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‘Sharing’ companies take over a share of the travel industry

‘Sharing’ companies take over a share of the travel industry | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Nowadays, you can share your car or your home with travelers. But established companies don’t like it.
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THE COOPERATIVE MODEL REVISITED Michel Bauwens

THE COOPERATIVE MODEL REVISITED Michel Bauwens | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This session was part of Open Everything - A Collaborative Economy Convergence - www.openeverything.ie Organised by Cultivate, P2P Foundation and WeCreate Workspace in Dublin, Limerick and Cloughjordan convergence@cultivate.ie The Convergence brought together cooperative advocates, community activists, and commons animators to share perspectives and ideas on the question, “How can a commons-based collaborative economy strengthen the resilience of our communities?” THE COOPERATIVE MODEL REVISITED FRIDAY 12th September WeCreate, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Tipperary Supported by Tipperary County Council, NTLP and the Plunkett Foundation UK This timely event will brought together international experts, national thinkers and local entrepreneurs together to inspire a co-operative approach... 

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Build Your Own Micro-Factory (It's Cheaper Than You Think) | Netology Technology Services

You’ve probably heard of 3d printing and all the amazing things it can do by now, but do you know the story of the guy who almost single handedly put it on the map? His name is Neil Gershenfeld, and he did not invent the 3d printer. In fact, he’s not an inventor at all, he’s a professor at MIT, and you need to hear his story.

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What role will brick-and-mortar schools play in the digital age? - Richmond Times-Dispatch

What role will brick-and-mortar schools play in the digital age?
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Big Data: New Oil or Snake Oil? - Wired

Big Data: New Oil or Snake Oil? - Wired | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

There are two differing perspectives on Big Data and its value. One is that it is a valuable commodity that flows through an organization powering the engines of new insight and action, the other is that Big Data is no more than a collection of sometimes outrageous claims. Each argument has merit and interestingly, both are right, but the distinction between value and snake oil is becoming quickly obvious, despite the hype.

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The Foundations of Innovation (Part 2 of 5): Ideas - CIMSEC

The Foundations of Innovation (Part 2 of 5): Ideas - CIMSEC | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Innovation starts with ideas – the realization that something new is possible once old things are seen in new ways. Thus, it’s very important to understand how knowledge and insight are created both individually and in groups if one wishes to posture themselves to encourage successful innovations.

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▶ A Conversation with Peter Thiel and Niall Ferguson - Institute of Politics - YouTube

A conversation with: Peter Thiel, founding CEO of PayPal; Member, Board of Directors, Facebook; entrepreneur; and venture capitalist and Niall Ferguson, Laur...
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The sharing economy: make it sustainable

The sharing economy: make it sustainable | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Is the sharing economy a tool for ecological transition? The main objective of this report is to analyse the environmental potential of the sharing economy, considered in its full diversity, and the conditions for the realization of this potential.
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The Map - How to Out Your Local Economy by John Rogers (eBook) - Lulu

The Map - How to Out Your Local Economy by John Rogers (eBook) - Lulu | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Map describes how to make the rich underused capacity of regional economies more visible. It shows how to engage individuals, businesses, voluntary groups and local government to share their underused assets to meet each others' needs. The Map is both a vision and a practical action programme.
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Occupy Democracy – The Battle of the Tarpaulin

Occupy Democracy – The Battle of the Tarpaulin | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
If a progressive movement can gauge the effect it’s having from the response of the State, then the Unions should be ashamed of themselves, and the Occupy movement should be cheering loudly.
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Debating the Sharing Economy

Debating the Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The “sharing economy” has attracted a great deal of attention in recent months. Platforms such as Airbnb and Uber are experiencing explosive growth, which, in turn, has led to regulatory and political battles. Boosters claim the new technologies will yield utopian outcomes—empowerment of ordinary people, efficiency, and even lower carbon footprints. Critics denounce them for being about economic self-interest rather than sharing, and for being predatory and exploitative. Not surprisingly, the reality is more complex. This essay, based on more than three years of study of both non-profit and for-profit initiatives in the “sharing economy,” discusses what’s new and not so new about the sector and how the claims of proponents and critics stack up. While the for-profit companies may be “acting badly,” these new technologies of peer-to-peer economic activity are potentially powerful tools for building a social movement centered on genuine practices of sharing and cooperation in the production and consumption of goods and services. But achieving that potential will require democratizing the ownership and governance of the platforms. - See more at: http://www.greattransition.org/publication/debating-the-sharing-economy#sthash.iNy3B4Zl.dpuf

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Shapeways helps 3D printing startup bring DnD figures to life

Shapeways helps 3D printing startup bring DnD figures to life | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Shapeways to collaborate with 3D printing company trying to print 3D game models from games like Dungeons & Dragons.
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Super-Star Based Technological Change - P2P Foundation

Super-Star Based Technological Change - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"“My reading of the data is that technology is the main driver of the recent increases in inequality. It’s the biggest factor,” says Erik Brynjolfsson, a professor of management at MIT’s Sloan School. The coauthor, with fellow MIT academic Andrew McAfee, of The Second Machine Age, Brynjolfsson, like Piketty, has recently gained unlikely prominence for an academic economist.
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Going beyond platform capitalism | P2P Foundation

“By controlling their ecosystems, platforms create a stage on which every economic transaction can be turned into an auction. Nothing minimizes cost better than an auction – including the cost of labour. That’s why labour is the crucial societal aspect of platform capitalism. It is exactly here that we will have to decide whether to harness the enormous advantages of platform capitalism and the sharing economy or to create a ‘dumping market’ where the exploited amateurs only have the function to push professional prices down.”
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How much has our media ecosystem really been democratized?: The research ... - Journalist's Resource

How much has our media ecosystem really been democratized?: The research ... - Journalist's Resource | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

During much of the second half of the 20th century, Americans got their news and civic information primarily through a few dominant sources, usually a newspaper that had a relative monopoly on local information and one of three major television networks. With the rise of the Web, there was a sense that things were changing, and many hoped that citizens would be better informed by a broader, richer and more representative and democratic array of media streams.


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Open-Source Lab: How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs by Joshua M. Pearce downlo

Open-Source Lab: How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs by Joshua M. Pearce downlo | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Open-Source Lab: How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Scientific Research Costs details the development of the free and open-source hardware revolution. The combination of open-source 3D printing and microcontrollers running on free software enables scientists, engineers, and lab personnel in every discipline to develop powerful research tools at unprecedented low costs. After reading Open-Source Lab, you will be able to: Lower equipment costs by making your own hardware Build open-source hardware for scientific research Actively participate in a community in which scientific results are more easily replicated and cited Numerous examples of technologies and the open-source user and developer communities that support them Instructions on how to take advantage of digital design sharing Explanations of Arduinos and RepRaps for scientific use A detailed guide to open-source hardware licenses and basic principles of intellectual property

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Jeremy Rifkin: Heading towards zero marginal cost society - Shanghai Daily (subscription)

Jeremy Rifkin: Heading towards zero marginal cost society - Shanghai Daily (subscription) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

BEIJING, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Whether we're using Uber's car-sharing service, renting a room through Airbnb or sharing self-written novels online, we're all benefiting from the reduction of marginal cost.

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Experts Sound the Alarm on Climate Change - UMass Lowell (press release)

Experts Sound the Alarm on Climate Change - UMass Lowell (press release) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We are playing Russian roulette with our future with regard to climate change. That’s the dire warning that MIT Prof. John Sterman, a leading expert in system dynamics of climate change, told a packed audience in Cumnock Hall auditorium during the recent Climate Change Teach-In. 

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Bit Con? Veteran fraud expert sets his sights on bitcoin - Fortune

Bit Con? Veteran fraud expert sets his sights on bitcoin - Fortune | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Author Jeffrey Robinson argues that the bitcoin movement will end in tears for the little guy.
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56 Reasons Anonymous Company Ownership Is the Biggest Problem You've Never Heard Of

56 Reasons Anonymous Company Ownership Is the Biggest Problem You've Never Heard Of | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Anonymous company ownership doesn't exactly trip off the tongue does it. Nor is it a phrase that many people have heard of. But it should be. Anonymous company ownership is behind much of what is bad in the world.
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Complex Life Owes Its Existence To Parasites? | Life, Unbounded, Scientific American Blog Network

Complex Life Owes Its Existence To Parasites? | Life, Unbounded, Scientific American Blog Network | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Is complex life rare in the cosmos? The idea that it could be rests on the observation that the existence of life like us – with large, energy hungry, complicated cells – may be contingent on a number of very specific and unlikely factors in the history of the Earth. Added together they suggest that places like this could be exceedingly unusual across the universe. As I’ve pointed out in a previous post, there are some potential flaws to such arguments, largely because of the ways in which we make post-hoc inferences.
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Sympathy for the Luddites

Sympathy for the Luddites | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In 1786, the cloth workers of Leeds, a wool-industry center in northern England, issued a protest against the growing use of “scribbling” machines, which were taking over a task formerly performed by skilled labor. “How are those men, thus thrown out of employ to provide for their families?” asked the petitioners. “And what are they to put their children apprentice to?”
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Warren Karlenzig - Collective Intelligence: Cities as Global Sustainability Platform - TEDxMission - YouTube

Social media and collaborative technologies--layered with smart systems combining geo-location data with human experience--will make cities the driving sustainability force in a dawning planetary era. Cities will anticipate new risks with rapid urban systems innovation based upon crowdsourcing, virtual and physical communities, and transparent markets sensitive to full carbon and resource costs. Creatively leveraging collective intelligence for clean energy, low carbon mobility and sustainable food and water, the new urban grid will enable high local quality of life, lifelong learning and vibrant green economies.

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La’Zooz: The Decentralized Proof-of-Movement ‘Uber’ Unveiled

La’Zooz: The Decentralized Proof-of-Movement ‘Uber’ Unveiled | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Taxi unions (with their ever-attendant government backing) have unleashed oppression on ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft around the world. Now it seems that they’ve brought upon themselves the same fate that Hollywood eventually met when it used the state to crush Napster: a decentralized version of their original target.
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Coops Europe and Fair Trade team up to promote people-centred businesses

Coops Europe and Fair Trade team up to promote people-centred businesses | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Leaders of the European co-operative movement discussed the importance of people-centred events at a high-level conference in Brussels. The conference was hosted by MEP Gay Mitchell and jointly organised by Cooperatives Europe and Fair Trade Advocacy Office.
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Video of the Day: 3 hacks for a resource-based economy | P2P Foundation

Video of the Day: 3 hacks for a resource-based economy | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Zeitgeist Movement Ecuador invited Michel Bauwens to talk about a possible transition towards a Resource-based economic model and the “hacks” he proposes to achieve this (edited to include English audio only).
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