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FAB (LAB) FURNITURE! | Arch [BE] Log

“You are already behind!” – The warning heeded to us on the first day of Furniture Studio by instructor Kimo Griggs, crushing our hopes of being ahead with models worked on over the break – is now ever present as we are within four weeks off final review. Unlike most of our preceding studios, we are not only designing but manufacturing something that will live on in our homes and lives. Careful detailing, strategizing and flexibility are necessary in order to craft a beautifully designed piece of furniture, along with laughter, patience and copious amounts of coffee. I’ve been asked by friends and family, “What does furniture making have to do with studying architecture?” The short answer: everything! In many ways these are architectural pieces of their own, derived from the same design process. Workmanship detailed on paper must be solved with real material properties, simple solutions, and hard hands-on work when translated to real scale. Thankfully for us, we have our gurus, Kimo, Penny Maulden and Steve Withycombe to guide us past any hurdles we encounter.

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Presentation in Fablab10

Presentation in Fablab10 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Our Fab Lab is intertwined with our startup, and the two have helped each other move forward.

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The Historical Consciousness of the Academic Literature on Commons-based Peer Production

The Historical Consciousness of the Academic Literature on Commons-based Peer Production | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

As readers of this blog will know, I’m interested in constitutive historicism(i.e., the ways in competing perceptions of history structure decision-making in the present). There is a large body of literature that examines how historical facts, historical factoids, historical analogies, and historical meta-narratives shape the thinking of people in different domains, such as the making of US foreign policy (see book cover below).

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3D printing not unlike Napster in challenging intellectual property laws - Financial Post

3D printing not unlike Napster in challenging intellectual property laws - Financial Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Understandably, the price of personal printing units has come down even as the quality of their production improves.

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Amsterdam Smart Cities Supports 'Model Me'

Amsterdam Smart Cities Supports 'Model Me' | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Amsterdam Smart City supports the development of an online interactive application in Zuidoost in which users of the area can post their development ideas.
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Collective Intelligence: We Are The Cloud - Cloud Sherpas

Collective Intelligence: We Are The Cloud - Cloud Sherpas | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Using demographic and behavioural data to find, target and acquire customers is becoming increasingly important to businesses of all kinds. (Collective intelligence is why businesses collecting more and more behavioural data.
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Big data needs a human touch - The Networked Society Blog

Big data needs a human touch - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Turning data into insight calls for a balance of analytics and a human touch. In business, the full potential of big data can only be unlocked when bridged with intuition.

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Evolution of the Networked Society: Try to run Twitter on this! - The Networked Society Blog

Evolution of the Networked Society: Try to run Twitter on this! - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Is this the start of the Networked Society? Let us go back some years in Core Network history and we will find a very old network solution. It was called the switchboard operator.

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Competing with 'sharing economy' - Travel & Tourism News Middle East

Competing with 'sharing economy' - Travel & Tourism News Middle East | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

HAVE you heard of the ‘sharing economy’ yet? The word has been flying around the internet for a while now, but many industry professionals I speak to seem still hard-pressed to define what exactly it is, how it is impacting the hospitality, leisure, and tourism industries, and what future threats and opportunities it holds.

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Watch "TEDxPennQuarter - Anne McCrossan - Reinventing the Organization" Video at TEDxTalks

Watch "TEDxPennQuarter - Anne McCrossan - Reinventing the Organization" Video at TEDxTalks | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it



Anne's a specialist in organizational and brand development, a speaker, author and the founder of Visceral Business. She wrote the Changethis manifesto 'Cracking the Genetic Code: A New Way Forward for Organizations' and is shifting the way businesses develop, biologically instead of mechanically, so they can work indigenously with stakeholders and audiences and thrive in the semantic age.


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Portland OKs Airbnb-type short-term rentals

Portland OKs Airbnb-type short-term rentals | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland City Council voted Wednesday to legalize short-term rentals in single-family homes, giving added legitimacy to rental websites such as Airbnb.
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Bitcoin's "Political Neutrality is a Myth" - Amir Taaki Intervie

Bitcoin's "Political Neutrality is a Myth" - Amir Taaki Intervie | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Amir Taaki is a skilled programmer and one of the leading minds behind Dark Wallet, an app that will allow Bitcoin users to easily conduct anonymous transactions.
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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Essay: Towards a Participatory Market Society


“Despite all our great advances in science, technology and financial innovations, many soci- eties today are struggling with a financial, economic and public spending crisis, over-regulation, and mass unemployment, as well as lack of sustainability and innovation. Can we still rely on conventional economic thinking or do we need a new approach? Is our economic system under- going a fundamental transformation? Are our theories still doing a good job with just a few exceptions, or do they work only for “good weather” but not for “market storms”? Can we fix existing theories by adapting them a bit, or do we need a fundamentally different approach? These are the kind of questions that will be addressed in this paper. I argue that, as the complexity of socio-economic systems increases, networked decision- making and bottom-up self-regulation will be more and more important features.

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Open App - P2P Foundation

Open App - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"The plan at this point is focused on getting Cobudget properly user-tested and minimally integrated with Loomio groups by using the Circle app to stick them together. There are lots of requests for some combination of Cobudget and Loomio. We want to go where the demand pull is, then bootstrap the ecocsystem from there." (https://www.loomio.org/d/RJnwlM1g/project-update)

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Mutual Development Principles

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Mutual Development arises from observations as to the state of the Development Industry and the problems it causes. Especially with respect to Money and it’s use in social empowerment. Short summary – Money fucks up everything in this context, at least when coming from external and non sustainable resources. Money creates artificial inequality, without guaranteeing meaningful contribution. It creates dependencies, with inevitably lead to collapse or hindrance to projects upon the withdrawal of funds. Anyway, enough bitching, I’m trying to create a positive provocation. “Experts” are also problematic, I addressed this in the first post.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » P2P Trendfest (6): User-Generated Urbanism

“The traditional model of city-making has historically involved experts with a definitive, long-term plan executed over time. The issue with that is that culture changes faster than infrastructure; we’ve surpassed our ability to keep up. One of the consequences is that we’re left living in cities we planned 50 to 60 years ago.”

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Limiting Noise

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Limiting Noise | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Noise is another telling example of the failure of growth. All through the nineteenth and twentieth century, the middle class tried to move to quieter neighborhoods by moving to lower density suburbs. Until World War I, they succeeded: from the walking city to the streetcar suburb, middle-class neighborhoods did become pleasanter and quieter. But during the twentieth century, so many new sources of noise appeared that modern suburbia is noisier than the much denser streetcar suburbs were one hundred years ago.


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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Book of the Day: The Transforming History of Land Ownership

“the new book .. describes how the Pilgrims imposed their notions of private property on the land commons in the New World. The consequences – while perhaps inevitable, whether from them or other settlers – were nonetheless pivotal in the future development of America.

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Testimony of Equality - P2P Foundation

Testimony of Equality - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"A testimony of equality is an act, usage, or course of conduct by a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) tending to assert or promote equality of persons, arising from the Friends' belief that all people are equal in the eyes of God. The word testimony describes the way that Friends testify or bear witness to their beliefs in their everyday life. A testimony is therefore not a belief, but is committed action arising out of Friends' religious experience. Testimony of equality has included Quakers' participating in actions that promote the equality of the sexes and races, as well as other classifications of people." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Testimony_of_equality)

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ResPublica | Think Tank | Phillip Blond | Big Society | Government policy | It’s The ‘Common Good’ Economy, Stupid

ResPublica | Think Tank | Phillip Blond | Big Society | Government policy | It’s The ‘Common Good’ Economy, Stupid | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In the wake of economic and financial meltdown politicians from all parties have been eager to offer new models of capitalism ranging from the ‘responsible’ to the ‘popular’.  As has been recently noted in the media, Catholic Social Teaching (CST) has a lot to contribute to the debate about the nature of capitalism, values and the market place.  Informed by our experiences of working with local partners and communities in the Global South, a reflection on CST principles as well as our own analysis of the current economic debate we are in the process of developing three concepts - purpose, participation and political communities - that we think need to be at the heart of any new approach to capitalism and the economy. 



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Jeremy Scahill: Leaked U.S. Terrorist Watchlist Rulebook Reveals "Global Stop and Frisk Program"

Jeremy Scahill: Leaked U.S. Terrorist Watchlist Rulebook Reveals "Global Stop and Frisk Program" | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Obama administration has expanded the national terrorist watchlist system by approving broad guidelines over who can be targeted. A leaked copy of the secret government guidebook reveals that to be deemed a "terrorist" target, "irrefutable evidence or concrete facts are not necessary." Both "known" and "suspected" suspects are tracked, and terrorism is so broadly defined that it includes people accused of damaging property belonging to the government or financial institutions. Other factors that can justify inclusion on the watchlist include postings on social media or having a relative already deemed a terrorist. We are joined by investigative reporters Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux of The Intercept. Last week they published the secret U.S. document along with their new article, "The Secret Government Rulebook for Labeling You a Terrorist."
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The amazing world of alternative currencies: a list of 8 “different” coins

The amazing world of alternative currencies: a list of 8 “different” coins | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Since we’ve created money, we also have invented ways of replacing it with other forms of currency, whether it’s because we don’t fully trust fiat currency or because we love the idea of having choices. Bitcoin is the perfect mix of these two valid explanations and, like our favourite virtual coin, a lot of alternative currencies have lives, prospered and (sometimes) ended after providing a lifetime of joy to their users. Let’s take a look at some of these “different” currencies.

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Losers Create Things Too | Article | CCCB LAB

Losers Create Things Too | Article | CCCB LAB | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

For some time now, the CCCB LAB team has been collaboratively compiling a music playlist that can be approached as a soundtrack to the different stages of the creative process: the Eureka moment of a new idea, the development of a project, doubts, the desired or unexpected solution, error, low points, perseverance, starting all over again, getting things right, the joy of teamwork… The following post is a one of the many ways in which music can be a stimulus for personal or collaborative reflection on the act of creation, its paradoxes and its rarer offshoots.


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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Chris Steward on why we need Anti-Heroic Leadership

“My mate Richard Wilson has just launched his new free eBook “Anti Hero” – pitched at institutionalising transformational personal development in our collective leadership. Focused on change in the UK, I think the logic and insights are relevant globally, but especially in industrialised countries.

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Introducing Stellar | Stellar

Introducing Stellar | Stellar | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Stellar is a decentralized protocol for sending and receiving money in any pair of currencies. This means users can, for example, send a transaction from their Yen balance and have it arrive in Euros, Yen, or even bitcoin. We’re expecting to support the usual categories of transactions: payments to a merchant, remittances back home, or rent splits with a roommate.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » P2P Trendfest (8): Context-Based Sustainability (metrics for the commons ?)

“My sense is that the commons movement could benefit from deeper engagement with the corporate community, including activists who advocate for corporations to take full accountability for their impacts on capitals that are vital to stakeholder well-being. And I know that the sustainability context movement would benefit from expanding its advocacy base beyond the core of the corporate accountability community.”

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