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P2P Foundation's blog » Blog Archive » Terje Bongard's Democratic ...

P2P Foundation's blog » Blog Archive » Terje Bongard's Democratic ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Our hypothesis is that the democracy model represents a political system that opens for a possible change from today’s focus on money profit to a focus on the products and services themselves, and their use and sustainability. This can be achieved in large societies by organizing representative democracy through ingroups in several levels, from each workplace up to national government (please refer to …MODEL.pdf). Each individual will, through workplaces, institutions or schools, be part of a functional ingroup, small enough for social control. Through 4-5-6 levels of representative elections, large societies can in this way be managed democratically. In short, by engaging everyone through an ingroup, we hypothesize that it will be possible to organize worker-owned, sustainable production, supervised and controlled by a democracy that may freely make use of today’s extensive knowledge concerning ecosystem services. When the purpose of work and production is the products and services themselves, a society and its members will naturally share a common interest in sustainable production: The driving forces behind profit and growth are not natural laws. This is the model we invite each of you to analyze from the perspective of your discipline.

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New America’s X-Lab Announces Inaugural Class of Fellows | NewAmerica.org

New America’s X-Lab Announces Inaugural Class of Fellows | NewAmerica.org | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Washington, DC - New America’s X-Lab is pleased to announce its first cohort of fellows, an international group of technologists, policy experts, and human rights advocates from a diverse array of backgrounds. X-Lab fellows are partnering with the core group at X-Lab for a 1-year period beginning August, 2014 to analyze the implications of near-future technological breakthroughs and formulate positive intervention strategies for these coming tech-policy battles.

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No more enclosures: knowledge democracy and social transformation | openDemocracy

No more enclosures: knowledge democracy and social transformation | openDemocracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In the late 1990s, a Ugandan intellectual and civil society activist called Paulo Wangoola returned home to the Kingdom of Busoga on the Eastern shores of Lake Victoria. After 25 years of work in various parts of Africa and abroad, his message to his Elders was this:

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Do Software Engineers Get Enough Respect? | TechCrunch

Do Software Engineers Get Enough Respect? | TechCrunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"For software engineers, life must seem like it keeps getting better," cheerleads CNet. Glassdoor agrees: our median salary is now $85K, and six figures in.. (“@TechCrunch: Do Software Engineers Get Enough Respect?
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First 'Low-Budget' SLS 3D Printers Hit Kickstarter | Inside3DP.com

First 'Low-Budget' SLS 3D Printers Hit Kickstarter | Inside3DP.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Norge Systems has launched the first 'low-budget' selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printers on Kickstarter. How will this change things?
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Organovo's 3D Printed Liver Passes all the Tests | Inside3DP.com

Organovo's 3D Printed Liver Passes all the Tests | Inside3DP.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Bioprinting company Organovo revealed its 3D printed liver detected toxins when traditional tests had not. What does this mean for organs?
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Is David Heralding a New Era for 3D Printing? | Inside3DP.com

Is David Heralding a New Era for 3D Printing? | Inside3DP.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
David allows you to print with hundreds of pelletized materials using the next generation of 3D printing technology.
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Formlabs Believes the Future of 3-D Printing Is With Pros, Not Tinkerers - Wired

Formlabs Believes the Future of 3-D Printing Is With Pros, Not Tinkerers - Wired | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

As an associate partner and managing director of Ideo’s Boston studio, Colin Raney’s typical day at the office revolved around designing drug-dealing robotsand gadgets that can read your mind. Raney spent eight years traveling the globe, helping the largest companies in the world solve their most interesting problems, and inventing the future. Despite holding one of the cushiest gigs in the design world, Raney recently decided to trade in his designer desk to join the Cambridge-based 3-D printing upstart Formlabs as their new head of global marketing.

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Lessons from E.F. Schumacher on the “New Economy” - The Nonprofit Quarterly

Lessons from E.F. Schumacher on the “New Economy” - The Nonprofit Quarterly | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This past weekend was the 103rd birthday of the late Ernst Friedrich “Fritz” Schumacher. An economist and scientist, Schumacher has picked up an eclectic coterie of fans and admirers over the years, as evinced bythe list of “new economy” speakers recommended by the Schumacher Center for a New Economic, including Hazel Henderson, Jeremy Rifkin, Frances Moore Lappé, Peter Barnes, and NPQ friend Gar Alperovitz. Among the luminaries who have delivered the annual E.F. Schumacher Lectures have been Benjamin Barber, Ivan Illich, John McClaughry, John McKnight, Van Jones, Bill McKibben, Kirkpatrick Sale, Winona LaDuke, and frequent NPQ contributing author Bill Schambra.

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Money And Power: The Real Reason For The NSA Spying On Everyone - Techdirt

Money And Power: The Real Reason For The NSA Spying On Everyone - Techdirt | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


As Clay Shirky famously noted years ago, "Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution." That appears to absolutely be the case here.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » A political evaluation of bitcoin

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » A political evaluation of bitcoin | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Bitcoin is a complex phenomenom, and it is a landmark development, even a technological singularity, for good or ill. At the P2P Foundation, we also have complicated feelings about it.

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Unleash your creativity in a Fab Lab

Unleash your creativity in a Fab Lab | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld talks about his Fab Lab -- a low-cost lab that lets people build things they need using digital and analog tools. It's a simple idea with powerful results.
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Network Resource Planning - P2P Foundation

Network Resource Planning - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"This project started in 2012 as a collaboration between SENSORICA and Mikorizal Software.

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MaidSafe - The New Decentralized Internet

MaidSafe's distributed platform enables the creation of fast and secure applications that help ensure digital privacy, security and freedom for all.
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P2P Value Project

P2P Value Project | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The P2P Value Project collects data on Commons Based Peer Production and provides the data for research. The following video explains how the project works.
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Uber’s API Launch Lights The Way For Sharing Economy Apps | TechCrunch

Uber’s API Launch Lights The Way For Sharing Economy Apps | TechCrunch | 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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Networked Society Answers: The UnConnected Car

Olle Isaksson, Head of Strategy, Business Line Industry & Society at Ericsson, talks about why it's taken so long to connect the car.
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Brewery takes on grassroots cooperative business model - The Rapidian

Brewery takes on grassroots cooperative business model - The Rapidian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


A business owner or group of owners with capital ready to invest start a business, then eventually sell that business back to their workers, so workers each have a stake.

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Filipino Inventors Created An Open Source Micro-Factory That 3D Prints Solar Panels In 15 Seconds

Filipino Inventors Created An Open Source Micro-Factory That 3D Prints Solar Panels In 15 Seconds | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein, two young inventors based in the Philippines, are taking their passion for clean free energy and developing a way to make it accessible and cheap for everyone. These guys are working tirelessly to provide a product that could be used by practically anyone to make homemade solar panels.

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The Social Factor: Innovate, Ignite, and Win through Mass Collaboration and Social Networking - Maria Azua - Download Business

The Social Factor: Innovate, Ignite, and Win through Mass Collaboration and Social Networking - Maria Azua - Download Business | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Harness the Power of Social Networking to Promote Innovation and Drive Growth  A treasure trove of strategic and tactical insights for the business leader Provides relevant experience from a host of powerful case studies and compelling business scenarios Secrets for avoiding costly mistakes that can cripple a social networking initiative Millions of people use social networking sites, and companies are increasingly turning to social networking to build relationships with customers. But companies routinely miss the best opportunities to create value and promote innovation–by using social networking to build thriving communities of employees, partners, and customers.   Business leaders and strategists can drive immense value from social networking “inside the firewall.”

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Snapshots of three open access business models - Insights: the UKSG journal - Volume 27, Supplement 1 /2014 - UKSG

Snapshots of three open access business models - Insights: the UKSG journal - Volume 27, Supplement 1 /2014 - UKSG | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Following on from Eelco Ferwerda's introduction to different OA monograph business models ( http://dx.doi.org/10.1629/2048-7754.46 ), Hazel Newton (Palgrave Macmillan), Marin Dacos and Pierre Mounier (OpenEdition Books) and Yrsa Neuman (Åbo Akademi University) explain the different OA business models that they are currently working with.


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Why the Future of Social Innovation Is Open (SSIR)

Why the Future of Social Innovation Is Open (SSIR) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

couple of years ago, management thinker Charles Handy wrote a short article about the unintended consequences of good ideas. He starts by talking about the corporate towers that dominate city skylines and the inescapable irony that they have entirely glass fascia yet people can’t see inside as they pass by.

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Why IBM Has Dumped The PC Hardware Business

Why IBM Has Dumped The PC Hardware Business | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

With the sale of first its desktop PC business and now its server business to Chinese partner Lenovo, IBM has come full circle. By exiting the hardware business IBM leaves behind the low-end market it inventedand returns to its roots in high performance computers, software, and a focus on the client.

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The sharing economy, gender, and why individualistic solutions won’t disrupt neoliberalism

The sharing economy, gender, and why individualistic solutions won’t disrupt neoliberalism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Especially if you live in a bigger city, you might have been been hearing a lot about the “sharing economy” — the all-encompassing name given to the economic system propped up by a set of services that are popping up for people to share and monetize their private assets, from their apartments with Airbnb to their cars with Lyft. There is a ton of excitement about it out of the Silicon Valley, and “sharing economy” evangelizers appear to see this as a disruption of current economies and cash flows — a democratization, a decentralization of wealth and power. But is that really the case? And where do structural factors like race and gender fit in?

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Carpooling uber alles

Carpooling uber alles | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“MARK my word,” Henry Ford declared in 1940, “A combination of airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come.” No doubt flying cars will eventually make their fashionably late arrival on the scene. But for the more immediate future of transportation, best is to take a look at a less futuristic and, ahem, more down-to-earth trend: carpooling.

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Lessons from Airbnb: How to protect your home from sharing economy squatters - Houston Business Journal

Lessons from Airbnb: How to protect your home from sharing economy squatters - Houston Business Journal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A recent fiasco involving an Airbnb rental in California is a cautionary tale about making sure you protect yourself and your property if you try to profit from the new sharing economy.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation