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Are You Ready to Trust a Decentralized Autonomous Organization?

Are You Ready to Trust a Decentralized Autonomous Organization? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The “social” in a lot of online social networking turns out to be pretty weak. Sure, we can share pictures and opinions with thousands of people, even organize protests and recommend one another for jobs. But protests organized on Facebook event pages tend not to turn into lasting organizations that can wield power after the fact. The employer one finds through LinkedIn can’t exist solely on the network; there’s likely brick-and-mortar somewhere, and certainly some paper documents. Social media only goes so far. So it’s probably not surprising that bands of geeks — and their investor friends — are eager to upload more aspects of life to the Internet: from money to contracts to organizations to entire countries.

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Fire Your Boss: How Companies Without Hierarchy Are Getting Ahead

Fire Your Boss: How Companies Without Hierarchy Are Getting Ahead | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It used to be the man made the company. Great businesses were personified in the figures of their visionary bosses like Jack Welch, Michael Ovitz, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs, around whom a carefully constructed hierarchy of managers assembled to ensure maximal success. There has always been something aspirational in this, a collective desire to invent a symbolic vessel for greatness none of us suspect we could have on our own. After decades of pursuing charismatic leaders to magically create growth in any industry—from app design to car manufacturing—a number of big corporations have turned toward non-hierarchical, leaderless structures and are actually outperforming many of their more structured competitors.

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#BlackTwitter and the Revolutionary Power of Horizontal Networks

#BlackTwitter and the Revolutionary Power of Horizontal Networks | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The online reaction to Ferguson shows the importance of 'mass self-communication' that isn't controlled by government or corporations.
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This is how bureaucracy dies - Fortune

This is how bureaucracy dies - Fortune | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

(TheMIX) -- If you've spent a lifetime accumulating and wielding bureaucratic power, and if you've calibrated your career progress by the steps you've taken up the corporate ladder, or by the number of people who work for you, or the perks you've been awarded, or the scope of your authority, then envisioning a world in which leaders report to the led may be a bit daunting.

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Heathwood Press » Hierarchy or Horizontalism? – Critics of Occupy

Heathwood Press » Hierarchy or Horizontalism? – Critics of Occupy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The cycle of struggle which opened in 2011 has had numerous critics. A frequent target has been Occupy’s commitment to ‘horizontalism’ and direct democracy. Voices from the traditional left and from present-day critical theory declare that horizontalism is (at best) limited in its application or (at worst) incoherent. Our essay indicates a line of thought which allows such voices to be stilled.

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Us Now - Internet Documentary - YouTube

Us Now takes a look at how this type of participation could transform the way that countries are governed. It tells the stories of the online networks whose radical self-organising structures threaten to change the fabric of government forever.

  
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Fred Wilson: The Three Trends That Will Transform our World - LinkedIn Today

Fred Wilson: The Three Trends That Will Transform our World - LinkedIn Today | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Paris – Mobile, big data... these are just technologies and when you're trying to imagine "the next 10 years", that's too small a lens to look through. The further back you step, the more you have to look at humans and their eternal needs rather than passing technologies, explained famed venture capitalist Fred Wilson in LeWeb's keynote. "We don't think about technologies, we think about trends, what's happening with society, with people," he said.

 
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The Evolution of Work - Huffington Post

The Evolution of Work - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Work is clearly evolving which means that we are seeing new technologies and behaviors enter our organizations. These new behaviors and technologies are largely being fueled by the consumer web and now organizations are struggling to adapt. I wanted to create something which visually shows how exactly work is evolving and what areas are being impacted. To help do that my team from Chess Media Group and I put together a visual explaining the evolution of work. A high level explanation for each area is provided below after the graphic. Share it with your friends and colleagues who are seeking to understand how the world of work is changing.

 
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Valve pioneers a boss-free business

Valve pioneers a boss-free business | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Valve discusses how banning managers, putting desks on wheels and going on group holidays has helped fuel its success.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation