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The Best Online Collaboration Platform....Ever | Colipera

The Best Online Collaboration Platform....Ever | Colipera | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Because we're all trying to grow. We all want to get stuff done. We all want feedback. We all want to help. We all want to be part of something bigger than ourselves.
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Syriza: Greek Revolution Against Corruption

Syriza: Greek Revolution Against Corruption | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Sunday evening BBC reporting hard left. Once the count was in, this had softened to radical left. Left-Right is meaningless. The mainstream media do not get it. That we are dealing with something d...
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Book of the Day: eGaia by Gary Alexander | P2P Foundation

Book of the Day: eGaia by Gary Alexander | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I was fortunate enough to meet Gary Alexander, a New Yorker living in East Anglia, UK, at the Open Everything meetup in Cloughjordan, Ireland in the autumn of last year (2014) and was party to the discussion of some of the ideas contained in this book, although with all that was going on we didn’t have too much time to get into them in any depth. However his book sounds very interesting; my mammoth reading list means I haven’t had time to read it yet but I present it as something which may be interesting to the P2P community.

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Combined Academic Publishers - Literature and the Creative Economy

Combined Academic Publishers - Literature and the Creative Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This is the first book to consider what ideas about the creative economy derive from historic conceptions of the work of literary authorship and the first to discuss what writers make of the placement of their work in instrumental service of the creative economy.
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Greece lights up Europe

Greece lights up Europe | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
It’s difficult to overestimate the importance of the Greek election last Sunday. It is the first time in decades that a government has come to power in Europe which is both hostile to neoliberal economics and grounded in social movements. The people who have suffered most from the financial crisis have created a spark of hope for all of us.
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Reality is the Next Big Thing Debate: Can Capitalism and Democracy Co-Exist? - David Charles

Reality is the Next Big Thing Debate: Can Capitalism and Democracy Co-Exist? - David Charles | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The fact that everybody at Elevate seems to be so bothered by the idea of another person using our data to make a profit, raises a question from the audience: Can capitalism and democracy co-exist?
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Open Source doesn’t need more funding – it needs better business models - JAXenter

Open Source doesn’t need more funding – it needs better business models - JAXenter | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Does open source need to be profitable? Lukas Eder weighs in on the open source funding debate, following Pivotal's surprise decision to cut support for Groovy and Grails.
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Commoners in Transition: Janice Figueiredo

Commoners in Transition: Janice Figueiredo | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Reposted from our new Commons Transition web platform “Commoners in Transition” features exclusive global-P2P oriented interviews with people working on similar subjects, worldwide.
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Class and capital in peer production

The aim of this paper is to make the case that peer production offers a unique chance to transcend capitalism, and that peer-to-peer movements represent the succession of industrial-society based socialisms. The paper describes the salient characteristics of peer production before going on to explore whether it is ‘transcendent’ or ‘immanent’ to the market system, concluding that it is both in that it creates a new form of capitalism and also points out how that new form might be overcome. Following a review of the hybrid economic forms emerging today, I formulate the hypothesis that peer production is actually a hyperproductive mode, forcing for-profit entities to adapt to its characteristics, thereby further integrating it into the existing political economy, but not without the transformative effects of its market transcending aspects. After examining the possible expansion of peer-production modalities to physical manufacturing, I also examine the class aspects of commons and sharing-based platforms and hypothesise the emergence of a new section of capital, netarchical capitalists, who enable and empower participation, but also monetise it and attempt to control it.

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What can we learn from Facebook’s annual Bullshit Report?

What can we learn from Facebook’s annual Bullshit Report? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Last week was Davos week, the time of year when 2,900 movers and shakers(only 17% of whom are women, incidentally) congregate in a small town in Switzerland to talk the talk. It also means that it’s the week in which Facebook issues its annual Bullshit Report, claiming that it is not only a Force for Good but also one of the world’s economic powerhouses. In 2012 the report claimed that Facebook – an outfit which then had a global workforce of about 3,000 – had indirectly helped create 232,000 jobs in Europe in 2011 and “enabled” more than $32bn in revenues.



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Making the Most of the Internet of Things

Making the Most of the Internet of Things | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Himanshu Bari is the Director of Product Management for DataTorrent. His prior experience includes working a Senior Product Manager for Symantec and Hortonworks, a Strategy Consultant for Panasonic, and a Senior Systems Analyst for Goldman Sachs.
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Richie Hecker: Thanks to the Sharing Economy, Everyone Is an Entrepreneuer

Richie Hecker: Thanks to the Sharing Economy, Everyone Is an Entrepreneuer | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Richie Hecker, Chairman and CEO of Traction + Scale: Once upon a time, people went and got a job and had a single boss. Those days are nearing their end. With the rise of the shared economy, everyone is now an entrepreneur.
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The graph that everyone should see: the p2p revolution is real and exponential | P2P Foundation

The graph that everyone should see: the p2p revolution is real and exponential | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
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Capture All_Play - An interview with McKenzie Wark | www.furtherfield.org

Capture All_Play - An interview with McKenzie Wark | www.furtherfield.org | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Marc Garrett and Ruth Catlow interview McKenzie Wark ahead of his keynote speach for Transmediale 2015 in Berlin this year.
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Winning an Election Does Not Mean Winning Power | Jacobin

Winning an Election Does Not Mean Winning Power | Jacobin | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

yriza’s expected victory in tomorrow’s Greek elections is part of a crescendo of anti-austerity movements across Europe. Throughout the upsurge, many formations have connected with one another, secure in the knowledge that they’re fighting the same enemy.

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Twin Oaks Intentional Community - Is It Utopia Yet? book

"with Is It Utopia Yet?, Kat brings us another lively, firsthand account of Twin Oaks' continued development as one of America's most prominent and successful cooperative communities.

The book includes detail about some of the conflicts that Twin Oaks has lived through and the people who were caught up in them. Kat speaks frankly and thoughtfully about the changes Twin Oaks has gone through and her own changing role in the Community.

As a bonus, the 320 page book also contains over sixty cartoons about community living from the pen of Twin Oaks member Jonathan Roth.

What is it really like to live in a "Utopian" community? What happens to the high ideals of equality and social justice under the pressures of daily living with a continually-changing population of nearly a hundred people?

Creating a new society presents many challenges—making a living, inventing a government, sharing the labor, raising children collectively, and reaching agreement about such things as diet, standard of living, and commitment to caring for the environment. Facing these tasks as a group means taking a hard look at the original principles. Does full economic equality really work? "

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In America's Battle for the Internet, The Whole World Is Watching

In America's Battle for the Internet, The Whole World Is Watching | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The fight for net neutrality, like the fight for an open and free Internet, is a clarion call for Internet users and content creators to defend what has made the the web one of the world’s greatest enablers of social and economic progress.
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The opportunity in Greece | P2P Foundation

The opportunity in Greece | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Greek people must be thanked for putting the need for changing the course of economic policies firmly on the European agenda. The stakes are high. A failure in Greece will be seen as vindication of austerity as the only option. It will have negative repercussions for any progressive alternative throughout Europe. Those convinced that Europe needs to change cannot sit on the fence, but need to engage in support of the new winds of reform.
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Book of the Day: Sociofobia

Book of the Day: Sociofobia | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“At a conference in Barcelona in June 2014 I ran into Madrid-based critic César Rendueles who told me about the success of his book Sociofobia, El cambio político en la era de la utopia digital in the Spanish speaking world, published late 2013. On the cover it reads: “the ideology of the network has generated a diminished social reality.” Rendueles (b. 1975) used to work for the cultural organization Círculo de Bellas Artes and now teaches at Complutense University, Madrid. I would characterize Rendueles’ approach as that of a straight forward academic, without the customary doubt, double meanings and postmodern cynicism, amplified by a clear populist-left set of demands (inspired by Latin-America) to re-nationalize public infrastructure, in this case the mix of telecom, knowledge production, education and media. This southern European variety of “cybersocialism” stands in contrast to the Blairist “third way” that originated in northwestern Europe and accepted limited state intervention in economic ownership. It is also distinct from a “commons” approach, where the commons are governed by an undefined coalition of “stakeholders” in which the real power of both monopoly corporate players and the state is obscured. Instead, Rendueles focuses on a more traditional analysis of economic and political institutions, one that may pave the way for political transformation in the technological field.

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Fablab Festival Toulouse 2015, Conférences et ateliers makers, Imprimante 3D, robotique

Fablab Festival Toulouse 2015, Conférences et ateliers makers, Imprimante 3D, robotique | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
fablab festival 2015 toulouse artilect 3D printer imprimante conference atelier workshop france mai may makers
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Want To Be Happy? You Only Have To Do 1 Thing. Over And Over.

Want To Be Happy? You Only Have To Do 1 Thing. Over And Over. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Matthieu Ricard says that the way for all of us to live sustainably on this planet is to adopt a culture of thinking about each other. And not just the others who are here right now, but also people we'll never meet.
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One Of The Best Examples Of Collective Intelligence You'll Ever See

One Of The Best Examples Of Collective Intelligence You'll Ever See | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Individual ants are not very smart, but ants working together in a colony are capable of extraordinary feats.
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As Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar count patents, warning signs ahead

As Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar count patents, warning signs ahead | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Government regulators and the taxi industry can’t stop Uber — but maybe a patent can.
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