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From finding places to stay on vacation with Airbnb to snagging a ride with Uber, the collaborative economy model has focused primarily on consumers so far. Yet, the industry, which is estimated to be valued at over $26 billion, is already challenging standard notions of business. While most assume that big companies will find the collaborative economy too risky, too unstable, or too unorthodox, that hasn’t stopped companies in fields like graphic design, software development, and even outsourced back-office services from shattering these preconceptions and proving the viability of the model for the world's largest and most influential brands.
How is it possible that fifty people can stop a forced eviction? Not just once, but over and over again (as many as six hundred times). This question has been on my mind for a while. During the 25-S protests in Madrid 1, we saw for ourselves that the police can evict any number of protesters from anywhere. So, exactly what sort of strength allows those fifty people to stop a foreclosure eviction? What does it mean to have strength, if it’s not quite the same as having power (physical, quantitative, economic, institutional, etc.)? The following is my attempt at an answer that, by no means, fully exhausts the question. That is to say, there’s room for more answers and, above all, to keep asking the question – this, I believe, is the most important thing.
Companies in the Sharing Economy offer a cheaper, more unique, consumer-controlled experience. It's no wonder they'll pull in a collective $350 billion this year.
Recommended by Daryl Taylor: An interview with Humberto Maturana, biologist and philosopher. August 21, 2009, conducted by Ward Mailliard
by Martin Kupp, professor of strategy at ESCP Europe
He warns of the corruption and the ethical poverty of ignoring the poor. In our politics, poverty has become literally unspeakable.
In addition, the depoliticization of politics and the increasing transformation of the social state into the punishing state have rendered possible the emergence of a new mode of authoritarianism in which the fusion of power and violence increasingly permeates all aspects of government and everyday life.[ix] This mad violence creates an intensifying cycle rendering citizens' political activism dangerous, if not criminal. On the domestic and foreign fronts, violence is the most prominent feature of dominant ideology, policies and governance. Soldiers are idealized, violence becomes an omniscient form of entertainment pumped endlessly into the culture, wars become the primary organizing principle for shaping relations abroad, and a corrosive and deeply rooted pathology becomes not the mark of a few individuals but of a society that, as Erich Fromm once pointed out, becomes entirely insane.[x]Hannah Arendt's "dark times" have arrived as the concentrated power of the corporate, financial, political, economic and cultural elite have created a society that has become a breeding ground for psychic disturbances and a pathology that has become normalized. Greed, inequality and oppressive power relations have generated the death of the collective democratic imagination.
Professor Michael Northcott, Professor in Ethics, presents "Fair Trade or Free Trade? Competing Moral Economies in a Changing World".
Most government leaders are restlessly on the search for new ideas, for innovation, for whatever is next. It may be their good luck that this is shaping up to be a Golden Age for engaging citizens, customers and employees. For evidence of this, one need look no further than the rapidly expanding use of "crowdsourcing." This social-media tool is going mainstream in many communities as a source of innovative ideas.
Last week, an op-ed that I wrote for The Baltimore Sun prompted a lot of very strong reactions, both positive and negative. I argued that efforts to make Bitcoins functionally anonymous are very dangerous, because money laundering is inherently very dangerous.
The first Foundation House, pictured above, is located in the Richmond district of San Francisco.
For over 17 years Furtherfield has been working in practices that bridge arts, technology, and social change. Over these years we have been involved in many great projects, and have collaborated with and supported a variety of talented people. Our artistic endeavors include net art, media art, hacking, art activism, hacktivism and co-curating. We have always believed that it is essential that the individuals at the heart of Furtherfield practice in arts and technology are engaged in critical enquiry. For us art is not just about running a gallery or critiquing art for art’s sake. The meaning of the art is in perpetual flux, and we examine its changing relationship with the human condition. Furtherfield’s role and direction as an arts collective is shaped by the affinities we identify among diverse independent thinkers, individuals and groups who have questions to ask in their work about the culture.
TOKYO - Junichiro Asami gave up a stable job to join a group of Japanese entrepreneurs building businesses based on 3D printing, showing the sort of pioneering spirit Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes can revitalize a calcified economy.
"Furtherfield.org believes that through creative and critical engagement with practices in art and technology people are inspired and enabled to become active co-creators of their cultures and societies. Furtherfield.org provides platforms for creating, viewing, discussing and learning about experimental practices at the intersections of art, technology and social change. HTTP Gallery in Haringey, North London is Furtherfield.org's dedicated space for physical events and residencies. VisitorsStudio is their online space for live audiovisual media remixing. From their offices at HTTP, Furtherfield.org initiate and provide infrastructure for commissions, events, exhibitions, internships, networking, participatory projects, peer exchange, publishing, research, residencies and workshops.
The platform as a service market—or PaaS, in which cloud companies provide developers with hardware, OS and software tools and libraries—is starting to heat up.
Models can be created and modified with any 3-D editor, such as Blender or OpenSCAD. The model should be exported as an STL file. That is loaded into Cura and sliced to a toolpath. It may take a few tries to get all the settings right. The GCode is saved to disk and opened with Repetier Host, which sends it to the stage. When the platform reaches the welding gun, switch on the welder by plugging in cable leading to the switch (which is to be held pressed with a wire tie).
An introduction to the new technology that could revolutionize how science is done.
What if there was a database of every object in the world, and you could rent anything from anybody at any time? A full fledged Internet of Things, coupled with Zamazon’s drone delivery service is the perfect match. When you buy something online, Zamazon shows you the demand for this object in your local area, going rates for daily rental, and how much revenue you can expect to earn from sharing. Back in 2013 we started to see this with car sharing, but the cost of coordination was too high for smaller objects. These days, when you want to borrow a tool from your neighbor, with just the click of a button, a drone will deliver it directly to you. - See more at: http://www.iftf.org/future-now/article-detail/artifact-from-the-future-sharing-with-drones/#sthash.I3zhySXP.hS8RDmhS.dpuf
So now we have a generation, mostly Millenials, who suffered through the Great Recession -- many are still suffering -- and this is going to affect how they vote in future elections. Even a small effect of 10-15 percent could rock the electoral landscape. Given the closeness of presidential elections since 2000, as the older voters who tend to lean conservative pass away are replaced with, say, 5-8 percent of the electorate that is solidly Democratic (those who saw their ideological leanings shaped by the Great Recession) then there may well be a new Democratic hegemony for another generation.
The economy and the natural environment are interlinked: every economic action can have some effect on the environment, and every environmental change can have an impact on the economy.
You may have seen dramatic headlines like these recently about a handful of Silicon Valley startups whose business models are disrupting the established order—among them ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft and room-sharing app Airbnb. This new breed of company is part of what has been dubbed the “Sharing Economy,” or business models that use online platforms to let people offer shared access to unused goods and services, whether it’s cars, rooms, power tools or even dog-babysitting services.
Amazon took over the 24-hour news cycle last night with the unveiling of Prime Air, an aerial drone that can fly Amazon packages straight to your front porch. The world's largest online retailer duped 60 Minutes and a fawning Charlie Rose -- who doesn't appear to know the meaning of the word "vaporware" -- into turning the venerable CBS news mag into the spearhead of Amazon's latest and greatest Cyber Monday marketing campaign.
This report brings together our practical learning and evidence on different ways to integrate and promote community-based services into health and social care.
For some time I’ve been discussing with colleagues how to approach Internet policy related issues holistically. Not just from a technical point of view, or commercial, or “user”, or even civil society but rather from a perspective which encompasses all of these while focusing most specifically on an integrated approach to what we, as global citizens whose world is being remade on the Internet’s digital platform, might expect (and demand).
The RMA is a language resource management agency with a view to function as a single depository point for various types of electronic data of the official languages of South Africa for research and development purposes…