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April Rinne: What Collaborative Consumption and the Sharing Economy Can Learn From Microfinance - MORTGAGE FRAUD EXAMINERS

April Rinne: What Collaborative Consumption and the Sharing Economy Can Learn From Microfinance - MORTGAGE FRAUD EXAMINERS | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Microfinance is the provision of financial products and services to economically active poor people who for a variety of cultural, social, gender-related and other reasons are excluded from the mainstream financial sector, especially in the developing world. The microfinance sector has grown significantly over the past few decades and in 2006 Muhammad Yunus, considered by many to be the father of modern microfinance, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his pioneering work in fostering access to finance as a path towards more peaceful relations.

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Nomadic platform societies need platform cooperatives | P2P Foundation

Nathan Schneider gives an introduction to the concept of platform co-operativism and why the digital economy can learn from the tradition of co-operatives.
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Can the internet reboot Africa?

Can the internet reboot Africa? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
With smartphone use and web penetration soaring, Africa is set for a tech revolution – but only if its infrastructure can support it
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EmptyState Power and Commoning

The commons – as a constellation of specific projects, a transnational network, and a discourse that makes bracing moral and political claims -- is on the rise. It can be seen in renewed interest in classical commons such as farmland, fisheries, forests and water as well as in efforts to build communities around shared digital resources and re-imagine governance of city resources as commons, among many other initiatives. Much of the focus of commons is not on the resource alone, but on the social practices and norms of working together in equitable ways for shared ends, often known as “commoning.”

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THE COMMONS, STATE POWER AND NEW POLITICAL MOVEMENTS

THE COMMONS, STATE POWER AND NEW POLITICAL MOVEMENTS | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Market/State is in crisis and representative democracy seems to be broken. Many argue, that both problems need to be adressed for the sake of social coherence and security. We think, that adressing them properly implies rethinking the core ideas state power and representative democracy are based upon. After all, there is nothing in the current institutional arrangment or in the system of representation through political parties defending the commons: nor as a special type of institutions, nor as a world-view, nor as a plethora of social practices.  
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Post-democracy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Post-democracy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The term post-democracy was coined by Warwick University political scientist Colin Crouch in 2000 in his book Coping with Post-Democracy. It designates states that are conducted by fully operating democratic systems ( elections are being held, governments fall and there is freedom of speech), but whose application is progressively limited.

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Open State | 18-27 October 2016, Adelaide South Australia

Open State | 18-27 October 2016, Adelaide South Australia | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Open State - A 10-day program of events exploring how open and transparent decision-making, innovation and engagement can address the complex challenges of the future.
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Trust networks – The future of human organizations

The Internet of Communities (IoC) is a vision of a social Web willfully designed to maximize social engagement by introducing a new set of collective incentives. First, the IoC aims to explore how collective reputation can be used as a catalyst to regulate social interactions. Secondly, the IoC promotes internally rewarding incentives rooted in positive emotions and in reciprocity to spark social engagement without the prior need to mobilize financial assets. Collective reputation is chosen as a means for collective governance and internally rewarding incentives are chosen as the prime motive for action. Within this scheme, influence is more likely to shift to those who positively impact their communities, to those who lead by example, and to those who reciprocate with fairness. Grounded in personal fulfilment and in social empowerment, the IoC is therefore an attempt to actualize greater human, social and economic value from online communities. Read our white paper.

 

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Responsive Cities - Urbanism in the Experience Age

Responsive Cities - Urbanism in the Experience Age | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Responsive Cities Symposium / Urbanism in the Experience Age is one of the main activities carried out under the Knowledge Alliance for Advanced Urbanism - KAAU (www.ka-au.net) EU co-funded project. Based on the assumption that the increasing availability of data creates new opportunities not only for monitoring and management, but also for changing the way we describe, understand and design cities, KAAU is seeking to promote the innovative education and training that emerging technologies require, developing courses, symposiums and an educational and training platform.

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An overview of social innovation in Europe

An overview of social innovation in Europe | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
From Spain to Finland, from Greece to Scotland, the Europe Tomorrow team studied more than 2500 social innovations.
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Capitalizing the Co-op Movement with Equity: The Credit Union Opportunity

Capitalizing the Co-op Movement with Equity: The Credit Union Opportunity | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

With over a trillion dollars in assets and more than 100 million members, it is clear that credit unions must play a pivotal part of any effective strategy aimed at bringing the co-op model to full scale in the American economy. At first glance, one would assume that their obvious role would be as the financial backbone of the co-op movement, providing financial services and loans to existing co-ops, while offering incubation and start-up capital to new ones.

 

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Meet John D. Liu, the Indiana Jones of Landscape Restoration

Meet John D. Liu, the Indiana Jones of Landscape Restoration | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
RI recently sat down with ecosystem restoration researcher John D. Liu. Liu explains that when humans work with nature, degraded landscapes can be restored in a matter of years, and economies can be regenerated, putting food security and climate change mitigation within our reach.
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Practical Steps Towards Manifesting A Global Collaborative Alliance — Part 1, Overview and… — Medium

Practical Steps Towards Manifesting A Global Collaborative Alliance — Part 1, Overview and… — Medium | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The “Global Transformation Movement” (GTM) includes and involves hundreds of thousands organisations and hundreds of millions of people, from all sectors of human society and from all walks of life, who are all longing and working for a better world. Within this vast, diverse and inspiring movement there is a growing awareness that we already have the knowledge, the skills, the technologies, the tools, the mentors and the living examples to co-create a peaceful, just and healthy world.

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How eco-friendly communes could change the future of housing

How eco-friendly communes could change the future of housing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
An increasing number of US landowners want to build commune-style villages that are completely self-sufficient and have a low carbon footprint
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Sports Direct’s staff are treated no better than Georgian-era factory workers | Paul Mason

Sports Direct’s staff are treated no better than Georgian-era factory workers | Paul Mason | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The kind of practices reported at Mike Ashley’s firm – from underpayment to harassment – can only happen when the political system is stacked against the workers.
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The missing voices — Medium

This may be a little premature, given that only around 40% of the people in the world have an internet connection — but here goes.
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Theory for Transforming Society

Jim Rough describes the new theory of choice-creating and it's potential for transformation ... including solving impossible-seeming issues like wars
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A new politics of climate change could save the world

A new politics of climate change could save the world | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Diagnosing global warming leaves us transfixed like rabbits in the headlights: the point now is to act, argue a clutch of new books
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Clean energy won’t save us – only a new economic system can

Clean energy won’t save us – only a new economic system can | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
It’s time to pour our creative energies into imagining a new global economy. Infinite growth is a dangerous illusion
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10 Must-Read Books About The City Of Tomorrow

10 Must-Read Books About The City Of Tomorrow | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
These 10 books will change your thinking about how the city and government of tomorrow will look like, thanks to the digital transformation.
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Building the new economy: ac�vism, enterprise and social change title

Today’s economy is built on the founda��ons of a global industrial and financial system with immense produc��ve capacity, but the extrac��ve nature of which has created extreme income disparity and social injus��ce and wrought devasta��on on the natural world. There is an increasingly spirited debate about the need for a ‘new economy’, which has fer��le and important implica��ons for the legal and philosophical founda��ons of the current system. What are different visions of the ‘new economy’ and how achievable are they? What possibili��es exist at their intersec��on?

How can we reimagine work, exchange, money, care, law and our rela��on- ship with the natural world through the prism of a new economy?

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Open Source Architecture License - P2P Foundation

Open Source Architecture License - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A lot was written about open-source architecture by Kaspori (2003), Fuller & Haque (2008), Sallingaros (2011), Ratti (2011) and Ratti and Claudel (2015), but very was actually done, because the framework doesn't exists and the open-source architecture ideas have been related to "Architecture without architects", DIY architecture and Alexander's (1977) ideas. But open source isn't about the amateurs - it's about the professionals, delivering faster, inexpensive and better products."

 

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Empathy, Collaborative Meaning-Making, and Co-Creating our Future

Empathy, Collaborative Meaning-Making, and Co-Creating our Future | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The good news from my perspective, is that we as humans have actually been developing effective ways to make meaning together, across a wide diversity of initial perspectives. However, many of the "social technologies" that make this possible are not yet widely known, and much less widely applied. Still, just as we already have technologies to generate power from the sun (and only need to invest in them to make them more widely available) we also already have powerful human and social technologies that are largely untapped. 

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Robert Fisk: We love to talk of terror – but this catch-all term can catch us out

Robert Fisk: We love to talk of terror – but this catch-all term can catch us out | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The frightful and bloody hours of Friday night and Saturday morning in Munich and Kabul – despite the 3,000 miles that separate the two cities – provided a highly instructive lesson in the semantics of horror and hypocrisy. I despair of that generic old hate-word, “terror”. It long ago became the punctuation mark and signature tune of every facile politician, policeman, journalist and think tank crank in the world. Terror, terror, terror, terror, terror. Or terrorist, terrorist, terrorist, terrorist, terrorist.
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Munich, Nice, Turkey, Brexit, Trump: It’s all connected

Munich, Nice, Turkey, Brexit, Trump: It’s all connected | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Mark MacKinnon reports on the relationship between seemingly unconnected events across the globe
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