharing Economy

Civic Consumption Puts the "We" in the Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Civic Consumption is “the leveraging of shared buying power for dynamic social change to strengthen communities and reward enterprises doing the greatest good.”


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Seeing wetiko creative brief - /The Rules

Seeing wetiko creative brief - /The Rules | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Wetiko is an Algonquin word for a cannibalistic spirit that is driven by greed, excess and selfish consumption (in Ojibwa it is windingo, wintiko in Powhatan). It deludes its host into believing that cannibalizing the life-force of others (others in the broad sense, including animals and other forms of Gaian life) is a logical and morally upright way to live.

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We've hit peak home furnishings, says Ikea boss

We've hit peak home furnishings, says Ikea boss | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

cCompany’s head of sustainability says consumption of many familiar goods is at its limit

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Consume more, conserve more: sorry, but we just can’t do both | George Monbiot

Consume more, conserve more: sorry, but we just can’t do both | George Monbiot | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Economic growth is tearing the planet apart, and new research suggests that it can’t be reconciled with sustainability
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We have a Malware Consumer Economy… and ethical consumption is not the answer…Good Work is…. — Dark Matter Laboratories — Medium

We have a Malware Consumer Economy... and ethical consumption is not the answer...Good Work is.... - Dark Matter Laboratories - Medium
Consumption and creation/production are of course two halves of the same coin. The thesis presented here is that we are currently using…
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Ecological Crisis and the Tragedy of the Commodity - Counterpunch - CounterPunch

Ecological Crisis and the Tragedy of the Commodity - Counterpunch - CounterPunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We live in an era of ecological crisis, which is a direct result of human actions. Natural scientists have been debating whether the current historical epoch should be called the Anthropocene, in o...
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Over population, over consumption - in pictures

Over population, over consumption - in pictures | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
How do you raise awareness about population explosion? One group thought that the simplest way would be to show people
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Illegitimate Choices: Participation or Privacy? - David Charles

Illegitimate Choices: Participation or Privacy? - David Charles | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The central dilemma facing the average citizen hasn’t yet been discussed: How to participate in society without accelerating this dystopian future of surveillance capitalism.
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British shoppers are the meanest in the world - Telegraph.co.uk

British shoppers are the meanest in the world - Telegraph.co.uk | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

British shoppers are the meanest in the world when it comes to buying products which are environmentally friendly or help poor communities, new research has found.

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Sharing Tribes, new website connects community - Arizona Daily Wildcat

Sharing Tribes, new website connects community - Arizona Daily Wildcat | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Launched on Oct. 24, Sharing Tribes is a website founded by UA professor Anita Bhappu that markets a social networking platform for developing employee rapport and reducing unnecessary consumption.
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This is more than an economic and political crisis: it’s a crisis of civilization

This is more than an economic and political crisis: it’s a crisis of civilization | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A large portion of European citizens hold the belief that our present consumerist society can (and must) “progress” into the future. Meanwhile, a majority of the inhabitants of the planet can only dream of attaining the same level of material comfort that we have. However, our level of production and consumption has been achieved at the cost of exhausting natural (including energy) resources and by disrupting the equilibrium of Earth’s ecosystems.

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OpEdNews Article: Sharewashing is the New Greenwashing

OpEdNews Article: Sharewashing is the New Greenwashing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The idea of a "sharing economy" is an important one, and urgently needed today, but the word "sharing" is increasingly being roped into a sharewashing agenda. The key difference between the promise of the actual sharing economy, and the flood of sharewashing companies seeking to hide under its mantle, is that the latter inescapably involve monetary exchange, for profit.
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Video: Enough Is Enough - EthicalMarkets.com

Video: Enough Is Enough - EthicalMarkets.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Enough Is Enough lays out a visionary but realistic alternative to the perpetual pursuit of economic growth—an economy where the goal is enough, not more. Based on the best-selling book by Rob Dietz and Dan O’Neill, the film explores specific strategies to fix the financial system, reduce inequality, create jobs, and more. Drawing on the expertise of Tim Jackson, Kate Pickett, Andrew Simms, Natalie Bennett, and Ben Dyson, Enough Is Enough is the primer for achieving genuine prosperity and a hopeful future for all.

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