You are the content you publish.
Sign up with Facebook
Sign up with Twitter
I don't have a Facebook or a Twitter account
Start a free trial of Scoop.it Business
In cities and towns across the U.S., a nefarious web of unregulated criminals is perpetrating such crimes as, well, renting out their rooms and homes to travelers who don't want to pay high hotel rates they could never afford in the first place.
Are you sure you want to delete this scoop?
Since its invention, the internet has been considered a ‘game-changer’ when it comes to democracy, with a worldwide network providing the potential to create a truly participatory democracy. This has yet to happen, but numerous individuals and groups are beginning to ask what can be done to marry the internet with representative democracy, including the Speaker of the House of Commons. Here, Chris Waller and Louis Reynolds discuss an exciting new project which seeks to use a wiki approach to crowdsource a submission to the Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy.
Robin Chase, a founder of Zipcar, talks about the 'sharing economy' and why men struggle to bond with women at work
Since its creation, the Internet has operated, at least in the minds of many consumers, like a phone line but with an incredible amount of information and functions available.
The main focus of traditional business models is profits. In cooperatives, the main emphasis is on shared value. The cooperative business model, which is based on values such as self-responsibility, democracy, equality and solidarity, promotes a more sustainable and responsible operation, while combining economic competiveness with social and environmental needs.
The inside story of two anarchists' quest to create ungovernable weapons, untouchable black markets, and untraceable money.
THANKS LARGELY to clever technologies, Boston’s transportation system is evolving, moving away from the familiar model of private cars and public transit to something cheaper, greener, more convenient, and more consumer friendly. It’s an exciting future the city needs to embrace; it also needs to push things along.
Nest. GoPro. Beats. Jawbone. Oculus. All hardware companies and each of them accorded multi-billion-dollar valuations either in private investment transactions or acquisitions by some of the largest technology companies on the planet.
Dompak, an “eco-city” in Indonesia, for example, was supposed to be a new administrative capital and a model for sustainable growth.
Marketplaces. They’re all the rage, in fact, the media can’t stop talking about them, people can’t stop searching for them, and investors have deployed $2.4 billion in just the last seven months.
As a particularly flexible economy, it is a challenge, but it is one we can rise to.” Then there is the question of regulation.
Not long ago, same-sex marriage in America was not merely an unpopular cause; it was a politically fatal one — a third-rail issue that could end the career of any politician foolish enough to touch it. The idea that gay and lesbian couples would be able to legally exchange vows in states throughout the United States was regarded, at best, as a far-off fantasy and, at worst, as a danger to the republic.
"If the goal was to make money, I would have chosen a different route," says Kimmelman. "Owning a business is not the easiest life.
A lesson in sustainable Star Trekonomics featuring Charles Eisenstein, George Carlin, Martin Luther King Jr. and a couple captains of the Enterprise...
The growth of the 3D printing space has been very impressive over the last 18 months. There has been an explosion of interest coming from just about every direction. Consumers are buying more printers, the media seems to have an infatuation with the technology, and manufacturers are lusting after ways to incorporate 3D printing into their manufacturing and prototyping processes.
You are one of many readers who equate British-made consumer goods with a superior social and environmental-justice pedigree. Is this justified? To a degree, yes. Production closer to home should be more controlled and provide a bulwark against the fickle global marketplace and the many ethical abuses associated with globalisation. In the garment industry, for example, while it would be naive to suggest that the UK doesn’t have any sweatshops, onshoring production could have avoided the chaos we saw with the Rana Plaza disaster.
"I agree that we must not be overly evangelical," said Rachel Botsman, an expert on collaborative consumption.
3D-gedrucktes Brienne von Tarth-Cosplay für Barbies von Jim Rodda: „Faire Play is a 3D printed suit of plate mail that's compatible with the Barbie Fashionistas line of dolls. It's Open Source.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jonathan Danial is a concierge, making sure guests have bottled water, crisp linens and the signature house banana bread — in his home.
There is much to ponder as the patchwork of American society continues to unravel from the effects of a new type of capitalist depression.… [T]he wealthiest 1% of Americans earned more than 19 percent of the country’s household income in 2012, their biggest share since 1928, a year before the Wall Street stock-market collapse.… [For an alternative to this] we might look to Occupy’s brief history beyond Wall Street—that is, in the cities and towns where its initial energy was so keenly felt, and where it is likely that many of us have since embarked on new projects that carry the potential of a transitional and transformational politics.… Such is the case in Greensboro, North Carolina, a mid-size Southern city known for its struggles for civil rights and socio-economic justice. It is here where the Occupy movement played a small but seminal role in what has become a fierce, grass-roots struggle for cooperative ownership in the African-American community.
Parking can stir intense passions, especially in San Francisco, where demand for public spaces often exceeds supply. Hence the outcry over apps that let occupants of slots on streets make money by alerting other drivers that they are about to drive away.
"It took 100 years to connect 1 billion places and 25 years to connect 5 billion people.
This shift will, in turn, require the pharma industry to also develop business models focused on health outcomes, where the traditional product a drugis only one part of pharma's value proposition. Health outcomes.
"Part of what technology has enabled is the same thing that's driving Uber or Airbnb - this concept of the share economy," the president said.
Thomas Piketty has written a book called Capital that has caused quite a stir. He advocates progressive taxation and a global wealth tax as the only way to counter the trend towards the creation of a “patrimonial” form of capitalism marked by what he dubs “terrifying” inequalities of wealth and income. He also documents in excruciating and hard to rebut detail how social inequality of both wealth and income has evolved over the last two centuries, with particular emphasis on the role of wealth. He demolishes the widely-held view that free market capitalism spreads the wealth around and that it is the great bulwark for the defense of individual liberties and freedoms. Free-market capitalism, in the absence of any major redistributive interventions on the part of the state, Piketty shows, produces anti-democratic oligarchies. This demonstration has given sustenance to liberal outrage as it drives the Wall Street Journal apoplectic.