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Exploring the Horizon of Social, Political and Economic Change: An Interview with R.C. Smith by John Wisniewski (Part 2) | Heathwood Press

Exploring the Horizon of Social, Political and Economic Change: An Interview with R.C. Smith by John Wisniewski (Part 2) | Heathwood Press | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The demands of sustainable social-historical change are so complex - we need input from all disciplines, we need radical democratic and alternative philosophical foundations. We can’t possibly think that we can just overthrow the system – to suddenly remove presents structures and systems – and then some Utopia will suddenly emerge. It will take a lot of healing and support to move beyond capitalism’s coercive legacy (psychologically, emotionally, relationally, socially, epistemologically and so on). To suddenly destroy the capitalist system will not make its coercive legacy disappear. That is why, again, I think that seeing emancipatory change as a transitory process is crucial. Indeed, it will take a lot of participation and grassroots organisation, and it will require different systems to support this in both the short and long term. I am reminded, for instance, of a great paper by Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Kostakis titled From the <em>Communism of Capital to Capital for the Commons: Towards an Open Co-operativism</em>, which highlights a similar transitional approach to a post-capitalist economy that I’ve alluded above, combining both commons-oriented open peer production models with common ownership and governance models, such as those of co-operatives (i.e., worker self-directed enterprises, economic democracy, etc.) and the solidarity economic models. The idea here is basically to create a “proto-counter-economy”, which, again, could support the development and expansion of alternative (political, social and economic) space and assist in the greater multidimensional sociohistorical transition. There is something fundamentally significant about this concept."

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Renewables create 10 times more jobs than fossil fuels

Renewables create 10 times more jobs than fossil fuels | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Renewable energy creates up to ten times more jobs than similar sized fossil fuel ventures, a new study by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) shows.
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Australian Dollar Is Not Fit For Purpose - P2P Foundation

Australian Dollar Is Not Fit For Purpose - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"To provide a framework of analysis for your inquiry I invite your committee to consider if official forms of digital money that represent around 97% of all money in Australia are fit for purpose? In this way the committee can establish criteria for evaluating existing1 digital currencies and a proposal for adopting a long term stable, democratic and sustainable form of digital money and unit of value referred to in this submission as $Z. This submission identifies ten reasons why Australian money is not fit for purpose and why $Z is fit for purpose offering twenty advantages.
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Why did Britain’s political class buy into the Tories’ economic fairytale?

Why did Britain’s political class buy into the Tories’ economic fairytale? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The UK economy has been in difficulty since the 2008 financial crisis. Tough spending decisions have been needed to put it on the path to recovery because of the huge budget deficit left behind by the last irresponsible Labour government, showering its supporters with social benefit spending. Thanks to the coalition holding its nerve amid the clamour against cuts, the economy has finally recovered. True, wages have yet to make up the lost ground, but it is at least a “job-rich” recovery, allowing people to stand on their own feet rather than relying on state handouts.
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Twelve Policy Proposals for Human Politics - P2P Foundation

Twelve Policy Proposals for Human Politics - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Parties attack one another constantly and working together is considered a weakness. Individuals, however, collaborate naturally; it is what they do best. We need a politics that listens to and engages the individual voices of men and women across society, and works hard to find solutions that benefit them all.
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Barcelona 5.0 Plan - P2P Foundation

Barcelona 5.0 Plan - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"As Tomás Diez, director of the Fab Lab Barcelona project, explains in interview at owni.eu held in November 2011, their idea is to make Barcelona a Fab City. The current urban layout of Barcelona can be seen as a product of major events like the 1992 Olympics and the Universal Forum of Cultures in 2004. For the future of Barcelona, Vincente Guallart (former director of the IAAC and chief architect of Barcelona), and Antoni Vives (deputy mayor in charge of urban planning and information and technology) aim to build Barcelona 5.0.
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10 Open Source Policies for a Commons-Based Society

10 Open Source Policies for a Commons-Based Society | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Michel Bauwens is the founder of the P2P Foundation and former advisor to the goverment of Ecuador for a project to “remake the roots of Ecuador’s economy, setting off a transition into a society of free and open knowledge.” With a team of researchers and through a partipatory process involving local civic actors and global commoners, the FLOK project produced a generic transition plan to a commons society with more than 15 specific policy and legislative plans.
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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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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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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

"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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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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Bologna Regulation for the Care and Regeneration of Urban Commons - P2P Foundation

Bologna Regulation for the Care and Regeneration of Urban Commons - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"This Regulation was drafted by a working group appointed by the City of Bologna within the project “The city as a Commons” supported by Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna (www.fondazionedelmonte.it). The Italian version can be downloaded here. Translation into English was prepared and edited by LabGov - LABoratory for the GOVernance of commons (http://www.labgov.it) at LUISS Guido Carli. Through this acknowledgment note, LabGov would like to express its gratitude to all those who spent time and energies on this translation of what is now known as the Bologna Regulation on Public Collaboration for Urban Commons. Thus we extend our thanks to LabGov interns who translated single parts of this Regulation: Salvatore Borghese, Edoardo De Stefani, Elena de Nictolis, Alessandra Feola, Fabio Fioravanti, Rosaria Gimmelli, Lucia Mosca, Silvia Pianta, Gianluca Purpura, Marco Quaglia, Stefano Speranza, Margherita Sperduti. Also, LabGov expresses sincere gratitude to professors Sheila Foster and Giacinto della Cananea for commenting the regulation and its English version during the workshop on "Urban commons and the Bologna Regulation on public collaboration. An Inter-Atlantic dialogue" held at LUISS Guido Carli on October 31st, 2014." (http://www.labgov.it/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Bologna-Regulation-on-collaboration-between-citizens-and-the-city-for-the-cure-and-regeneration-of-urban-commons1.pdf)
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Inequality Policy Brief | Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity

Inequality Policy Brief | Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Responding to those who say that inequality is the inevitable result of capitalism, three leading experts from the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California at Berkeley discussed policies that can address extreme inequality and why building an inclusive economy should be a national priority. Whether one looks at the concentration of wealth among the top one percent, stagnating wages for ordinary workers, stark wealth and income disparities by race and gender, increased poverty rates, or stalled economic mobility for those at the bottom of the income ladder, the evidence suggests that extreme inequality has grown dramatically in the U.S. since the 1970s. 
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Towards a Security and Opportunity Society - P2P Foundation

Towards a Security and Opportunity Society - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Over the past generation, the economic risks American families face have increased substantially. Yet public programs have largely failed to adapt to these new and newly intensified risks, and private workplace benefits have eroded. As a result, Americans increasingly and themselves on an economic tightrope, without an adequate safety net if, as is ever more likely, they lose their footing. This tightrope both creates anxiety about the future and causes hardship when families do lose their balance. But importantly, it also threatens opportunity by making it more difficult for families to feel sufficiently secure to look confidently toward the future and make the risky investments in skills, education, and assets necessary to prosper in a highly dynamic and uncertain economy.

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Manifesto for the Commons in the European Union - P2P Foundation

Manifesto for the Commons in the European Union - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The text is the result of discussions by an informal group of people interested to interconnect the Social Economy and Commons issues at the European level. This informal group includes Benjamin Coriat and Fabienne Orsi (researchers), Perez Roland, Pierre Calame, Gaelle Krikorian (European Green), Nicole ALIX and Philippe Herzog, ... It was co-signed by MEP Marie-Christine Vergiat.
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US Government Slides Toward Sharing Economy and Changing Zeitgeist - By ... - Hotel News Resource

US Government Slides Toward Sharing Economy and Changing Zeitgeist - By ... - Hotel News Resource | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Article - U.S. Government Slides Toward Sharing Economy and Changing Zeitgeist - By John Hendrie - Boy, that is a title mouthful and very curious. But, the move is right on the horizon, when you start to follow the money, actually the costs.
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Proposals to Support the Emerging Maker Economy - P2P Foundation

Proposals to Support the Emerging Maker Economy - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The maker movement is on the rise. There are already over one million Etsy sellers worldwide. Together, they sold over $1.35 billion worth of goods in 2013. The emerging maker movement offers the tantalizing promise of a better economy—one that puts people at the center of commerce, promotes local, sustainable production, and empowers anyone to build a creative business on their own terms.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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