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Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy

The Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy was founded in 1987, in response to the growing recognition of the relevance of Karl Polanyi’s work to contemporary society.
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Artificial Intelligence in FMS Software Platforms - Mar 12, 2015 - Tech Collective

Artificial Intelligence in FMS Software Platforms - Mar 12, 2015 - Tech Collective | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Save The Date! Presenter: Tammy Fuller, Echo Messaging Systems
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Net Neutrality; What Does It Really Mean?

Net Neutrality; What Does It Really Mean? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Net Neutrality discusses the openness of the internet; the fact that all internet access should be equal, neutral irrespective of service.
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Will the Sharing Economy Keep an Older America on the Move? | Big Think

Will the Sharing Economy Keep an Older America on the Move? | Big Think | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The nation’s largest gathering of transportation thinkers, the National Academies' Transportation Research Board, was just held in Washington, DC.
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From sharing economy to gift ecology

From sharing economy to gift ecology | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Couple weeks back, Sam and I spoke at a local gathering in Oakland. In casual conversation, the convener of our circle, Syra tells us: "I love that so many people are talking about sharing. See, I'm always campaigning for it," handing us a card for local sharing event. "But you know, I tried to get into this sharing conference, and it was 500 bucks! Doesn’t that just feel wrong? Most of us can’t afford that kind of sharing."

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Collaborative platforms to watch in 2015

Collaborative platforms to watch in 2015 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Fluence, Talenthouse and other collaborative platforms shake up the music industry...
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A Critical Review by Brian Holmes of the "Network Society' book by Bauwens / Kostakis | P2P Foundation

A Critical Review by Brian Holmes of the "Network Society' book by Bauwens / Kostakis | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Thanks for this book, Michel and Vasilis. “Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy” is exceedingly timely and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the Commons specifically, or in political economy more generally. In response, I’ve written something in between a review and a letter to the authors. I address Michel because he posted it. Hopefully he will respond to a few of my comments!

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From Copyleft to Copyfarleft: The need for a Commons-Based Reciprocity License

From Copyleft to Copyfarleft: The need for a Commons-Based Reciprocity License | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Reposted from our sister-site Commons Transition. The title of this post is an homage to Primavera de Filippi’s and Miguel Said de Viera’s excellent essay on the subject.
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P2P ProjectFest: Five interesting initiatives (1) | P2P Foundation

P2P ProjectFest: Five interesting initiatives (1) | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“Community CarShare operates a fleet of 37 vehicles, available to members on a self-serve, pay-per-use basis. Benefits include: saving money on transportation, reducing your carbon footprint, and helping to build a sustainable community. The co-op currently serves Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, Elmira, Guelph, and St. Catharines, with service pending for London and Burlington in 2014.”
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Researching P2P Value (1): Interview with researcher Karthik Iyer | P2P Foundation

Researching P2P Value (1): Interview with researcher Karthik Iyer | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The P2P Foundation participates in a EU-funded research project on value in contributory communities called P2P Value.

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What the P2P Foundation Did in 2014 (1): founders’ report

What the P2P Foundation Did in 2014 (1): founders’ report | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This overview is meant to be for the P2P Foundation as a network but this first part focuses on my own activities, which is the aspect I know best.
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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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FLOK: Free Libre Open Knowledge, an Open Commons based society, the opposite of privatised knowledge,

FLOK: Free Libre Open Knowledge, an Open Commons based society, the opposite of privatised knowledge, | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

FLOK, Free Libre Open Knowledge, an Open Commons based society, the opposite of privatised knowledge, protected by patents and copyright.

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3 New Music Collaboration & Songwriting Platforms: Hookist, FindMySong, SongwriterLink - hypebot

Are you a songwriter hoping to collaborate with others or a musician looking for a songwriter with which to collaborate? You've now got at least 3 more options you may not have known about to connect with songwriters.
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Airbnb under more pressure to pay S.F. back taxes

Airbnb under more pressure to pay S.F. back taxes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee on Wednesday night is set to vote on a resolution authored by state Sen.
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Makerspace Profile: KC Open Hardware | Initial State

Makerspace Profile: KC Open Hardware | Initial State | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We’re fortunate to connect with some remarkable individuals and organizations in the IoT world. Meet KC Open Hardware in Kansas City, MO.
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Sharing economy and 'super casual' gaming drive app growth - Telegraph

Sharing economy and 'super casual' gaming drive app growth - Telegraph | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Sharing economy apps like Airbnb and Uber, and super casual games like Flappy Bird drove overall app growth in 2014
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Co-operative Commonwealth: De-commodifying Land and Money Part 1 | P2P Foundation

Co-operative Commonwealth: De-commodifying Land and Money Part 1 | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The cost of access to land is essential to the provision of affordable housing. Likewise the cost of access to money is fundamental to economic health.
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Robert Reich: Wall Street is choking the middle class

Robert Reich: Wall Street is choking the middle class | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The former secretary of labor reflects on the single biggest threat to the continued health of the U.S. economy
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A positive evaluation of Occupy as prefigurative practice | P2P Foundation

A positive evaluation of Occupy as prefigurative practice | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I would probably be hesitant if not resistant to describing Occupy-style movements as a ‘success’, because I fear that this would imply or be read in line with a sort of instrumental conception, which is actually a position I argue against. So many theorists and academics on the left, moreover, seem content to charge Occupy as being a complete ‘failure’ precisely according to instrumental standards of judgement or criticism. But I argue, along with Richard Gunn and Adrian Wilding (who, it should be said, have also made significant and notable contributions to Heathwood’s series on Occupy), that this is fundamentally misguided. What distinguishes Occupy-style movements from others is not only their refusal of the existing socioeconomic-political order. I think what a lot of people miss is that there are much broader, fundamental processes at play behind Occupy-style events and politics which, in many respects, cannot be judged accurately in terms of their instrumental effect. Gunn and Wilding put it nicely when they reflect that ‘Occupy-style movements are conscious experiments in alternative forms of social organization, interaction, and self-determination’. Occupy’s radical alternative politics, which is open, inclusive, tolerant, non-dominant, non-hierarchical and anti-authoritarian, not only challenges traditional ideas of power, politics, and social organisation; so too does it challenge our instrumental conception of revolutionary social change and the very foundations of modern society – or, I argue, that this is at least the revolutionary horizon in which these movements suggest.

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The Role of Money in the Desktop Regulatory State, part 2 (Chapter Six -- Second Excerpt) | P2P Foundation

The Role of Money in the Desktop Regulatory State, part 2 (Chapter Six -- Second Excerpt) | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Bitcoin. …the biggest shortcoming of Bitcoin, from a community currency standpoint: it serves more as a store of value than as a simple denominator of exchange. Its quantity is fixed beyond a certain point, which means that individual units will appreciate in value as people come into the system. That is, it’s deflationary. From the perspective of most currency designers, that’s a serious bug. Deflation makes it subject to Gresham’s law: that is, people will hold onto it as an investment rather than keep it in circulation. Most LETS systems have a tendency toward hoarding because the range of good and service providers participating in them means the average member can only meet an unsatisfactory portion of her total needs through the system, and has leftover notes with nothing to spend them on. Silvio Gesell built demurrage into his currency system—i.e., it lost value over time—as an incentive to spend it rather than hoard it, and overcome the deflation and idle capacity of the larger economy.
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Video of the Day: Janelle Orsi on the Role of Cooperatives in Resilience and Sustainability | P2P Foundation

Video of the Day: Janelle Orsi on the Role of Cooperatives in Resilience and Sustainability | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Community-supported enterprise + cooperatives + local investing + social enterprise + local currencies + micro-enterprise + sharing … these all adds up to LOCAL, RESILIENT ECONOMIES, that much we know. But it’s difficult, even SCARY, to picture how we’ll get there. The more our economy falters, the more we feel stuck: Stuck in jobs we don’t like, stuck buying cheap unsustainable products, stuck patronizing the same huge corporations, stuck in traffic….

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Top P2P Books You Should Have Read in 2014 (1): The return of the cooperative commonwealth

Top P2P Books You Should Have Read in 2014 (1):  The return of the cooperative commonwealth | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Our book of the year is Humanizing the Economy by John Restakis. See why below.. I can truthfully say it’s one of the most important books I have read in the last ten years.
2014 was definitely the year of the commons – cooperative convergence.
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Why Deflation is the Endgame, Conceptually Explained

Why Deflation is the Endgame, Conceptually Explained | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


To intuitively understand why deflation is the endgame of our civilization, divide people into miners and everyone else.

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