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Big Barn: Local Food Goes Virtual

Big Barn: Local Food Goes Virtual | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

With the coming food price crisis we need a social, local food industry to replace the corporate, profit-led, national food industry.  There are some ways we can protect ourselves from price hikes with the help of Social Enterprise BigBarn whose mission is to divert some of the £120b spent with supermarkets to local producers and retailers with massive social benefits to all.

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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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ProPublica

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ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.
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50% Of American Workers Make Less Than $28,031 A Year | Zero Hedge

50% Of American Workers Make Less Than $28,031 A Year | Zero Hedge | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Social Security Administration has just released wage statistics for 2013, and the numbers are startling.  Last year, 50 percent of all American workers made less than $28,031, and 39 percent of all American workers made less than $20,000.  If you worked a full-time job at $10 an hour all year long with two weeks off, you would make $20,000.  So the fact that 39 percent of all workers made less than that amount is rather telling.  This is more evidence of the declining quality of the jobs in this country.  In many homes in America today, both parents are working multiple jobs in a desperate attempt to make ends meet. Our paychecks are stagnant while the cost of living just continues to soar.  And the jobs that are being added to the economy pay a lot less than the jobs lost in the last recession.  In fact, it has been estimated that the jobs that have been created since the last recession pay an average of 23 percent less than the jobs that were lost.  We are witnessing the slow-motion destruction of the middle class, and very few of our leaders seem to care.
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The sharing economy: Built for millennials, boon for retirees - MarketWatch

The sharing economy: Built for millennials, boon for retirees - MarketWatch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
You don’t have to be a millennial to live like one.
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Airbnb Flooded With Commercial Interests…A Growing Trend in the Share ... - Business 2 Community

Airbnb Flooded With Commercial Interests…A Growing Trend in the Share ... - Business 2 Community | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Time.com recently published an article lamenting that the share economy, otherwise known as the ‘peer-to peer-economy’ is being co-opted by the interests of venture capital and its insatiable demands for rapid growth and high-value exit-strategies.” The share economy has given commercial credibility to the citizen over the corporation, as disruptive technologies blows up the industrial model of companies owning and people consuming, and allows everyone to be both consumer and producer”. AirBnB, a platform that lets consumers rent from their peers, is now being used by landlords to buy up property for that very purpose, and consequentlydriving up land values and rents through gentrification.

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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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Center for Public Integrity | Investigative journalism from a nonprofit newsroom

Center for Public Integrity | Investigative journalism from a nonprofit newsroom | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
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The Bad News About the News

The Bad News About the News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
n 1998, Ralph Terkowitz, a vice president of The Washington Post Co., got to know Sergey Brin and Larry Page, two young Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who were looking for backers. Terkowitz remembers paying a visit to the garage where they were working and keeping his car and driver waiting outside while he had a meeting with them about the idea that eventually became Google. An early investment in Google might have transformed the Post's financial condition, which became dire a dozen years later, by which time Google was a multi-billion dollar company. But nothing happened. “We kicked it around,” Terkowitz recalled, but the then-fat Post Co. had other irons in other fires.
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Kiwi businesses advised to strap in as self-driving vehicles become reality - Computerworld New Zealand

Kiwi businesses advised to strap in as self-driving vehicles become reality - Computerworld New Zealand | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Self-driving and autonomous vehicles, in particular, are much closer to reality than most people and businesses realise.
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Why Uber Should Let People See Their Own Passenger Ratings - Business Insider

Why Uber Should Let People See Their Own Passenger Ratings - Business Insider | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Your reputation should follow you around the internet.
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Is the Digital Economy Still a Capitalist Economy? - Huffington Post

Is the Digital Economy Still a Capitalist Economy? - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Too bad the term "socialism" was appropriated by Karl Marx, because it would be an apt description of today's emerging social economy. The social media revolution is transforming the way we create wealth, work, learn, play, raise our children, and probably even the way we think. A billion people use social media daily. We have social networking, social business, social government, social entertainment, and social everything. Today's hottest concepts are social: collective intelligence, mass collaboration, crowd sourcing, and collaborative innovation.

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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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