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Internet Forums Reimagined: The Future Of Online Discussions

Internet Forums Reimagined: The Future Of Online Discussions | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Last year, I wrote about the history of online communication and how it has evolved all the way from online bulletin board systems to social media. But what does the future have in store for us in terms of communicating online?
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Building a Tumbler Refinishing Tool for Micro Factory

The Local Motors Phoenix micro-factory has been looking for other options to create a nice finish on smaller metal products like the LM keychains. Typically achieved by grinding the metal surfaces manually, Corey Renner, mechatronics engineer, is designing and building a tumbler using cost-effective materials to make the finishing process more convenient and efficient. Check out his plan in this video.

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The Uber Risk of The Sharing Economy - Enhanced Insurance

The Uber Risk of The Sharing Economy - Enhanced Insurance | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Handling risk properly is basic to the success of any business, especially so in the sharing economy which seems to, at least at times, ignore risk, and thereby gaining a false economy.
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Circular economy to get boost from consumers with first online shop - The Guardian

Circular economy to get boost from consumers with first online shop - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


When Paul Capel wanted to buy some new towels for his home he couldn't find any products that met his high environmental and ethical standards.

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Finding a True ‘Sharing Economy’ at the Dinner Table | TakePart - Clickug

Finding a True ‘Sharing Economy’ at the Dinner Table | TakePart - Clickug | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Meal Sharing wants to facilitate cultural exchange over home-cooked food—if health departments let it.
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Uber’s API Launch Lights The Way For Sharing Economy Apps | TechCrunch - Clickug

Uber’s API Launch Lights The Way For Sharing Economy Apps  |  TechCrunch - Clickug | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Convincing users to join new collaborative consumption ventures can be a tall order, butUber’s API launch today gives us a glimpse at how others building businesses along similar lines might be able to juice usage and find a lasting place in the virtual toolboxes of smartphone owners.

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5 Lessons for the Left from Naomi Klein's New Book - In These Times

5 Lessons for the Left from Naomi Klein's New Book - In These Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In her previous books The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and NO LOGO: No Space, No Choice, No Jobs (2000), Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein took on topics like neoliberal “shock therapy,” consumerism, globalization and “disaster capitalism,” extensively documenting the forces behind the dramatic rise in economic inequality and environmental degradation over the past 50 years. But in her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (due in stores September 16), Klein casts her gaze toward the future, arguing that the dangers of climate change demand radical action now to ward off catastrophe. She certainly isn’t alone in pointing out the urgency of the threat, but what sets Klein apart is her argument that it is capitalism—not carbon—that is at the root of climate change, inexorably driving us toward an environmental Armageddon in the pursuit of profit. This Changes Everything is well worth a read (or two) in full, but we’ve distilled some of its key points here.

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The Connection Between 3D Printing and Happiness | Inside3DP.com

The Connection Between 3D Printing and Happiness | Inside3DP.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
3D printing gives us an affordable entry into the hope of seeing our design come to fruition. paving the way to happiness and fulfillment.
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Quest for Identity and Autonomy in a Digital Society - P2P Foundation

Quest for Identity and Autonomy in a Digital Society - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"A collection of fifteen essays that explores a new generation of digital technologies that are re-imagining the very foundations of identity, governance, trust and social organization. The fifteen essays of the book stake out the foundations of a new future – a future of open Web standards and data commons, a society of decentralized autonomous organizations, and a world of trustworthy digital currencies and self-organized and expressive communities like Burning Man. A recurrent theme in all of the essays is the huge, untapped potential for self-organized, distributed governance on open platforms.

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The (A)Political Economy of Bitcoin | Kostakis | tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society

The (A)Political Economy of Bitcoin | Kostakis | tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The still raging financial crisis of 2007–2008 has enabled the emergence of several alternative practices concerning the production, circulation and use of money. This essay explores the political economy of the Bitcoin ecosystem. Specifically, we examine the context in which this digital currency is emerging as well as its nature, dynamics, advantages, and disadvantages. We conclude that Bitcoin, a truly interesting experiment, exemplifies "distributed capitalism" and should be mostly seen as a technological innovation. Rather than providing pragmatic answers and solutions to the current views on the financial crisis, Bitcoin provides some useful and timely questions about the principles and bases of the dominant political economy.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Recognizing a Human Right to the Commons

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Recognizing a Human Right to the Commons | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

How can we construct a right to a healthy and clean environment that is enforceable in today’s complex international legal order? What legal construct would be visionary and ambitious enough to meet the urgent need for environmental justice and protection and at the same time be enforceable in court rather than fall into the category of ‘soft law’?


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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Book of the Day: Rethinking Money

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Book of the Day: Rethinking Money | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Easily the best book I have read this year. Financial systems and currencies are not new topical areas for me but I was pleasantly surprised and then outraged with what I learned from some case studies in this new release by Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne. Many of you reading are already familiar with the Chiemgauer, Brixton pound, and other alternative, local currencies in operation right now in the US, Germany, UK, and elsewhere. We are also regularly informed that a solution to long-term economic stagnation is to go back to gold-backed currency and that devaluation is primarily attributed to the floating currency policies initiated in the 1960s and 70s. However, these authors convincingly argue otherwise with both startling historical precedents and emergent strategies taking place in the present day.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Video: Wallerstein vs. Rifkin, against the zero marginal cost thesis ?

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Video: Wallerstein vs. Rifkin, against the zero marginal cost thesis ? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
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Online labour marketplaces: job insecurity gone viral?

Online labour marketplaces: job insecurity gone viral? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Some of the newest enterprises online are those which link workers to anyone who wants a job done. They’re not concerned with employment or jobs but with “tasks”. These are small, one-off, discrete portions of work for completion within a short time frame at short notice.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Book of the Day: Metropolitan Revolution

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Book of the Day: Metropolitan Revolution | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“In the face of “federal gridlock, economic stagnation and fiscal turmoil,” cities and metropolitan areas across the country are tackling the pressing problems that Washington won’t, says Jennifer Bradley, a fellow at the Brookings Institute Metropolitan Policy Program. Her new book The Metropolitan Revolution (with Brookings colleague Bruce Katz) is about cities that are instigating change from the ground up in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, and citizens.

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ID3 - idcubed.org - From “Bitcoin to Burning Man and Beyond”

ID3 - idcubed.org - From “Bitcoin to Burning Man and Beyond” | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
ID3 is a Boston, Massachusetts, research and educational nonprofit whose mission is to develop a new social ecosystem of trusted, self-healing digital institutions.
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The Co-op vs. The Union | Grassroots Economic Organizing

The Co-op vs. The Union | Grassroots Economic Organizing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

North Coast is the largest consumer food co-op in California with a membership of 15,000 and over $30 million in annual sales.  I was a director for 12 years, including (recently) 2 years as Vice President of the board.  I was also President, for about 10 years, of the co-op's Community Fund, which is a $600,000 fund that disburses approximately $15,000 annually in community grants.

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▶ What if everybody got free cash? Myths and facts about Unconditional Basic Income - YouTube

▶ What if everybody got free cash? Myths and facts about Unconditional Basic Income - YouTube | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

What if everybody received every month enough money to live by? Will society collapse? Will we all become slackers? Myths and facts about Unconditional Basic Income, with analysis from a real world experiment conducted in India between 2011-2013. Keynote speech by Federico Pistono at the Future of Work Summit, NASA Ames Research Park, California, June 30, 2014.

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▶ DIY Build an Earthship Home! | Getoffmoney.com - YouTube

Build an Earthship Home http://getoffmoney.com
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Shared Mindfulness and the Commons

Shared Mindfulness and the Commons | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

People like you and me, who have been committed to grow in consciousness throughout the millennia, have always practiced various forms of mindfulness in community. Today's fledgling "shared mindfulness" movement is both a continuation of a noble tradition, and at the same time, a timely response to our life conditions in the 21st century.

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Five ways to start a financial revolution

Five ways to start a financial revolution | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The existing financial system is broken. Here's how to fix it.
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A Commons Guide for the 4th. International Degrowth Conference

A Commons Guide for the 4th. International Degrowth Conference | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This is an uncomplete collection of commons-related events at the 4th. international degrowth conference in Leipzig, which will start on September 2. There will be an enourmous number of parallel events, sessions and workshops during the 3 main conference days. So, if you want to find commons-related events, the following might be useful for you. We gathered information in English and German for panels and workshops prepared by commoners or where commoners participate. Moreover, You are also invited to one (or two?) network meetings of commoners.

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Islamic State moves to other social networks after Twitter clampdown

Islamic State moves to other social networks after Twitter clampdown | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The open-source social network struggles to stop Isis accounts spreading propaganda after the murder of photojournalist James Foley. By Samuel Gibbs
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James Foley: How social media is fighting back against Isis propaganda

James Foley: How social media is fighting back against Isis propaganda | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In the wake of the journalist’s death, social media companies begin to take an editorial approach to the content they are hosting. By Hannah Jane Parkinson
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Open Everything - A Collaborative Economy Convergence: 10-14 september Dublin

Open Everything - A Collaborative Economy Convergence: 10-14 september Dublin | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“At the heart of our economies, a diversification and increasing importance of collaborative practices can be observed. By proposing alternative paths of value creation and sharing, these practices open new perspectives in terms of consumption, production and innovation models.”


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Hacking The Financial System With Intangibles

Hacking The Financial System With Intangibles | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Capitalism is defined as a system economic and social organization where the factors of production are privately owned and controlled. Traditionally, factors of production are land, labor, and capital. In a modern technology enabled society, the factors of production are intangible assets such as social, creative, and intellectual capital. Intangible assets are, by definition, privately owned and controlled within each and everyone of us.


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