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reRoute: Building Power for a New Economy | New Economics Institute

reRoute: Building Power for a New Economy | New Economics Institute | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Our generation is in the process of inheriting a world in unprecedented systemic crisis. Inequality, poverty, climate change, corporate control of our democracy—these are symptoms of interconnected economic, political and ecological system failures. The overarching trends are so grim that some have already thrown in the towel, dismissively labeling the current cadre of folks under forty “Generation Screwed.”


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The Top 11 Shareable Innovations in Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Top 11 Shareable Innovations in Chattanooga, Tennessee | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Tucked down into the southeast corner of Tennessee, Chattanooga is, perhaps, the most unassuming city in the Volunteer State. Though it doesn't have the musical legacies of Nashville or Memphis, or the University of Tennessee like Knoxville, what Chattanooga's 170,000 residents do share is the fastest Internet speeds in the United States. That's right: Chattanooga is the first Western Hemisphere city running a one-gigabit-per-second fiber Internet service. It's 200 times faster than the national average and has earned Chattanooga its nickname, Gig City, along with a seat at the grown-up table.

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How One Supermarket Fights Food Waste with Ugly Fruits and Veggies

How One Supermarket Fights Food Waste with Ugly Fruits and Veggies | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Over 800 million people around the world suffer from food insecurity, and yet, global food waste continues to be a major issue with one-third of all food produced being thrown away. One reason for this is that we’re too damn picky about our fruits and vegetables. Most of us want these foods to look flawless, so anything that is not perfectly shaped gets thrown away before it even hits the market.
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From Spain’s 15-M Movement: The Charter for Democracy

From Spain’s 15-M Movement: The Charter for Democracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Stacco Troncoso and his colleagues at Guerrilla Translation in Madrid have completed an English translation of an important statement from Spain, “The Charter for Democracy,” which should be of great interest to small-d democrats throughout the world. He explains that “the group behind the piece, “Movimiento por la Democracia” (Movement for Democracy), is undoubtedly one of the most important evolutions of Spain’s 15-M movement. It clearly targets the political arena without desiring to become a political party itself. Their ‘Charter for Democracy’ is an inspiring, thorough text on what politics should be. It proposes a politics for the people: squarely grounded in environmental realities and social justice, based on the Commons, defended from corporate interests and neoliberal dictates.”

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Can Walkable Urbanism Boost the Economy?

Can Walkable Urbanism Boost the Economy? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Has the United States finally reached peak sprawl? Recent research, including a new study out of the George Washington University School of Business, suggests that the end of the era of automobile-oriented suburban growth is upon us. In Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America's Largest Metros [pdf], Christopher B. Leinberger and Patrick Lynch argue that current trends indicate a reorientation to high-density, multi-use development akin to—but not quite the inverse of—the mid-twentieth-century abandonment of the center city for the suburbs. Moreover, they suggest that a wholehearted embrace of walkable urban development would strengthen the American economy in addition to providing the less tangible benefits associated with living and working in walkable communities.

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Setting the Record Straight on the Legality of Seed Libraries

Setting the Record Straight on the Legality of Seed Libraries | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

After the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture cracked down on a seed bank in the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, hundreds of seed libraries in the U.S. are suddenly wondering if they are breaking the law. According to Pennsylvania regulators, in order to give out member-donated seeds, theSimpson Seed Library would have to put around 400 seeds of each variety through impractical seed testing procedures in order to determine quality, germination rate, and so on. The result of the Pennsylvania crackdown is that the library will no longer give out seeds other than those which are commercially packaged.

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Editorial: Airbnb and the sharing economy need to pay up

Editorial: Airbnb and the sharing economy need to pay up | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The appeal is obvious: out-of-town visitors looking for an authentic experience at an affordable price go online and search through an array of private houses, apartments and rooms offered up by locals who pocket extra cash. It’s win-win — or so it seems.

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Wikipedia’s vision is “a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.”

Wikipedia’s vision is “a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.” It’s a value that we at Access share. So we were shocked last week when the Wikimedia Foundation, which supports and hosts Wikipedia, turned its back on the greatest driver of open access to information the world has ever known, the open internet.

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Out of Poverty Author Paul Polak |

Spring Health is implementing a radically affordable, decentralized delivery system, to provide safe and affordable drinking water to a potential 200 million people in Eastern India alone who earn less than $2 a day. We started out in Odisha, and plan to move into Bihar, E. Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and West Bengal in the next two years.

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Online labour marketplaces: job insecurity gone viral?

Online labour marketplaces: job insecurity gone viral? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The type of work offered by online employment agencies extends the “casualisation” of the workforce accounting now for around 20 per cent of Australian employees. Is this a good or bad trend?
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GNUnionize! Self organized session at Interference, Amsterdam 17.08.2014

GNUnionize! Self organized session at Interference, Amsterdam 17.08.2014 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“…The time is past due for new forms of association to be created that can steer the world away from its destruction through commodified exploitation. The greatest hacks of our time may turn out to be forms of organising free collective expression, so that from this time on, abstraction serves the people …” M. Wark

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Hackers tribes (Saving the World) by Becha - Technologia Incognita

Hackers tribes (Saving the World) by Becha - Technologia Incognita | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Contents   1 Hackers Tribes (Saving the World) 1.1 Why are hackers like tribes? 1.2 About hackers 1.3 About hackerspaces 1.4 Why are hackerspaces like tribes? 1.4.1 On Ethics 1.4.2 Teaching Hackers...
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Storj Vs. Dropbox: Why Decentralized Storage Is The Future - Bitcoin Magazine

Storj Vs. Dropbox: Why Decentralized Storage Is The Future - Bitcoin Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In April 2014, Storj, an open source decentralized storage platform, won the Texas Bitcoin Conference’s hackathon, netting them $250,000 from the BitAngels Fund. Thecrowdsale for their token SJCX and early access to the software has begun and will be running until August 18th (3 days).


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How flakey is the internet?

How flakey is the internet? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

On Tuesday August 12, at 8.48am British Summer Time, Verizon, a major US internet service provider (ISP), did something relatively mundane and technical: it took some big groups of IP addresses, which we can think of as the phone numbers of the internet, one of which is designated to every desktop computer, tablet or smartphone - and divided them up into smaller blocks, so that it had more addresses to play with. And in doing so, through no fault of its own, it broke the internet (a bit).

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Here’s a Terrible Idea: Robot Cars With Adjustable Ethics Settings | Autopia | WIRED

Here’s a Terrible Idea: Robot Cars With Adjustable Ethics Settings | Autopia | WIRED | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Do you remember that day when you lost your mind? You aimed your car at five random people down the road. By the time you realized what you were doing, it was too late to brake.

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Nina Paley on the making of Sita Sings the Blues

Nina Paley on the making of Sita Sings the Blues | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Nina Paley talks on the making of Sita Sings the Blues and how copyright stifles creativity.

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camp - Open State

camp - Open State | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Some say that the collapse of our ecological and societal systems is already inevitable. But many people and projects have already started to build the future we need. Open State will be a piece that is missing until now – a catalyst to help those shining lights break through into mainstream.

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Category:P2P Transition - P2P Foundation

Category:P2P Transition - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

a new category to keep track of p2p/commons transition proposals

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How Fruit Trees Are Growing Communities

How Fruit Trees Are Growing Communities | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A global grass roots movement has identified a very effective ingredient for building community: Fruit. Even while the price tag on organic fruit causes many to go without, it's much more abundant than we may think.
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South/South collaboration for a post-capitalist paradigm - América Latina en Movimiento

In July 2014 a new step was taken towards constructing a multi-polar world, with the meeting in Brazil of the BRICS, the constitution of a new Bank and of a Fund for Development. This was followed by a joint meeting between the BRICS, UNASUR, the Organization of the South American States and CELAC (the Community of Latin America and the Caribbean).  All this happened without the participation of the Triad (USA, Europe and Japan).

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Video: The occupation of Teatro Valle in Rome, 3 years on

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Video: The occupation of Teatro Valle in Rome, 3 years on | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A short documentary on the occupied theatre from the Collaborative Cities project.

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In the on-demand economy, flexibility isn't control and algorithms won't protect workers' rights

In the on-demand economy, flexibility isn't control and algorithms won't protect workers' rights | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The rise of the on-demand workforce requires new ideas about protecting workers’ rights, but if it’s going to be fair, that readjustment can’t be based on the dictates of a handful of tech platforms.
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In the Sharing Economy, Workers Find Both Freedom and Uncertainty

In the Sharing Economy, Workers Find Both Freedom and Uncertainty | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Workers are their own bosses in the so-called sharing economy, but that flexibility also brings much uncertainty — and few of the protections of full-time work.
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5 ways the "sharing" economy works against workers - CBS News

5 ways the "sharing" economy works against workers - CBS News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Control. The companies that provide such services often emphasize the control people have over their time, and for some workers that flexibility can be a major plus.

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Gav Morris's curator insight, Today, 1:38 AM

Stability

Income

Benefits

Control

Protection

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Eastern Ukraine people’s republics between militias and oligarchs | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Boris Kagarlitsky: Eastern Ukraine people’s republics between militias and oligarchs | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

August 16, 2014 – Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal -- The war between the Ukraine government and the republics of Novorossiya [New Russia] is gradually taking on the character of a positional stand-off. The resources of both sides are exhausted, and fighting reserves are at an end. For the people’s republics, defending themselves against the many times larger military forces of the Kiev regime, the well-known principle of “a government needs to win, but for an insurrection it is enough not to lose” operates with full force.

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Building civic capacity in Detroit: Inspiration from Zagreb - Model D

Building civic capacity in Detroit: Inspiration from Zagreb - Model D | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Their maternal name alludes to their role in birthing “micro-communities” around hacking, free software, digital media arts, and independent culture.

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