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Bring on the ‘real’ sharing economy | NewStart

Bring on the ‘real’ sharing economy | NewStart | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This month New Start has published a number of articles about the sharing economy and asks whether it can regenerate local areas. Wherever you read the words ‘sharing economy’ you can guarantee they’ll be soon followed by the words Airbnb, TaskRabbit, Sorted, taskPandas, Lyft and a whole host of ever-increasing copycats. All of these organisations use technology to connect those who have assets to those who want to use them. But it’s not only new technology that links them: they all promote themselves as embracing a set of values that favours access over ownership, anti-consumerism in the post-financial-crash world of austerity and rising poverty, and as vanguards of an economic revolution.

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Community and the Commons - Michel Bauwens - YouTube

A talk and public interview with Michel Bauwens, a Belgian integral philosopher and Peer-to-Peer theorist, moderated by Professor Peadar Kirby, a resident of Cloughjordan Ecovillage.

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The Technium: What Bits Want

The Technium: What Bits Want | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Digital bits have lives. They work for us, but we totally ignore them. What do bits really want? Here are the life stories of four different bits.

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Will 3D Printing Bring Manufacturing Back to Cities? - PrototypingEngineer

Will 3D Printing Bring Manufacturing Back to Cities? - PrototypingEngineer | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Instead of waiting for political policy makers to lure clean manufacturing jobs back into domestic markets, some entrepreneurs have turned to the latest 3-D printing technology to take matters into their own hands. For example, Peter Weijmarshausen, Founder and CEO of Shapeways, has big plans for his 3-D printing start up.

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Author's ideas rooted in community - Orillia Packet & Times

Author's ideas rooted in community - Orillia Packet & Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It is difficult to spot defining figures in our city’s history until after the fact. We all know Lightfoot and Leacock, but what of those people in our midst right now who will go on to have a global impact?

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The Long Tail of Lost Productivity - No Jitter

The Long Tail of Lost Productivity - No Jitter | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In this edition of Guy Clinch's podcast series on NoJitter, Guy talks about the wide implications that occur when a behemoth software vendor missteps.
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The power of free: In search of democratic academic publishing strategies

The power of free: In search of democratic academic publishing strategies | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A discussion text engaging with the current regime of academic publishing in the light of debates over "Gold Open Access".
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The Sharing Economy's 'First Strike': Uber Drivers Turn Off the App - In These Times

The Sharing Economy's 'First Strike': Uber Drivers Turn Off the App - In These Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In These Times The Sharing Economy's 'First Strike': Uber Drivers Turn Off the App In These Times Silicon Valley types often wax lyrical about the way that the app-based “sharing economy” disrupts existing business models and create new forms of...
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Design For Sharing - as New Economy or Age-old Sustainable Practice?

Design For Sharing - as New Economy or Age-old Sustainable Practice? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
What do we do when we share? And how do we support the best of these practices with the design of social and technical systems?
We have convened a day of talks and discussion to seek answers.
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Is Britain set to become the world’s sharing economy capital? - Virgin.com

Is Britain set to become the world’s sharing economy capital? - Virgin.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
You are reading an article fromtheUnderstanding the sharing economy series, to read more about this you can visittheseries homepage. It appears as though the idea of the sharing economy has come a long way in the UK over the last year.
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Anthropologist believes “cultural evolution” is on the horizon for human species

Cadell Last, an evolutionary anthropologist currently studying in Belgium, has published a theory on human evolution and about the future of the human species.
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Podemos: The Radical Party Turning Spanish Politics on Its Head - Newsweek

To celebrate his 36th birthday last weekend, Pablo Iglesias declared war on the Spanish establishment. “Heaven is not taken by consensus,” the de facto leader of Podemos declaimed to a raucous reception in Madrid’s Palacio Vistalegre bullring, “it is taken by assault”.

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International Copyright Policy Laundering and the Ongoing War on Access to Knowledge

International Copyright Policy Laundering and the Ongoing War on Access to Knowledge | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
How is it possible that someone could face years in prison for sharing an academic paper online? How did we arrive at such extreme criminal punishments for accessing knowledge and information? Well, this has been long in the making.
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Peer production: a force for radical social change? | Department of Sociology

As a firm believer in both the desirability of and possibility for radical social change, I am often confronted with heavy doses of scepticism and doubt on the part of those willing to discuss the matter with me. Questions like ‘So what’s the alternative?’ or comments such as ‘That sounds like a nice idea, but is it not utopian?’ abound. There are many avenues I could take to provide an answer. I could, for example, point out the fact that capitalism is still a system whose development into a dominant economic and social form would have bemused many in the midst of the feudal age. I could also emphasise the frequent waves of disenchantment expressed by individuals in capitalist societies through their recurrent protests, e.g. Alter-globalisation movement and Occupy Wall Street, and the anti-capitalist spirit many of them have embodied. Here, however, I wish to concentrate my attention on another set of tendencies, to be found in the ‘anti-capitalist potential of information technology’ (Wright 2010: 194).

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El-Erian joins peer-to-peer lender Payoff - CNBC

El-Erian joins peer-to-peer lender Payoff - CNBC | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Mohamed El-Erian is moving into the peer-to-peer industry after agreeing to take an equity stake in a new lender.
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34 Crowdsourced Ideas For Solving Climate Change - Co.Exist

34 Crowdsourced Ideas For Solving Climate Change - Co.Exist | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Climate CoLab's latest submissions include color-coding products based on carbon footprint and examining sea level rise with a 3-D gaming engine.
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8 ways Big Data helps improve global water and food security - GreenBiz.com (blog)

8 ways Big Data helps improve global water and food security - GreenBiz.com (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Information about water use and availability helps us learn how to best use this resource. If we can collect the pieces, we can solve the puzzle.
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How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Now, in the third wave, IT is becoming an integral part of the product itself. Embedded sensors, processors, software, and connectivity in products (in effect, computers are being put inside products), coupled with a product cloud in which product data is stored and analyzed and some applications are run, are driving dramatic improvements in product functionality and performance. Massive amounts of new product-usage data enable many of those improvements.


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FabLab | Ellesmere Port | Chester | Members Group

Fab Labs, digital fabrication laboratories, were set up to inspire people and entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into new products and prototypes by giving them access to a range of advanced digital manufacturing technology.
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Cycling in the city as the 'share economy' - Sydney Morning Herald

Cycling in the city as the 'share economy' - Sydney Morning Herald | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
I say this knowing it will infuriate the cycle lobby, but the footpath is not the cyclist's right, much less his right-of-way.
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Welcome & Introduction to Crowdsourcing Week Global 2014 - Epi Ludvik Nekaj - YouTube

Presented at Crowdsourcing Week Global 2014 by Epi Ludvik Nekaj, Founder of Crowdsourcing Week. Join us for CSW Global 2015! More Information: http://crowdso...
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The sharing economy: future or fad?

The sharing economy: future or fad? - Read what others have said


Sharing economy is a wonderful concept which may work in a small community with significant trust and transparency. Scaling up is a big challenge. To become a world-wide movement requires a lot of ingenuity and work .
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Sharing economy, direct economy, p2p production… what a mess!

Sharing economy, direct economy, p2p production… what a mess! | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The “sharing economy” is educating us for living in an economy with increasing non-market spaces, but it is the continuum of practices that today link up the “direct economy” and the “p2p mode of production” what will take us “beyond,” towards a new way of producing and sharing.

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Will The FCC Break The Internet? - Daily Caller

Will The FCC Break The Internet? - Daily Caller | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Or will the FCC reverse course and risk breaking the global Internet by leading international telecommunications regulators to price-regulate their sovereign parts of the global Internet to restore the national postal and telecom utilities of the 20th century?

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Is the 'sharing economy' a threat to retail? - Retail Dive

Is the 'sharing economy' a threat to retail? - Retail Dive | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In a much-anticipated move in early October, the city of San Francisco passed a series of new regulations governing the activities of home-sharing site Airbnb, making one of the most popular examples of the “sharing economy” legal.


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