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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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This is how bureaucracy dies - Fortune

This is how bureaucracy dies - Fortune | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

(TheMIX) -- If you've spent a lifetime accumulating and wielding bureaucratic power, and if you've calibrated your career progress by the steps you've taken up the corporate ladder, or by the number of people who work for you, or the perks you've been awarded, or the scope of your authority, then envisioning a world in which leaders report to the led may be a bit daunting.

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The Zero Marginal Cost Society: Unlocking Wealth & Cities Too, But Beware the ... - Huffington Post

The Zero Marginal Cost Society: Unlocking Wealth & Cities Too, But Beware the ... - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The possibility of an economy based on "nearly free and shareable" goods and services is closer to reality than many, if not most, people can fathom. The concept of a zero marginal cost society is not only plausible, but in some cases already well underway. The collaborative economy is revealing new examples of how this is possible every day.

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Peer Production of Value and Currency - P2P Foundation

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* Value and Currency. Ed. by Nathaniel Tkacz, Nicolas Mendoza and Francesca Musiani. Journal of Peer Production, ISSUE 4: JANUARY 2014. (April 2014)

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Google’s New Modular Phone May Be the Last You’ll Need to Buy | Gadget Lab | WIRED

Google’s New Modular Phone May Be the Last You’ll Need to Buy | Gadget Lab | WIRED | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

At the Project Ara Developer’s Conference in Santa Clara, California, the moment of unveiling was a bit of a letdown. When project lead Paul Eremenko got ready for the big reveal — finally showing off Google’s vision for a modular phone with working, user-interchangeable components — he had to dampen expectations from the enthusiastic crowd. “You should temper your applause,” he warned, explaining that the device had been damaged the previous day. “We did crack the screen, and the phone doesn’t quite boot.” A disappointment, sure, but it did little to actually temper anything.

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Amazon and Google Are Battling to Dominate the Cloud -- and Amazon May ... - Nextgov

Amazon and Google Are Battling to Dominate the Cloud -- and Amazon May ... - Nextgov | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In technology, it’s sometimes good to let a pioneer figure out the pitfalls of a new market. Apple’s iPod transformed music listening after countless lesser MP3 players failed to make a real dent.

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Open Source Ecology: Towards the Open Source Economy

Open Source Ecology: Towards the Open Source Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Marcin Jakubowski is the founder of Open Source Ecology, an open collaborative of engineers, producers, and builders developing the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS). The GVCS is a set of 50 most important machines that it takes for modern life to exist – everything from a tractor, to an oven, to a circuit maker. Marcin is producing open source blueprints – so that anyone can build and maintain machines at a fraction of what it costs today. His goal is to create a life size LEGO set of powerful, self-replicating production tools – that can decentralize production – to build modern prosperity in local economies. He imagines the raw power this gives to people – to tap autonomy, mastery, and purpose – towards rebuilding their communities and solving wicked problems. Marcin believes that true freedom – the most essential type of freedom – starts with peoples’ individual ability to use natural resources to free themselves from material constraints – to unleash human potential.

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Issue #4: Value and currency » Journal of Peer Production // Cura

Peer production has often been described as a ‘third mode of production’, irreducible to State or market imperatives. The creation and organisation of peer projects allegedly take place without ‘managerial commands’ or ‘price signals’, without recourse to bureaucratic apparatuses or the logic of competitive markets. Instead, and mimicking the technical architectures upon which many peer projects are based, production is described as non-hierarchical and decentralised. Group dynamics are also commonly described as ‘flat’ and this is captured, of course, in the very notion of the ‘peer’. When tested against the realities of actual projects, however, such early conceptions of peer production are, at best, in need of further elaboration and qualification. At worst, they were always off the mark. Hierarchies persist in peer production, as does competition and market-like arrangements… html

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Transaction Rights: The Necessary Product of Block Chaining - Bitcoin Magazine

Transaction Rights: The Necessary Product of Block Chaining - Bitcoin Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Peercoin was the first Bitcoin-based monetary system to use proof-of-stake as a mechanism to ensure its own integrity. However, there are some objections to Peercoin’s proof-of-stake model. This article presents those objections along with a similar system redesigned to address them.

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Privacy concerns? What Google now says it can do with your data (+video) - Christian Science Monitor

Privacy concerns? What Google now says it can do with your data (+video) - Christian Science Monitor | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This week's updates to Google's terms of service spotlight the degree to which it considers anything you upload to any of its various services – YouTube, Google plus, etc. – to be fair game.

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Wikipedia cautious about Bitcoin -- Price Bounces Back -- Neo Bee Fraud

Support MadBitcoins: 1PtAdf3LbwrPfX87dQ8TMuKEzuMUZtg1z1 April 14, 2014 -- Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom -- MadBitcoins. True. Madbitcoins Subscriber Ind...

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Rethinking Economics: Draft Manifesto: A direction for the reform of economics education

Rethinking Economics: Draft Manifesto: A direction for the reform of economics education | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This draft manifesto is intended as a statement to provide a unifying direction for those groups campaigning for economics curriculum reform in universities across the world. Please show your support by signing your name and organisation below.

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Google’s New Modular Phone May Be the Last You’ll Need to Buy | Gadget Lab | WIRED

Google’s New Modular Phone May Be the Last You’ll Need to Buy | Gadget Lab | WIRED | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Google's Project Ara could reinvent the way we buy and upgrade our smartphones.
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What Then Can I Do? Ten Ways to Democratize the Economy - Gar Alperovitz

What Then Can I Do? Ten Ways to Democratize the Economy - Gar Alperovitz | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Using this article to create a local conversation around organizing for a new economy Want to promote local action for economic democracy? Here’s a few ways to build a strategic dialogue in your community about systemic solutions: 1) Share this article We’ve prepared a PDF version of this article for easy printing—feel free to distribute [...]
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GE launches 'microfactory' to co-create the future of manufacturing - TechRepublic

GE launches 'microfactory' to co-create the future of manufacturing - TechRepublic | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

On Wednesday, General Electric announced the launch of FirstBuild, a "microfactory" and open community for students, engineers, and innovators on the University of Louisville campus in Louisville, Kentucky. The company wants to create a new business model for the manufacturing industry by harnessing open innovation, the maker movement, and community involvement to build a revolutionary new wave of smart appliances.

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On a quest for the future of enterprise collaboration - Diginomica

On a quest for the future of enterprise collaboration - Diginomica | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Before looking at specific vendor actions, I’m going to take a step back and highlight three big fault-lines that cut across the enterprise collaboration space. If you’re not aware of these huge divides in thinking then it’s difficult to have a productive discussion. You need to know where people are coming from to properly evaluate what they’re saying.

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Can Human Behavior Be Optimized? - MIT Technology Review

Can Human Behavior Be Optimized? - MIT Technology Review | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Tapping into big data, researchers and planners are building mathematical models of personal and civic behavior. But the models may hide rather than reveal the deepest sources of social ills.

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Open Source 3D Printers for Small Business - Small Business Computing

Open Source 3D Printers for Small Business - Small Business Computing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

You may have heard of 3D printers—they've been all over the news. But you may not know that they represent real opportunity for small business owners. While 3D printers have been around since the 1980s in manufacturing (they were more commonly known as industrial robots), the big change came just a few years ago, when affordable models for hobbyists hit the market. Savvy small business owners take note: we're witnessing the start of an affordable technological revolution, and it's just the beginning.

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Ryan Holmes: Social Media Jumpstarted the Sharing Economy - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Ryan Holmes: Social Media Jumpstarted the Sharing Economy - Wall Street Journal (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

RYAN HOLMES: I didn’t make it to Mardi Gras last month in New Orleans. But it’s comforting to know that if I had gone, I would have had a place to, well, go. The city is the epicenter of a brand new experiment in social sharing:Airpnp. The service allows “entrepeeneurs” to rent out their bathrooms to needy users (like festivalgoers with full bladders), who find available toilets via a handy mobile app. According to Airpnp’s founders, the service is expanding and poised to make a splash in dozens of cities around the globe.

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Issue #4: Value and currency » Journal of Peer Production

Issue #4: Value and currency » Journal of Peer Production | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Peer production has often been described as a ‘third mode of production’, irreducible to State or market imperatives. The creation and organisation of peer projects allegedly take place without ‘managerial commands’ or ‘price signals’, without recourse to bureaucratic apparatuses or the logic of competitive markets. Instead, and mimicking the technical architectures upon which many peer projects are based, production is described as non-hierarchical and decentralised. Group dynamics are also commonly described as ‘flat’ and this is captured, of course, in the very notion of the ‘peer’. When tested against the realities of actual projects, however, such early conceptions of peer production are, at best, in need of further elaboration and qualification. At worst, they were always off the mark. Hierarchies persist in peer production, as does competition and market-like arrangements… html

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How Yerdle and Patagonia are boosting the sharing economy - Business Green

How Yerdle and Patagonia are boosting the sharing economy - Business Green | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


As the collaborative economy gains traction, partnerships have formed to bolster this waste-reducing trend that keeps products and services flowing through a shared loop.

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Google under fire from European media tycoon - BBC News

Google under fire from European media tycoon - BBC News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


The boss of one of Europe's largest media companies has strongly criticised Google in an open letter printed in a German newspaper.

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People don't trust Google Glass or Bitcoin, if they've heard of them at all - CNET

People don't trust Google Glass or Bitcoin, if they've heard of them at all - CNET | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Bitcoin isn't to be trusted and Google Glass should be banned, according to people surveyed recently, but at least they've heard of these new technologies.
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▶ Steve Keen: financial politics destroyed the economy - YouTube

Max debunks Osborne's economic policies with the help of Professor Steve Keen, author of Debunking Economics. They discuss the bureau-crazies and the financi.

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The Politics of Cryptography: Bitcoin and The Ordering Machines » Journal of Peer Production

The Politics of Cryptography: Bitcoin and The Ordering Machines » Journal of Peer Production | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It was April 10th, 2013 and the price of a single Bitcoin surged past 250 USD on the Mt. Gox exchange.i A few months prior I had purchased seven Bitcoins for just under $200, and now they were nearing $2000 in value (Figure 1).ii But, just as fast as the market went up, it came down. Ever the amateur gambler, I panicked and sold too early. But, I was lulled by my humming money machine, permuting cryptographic codes by the millions every second. I was not the only one interested in playing the Bitcoin market, and the increasing price of Bitcoin was due to a number of factors, including a sustained distributed denial-of-service attack on Mt. Gox, and other people like me gambling in the latest crypto-anarchist adventure.

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▶ Can 'Radical Transparency' Encourage Responsible Businesses? - YouTube

Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder of Seventh Generation, presents his philosophy of radical transparency. After Hollender posted a list critiquing Seventh Generation's products on the company's website, he says, customers responded favorably and asked for the same from Seventh Generation's competitors.

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