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

Innovation of Community Energy in Finland and the UK - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"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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Peadar Kirby in discussion with Michel Bauwens

Peadar Kirby in discussion with Michel Bauwens | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Continuing our series from Open Everything  we have today Professor Peadar Kirby, a resident of Cloughjordan Ecovillage in discussion with Michel Bauwens. If you are interested in other videos from this series see presentations by Peter Couchman , John Restakis and Michel Bauwens . Open Everything t
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▶ Bruce Greenwald: What economics students should be taught - YouTube

12th International Post Keynesian Conference, University of Missouri - Kansas City, September 25, 2014
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Conversations with Green Gurus: The Collective Wisdom of Environmental Movers and Shakers - , Louella Miles

Conversations with Green Gurus: The Collective Wisdom of Environmental Movers and Shakers - , Louella Miles | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The collected wisdom of some of the world's most influential environmental movers and shakers is brought together in this one book. The chosen gurus consists both of “thinkers” – tho...


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ZWC 2014 Keynote Address – Jeremy Rifkin 'Guardedly Optimistic but Not Naive'

ZWC 2014 Keynote Address – Jeremy Rifkin 'Guardedly Optimistic but Not Naive' | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

 In his keynote address to Metro Vancouver’s 2014 Zero Waste Conference, Jeremy Rifkin poses the question: will we succumb to the ecological and economic doom we have ourselves created, or will we thrive, having embraced the transformative technological and philosophical opportunities now available? In a videoconference presentation from Spain, Rifkin offers visionary concepts, sobering realities, and ultimately, reasons for optimism. Find out why this author of over 20 books and an advisor to governments and business around the world sees potential in the ‘Internet of Things’ and the ‘Collaborative Commons’ – to precipitate a third revolution in the global marketplace. Whether it’s quantifying the trend towards nearly-zero marginal costs achieved with green energy and 3D printing, the potential of the sharing economy to reduce waste, or describing how our youngest citizens are growing up with a mindset vastly different from the current paradigm, Rifkin’s presentation is a captivating look at a big question: What Happens Next? 


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A Brief History of Google's Android Operating System - IPWatchdog.com

A Brief History of Google's Android Operating System - IPWatchdog.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In October 2003, a group of young computing experts came together to establish a software development company that would go on to revolutionize the cellular mobile phone as we knew it. The product they would create would establish incredible dominance in the field of mobile computing. In the third quarter of 2014, global shipments of Android-based mobile devices reached 268 million, greatly outpacing the rate of sales for iPhones, Android’s closest competitor. By the end of 2014, sales of Android devices this year alone could exceed one billion. During the second quarter of 2014, Android controlled an incredible 84.7 percent market share of the global smartphone industry, well ahead of iPhone, Windows Phone and the BlackBerry. Android has even been dominating in the sphere of tablet computers; about 62 percent of the nearly 195 million tablet computers sold during 2013 were Android devices.

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UK hatches ambitious plan to accelerate its sharing economy | VentureBeat | Business | by Chris O'Brien

UK hatches ambitious plan to accelerate its sharing economy | VentureBeat | Business | by Chris O'Brien | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The UK wants to become one of the world’s major centers for the emerging sharing economy. Today, a review commissioned by the British government delivered a detailed roadmap for making that happen: a 43-page report containing 30 recommendations.
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Mapping the world with open source - opensource.com

Mapping the world with open source - opensource.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In the world of geospatial technology, closed source solutions have been the norm for decades. But the tides are slowly turning as open source GIS software is gaining increasing prominence.
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Enthusiasts and Skeptics Debate Artificial Intelligence - Vanity Fair

Enthusiasts and Skeptics Debate Artificial Intelligence - Vanity Fair | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Kurt Andersen wonders: If the Singularity is near, will it bring about global techno-Nirvana or civilizational ruin?
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BBC 6 minute English - Sharing economy (transcript video)

Need some extra cash? Why not rent out your spare room? Or let people park in your driveway? Many websites are bringing people together to do just that as part of what's called 'the sharing...
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Creating Opportunity Through the Sharing Economy | Emily Castor | TEDxSacramentoSalon

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Emily makes the case that ride and car sharing are not only a promising transportation alternatives--especi...
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CNN talks Arduino and open source hardware

CNN talks Arduino and open source hardware | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
As many of you are well aware by now, Atmel can be found at the very heart of most Arduino boards on the market today. Evident by the sheer volume of DIY projects surfacing on sites such as Instruc...
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Alternative internet(s): the benefits and challenges of distributed services

Alternative internet(s): the benefits and challenges of distributed services | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In our series on alternative internet(s), Melanie Dulong de Rosnay, researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) Institute for Communication Sciences and a visiting fellow at the LSE, looks at the benefits and challenges of distributed internet architectures, including difficulties in assigning responsibility, liability, and identity. Read the introduction to the series that explains more about alternative internet(s) here. 
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Manhattan's Lowline would be the world's first underground park - CityMetric

Manhattan's Lowline would be the world's first underground park - CityMetric | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
You could never accuse New York of lacking imagination, with its plans for green space in the heart of Manhattan. First, there was the High Line, a park built on elevated railway tracks.
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A million local economies | Nesta

A million local economies | Nesta | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Local economies become increasingly self-sufficient and autonomous, drawing demand away from national and international markets. Alternative currency/time bank hybrids become the primary means of exchange within local communities. More people have a stake in local collaborative economy initiatives, thanks to a rise in community-owned assets and increased local employment. Unemployment falls and fewer needs go unmet within local communities.
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Relax rules for Airbnb and other 'sharing economy' firms, says report - The Guardian

Relax rules for Airbnb and other 'sharing economy' firms, says report - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Sharing startup CEO calls for more support for accommodation and skill-sharing services, and ‘kitemark’ for responsible companies
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Exploring new business models for digital public service delivery

The more valuable data is to users and developers, the more likely it is that a community will form and more active engagement will follow as more value is derived from the data. One notable example in the UK has been the release and multiple re-use of real-time public travel information,from trains to buses. Public datasets are becoming more widely available in machine-readable formats, often in real-time, directly sourced from live systems, or, if not, exported and refreshed frequently when new data become available. Metadata, such as the information presented, collection method, timeliness, quality and other contextual information is crucial to allowing data consumers to not only understand available data, but to put them to appropriate use.

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Open for Business: 3-D Printer Creates First Object in Space on International Space Station

Open for Business: 3-D Printer Creates First Object in Space on International Space Station | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The International Space Station’s 3-D printer has manufactured the first 3-D printed object in space.
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Like Collaboration And Intelligence In Humans? Thank War - Science 2.0

Like Collaboration And Intelligence In Humans? Thank War - Science 2.0 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In the early days of humanity, survival was a combination of hardiness, keen engineering and intelligence - and nothing spurred on technological progress and vast social changes like the need to work together to kill other people, according to a new paper in Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

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What now? Three ways to tackle structural injustice - STLtoday.com

What now? Three ways to tackle structural injustice - STLtoday.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We must transform local economy, education and land use planning.
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Taipei ranks 13th in Networked Society City Index - Focus Taiwan News Channel

Taipei ranks 13th in Networked Society City Index - Focus Taiwan News Channel | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Taipei, Nov. 26 (CNA) Taipei ranked 13th out of 40 cities in the world in the 2014 Networked Society City Index, which examines cities' information and communications technology maturity and sustainable urban development.
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A Line in the Tar Sands: Naomi Klein on the Climate - Huffington Post

A Line in the Tar Sands: Naomi Klein on the Climate - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
I was to have been one of 400,000 protestors gathered for the People's Climate March in New York on Sept. 21. Alas, a knee injury sidelined me. As a consolation prize, a friend bought me Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs.
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Sharing economy helps start-ups

CNN's Nina dos Santos looks at what the shared economy is and how it's a model for success for small start-ups.
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Open source projects that warrant data center managers' attention - TechRepublic

Open source projects that warrant data center managers' attention - TechRepublic | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
When you're making the case to a data center manager about tech that is worthy of her consideration, make sure these three open source options are on your list.
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Pew: Internet is ignorant; Internet: pewpewpew - Computerworld

Pew: Internet is ignorant; Internet: pewpewpew - Computerworld | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Pew Internet 'Web IQ' survey finds that Internet users know little about technology or the Web, based on questions that didn't address either one
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Understanding “New Power”

Understanding “New Power” | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We all sense that power is shifting in the world. We see increasing political protest, a crisis in representation and governance, and upstart businesses upending traditional industries. But the nature of this shift tends to be either wildly romanticized or dangerously underestimated.
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