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Innovation of Community Energy in Finland and the UK - P2P Foundation

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"This PhD research focuses on the innovation of community energy projects in two European countries, Finland and the United Kingdom (UK). The European Union has a target to increase renewable energy generation to 20% by 2020 and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 20% below 1990 levels in the same timeline. This PhD aims to find out what has made the UK a place for community energy to flourish in the last five years. In order to do that, the development of community energy in the UK is reflected on another EU country, Finland, which has similar energy generation sources to the UK, but much less actual citizen-owned and/or led community energy projects. Both Finland and the UK use a mix of renewable and conventional energy sources, though focus on either medium or large-scale energy developments (megawatts rather than kilowatts, medium-sized district heating, large centralised power plants). Using concepts from socio-technological transitions theory, qualitative case study analysis and views of intermediary organisations, this research answers the question why and how do community energy innovations develop in Finland and the UK? The research is interested in how community energy projects are developed, how they establish themselves and potentially diffuse. Outcomes of the research are expected to be useful for citizens, organisations involved in community energy projects and academics researching the field.

 
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How I thrived on a Basic Income of less than $11,000 last year in Montreal — Basic income — Medium

How I thrived on a Basic Income of less than $11,000 last year in Montreal - Basic income - Medium
$10,815.47 to be exact.
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Technological Determinism and Social Change - P2P Foundation

Technological Determinism and Social Change - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"The aim of this book is to shed new light on this theoretically and practically significant issue, and questions the role of technology and culture in social change. It challenges us to reconsider and rethink the impact of new information and communication technologies on civil society, participatory democracy and digital citizenship in theoretical and methodological contributions, through the analysis of specific cases in Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, China, Colombia, Kenya, Netherlands and the United States. Access to information and communication technologies is a necessity, and the importance of access should not be trivialized, but a plea for digital literacy implies recognizing that access is the beginning of ICT policies and not the end of it. Digital literacy requires using the Internet and social media in socially and culturally useful ways aimed at the inclusion of everybody in the emerging information/knowledge society. Technology matters, but people matter more."

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The Workers Lab | Uniting workers, transforming low-wage industries, rebuilding the American middle class.

The Workers Lab | Uniting workers, transforming low-wage industries, rebuilding the American middle class. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Simply put, we’ve become a low-wage nation where workers invest hours into jobs with little hope of providing for their basic needs. The result has been a social and economic crisis marked most distinctly by the recession of 2008. During the depths of the recession 24% of jobs were classified as low-wage or ones where workers earned roughly $47,000 or less to support a family of 4. The daunting fact is that the percentage of low-wage jobs is projected to double to over 48% by 2020.
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Mapping how 530 global cities use their water - Urbanful

Mapping how 530 global cities use their water - Urbanful | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A groundbreaking new study has revealed just how much water we're using and if this consumption will still be sustainable by 2050.
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US wealth inequality - top 0.1% worth as much as the bottom 90%

US wealth inequality - top 0.1% worth as much as the bottom 90% | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Not since the Great Depression has wealth inequality in the US been so acute, new in-depth study finds
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The right’s home-school conspiracy: How I helped GOP launch a religious war

The right’s home-school conspiracy: How I helped GOP launch a religious war | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
As someone who participated in the rise of the religious right in the 1970s and 1980s, I can tell you that you can’t understand the modern Republican Party and its hatred of government unless you understand the evangelical home-school movement. Nor can the Democrats hope to defeat the GOP in 2016 unless they grasp what I’ll be explaining here: religious war carried on by other means.
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Hackathons, Smart Cities and Startups: Life Inside a Coworking Space

Hackathons, Smart Cities and Startups: Life Inside a Coworking Space | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

So you’ve got your Next Great Idea for a data science startup that’s going to change the world. There’s a diverse number of paths you could take- incubators, accelerators, hiring a cheap office space- but one option we hear less about is coworking. We recently spoke to William van den Broek, one of the Co-Founders of the Mutinerie coworking spaces in Paris, about why he sees coworking as “the future of work”.

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A Scientist's Odyssey in a Globally Networked Society - YouTube

Rolf Pfeifer's farewell lecture at Aula (University of Zurich). With a number of guest appearances from around the globe... and featuring Roboy! Jump to 5:15...
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Book of the Day: Cyber-Proletariat | P2P Foundation

Book of the Day: Cyber-Proletariat | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“The utopian promise of the internet, much talked about even a few years ago, has given way to the information highway’s brutal realities: coltan mines in the Congo, electronics factories in China, devastated neighborhoods in Detroit. In Cyber-Proletariat, Nick Dyer-Witheford shows the dark side of the information revolution through an unsparing analysis of class power and computerization. He reveals how technology facilitates growing polarization between wealthy elites and precarious workers and how class dominates everything from expanding online surveillance to intensifying robotization. At the same time he looks at possibilities for information technology within radical movements, casting contemporary economic and social struggles in the blue glow of the computer screen.
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Open Source Doesn’t Need More Support. It Needs Better Business Models | Java Code Geeks

Open Source Doesn’t Need More Support. It Needs Better Business Models | Java Code Geeks | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Jamie Allen, Typesafe‘s Director of Global Services published an interesting point of view on Twitter: Pivotal’s move to end support of Groovy is a stark reminder that enterprises who depend on FOSS projects should help support them.
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Will Syriza pave the way for a Commons-oriented society?

Will Syriza pave the way for a Commons-oriented society? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In a previous article we attempted to provide a bird’s-eye view of the political agendas of four Greek parties in relation to the digital/knowledge Commons.
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Workplace Democracy and Democratic Ownership -- Richard Wolff & Gar Alperovitz

"Workplace Democracy and Democratic Ownership: moving from theory to strategy". Richard Wolff and Gar Alperovitz at Left Forum, 2013.
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Greece’s solidarity movement: ‘it’s a whole new model – and it’s working’

Greece’s solidarity movement: ‘it’s a whole new model – and it’s working’ | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Citizen-run health clinics, food centres, kitchens and legal aid hubs have sprung up to fill the gaps left by austerity – and now look set to play a bigger role under a Syriza government
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100% open-source innovations designed for peer-to-peer knowledge sharing

100% open-source innovations designed for peer-to-peer knowledge sharing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In early 2015, we will announce a series of groundbreaking "low-tech" inventions for humanity. This non-profit humanitarian effort will empower citizens across the world.
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Corporate Power | State of Power 2015

Corporate Power | State of Power 2015 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The fourth edition of our annual State of Power report, coinciding with the international meeting in Switzerland of what Susan George calls “the Davos class”. This series seeks to examine different dimensions of power, unmask the key holders of power in our globalised world, and identify sources of transformative counter-power.

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Can taxi unions build an app to take on Uber?

Can taxi unions build an app to take on Uber? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
NEW YORK CITY — Last Friday, in the Taxi Workers Alliance’s recently expanded new offices in an industrial area of Queens, union cab driver activists from across the country, plus a couple from Europe, convened for a council of war.
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San Francisco Is Painting the Streets with Historical Creeks

San Francisco Is Painting the Streets with Historical Creeks | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Though it's not common knowledge today, there used to be a waterway that burbled through the heart of downtown San Francisco. This was Hayes Creek, asince-culverted gully that stretches under Hayes Valley and just south of City Hall.

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Professor Steve Keen- Debunking Economics, on Share Radio's Evening Show with Simon Rose

This is a fairly short interview, and it has a relatively concise description how national economies actually operate minus the economic superstitions favored by neo-liberal politicians, neo-classical economism-ists, and the paleo(gold bug) economism-ists.

When you have a grasp of what Steve is saying, then you will also be in reach of an understanding of how a sovereign, fiat currency can support a functional community (remembering that "oikos" the Greek root of the first part of the word "economics" means "community"). From that point it is also a fairly short reach to the details of how a cooperating community could operate a local currency system both to benefit the participating community, as well as the community in which that process is embedded.

One more caveat, the system requires a certain level of expectation of the capacity to operate in a communal or even on a "cooperative" basis. Think of neo-classical economics like a pair shoes that are too tight and that make your feet and the rest of your body feel serious pain. The source of that pain is the belief system that subscribes to the notion that sovereign communities should operate in a manner comparable to separate households. The primary solution is at least to go shopping for another pair of shoes, hopefully without reproducing the pain caused by the much cherished economic superstitions. BTW the bitcoins episode is NOT such a model.

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A New Form of ID Allows You to Be a Citizen of the World | VICE | United Kingdom

A New Form of ID Allows You to Be a Citizen of the World | VICE | United Kingdom | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We spoke to Janina Lowisz, the first holder of a "blockchain" ID, about the prospect of a libertarian future with no governments.
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Collective intelligence is a commons that needs protection and a dedicated language.

Technology is what boosts the capacity of individuals and communities to become authors of their own stories, and what enables collective intelligence to become aware of itself and to fulfill its long awaited promise.
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Ten Degrowth-Oriented Policy Proposals

Ten Degrowth-Oriented Policy Proposals | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Degrowth is a historical necessity but a very hard political sell, and at the P2P Foundation we use rather the post-growth thematic and a focus on ‘thrivability’. But these proposals from Giorgios Kallis seem entirely reasonable and even vital.
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From smart meter to smart grid - looking at real world examples - The Networked Society Blog

From smart meter to smart grid - looking at real world examples - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

My previous post talked about the increasing penetration of smart meters around the world and explored a few ways in which we can use the data coming out of them. But it isn’t just meters that are getting smarter. The entire energy backbone and energy distribution network in many countries is being instrumented and is starting to send back large quantities of real-time operational data.

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Who Owns All the Bitcoins – An Infographic of Wealth Distribution

Who Owns All the Bitcoins – An Infographic of Wealth Distribution | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This brilliant infographic is from March 2014 but still worth sharing. It was originally published at Cryptocoins News
Everyone knows that global wealth is unevenly distributed. The top 1% has control over almost 50% of the global economy.
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Category:Manufacturing - P2P Foundation

Category:Manufacturing - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Great collection of sources on open manufacturing and how peer-to-peer principles will change production, http://t.co/MQTorVAtLW
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Implications of the "Sharing Economy" to B2B - Spend Matters

* Note from Pierre Mitchell, chief research officer of Spend Matters: I’d like to thank Bob Solomon for guest posting on our site (after some repeated begging on my part). I’ve been a big fan of his work for a long time. He led the development of the Ariba Supplier Network for nearly a decade and there are a lot people who made a lot of money because of his leadership. For now, he’s doing some B2B technology consulting, and you should definitely subscribe to his blog here. - See more at: http://spendmatters.com/2015/01/22/implications-sharing-economy-b2b/#sthash.EYpliU59.dpuf

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