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on peer-to-peer dynamics in the field of politics, economics and institutions
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In the on-demand economy, flexibility isn't control and algorithms won't protect workers' rights

In the on-demand economy, flexibility isn't control and algorithms won't protect workers' rights | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The rise of the on-demand workforce requires new ideas about protecting workers’ rights, but if it’s going to be fair, that readjustment can’t be based on the dictates of a handful of tech platforms.
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Whitepaper on the Bio-Commons - P2P Foundation

Whitepaper on the Bio-Commons - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

= "With regards to biotechnology, society relies mainly on patents as means to enable and secure innovations. In recent years, the limits of this intellectual property regime has become increasingly evident. New approaches to biological knowledge and technology, such as the attempts to establish open access and open-source practices".

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Now Cities And States Can Get Involved In The Sharing Economy, Instead Of Just Slowing It Down

Now Cities And States Can Get Involved In The Sharing Economy, Instead Of Just Slowing It Down | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
An equipment share for governments could save everyone money. (Sharing economy could work on a local level. Still threatens fed currency.
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Unlocking Petition Makes Legislative History | TechCrunch

Unlocking Petition Makes Legislative History | TechCrunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Editor’s note: Derek Khanna is a technology policy consultant and columnist. He previously worked for the House Republican Study Committee where he authored their report on copyright reform. He spearheaded the national campaign on cellphone unlocking that resulted in proposed legislation to legalize unlocking your phoneDerek regularly writes for The Atlantic, National Review and Forbes.


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polylog / themes / focus / Kwasi Wiredu: Democracy and Consensus in African Traditional Politics. A Plea for a Non-party Polity

polylog / themes / focus / Kwasi Wiredu: Democracy and Consensus in African Traditional Politics. A Plea for a Non-party Polity | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Wiredu discusses the consensus principle in the political system of the Ashantis in Ghana as a guideline for a recommendable path for African politics.
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Marco Civil - bill of rights for internet users in Brazil

Marco Civil - bill of rights for internet users in Brazil | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
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Social Charters - a declaration of intent to hold a commons in trust for its beneficiaries

Social Charters -  a declaration of intent to hold a commons in trust for its beneficiaries | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

= A social charter is a social and institutional framework providing incentives for the management and protection of commons resources. Creating a social charter requires the support and involvement of people across a region or community of interest who depend on specific common goods for their livelihood and welfare. A social charter can be developed for a single commons or for overlapping commons.


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Route Map to the Enabling State - P2P Foundation

Route Map to the Enabling State - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"The Carnegie UK Trust has been a supporter and advocate of community led initiatives and ‘bottom up’ approaches to decision making and development throughout our 100 year history. Whether it was our early support for rural community councils or more recently community ownership of land, our Trustees have long recognised the power of community led activity to transform wellbeing.

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Democratic Co-Production Agenda for Care Services in the UK - P2P Foundation

Democratic Co-Production Agenda for Care Services in the UK - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Hardly a month goes by without another horror story in the press and media about a disturbing state  of affairs in our health and care services. The prosecutions at Winterbourne View, the massive collapse  and public sector rescue of Southern Cross are symptomatic of a national care service system in crisis.  Is there a democratically accountable ownership model for health and care services that could make a  difference? Quite simply, could the active membership and co­operative governance of workers, service  users, volunteers and family members rebuild public trust in care services and put an end to cruelty and  neglect through an ownership transformation solution by stakeholders that is socially inclusive? These  fundamental questions are the focus of this study.

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Democratic Co-Production Agenda for Care Services in the UK - P2P Foundation

Democratic Co-Production Agenda for Care Services in the UK - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"The new strategy, ‘Social Co-operatives, a Democratic Co-production Agenda for Care Services in the UK’, examines best practice in co-operative health and social care services and draws lessons from international experience where co-operative models of delivery are widespread and are evolving dynamic forms of community membership and ownership.

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It's time to revive public ownership and the common good

It's time to revive public ownership and the common good | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Anne Karpf: Despite its dire record, privatisation is rarely questioned. We must push for our shared interests to take precedence
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Will Liberals Strangle the “Sharing Economy” in Its Crib? - Town Hall

Will Liberals Strangle the “Sharing Economy” in Its Crib? - Town Hall | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


“The sharing economy” and “disruptive technology.” Those are the terms liberals now use to help them comfortably embrace the free market and its creative destruction.

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Tragedy of the Private and Potential of the Public - P2P Foundation

Tragedy of the Private and Potential of the Public - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"This booklet is about how public service workers, with their fellow community members, are not only defending public services but also struggling to make them democratic and responsive to people’s needs and desires. It is also about how these alliances are working at different levels – local, national and international.

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Smart Cities and Big Data and Using It | Sustainable Cities Collective

Smart Cities and Big Data and Using It | Sustainable Cities Collective | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We live in a world where cars can fold into themselves and may soon be levitating. However, this rapid pace of innovation in the automotive sector is not yet crossing over to cities at large. Cities are traditionally slow and resistant to change.
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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » A Charter for Democracy

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » A Charter for Democracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Here’s a very special treat. Originally published on Guerrilla TranslationMovimiento por la Democracia´s “Charter for Democracy” stands out as premier example of citizen-led solution making to the various crises we face. It is a constitution for the commons written by commons.

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Tri-Centric Governance Model for the Food Commons - P2P Foundation

Tri-Centric Governance Model for the Food Commons - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Nowadays, in different parts of the world, numerous examples of local transitions towards sustainable food production and consumption are taking place . Based on Elinor Ostrom’s polycentric governance (Ostrom, 1990, 2009), food is being produced, consumed and distributed by agreements and initiatives formed by state institutions, private producers and companies, and self-organized groups under self-negotiated rules.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Video: Michele D’Alena on the City as Commons Project in Bologna

Interesting lecture at the Ouishare Fest on the pioneering efforts in Bologna:

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Open Policy Network to Give Governments a License to Share

Open Policy Network to Give Governments a License to Share | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
When public dollars fund a project, shouldn’t the public then have access it? It seems like a no-brainer, yet this is oftentimes not the case as data, educational tools, media and more get squirreled away in the caverns of bureaucracy or, worse yet, sold back to a public that has already paid for the resource.
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Steady-State Economy - P2P Foundation

Steady-State Economy - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

= a P2P-informed approach in which non-human life, future generations, and 'nature' are taken as partners, from which no more can be taken, than its ability to regenerate itself.


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Sharing City Seoul - P2P Foundation

Sharing City Seoul - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Since the declaration of Sharing City, Seoul has been one of the pioneers on city-driven sharing movement. The current mayor Won-Soon Park, whose background is from non-profit social sector, is very much eager to realize transparency and citizen engagement through sharing resources of the city.

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A Citizens' Initiative For A European Green New Deal - Social Europe Journal

A Citizens' Initiative For A European Green New Deal - Social Europe Journal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Several people and organizations have recently called for a “New Deal for Europe”: the German Trade Union Confederation DGB with its “Marshall Plan for Europe”; the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) with its “New Path for Europe”; many a contributor to the book Shaping a Different Europe, and others. Underlying all such proposals is the realization that the austerity measures that have been imposed all over the EU (not only on its periphery and not only on the Eurozone) are obviously detrimental to the economy and to the people, yet individual countries cannot on their own take those step to boost investments, stimulate employment and revive the economy, like the Keynes-inspired ones which brought the USA through the Great Depression and presided over the post-war economic expansion.

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Decentralization: My vision of freedom for our networked society ...

Decentralization: My vision of freedom for our networked society ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Abstract: This is an article about social-technological development, the rise of certain concepts of controlling peoples digital identities and the data linked to them, and about freedom and self-determination.
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Neal Gorenflo: Reflections from the SHARE Conference

Neal Gorenflo: Reflections from the SHARE Conference | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

On May 13-14, Transition US staff participated in the first annual SHARE Conference, joining 500+ entrepreneurs, investors, techies, government officials, and nonprofit leaders. SHARE, which took place in San Francisco was dedicated to exploring the sharing economy, and highlighted both the innovation and challenges within this field.


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Radical Ecological Democracy - P2P Foundation

Radical Ecological Democracy - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"If the aim of human society is happiness, freedom, and prosperity, there are indeed many alternative ways to achieve this without endangering the earth and ourselves, and without leaving behind half or more of humanity. This applies to India as to any other country, though the specifics of the alternatives will vary greatly depending on ecological, cultural, economic, and political conditions.

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Open Infrastructures for Water Management - P2P Foundation

Open Infrastructures for Water Management - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Water has always been considered either a public good (in most cases) or a private one when it is appropriated to generate economic value, for instance in bottled water. Only at very local scales, water users communities have created institutions that manage water as a common pool resource as has been extensively documented by the work of Elinor Ostrom. The basic problem with water is that it is, by nature, a multi-scale resource: water is used for many purposes and managed at many different levels (local, regional, national, international). It is also multidimensional, its management requires dealing with social, economic, hydrological and climatic data, which is difficult to collect and usually not shared and coordinated among different institutions and scales.

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Curated by jean lievens
Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation