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Shareable: Ann Arbor: A Sharing Town

Shareable: Ann Arbor: A Sharing Town | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I was on assignment for Shareable in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Chicago to help students organize sharing economy projects. I had a hunch that you can find sharing anywhere. Maybe it looks different in the Midwest than the Bay Area where I'm from, which is a kind of charismatic poster child of sharing economy. I gathered from living in Kansas this past year that Midwesterners do more informal types of sharing based on existing relationships. This may be less visible to the outsider than sharing that's facilitated by the Internet. There are agricultural, energy, and telecommunications cooperatives (the ultimate shared enterprise) throughout the Midwest which serve millions of people, but they don't necessarily identify as part of the sharing economy.

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Degrowth 2014 - Michel Bauwens on The Transition to a Sustainable Commons Society - YouTube

Degrowth will only be possible by changing the artificial scarcity-based design practices and engineering of the for-profit sector and by removing the incentive to externalize the true production costs in terms of matter and energy. A commons-oriented approach should combine global open design based in communities, local on-demand distributed manufacturing, and the use of renewable distributed energy. Along with changes in governance and ownership, it can contribute to a global phase transition.
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This Legendary Accounting Firm Just Ran the Numbers on Climate Change | Mother Jones

This Legendary Accounting Firm Just Ran the Numbers on Climate Change | Mother Jones | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
With every year that passes, we're getting further away from averting a human-caused climate disaster. That's the key message in this year's "Low Carbon Economy Index," a report released by the accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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Bringing Electricity to the Poor — Global Economic Symposium

Bringing Electricity to the Poor — Global Economic Symposium | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In 2010, one fifth of the World’s population—or 1.4 billion people—did not have access to electricity (IEA, 2013). Although the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts strong improvements in electricity coverage, 10 to 14 percent of the population in India and other Asian developing countries will still have no access to electricity in 2030. This number only includes people who live in areas without connection to a grid infrastructure or local power generation facilities. Additionally, there are families who are too poor to pay for electricity. People without access to electricity do not have (easy) access to hot water, water pumps, clean cooking and lighting appliances, or telecommunications. For them, collecting firewood for cooking and heating is time consuming. Often, this task is left to women and children, which reduces their abilities to participate in local economic activity or for focusing on education. Furthermore, women and children’s health is most negatively affected because they are directly exposed to soot from cooking with biomass. Without electricity, the preparation of hot water for daily hygiene is an extravagance. Beyond the individual level, overall productivity remains at low levels when access to electricity is compromised. Affordable and easy access to electricity is a key factor not only for economic, social and educational development but also for improving the general health and well-being of the poor.
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How to build an African concept car in 12 weeks - we make money not art

How to build an African concept car in 12 weeks - we make money not art | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Visual artist Melle Smets and researcher Joost van Onna followed the travel of discarded cars from Europe to Ghana and ended up at Suame Magazine, near the town of Kumasi, in Ghana. In this area, 200,000 artisans are working in 12,000 workshops, stores and factories to repair and give a new life to European disused vehicles.
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Michel Bauwens about Fair Coop

Interview to Michel Bauwens about Fair Coop
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Climate change report: prevent damage by overhauling global economy

Climate change report: prevent damage by overhauling global economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Reducing emissions can generate better growth than old high-carbon model, says co-author of report, Lord Stern.
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How Uber's Efforts to Squeeze Drivers Have Compelled Them to Fight Back

How Uber's Efforts to Squeeze Drivers Have Compelled Them to Fight Back | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Last week in Long Island City, a waterfront neighborhood in western Queens, over 1,000 Uber drivers went on strike, protesting against  several recent policy changes that directly cut into their wages. LIC is cab country, home to countless car service companies, and it can sometimes feel like every passing vehicle is a taxi of some sort: a classic yellow cab, a town car, a green taxi or, more likely than not, a ridesharing car. So it came as no surprise that drivers who work for Uber—a smartphone app that connects drivers with people looking for a ride—chose the company’s Long Island City headquarters to protest their labor practices.

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13 Recommended Readings For Creative Leaders This Fall - Forbes

13 Recommended Readings For Creative Leaders This Fall - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

So far in 2014, we have seen at least two additions to the short bookshelf of essential readings for creative leaders: Pixar CEO Ed Catmull’s account (with Amy Wallace) of building and sustaining a successful creative culture, Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration; and Harvard Business School Professor Linda A. Hill’s masterful guide to leading successful innovation across organizations, Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation (written with Greg Brandeau, Kent Lineback, and Emily Truelove). Other recent highlights included Connected by Design: Seven Principles for Business Transformation through Functional Integration, the outstanding work about new ways to create value through brand ecosystems, by Barry Wacksman and Chris Stutzman of the legendary creative agency, R/GA; Stanford professors Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao’s major study of how to build up businesses successfully, Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less; and Arianna Huffington’s manifesto for re-defining well-being, work and success, revisionist study of talent and creativity, Thrive: The Third Metric and Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-being, Wisdom, and Wonder.


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Another Italian city announces it's ditching Microsoft Windows for open source - ZDNet

Another Italian city announces it's ditching Microsoft Windows for open source - ZDNet | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

If there's one thing that obsesses local government organisations in recession-ridden Italy, it's cutting spending. One way many of them think can help them achieve that goal is ditching Microsoft and going open source.

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The joys of a repair cafe: Mad Max with a KitKat and a nice cup of tea

The joys of a repair cafe: Mad Max with a KitKat and a nice cup of tea | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

What is a repair cafe? It’s exactly what it says on the tin; it’s a place where you can go, with your broken items, to consult people more knowledgeable than you about how to fix them. Oh, and have a cup of tea and a cake while doing so. The world’s first repair cafe appeared in Amsterdam in 2009, set up by Martine Postma. Now, there are around 400, from Australia to the US, with more being registered each day

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'Fab Lab' makes debut in Pickerington - ThisWeekNews

'Fab Lab' makes debut in Pickerington - ThisWeekNews | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

New equipment that will allow the Pickerington Local School District to provide manufacturing and robotics curriculum was on display earlier this month as a collaboration of districts showcased the next phase in preparing students for careers and college.

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Court lifts ban on Uber in Germany - Financial Times

Court lifts ban on Uber in Germany Financial Times Uber's battle to establish its app-based ride-sharing service has exposed deep concerns in German society about the business practices of Silicon Valley tech companies and the challenge they pose...
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Open-Source Hardware Circa 1920 | EE Times

Open-Source Hardware Circa 1920 | EE Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Recently the group that I work with on pipe organs was able to add a rather unusual example to our collection: an early, self-contained theater organ, which would have been installed in the orchestra pit. Properly, this is a "pit organ."

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The New Normal: From Product to Platforms and Processes | Innovation Management

The New Normal: From Product to Platforms and Processes | Innovation Management | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Platforms and processes, rather than products, will become the focus of new business creation as we move forward.
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How Big Data Enables Economic Harm to Low-Income Consumers - Huffington Post

Emerging big data platforms are playing a central role in increasing economic inequality and harming low-income sectors of the population, argues researcher Nathan Newman in public comments (link to FTC workshop page) submitted for a Federal Trade Commission workshop being held today on Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?    The following is a summary of those comments.


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Airbnb leads sharing economy ‘gray area’

The Cato Institute's Matthew Feeney and The New Republic's Noam Scheiber discuss Airbnb’s recent regulatory attention, specifically in New York City. The pair presents both sides of the public versus private property debate.
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Improved tools for online social innovation platforms - Cordis News

Improved tools for online social innovation platforms - Cordis News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The EU-funded CATALYST project aims to develop and test collective intelligence tools and make them available, as open source solutions, to any online communities, particularly those focused on social innovation, sustainability and citizen engagement.
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Mormons embrace social media to push back against official church teachings - Religion News Service

Mormons embrace social media to push back against official church teachings - Religion News Service | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

On a cool summer evening, in a borrowed classroom overlooking San Francisco Bay, about 150 men and women gathered to screen a short documentary about a Mormon family whose 13-year-old son came out as gay.

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Founder Who Printed a Car (and Drove It) Speaks

Meet Jay Rogers. His company, Local Motors, promises to produce collaboratively designed cars at microfactories. Is this the future of auto manufacturing?
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Hacking like Egyptians - Daily News Egypt

Hacking like Egyptians - Daily News Egypt | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The electricity goes off, and darkness fills the old building. Tarek grabs a bottle of water, peels off the cover and puts it over a small lamp in cardboard box, instantly creating an emergency light.

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Autodesk and Local Motors Collaborate on First Spark 3D Platform Implementation - ENGINEERING.com

Autodesk and Local Motors Collaborate on First Spark 3D Platform Implementation - ENGINEERING.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Earlier this year, Autodesk announced plans to introduce Spark, a new open platform for 3D printing, aimed at making it simpler and more reliable to print 3D models and easier to control how that model is printed. Now, Autodesk is collaborating with Local Motors, the leader in open-source hardware innovation, to utilize the Spark platform as Local Motors continues to develop the Strati, the world’s first 3D printed car.

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Innovation Update: The New Normal, Blurred Roles, and Crowd Collaboration - Business 2 Community

Innovation Update: The New Normal, Blurred Roles, and Crowd Collaboration - Business 2 Community | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The technological advancements of the last decade have allowed disparate organizations around the world to become increasingly interconnected. More than that, they have opened the doors to a mutual, global influence across industries, and ushered in a new era of collaboration that wouldn’t have been possible twenty years ago.




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Cognitive Surplus: The Great Spare-Time Revolution | WIRED

Cognitive Surplus: The Great Spare-Time Revolution | WIRED | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Clay Shirky and Daniel Pink have led eerily parallel lives. Both grew up in Midwest university towns in the 1970s, where they spent their formative years watching television after school and at night.
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The Rise Of Open Source Hardware

The Rise Of Open Source Hardware | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Hardware has always lagged behind software in the open source movement.
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Richard Branson Explains Why He Just Invested In Drones

Richard Branson Explains Why He Just Invested In Drones | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Branson is the latest investor in 3D Robotics.
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Richard Branson invests in drone company 3D Robotics - GeekWire

Richard Branson invests in drone company 3D Robotics - GeekWire | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Richard Branson is already pretty well-versed in the airline industry. Now the business mogul is investing some dough into drones.

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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation