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The Odd Coupling: Asking the Wrong Questions about “Decoupling” Environmental Impacts from Economic Growth | ECC 2013 – Communication Platform

The Odd Coupling: Asking the Wrong Questions about “Decoupling” Environmental Impacts from Economic Growth | ECC 2013 – Communication Platform | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The great green panacea for salvaging the market/state economic growth model from its own environmental consequences is that it may somehow be possible to “decouple” GDP growth from resource consumption. The rationale for decoupling GDP is summarized in the 2011 United Nations Environmental Programme report, Decoupling Natural Resource Use and Environmental Impacts from Economic Growth:

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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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A German Cloud Company Is Offering Free Heat If You Have Room for Some of Its Servers

A German Cloud Company Is Offering Free Heat If You Have Room for Some of Its Servers | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Another polar vortex may or may not be on its way, but winter means heat bills no matter what. Unless, of course, you get your heat for free from a cabinet full of servers that's sitting in your living room. If you live in Germany, it’s possible!
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How to Start a Bike Kitchen

How to Start a Bike Kitchen | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A bike kitchen is a place for people to repair their bikes, learn safe cycling, make bicycling more accessible, build community, and support sustainable transportation by getting more people on bikes. Most bike kitchens have tools, parts, mechanics, and a community of knowledgeable cyclists.
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Are You Ready to Trust a Decentralized Autonomous Organization? | P2P Foundation

Are You Ready to Trust a Decentralized Autonomous Organization? | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The “social” in a lot of online social networking turns out to be pretty weak. Sure, we can share pictures and opinions with thousands of people, even organize protests and recommend one another for jobs. But protests organized on Facebook event pages tend not to turn into lasting organizations that can wield power after the fact. The employer one finds through LinkedIn can’t exist solely on the network; there’s likely brick-and-mortar somewhere, and certainly some paper documents. Social media only goes so far. So it’s probably not surprising that bands of geeks — and their investor friends — are eager to upload more aspects of life to the Internet: from money to contracts to organizations to entire countries.
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Video of the Day: The Future of Workers in the Sharing Economy | P2P Foundation

Video of the Day: The Future of Workers in the Sharing Economy | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Second of a series of videos from the New School on Digital Labor, includes two video lectures on the future of the sharing economy.
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'Degrowth: A Vocabulary for a New Era' - EurekAlert (press release)

'Degrowth: A Vocabulary for a New Era' - EurekAlert (press release) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Economic growth is harming the planet, it is incapable of eradicating poverty and it is not making us happier. However, there is no need to worry: there are alternatives and social movements working to end the obsession of continuous growth.
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What To Do When A Robot Takes Your Job - ReadWrite

It's 2019, and Rosa steps into the law firm she worked at five years ago as a paralegal. It's a far smaller company than the one she remembers—just a few partners and a small amount of support staff.

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A Shareable Future: Creative Commons at 12 years - Boing Boing

A Shareable Future: Creative Commons at 12 years - Boing Boing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Twelve years ago, Creative Commons made a big bet. We saw that the internet had transformed the ways in which people create, distribute, and consume content.
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Donate - Wikispeed

Donate - Wikispeed | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
What we need We need you to buy from our Store, here. We need you to donate $10 a month to us through the PayPal subscribe button. Support Team WIKISPEED monthly!
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New UK Trade Body For Sharing Economy Businesses - Collaborative Consumption

New UK Trade Body For Sharing Economy Businesses - Collaborative Consumption | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

New UK trade body for sharing economy businesses, UKShareCo, hopes to ensure both vendors and customers can be certain of each other’s trustworthiness.

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This Is the First Article We Ever Published About the Internet - The Nation. (blog)

This Is the First Article We Ever Published About the Internet - The Nation. (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Authors Kevin Cooke and Dan Lehrer accurately foresaw in 1993 the debate over net neutrality we’re having today.
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Creativity, companies, and the wisdom of crowds - The Guardian

Creativity, companies, and the wisdom of crowds - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We need economic institutions that somehow promote the concerted creative actions of a wide swath of the world’s people, writes Robert Shiller
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It's time to consider climate change as a moral issue - HeraldNet

It's time to consider climate change as a moral issue - HeraldNet | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The politics of selfishness was embraced enthusiastically last week by Sen. Mitch McConnell. In dismissing President Obama's deal with China to...
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Community groups such as New Era 4 All are fast becoming the new trade unions

Community groups such as New Era 4 All are fast becoming the new trade unions | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Last week witnessed another example of a victory secured by organised, grassroots protest. Millionaire Conservative MP Richard Benyon announced that the company he controls would sell its stake in an east London housing estate, where residents had been protesting against huge rent rises. And he exhibited a certain self-awareness when explaining why. “New Era residents have made it clear that they do not welcome our involvement in the future of the estate,” he noted. “They made it clear that they wanted us to pull out and this is what we have reluctantly decided to do.”
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The Fall of Facebook

The Fall of Facebook | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Steadily, grindingly, it continues to take an ever greater share of our time and attention online. More than 800 million people use the site on an average day. Individuals are dependent on it to keep up not just with their friends but with their families. When a research company looked at how people use their phones, it found that they spend more time on Facebook than they do browsing the entire rest of the Web.
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PROJECT CYBERSYN: Chile & the Socialist Internet | Cybersalon

PROJECT CYBERSYN: Chile & the Socialist Internet | Cybersalon | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Socialist President Salvador Allende was elected to power in Chile in 1970, and embarked upon a series of radical reforms to Chilean society and the economy. As an alternative to a Soviet style centrally planned economy, Allende’s government instead looked for another route through which to replace the market.
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The Economy of Recognition - Person, Market and Society in Antonio Rosmini

The Economy of Recognition - Person, Market and Society in Antonio Rosmini | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Introducing an alternative philosophical foundation to the study of economics, this book explains and adopts the perspective of the Italian philosopher Antonio Rosmini (1797-1855), whose interpretation of economic action was fundamentally at odds with the prevailing and all-conquering utilitarianism of modernity. Rosmini, one of the most important Italian and Catholic philosophers of the modern age, eschewed the traditional concepts of subjectivism and individualism at the core of the utilitarian thesis, prefiguring today’s critique of ‘autistic economics’ with his assertion that micro-economic formulae consecrating the ‘maximization of utility’ derive not from scientific principles or even hypotheses, but from uncritically adopted philosophical ideas. It was an assault on the determinism he perceived as the fatal flaw in accepted economic theory.   

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Roots of Civilisation - P2P Foundation

"Abdullah Ocalan was the most wanted man in Turkey for almost two decades until his kidnapping and arrest in 1999. He has been in prison ever since. He is the founder of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK). From 1984, under his leadership, the PKK fought for an independent Kurdish state in the south east of Turkey. In a sustained popular uprising, tens of thousands of PKK guerrillas took on the second largest army in NATO.
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How Bitcoin Could Make Voter Fraud and Stolen Elections Impossible - Entrepreneur

How Bitcoin Could Make Voter Fraud and Stolen Elections Impossible - Entrepreneur | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The same technology that makes Bitcoin an alternative currency could be adapted to make elections impervious to cheating at a fraction of the current cost.
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Whose problem is the city solving by banning Uber?: Keenan - Toronto Star

Whose problem is the city solving by banning Uber?: Keenan - Toronto Star | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
It's worth asking whose interests are being served by trying to shut down a service that has proved popular.
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Video of the Day: The Future of Workers in the Sharing Economy

Video of the Day: The Future of Workers in the Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Second of a series of videos from the New School on Digital Labor. You can find the whole series here.
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Scrum is the dominant creator of new money according to the NYSE - Wikispeed

Scrum is the dominant creator of new money according to the NYSE - Wikispeed | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
According to Forbes list of the top US IPO’s of all time (all in the last 25 years), we have a list of the top creators of new wealth on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
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Why Coworking Is Hot

Why Coworking Is Hot | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
These shared workspaces for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and other independent workers tend to feel hip, fun, and casual -- but their success is about much more than cool design.
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ABC, climate change: the Coalition is drowning us in nonsense - The Guardian

ABC, climate change: the Coalition is drowning us in nonsense - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In opposition, authenticity and truth-telling was the focus. Now it’s all denials and broken promises
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Will the real "sharing economy" please stand up?

Will the real "sharing economy" please stand up? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

They are correct that there is a new economy on the rise. This new economy — the sharing economy — is based on distributed workforces. And some vague notion of “sharing.” We have car sharing, skill sharing, stuff sharing, labor sharing, and home sharing. Examples include TaskRabbit, Zaarly, GetAround, Lyft, RelayRides, Etsy, Airbnb, Snapgoods, DogVacay, Liquid, Parking Panda, Skillshare, Uber, Blackjet, Kitchensurfing, Zipcar, and even solar power company Sunrun.

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Open-sourced blueprints for civilization

Open-sourced blueprints for civilization | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, TED Fellow Marcin Jakubowski is open-sourcing the blueprints for 50 farm machines, allowing anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch.
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