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Sharing cities: The magic of indirect reciprocity | NewStart

Sharing cities: The magic of indirect reciprocity | NewStart | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The sharing economy is entering the mainstream, with corporates like BMW getting on board. Join the discussion today.
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Build Your Own Robots and Quadcopters With These Ingenious Bricks | Gadget Lab | WIRED

Build Your Own Robots and Quadcopters With These Ingenious Bricks | Gadget Lab | WIRED | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
If you’re interested in building your own ASIMO, you’ve got to start somewhere. Kinematics’ modular TinkerBots provide a very great jumping-off point, letting you quickly assemble and program your own robots.
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Is capitalism driving itself out of business? - Fortune Management

Is capitalism driving itself out of business? - Fortune Management | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In The Zero Marginal Cost Society, Jeremy Rifkin argues that growing efficiencies will make production costs a thing of the past. (Is capitalism driving itself out of business?
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Smart Citizen: advancing towards collective intelligence

Smart Citizen: advancing towards collective intelligence | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Smart Citizen, in short, has created a tool that advances towards an intelligent city model, seeking to connect citizens with their urban environment in an optimal manner. Barcelona, as a mobile capital, has been the city chosen by Tomás Diez's team to implement the initial phase of the project, the starting point for the creation of a global Smart community. This is also why this summer Barcelona will host the 10th Fab Labs world congress, Fab 10, co-organized by Institut de Arquitectura Avançada de Catalunya (IAAC), FabLab Barcelona, Barcelona City Council, MIT and the Fab Lab Foundation.

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What’s Old Becomes New: Regulating the Sharing Economy – 100% Solutions

What’s Old Becomes New: Regulating the Sharing Economy – 100% Solutions | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Sharing Economy: An old concept made new through the internet-based sharing of underutilized space, skills, and stuff for monetary and non-monetary benefits.Recently, a proliferation of start-ups have created digital platforms to connect owners with consumers.These companies encourage people—and businesses—to use resources more efficiently and to share non-product assets (like time) as well as conventional “stuff.”Citizens can share space in their homes (Airbnb), seats in their car (Lyft, Sidecar, UberX), places to park (Park Circa), used clothing (ThredUp), outdoor gear (gearcommons), time in the day (TaskRabbit, Instacart), and even capital (Zopa, Prosper).This trend has attracted significant attention from thought leaders (in 2011, Time Magazine crowned it one of ten ideas that will change the world), venture capital (Uber recently received 8M in funding from Google Ventures, and a recent round of financing for Airbnb would value it above B), the media, and, most recently, Congress.Nevertheless, regulatory mechanisms have not kept pace.Small-scale, non-monetized sharing has historically been ignored or exempted by the legal system (though barter exchange is taxable).The tipping point is near, however, as sharing with strangers becomes big business.Forbes estimates the sharing economy generated .5 billion in 2013.To grossly generalize, the law tends to prefer binary divisions: public and private, business and personal, donation and sale, consumer and provider, and, most saliently, my property and yours.In the sharing economy, many companies blur these boundaries, resulting in a legal gray area.Proponents, typically a younger, urban demographic, tend to view the regulatory hurdles as protectionism, serving entrenched operators in the market like taxicabs and hotels.Yet, for municipalities, regulating sharing economy companies requires balancing the safety and welfare of the public with the potential for new economic development opportunities.
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Humanity's Frightening Uncertainty About the Economic Consequences of Climate Change

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michel-bauwens/beyond-jeremy-rifkin-how-_b_5185948.html?ir=Business

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Business Models for Open Source Hardware & Open Design | blog LZ

Business Models for Open Source Hardware & Open Design | blog LZ | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Open Source for hardware and physical objects and processes is a growing movement. But „how to make money with that“ is the question most people ask within the first minutes. There are a lot of answers – a lot of open source hardware business models. And we get more. This page collects answers and organizes them in the „open source hardware business model matrix“.

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Food Forest Open Source Hub

Food Forest Open Source Hub | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Intentional earth stewardship by creating an abundant and productive food forest is, in our opinion, essential to comprehensive food sustainability and self-sufficiency. It is also foundational to regenerating our planet and One Community’s Highest Good of All philosophy. For this reason, we are including teaching, demonstrating, and open source sharing food forest creation and development as key components of our open source botanical gardenHighest Good food infrastructure, and model for self-replicating and self-sufficient teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities to be built around the world. As a species we have the ability to truly live in harmony and mutual support with nature and One Community will be an ongoing demonstration of exactly how personally and globally beneficial this can be.

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Historical Materialism — Historical Materialism Journal

Historical Materialism — Historical Materialism Journal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Research in Critical Marxist Theory
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Airbnb is facing off against New York’s Attorney General. Here’s why.

Airbnb is facing off against New York’s Attorney General. Here’s why. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Anyone who has ever rented a beach house on Airbnb or taken a ride with Uber has unwittingly stepped into a long brewing conflict over how the sharing economy fits in with local regulation -- often with regulators charging companies with disrupting local laws while earning massive profits by assisting in providing potentially illegal services.

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How to build a cheap 3D-scanner mostly out of spare parts

How to build a cheap 3D-scanner mostly out of spare parts | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This paper that I wrote describes how to build a 3D scanner out of parts for less than 60 Euro and parts that were extracted from old printers, notebooks and so forth.

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An Open Letter to Pope Francis on the Ethical Economy

An Open Letter to Pope Francis on the Ethical Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I write to you as a cultural Catholic moved by admiration for the Christian values and how they have been embodied by social change activists such as Ivan Illich, E.F. Schumacher, Paulo Freire, and profound and provocative thinkers such as Marshall McLuhan and Bruno Latour.

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Transitioning to a Commons-Based Society - FLOK Society

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The Ethical Theory of the Value of Nature: A Reading List | DEL ...

The Ethical Theory of the Value of Nature: A Reading List | DEL ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“You’re gonna start doin’ some thinkin’ on your own and you’re going to come up with the fact that there are two certainties in life: one, don’t do that, and two, you dropped a hundred and fifty grand on a f*ckin’ education you could have got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library!” – Will Hunting


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Open Hardware Exploration at NEEMO16

Open Hardware Exploration at NEEMO16 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
It is an amazing rapid prototyping environment that is like a Hackathon on the ocean floor. In April, we had the chance to meet Eric Stackpole and David Lang at the International Space Apps Challenge.
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The Biggest Facebook Publishers of March 2014

The Biggest Facebook Publishers of March 2014 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

As the Facebook algorithm/shift to mobile/social optimisation conversationdrifts on, one thing we’ve noticed is that Facebook engagement for top publishers rarely declines as the months pass.

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A Peek at Hong Kong's Collaborative Sharing Economy - Global Voices Online

A Peek at Hong Kong's Collaborative Sharing Economy - Global Voices Online | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Hong Kong is often considered a global financial center and the city's stock exchange one of the most important in the world. But the city is also home to many alternative exchanges based not on money and stocks, but on sharing.

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Peer production enters the kitchen - R Street

Peer production enters the kitchen - R Street | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

There’s another peer production platform for regulators, taxmen, and assorted other busybodies to get the vapors about: Feastly, the “Airbnb of dinner.”

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The Change Within: The Obstacles We Face Are Not Just External | The Nation

The Change Within: The Obstacles We Face Are Not Just External | The Nation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The climate crisis has such bad timing, confronting it not only requires a new economy but a new way of thinking.
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Now available: 29 flavors of open source seeds, sans patents

Now available: 29 flavors of open source seeds, sans patents | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

There’s been an argument going on for at least 100 years over seeds. Should they be free? Or should the people who develop them control, and profit from, their use? If they were shared, we’d have a more fluid development of agricultural technology, because all plant breeders could experiment with the best stuff. On the other hand, maybe breeders wouldn’t want to engage in the hard work of experimenting if they couldn’t sell their inventions for lots of money.

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Radical Ecological Democracy - P2P Foundation

Radical Ecological Democracy - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"If the aim of human society is happiness, freedom, and prosperity, there are indeed many alternative ways to achieve this without endangering the earth and ourselves, and without leaving behind half or more of humanity. This applies to India as to any other country, though the specifics of the alternatives will vary greatly depending on ecological, cultural, economic, and political conditions.

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How can Internet be De-monopolized? - América Latina en Movimiento

“Left on their current course and driven by the needs of capital, digital technologies can be deployed in ways that are extraordinarily inimical to freedom, democracy, and anything remotely connected to the good life. Therefore battles over the Internet are of central importance for all those seeking to build a better society”, writes researcher Robert McChesney in the conclusion of his book Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy[1]. Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, McChesney studies the history and political economy of communication. He is also co-founder of Free Press, a national media reform organization in the USA. In the following interview with ALAI, he summarizes the arguments of his book, with emphasis on the tendency of the Internet economy to promote monopolies.

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'Sharing economy' can bring convenience, cash... and trouble - TODAY.com

'Sharing economy' can bring convenience, cash... and trouble - TODAY.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Our parents teach us from an early age to stay away from strangers: Never get into their cars or allow them into our homes. But now, we're doing both: sharing our homes and our cars for quick cash. Move over, Craigslist, it's the new online boom. But how safe is it? 

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SOCIAL MEDIA: Crowdsourcing - The Wisdom of the Masses - YouTube

Always looking for a competitive edge, companies have begun to crowdsource using the collaborative power of the internet. Crowdsourcing is all about taping into the power of your consumers, acknowledging that many customers interested in an organization or a company are also going to be extremely knowledgeable about your products. Crowdsourcing also gives companies the opportunity to test products before they hit the mass market. From designing their own t-shirts, to measuring craters on Mars for NASA, this ability to harness our collective talents all over the world is one of the most powerful tool to bring about social change.

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Jeremy Rifkin on the Fall of Capitalism and the Internet of Things - YouTube

Don't miss new Big Think videos!  Subscribe by clicking here: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Economic theorist and author Jeremy Rifkin explains his concept of The Int...
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10 Best Business Books on Environmental Sustainability - Inc.com

10 Best Business Books on Environmental Sustainability - Inc.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In 1970, when Earth Day began, business was the enemy. The previous year, a blowout in a Union Oil platform had dumped more than 80,000 barrels of black stuff into the Santa Barbara Channel. Students and activists loudly protested pollution from factories and power plants. Today, business often is still the enemy. But it is sometimes a force for good--or at least a mouthpiece for good, as evidenced by the nearly 2,000 titles in Amazon's "Green Business" category. The best of these books combine concrete practices and provocative proposals with personal vision and a sense of urgency. Most argue that it makes good business sense to be a responsible citizen of our blue marble.

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