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Print-on-Demand and the Law of Unintended Consequences | Peer to Peer ... - Library Journal

Print-on-Demand and the Law of Unintended Consequences | Peer to Peer ... - Library Journal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Substantial political, intellectual and romanticized baggage from other eras attaches itself to the concept of activism, and much of this baggage is rooted in the impressions of youth activism from the 1960s and early ’70s. Past images of young people “in the streets” have become the standard against which today’s youth action is judged. So it’s tempting to assume that if we don’t rise to that level of precedent-setting outrage, volume and visibility, we aren’t doing much. But as pragmatic idealists, Millennials realize activism can take many forms. Political scientist Natalie Davis noted that Millennials, in comparison to Gen Xers, a

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THE COOPERATIVE MODEL REVISITED Michel Bauwens

THE COOPERATIVE MODEL REVISITED Michel Bauwens | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This session was part of Open Everything - A Collaborative Economy Convergence - www.openeverything.ie Organised by Cultivate, P2P Foundation and WeCreate Workspace in Dublin, Limerick and Cloughjordan convergence@cultivate.ie The Convergence brought together cooperative advocates, community activists, and commons animators to share perspectives and ideas on the question, “How can a commons-based collaborative economy strengthen the resilience of our communities?” THE COOPERATIVE MODEL REVISITED FRIDAY 12th September WeCreate, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Tipperary Supported by Tipperary County Council, NTLP and the Plunkett Foundation UK This timely event will brought together international experts, national thinkers and local entrepreneurs together to inspire a co-operative approach... 

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56 Reasons Anonymous Company Ownership Is the Biggest Problem You've Never Heard Of

56 Reasons Anonymous Company Ownership Is the Biggest Problem You've Never Heard Of | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Anonymous company ownership doesn't exactly trip off the tongue does it. Nor is it a phrase that many people have heard of. But it should be. Anonymous company ownership is behind much of what is bad in the world.
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Complex Life Owes Its Existence To Parasites? | Life, Unbounded, Scientific American Blog Network

Complex Life Owes Its Existence To Parasites? | Life, Unbounded, Scientific American Blog Network | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Is complex life rare in the cosmos? The idea that it could be rests on the observation that the existence of life like us – with large, energy hungry, complicated cells – may be contingent on a number of very specific and unlikely factors in the history of the Earth. Added together they suggest that places like this could be exceedingly unusual across the universe. As I’ve pointed out in a previous post, there are some potential flaws to such arguments, largely because of the ways in which we make post-hoc inferences.
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Sympathy for the Luddites

Sympathy for the Luddites | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In 1786, the cloth workers of Leeds, a wool-industry center in northern England, issued a protest against the growing use of “scribbling” machines, which were taking over a task formerly performed by skilled labor. “How are those men, thus thrown out of employ to provide for their families?” asked the petitioners. “And what are they to put their children apprentice to?”
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Warren Karlenzig - Collective Intelligence: Cities as Global Sustainability Platform - TEDxMission - YouTube

Social media and collaborative technologies--layered with smart systems combining geo-location data with human experience--will make cities the driving sustainability force in a dawning planetary era. Cities will anticipate new risks with rapid urban systems innovation based upon crowdsourcing, virtual and physical communities, and transparent markets sensitive to full carbon and resource costs. Creatively leveraging collective intelligence for clean energy, low carbon mobility and sustainable food and water, the new urban grid will enable high local quality of life, lifelong learning and vibrant green economies.

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La’Zooz: The Decentralized Proof-of-Movement ‘Uber’ Unveiled

La’Zooz: The Decentralized Proof-of-Movement ‘Uber’ Unveiled | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Taxi unions (with their ever-attendant government backing) have unleashed oppression on ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft around the world. Now it seems that they’ve brought upon themselves the same fate that Hollywood eventually met when it used the state to crush Napster: a decentralized version of their original target.
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Coops Europe and Fair Trade team up to promote people-centred businesses

Coops Europe and Fair Trade team up to promote people-centred businesses | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Leaders of the European co-operative movement discussed the importance of people-centred events at a high-level conference in Brussels. The conference was hosted by MEP Gay Mitchell and jointly organised by Cooperatives Europe and Fair Trade Advocacy Office.
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Video of the Day: 3 hacks for a resource-based economy | P2P Foundation

Video of the Day: 3 hacks for a resource-based economy | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Zeitgeist Movement Ecuador invited Michel Bauwens to talk about a possible transition towards a Resource-based economic model and the “hacks” he proposes to achieve this (edited to include English audio only).
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THE COOPERATIVE MODEL REVISITED - Michel Bauwens | P2P Foundation

THE COOPERATIVE MODEL REVISITED - Michel Bauwens | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Michel Bauwens who asks how can we think about the relationship between the cooperative movement and the commons?
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Emerging Ownership Revolution - P2P Foundation

Emerging Ownership Revolution - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"I find it interesting that you focus on the subtitle of the book and not the title: Owning the Future. My guess is that the idea of treating the future as controlled by owners is a bit much. I think this book needs a more critical analysis. As I read Elinor Ostrom, for example,she is not talking about some kind of ownership of the commons, but citizens governing the commons. Kelly, on the other hand, sees the commons as a type of ownership. I think there remains a difference between an economy based on ownership, even co-ownership, and one based on civic membership. Citizens, of course, will design different ways of governing the commons, and in some cases, different types of ownership will be chosen. To choose ownership without a civic conversation among members of the civic seems to keep us in an economics of property rather than moving toward an economics of provision." (p2p blog, August 2012)
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Wasp's 3D printers produce low-cost houses made from mud

Wasp's 3D printers produce low-cost houses made from mud | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A need to address a lack of housing for our growing population has turned up some eye-catching efforts recently. Italian firm Wasp is the latest to explore ...
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Take Control With Open Source Hardware | Linux.com

Take Control With Open Source Hardware | Linux.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Free and open source software are no good without open hardware. If we can't install our software on a piece of hardware, it's not good for anything. Truly open hardware is fully-programmable and replicable.

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▶ A Conversation with Peter Thiel and Niall Ferguson - Institute of Politics - YouTube

A conversation with: Peter Thiel, founding CEO of PayPal; Member, Board of Directors, Facebook; entrepreneur; and venture capitalist and Niall Ferguson, Laur...
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The sharing economy: make it sustainable

The sharing economy: make it sustainable | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Is the sharing economy a tool for ecological transition? The main objective of this report is to analyse the environmental potential of the sharing economy, considered in its full diversity, and the conditions for the realization of this potential.
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The Map - How to Out Your Local Economy by John Rogers (eBook) - Lulu

The Map - How to Out Your Local Economy by John Rogers (eBook) - Lulu | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Map describes how to make the rich underused capacity of regional economies more visible. It shows how to engage individuals, businesses, voluntary groups and local government to share their underused assets to meet each others' needs. The Map is both a vision and a practical action programme.
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Occupy Democracy – The Battle of the Tarpaulin

Occupy Democracy – The Battle of the Tarpaulin | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
If a progressive movement can gauge the effect it’s having from the response of the State, then the Unions should be ashamed of themselves, and the Occupy movement should be cheering loudly.
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Debating the Sharing Economy

Debating the Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The “sharing economy” has attracted a great deal of attention in recent months. Platforms such as Airbnb and Uber are experiencing explosive growth, which, in turn, has led to regulatory and political battles. Boosters claim the new technologies will yield utopian outcomes—empowerment of ordinary people, efficiency, and even lower carbon footprints. Critics denounce them for being about economic self-interest rather than sharing, and for being predatory and exploitative. Not surprisingly, the reality is more complex. This essay, based on more than three years of study of both non-profit and for-profit initiatives in the “sharing economy,” discusses what’s new and not so new about the sector and how the claims of proponents and critics stack up. While the for-profit companies may be “acting badly,” these new technologies of peer-to-peer economic activity are potentially powerful tools for building a social movement centered on genuine practices of sharing and cooperation in the production and consumption of goods and services. But achieving that potential will require democratizing the ownership and governance of the platforms. - See more at: http://www.greattransition.org/publication/debating-the-sharing-economy#sthash.iNy3B4Zl.dpuf

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Shapeways helps 3D printing startup bring DnD figures to life

Shapeways helps 3D printing startup bring DnD figures to life | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Shapeways to collaborate with 3D printing company trying to print 3D game models from games like Dungeons & Dragons.
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Super-Star Based Technological Change - P2P Foundation

Super-Star Based Technological Change - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"“My reading of the data is that technology is the main driver of the recent increases in inequality. It’s the biggest factor,” says Erik Brynjolfsson, a professor of management at MIT’s Sloan School. The coauthor, with fellow MIT academic Andrew McAfee, of The Second Machine Age, Brynjolfsson, like Piketty, has recently gained unlikely prominence for an academic economist.
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Going beyond platform capitalism | P2P Foundation

“By controlling their ecosystems, platforms create a stage on which every economic transaction can be turned into an auction. Nothing minimizes cost better than an auction – including the cost of labour. That’s why labour is the crucial societal aspect of platform capitalism. It is exactly here that we will have to decide whether to harness the enormous advantages of platform capitalism and the sharing economy or to create a ‘dumping market’ where the exploited amateurs only have the function to push professional prices down.”
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How Land Property Is Tied To Inequality: the UK example | P2P Foundation

How Land Property Is Tied To Inequality: the UK example | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Hungarian economist Karl Polanyi, writing in the shadow of the Great Depression and the Second World War, insisted that land, like labour and money, could not be treated like any other commodity. When they have been, society has been in danger of falling apart. The speculative turbulence of the current private land market, and the concentration of land ownership by the top 10%, bear out his argument. To resolve the current housing crisis, to tame the financial tiger and to curb the ever growing inequality that eats like an acid into our common bonds, now calls for a major initiative: to reclaim the freehold of Britain’s land for the public and the social realms.”

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The Secret History of the Robot Car

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After attending the 1964 World’s Fair, the science-fiction author Isaac Asimov wrote an essay in The New York Times imagining a visit to the World’s Fair 50 years in the future, in 2014. Among his predictions: “Much effort will be put into the designing of vehicles with ‘robot-brains’—vehicles that can be set for particular destinations and that will then proceed there without interference by the slow reflexes of a human driver.”

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Robots may spell “Control-Alt-Delete” for workers

Robots may spell “Control-Alt-Delete” for workers | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Human beings can never run out of work. Adam Smith held that cheery view, and so far he has been proved right. But can the invisible hand match up to the robotic arm? About 47 percent of existing U.S. jobs are at risk from computerisation, according to an Oxford University study published last year. If wage incomes were to disappear in a short time, the results could be cataclysmic for prosperity and peace.
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The Share Economy is Dead, Long Live to the Share Economy! | Commercial Open Source Software

Airbnb, Uber and many other centralized sharing approaches are collecting big money from investors and opening every day new markets. The problem with ‘Sharing Central‘ is that there are business reasons to hide negative feedbackput strong ID system in place, push people to write comments using quid pro quo strategies and more.

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