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The Homebrew Industrial Revolution, Chapter One

The original technological revolution of the late Middle Ages, the eotechnic, was associated with the skilled craftsmen of the free towns, and eventually incorporated the fruits of investigation by the early scientists.  It began with agricultural innovations like the horse collar, horseshoe and crop rotation.  It achieved great advances in the use of wood and glass, masonry, and paper (the latter including the printing press).  The agricultural advances of the early second millennium were further built on by the innovations of market gardeners in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries—like, for example,  raised bed horticulture, composting and intensive soil development, and the hotbeds and greenhouses made possible by advances in cheap production of glass.

 
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Unit 5-This article is about the transition from the Neolithic Revolution to the Second Agricultural Revolution.

 

The biggest change brought about by the Second Agricultural Revolution was the shift from many small subsistence farms to fewer, larger commercial farms. Improving technology (Steam power, the Mechanical Reaper, intelligent planting methods) meant that, to be cost efficient, agriculture had to be more localized. Harnessing the power of natural gas allowed for faster, more efficient harvesting and yields increased greatly. Thanks to the Second Agricultural Revolution, we are able to feed more people than would have been possible, as it was a stepping stone to even greater production.

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Yanis Varoufakis: “Greece Will Adopt the Bitcoin If Eurogroup Doesn't Give Us ... - Greek Reporter

Yanis Varoufakis: “Greece Will Adopt the Bitcoin If Eurogroup Doesn't Give Us ... - Greek Reporter | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

While Greece’s lenders are pushing the Greek government to accept their terms in order to allocate funds so the country will not go bankrupt, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis seems to have another ace up his sleeve. The second top thinker in the world according to prospect magazine surprised even his closest aides at a secret meeting when he said “We ‘ve had enough, we ‘ll run on Bitcoin.”



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A One-World Corporate Government May Actually Be In The Making

A One-World Corporate Government May Actually Be In The Making | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The secretive history of trade deals is deeper and darker than you think. Their origin involves the idea of a one-world corporate government.
 
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Civil Power and the Partner State

Civil Power and the Partner State | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I describe the crisis as the inability of our governments to protect the interests of their citizens. It is a crisis of legitimacy that is undermining the foundations of liberal democracy. Its most recent manifestation is the doctrine of austerity, and the rapid destruction of democratic civic life.

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Proposed Project: Permaculture Design Course

Proposed Project: Permaculture Design Course | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The proposal is to subsidise or fully fund placements for locals on permaculture design course being run by Geoff Lawton and his team (see http://permaculturenews.org for details).
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Future Of Work: Using Gamification For Human Resources - Forbes

Future Of Work: Using Gamification For Human Resources - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
2015 will be the year gamification inside the workplace migrates from a few isolated pilots to a new way to engage and recognize high performing employees.
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Eco-agricultural food sovereignty vs. seed-enclosing neocolonial paternalistic benevolence: a tale of two meetings

Eco-agricultural food sovereignty vs. seed-enclosing neocolonial paternalistic benevolence: a tale of two meetings | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“This week the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID hosted a meeting in London with big agribusinesses to discuss strategies to increase corporate control over seeds in Africa. The location of the meeting was secret. So was the agenda. Attendance was strictly invite-only and nobody who even came close to representing African small farmers was invited.

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Free Commons-Based Peer Production Posters | P2P Foundation

Free Commons-Based Peer Production Posters | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
P2Pvalue have produced a series of about Commons-Based Peer Production, designed by Laura Recio.
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The sharing economy needs a public option

So-called sharing-economy companies such as Uber, Airbnb and Task Rabbit are posing policy headaches for governments around the world. Their argument that they should be exempt from existing regulations because their services are ordered over the Web does not make much sense, but it provides a fig leaf for politicians seeking campaign contributions from these highly capitalized newcomers.

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Here's how Amazon will convert your place into a smart home

Here's how Amazon will convert your place into a smart home | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
For Amazon, a "smart home" scenario isn't a question of if — but rather, when.
The tech giant announced hardware and a cloud-based service on Thursday, both of which support web-enabled devices in the home.
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To Save the World... Preface by Bernard Stiegler for Michel Bauwens' new book

To Save the World... Preface by Bernard Stiegler for Michel Bauwens' new book | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Michel Bauwens, peer-to-peer activist and founder of the Peer-to-Peer Foundation, has a new book out, in French, entitled Saving the World: Towards a post-capitialist society with peer-to-peer. In the book Michel, with his collaborator Jean Lievens, argues that a new distributed and de-centralised economic model is necessary to shake up the world and  drive us towards a post-capitalist society. In a wide-ranging, impassioned and ambitious, perhaps idealistic, diagramming of a new mode of living and working Bauwens reaches for a different way of performing economics and the political.

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Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think

Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The great divide between our beliefs, our ideals, and reality
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Facebook’s Messenger Platform Must Be Open And Useful To Realize Full Potential

Facebook’s Messenger Platform Must Be Open And Useful To Realize Full Potential | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
 Facebook’s move to turn Messenger into a platform for third-parties has been one of the company’s most important decisions to date. Mobile messaging is a pivotal trend that will shape the way billions of people consumer the internet.
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Contour Crafting Inventor Dr. Khoshnevis: Widespread 3D Printed Homes in 5 Years, High-Rises in 10 Years

Contour Crafting Inventor Dr. Khoshnevis: Widespread 3D Printed Homes in 5 Years, High-Rises in 10 Years | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Exclusive interview with Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis: Contour Crafting machines will be available starting at around $200,000 within a couple of years.
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Hacking the Monetary System for the Common Good | Grassroots Economic Organizing

Hacking the Monetary System for the Common Good | Grassroots Economic Organizing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

If you've been following recent headlines about alternative currencies, you probably find them ... villainous. Last month, a Manhattan jury found Ross Ulbricht, otherwise known by the pseudonym “Dread Pirate Roberts,” guilty on seven counts, including narcotics distribution, identity fraud, and money laundering. Ulbricht also faces charges in Maryland regarding murder for hire.

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Crowdsourced tool for depression - ECNmag.com

Crowdsourced tool for depression - ECNmag.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Researchers at MIT and Northwestern University have developed a new peer-to-peer networking tool that enables sufferers of anxiety and depression to build online support communities and practice therapeutic techniques.
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The real nature of the on-demand economy: “NEVER LEAVE HOME AGAIN.”

The real nature of the on-demand economy: “NEVER LEAVE HOME AGAIN.” | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“The on-demand world isn’t about sharing at all. It’s about being served. This is an economy of shut-ins“.
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Social media guidelines ‘will help co-ops’

Social media guidelines ‘will help co-ops’ | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Guidance from Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) brings social media like Facebook and Twitter into line with other media.
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MOOC’s are not doing well for racial, gender and class equity

MOOC’s are not doing well for racial, gender and class equity | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
From an essay that critiques the uncritical enthusiasm for MOOC’s: (Audrey Watters and Sara Goldrick-Rab critique Kevin Carey who has written a book called The End of College ) Excerpt: “This vision of the University of Everywhere is endowed with...
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Nonprofits Imagine a Better Sharing Economy - The TechSoup Blog - Community - TechSoup

Nonprofits Imagine a Better Sharing Economy - The TechSoup Blog - Community - TechSoup | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The TechSoup blog is your source for product donation updates, nonprofit news, technology tips and advice, and innovations in the social sector.
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Monster bubbles: the delayed crisis of capitalism resurfaces

Monster bubbles: the delayed crisis of capitalism resurfaces | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Seven years since the bursting of a US housing bubble led to financial meltdown, investors and policymakers are already well on their way to the next.If there’s one lesson from the history of financial manias, panics and crashes, it’s that bankers...
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Probing the whole Internet — in under an hour — for major security flaws

Probing the whole Internet — in under an hour — for major security flaws | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
When a major flaw in the encryption that secures websites was revealed this March, Zakir Durumeric, a research fellow at the University of Michigan, was the first person to know how serious it was.
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How I Learned to Quit Worrying and Love My Facebook Friends

How I Learned to Quit Worrying and Love My Facebook Friends | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The people you love to interact with on Facebook may not be the same people you'd ever want to have dinner with. Is that OK?
The post How I Learned to Quit Worrying and Love My Facebook Friends appeared first on WIRED.
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Interest is Rising in Cooperative Alternatives to the

Interest is Rising in Cooperative Alternatives to the | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
If last week's turnout at Civic Hall is any indication, a lot of people--technologists as well as organizers--are interested in figuring out how the 21st century economy can be built on more cooperati
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IBM Launches Major Internet Of Things Offensive

IBM Launches Major Internet Of Things Offensive | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
 IBM is wasting little time when it comes to the Internet of Things.
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