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The internet helps politicians listen better to their electors. If they want to - The Economist

The internet helps politicians listen better to their electors. If they want to - The Economist | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

TRANQUIL and picturesque, Friesland in northern Germany might seem an unlikely spot for an experiment in digital politics. Its population is ageing, its broadband patchy. Yet for five months local people have developed and submitted recommendations to their councillors using a website called LiquidFeedback, best known as the policy-setting platform favoured by the Pirate party, a tech-loving outfit that has won seats in four regional parliaments. Some citizens have voted for the council to stop publishing the location of speed cameras (on the ground that this helps drivers avoid them); others demand more say in how schools spend their money. Sönke Klug of the local council says he gets telephone calls every week, from big cities and small towns, asking for advice.

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Wikipedia Bans Edits From Congress for Ten Days - ValueWalk

Wikipedia is taking a ten day break from its exhausting, often times manipulative relationship with Congress by announcing a ten day ban on edits coming from the institution.


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Explainer: What is a circular economy? - The Conversation

Explainer: What is a circular economy? - The Conversation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


The concept of the circular economy has left the realm of academic theory and entered the world of business.

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Open Hardware Summit 2014

Open Hardware Summit 2014 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Open Hardware Summit is the annual conference organized by the Open Source Hardware Association and the world’s first comprehensive conference on open hardware; a venue to discuss and draw attention to the rapidly growing Open Source Hardware...
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Michel Bauwens - YouTube

Michel Bauwens - YouTube http://t.co/Pc62lQILCe ; on info-feudalism in ecuador and what to do about it
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This is your land: Edgeryders as an engine of collective intelligence

This is your land: Edgeryders as an engine of collective intelligence | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We in Edgeryders do a great many things with technology, lifestyle, politics and just plain fun.  But where does it all go?
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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » The Exploitative Business Logics Behind the Sharing Economy

Uber made plenty of headlines during a huge winter storm in New York in December, when riders found themselves paying three times the normal price to hail a car in the middle of the snow and frozen rain. Uber founder Travis Kalanick defended the “surge pricing” as a way to provide an incentive to drivers to stay out on the streets; but to many riders, the experience didn’t feel a whole lot like sharing. And as I learned all too well when I tried to use AirBnB to find a room in Austin, Texas, during the SXSW festival last year, Austin’s AirBnB hosts weren’t a bunch of Good Samaritans looking to lend out their couches — they were cold hard capitalists dedicated to charge as much as the market could possibly bear.

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Sharing is Caring. But Not in the Sharing Economy. - Getsomenews.com--

Sharing is Caring. But Not in the Sharing Economy. - Getsomenews.com-- | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Brad Chase Headshot The sharing economy is taking the world by storm -- creating multi-billion dollar companies overnight and inspiring millennial entrepre (Sharing is Caring. But Not in the Sharing Economy.
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How Small Business Can Leverage the Internet of Things - SYS-CON Media (press release)

How Small Business Can Leverage the Internet of Things - SYS-CON Media (press release) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In 1999, technology pioneer Kevin Ashton coined the phrase "Internet of Things" (IoT) to refer to theconcept of "connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of." The IoT can also encompass car and plane engines, gas and oil wells, fitness tracking devices, and thermostats. In a 2014 New York Timesarticle, writer Jeremy Rifkin stated, "Today more than 11 billion sensors are attached to natural resources, production lines, the electricity grid, logistics networks and recycling flows, and implanted in homes, offices, stores and vehicles, feeding big data into the Internet of Things. By 2020, it is projected that at least 50 billion sensors will connect to it." Although large companies and startup tech companies are the primary users right now, McKinsey Global Institute estimates that the IoT business will deliver $6.2 trillion in revenue by 2025.

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The future of co-operative and mutual banking is keeping it local

The future of co-operative and mutual banking is keeping it local | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The future of banking will be fundamentally different to both the past and present incarnations.
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5 Open Source Synthesizers You Can Build And Hack

5 Open Source Synthesizers You Can Build And Hack | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The whole do-it-yourself (DIY), open source maker electronics scene that’s really gained in popularity over the past few years has led to a lot of really interesting devices and kits appearing on the market.
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Hanover Co-op Members Voice Concerns About Management - Vermont Public Radio

Hanover Co-op Members Voice Concerns About Management - Vermont Public Radio | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Ed Howes is a buyer, one of about six employees at the meeting who said they were happy to work for a company thriving in a tough economy.

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Joan Ras_How many peers does it take to change a light bulb?_27/02/2014

Videpost of Joan Ras, partner at Induct Software AS, at the peer production UOC research blog: 

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GE's new microfactory wants to recruit you

http://cnet.co/1nHjA23 See some of FirstBuild's earliest concepts and find out how to submit your own ideas.
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Facebook worth 128 times its profits? That's beyond optimistic – it's euphoric - The Guardian

Facebook worth 128 times its profits? That's beyond optimistic – it's euphoric - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
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Mobile Apps, Code Halos, the Sharing Economy and Trustonomics | Linux

Mobile Apps, Code Halos, the Sharing Economy and Trustonomics | Linux | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I love receiving gifts in the form of new insights!  It doesn't matter if others received the same gift years ago and I am just getting it now.  If it is new to me, I get excited.  It is like waking up in the morning and discovering a new room in your house.  I read an article by Thomas Friedman in the New York Times this weekend titled, "And Now for a Bit of Good News."  The subject of the article was the new "sharing economy," think Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, etc. In the article, Friedman calls Airbnb a "Trust Platform." To me, this weekend, this term was a gift.  He is so right.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » P2P Trendfest (1): Rural Coliving

“What if coworking was a slower, more spacious affair that offered a respite from the everyday grind and included meals, walks and intentional collaboration? What if, rather than being in an urban setting, the coworking space was in a small, rural town? And what if you lived, temporarily at least, in the space? Would your work benefit? Andrea Paoletti says yes.

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Will Biosphere Consciousness Change Our Economy ?

Will Biosphere Consciousness Change Our Economy ? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Eight enlightened quotes by Jeremy Rifkin, the Economist for the biosphere millenium (Will Biosphere Consciousness Change Our Economy ?
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Why entrepreneurs must understand the collaborative economy - AGBeat

Why entrepreneurs must understand the collaborative economy - AGBeat | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Marketplaces seem to be all the rage. People are constantly using them, media is constantly covering them, and investors cannot stop backing them. So what is the attraction to marketplaces? It is not exactly a new concept; marketplaces have been around since the dawn of time, when people met to trade goods. People still meet to trade goods in digital marketplaces aided by advanced technology.

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Sharing economy shares assets and business opportunities

Sharing economy shares assets and business opportunities | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
One of the most disruptive business trends of recent years is growing at an alarming rate. It's called the sharing economy, or collaborative consumption.
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11 of the hottest startups from Tech Open Air Berlin 2014 - The Next Web

11 of the hottest startups from Tech Open Air Berlin 2014 - The Next Web | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Ah, Berlin. The city that wears its history on its sleeve, yet allows ample space for new culture to thrive.

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Exclusive: Cameron’s Big Society in tatters as charity watchdog launches investigation into claims of Government funding misuse

Exclusive: Cameron’s Big Society in tatters as charity watchdog launches investigation into claims of Government funding misuse | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
David Cameron’s flagship Big Society Network is being investigated by the Charity Commission over allegations that it misused government funding and made inappropriate payments to its directors – including a Tory donor.
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Why Banning Uber Makes Seoul Even More of a Sharing City

Why Banning Uber Makes Seoul Even More of a Sharing City | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This past Monday Seoul City said it planned to ban Uber, the smartphone car-hailing service, and launch its own app for official taxis. Some reacted by calling Seoul’s sharing cred into question because, after all, Seoul is the self-proclaimed Sharing City with arguably the most ambitious sharing economy agenda of any city in the world.

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The business behind Open Source | Dries Buytaert

A few days ago, I sat down with Quentin Hardy of The New York Times to talk Open Source. We spoke mostly about the Drupal ecosystem and how Acquiamakes money. As someone who spent almost his entire career in Open Source, I'm a firm believer in the fact that you can build a high-growth, high-margin business and help the community flourish. It's not an either-or proposition, and Acquia and Drupal are proof of that.

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We must be wary of 'caring capitalism' - The Guardian

We must be wary of 'caring capitalism' - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The prospect of the rich somehow coming together voluntarily to decide to loosen their grip on the world’s wealth seems very remote indeed
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RSM Discovery Debate: Ethical Leadership

Ethical leadership is considered to be the nourishment for sustained corporate success. These leaders are full of zeal for open and contentious debate, are active in decision-making processes, and are committed to planning for succession. What's not to like? But is it possible to be an ethical leader in today's shareholder-focused economy?

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