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CfA Summit 2013 | Clay Shirky | Keynote

Clay Shirky gives the Keynote at CfA Summit 2013
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Video: the "I DON'T PAY" Movement (Den Plirono) is spreading across Europe

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Debt-Free Money v Money-as-Debt

Debt-Free Money v Money-as-Debt | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A debt-free money system as an alternative to a debt-based money system (money-as-debt) may seem too good to be true, but there are now practical examples of debt-free money systems that have been implemented by communities around the world. Debt-free money is important because economies are suffocating in a growing mountain of debt. 

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Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds' | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
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Novel Open Source Seed Pledge aims to keep new vegetable and grain varieties free for all

Novel Open Source Seed Pledge aims to keep new vegetable and grain varieties free for all | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Jack Kloppenburg (left), professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, Irwin Goldman (center), chair of the Department of Horticulture, and Claire Luby (right), graduate student in the UW’s Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics program, fill envelopes with non-patented seeds in the Horticulture office in Moore Hall.

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Creating a Sustainable and Desirable Future - P2P Foundation

Creating a Sustainable and Desirable Future - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

* Book: Robert Costanza and Ida Kubiszewski. Creating a Sustainable and Desirable Future: Insights from 45 Global Thought Leaders. World Scientific, 2014


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Don't Underestimate Big Data - Forbes

Don't Underestimate Big Data - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The techniques of big data have been criticized recently in a post by Tim Harfordamong others. It’s quite easy to imagine the potential here has been exaggerated, and a core point about the importance of theory in a lot of empiricism is undeniable. But I think there is some overreach in the criticisms, and in particular one of the failure examples Tim gives shows the opposite of what he claims. He points to a flu forecast bygoogle GOOG -3.66% that failed:

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▶ Michel Bauwens: "Bitcoin is year 0 of a new epoch" - YouTube

Michel explains what the FLOK Society is and how it can help Ecuador to become a p2p and commons-oriented society. At the end of May the proposed policies of FLOK will be presented amongst politicians from Ecuador and the whole of South America as well as civic society.

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GE launches 'microfactory' to co-create the future of manufacturing - TechRepublic

GE launches 'microfactory' to co-create the future of manufacturing - TechRepublic | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

On Wednesday, General Electric announced the launch of FirstBuild, a "microfactory" and open community for students, engineers, and innovators on the University of Louisville campus in Louisville, Kentucky. The company wants to create a new business model for the manufacturing industry by harnessing open innovation, the maker movement, and community involvement to build a revolutionary new wave of smart appliances.

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On a quest for the future of enterprise collaboration - Diginomica

On a quest for the future of enterprise collaboration - Diginomica | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Before looking at specific vendor actions, I’m going to take a step back and highlight three big fault-lines that cut across the enterprise collaboration space. If you’re not aware of these huge divides in thinking then it’s difficult to have a productive discussion. You need to know where people are coming from to properly evaluate what they’re saying.

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Can Human Behavior Be Optimized? - MIT Technology Review

Can Human Behavior Be Optimized? - MIT Technology Review | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Tapping into big data, researchers and planners are building mathematical models of personal and civic behavior. But the models may hide rather than reveal the deepest sources of social ills.

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Open Source 3D Printers for Small Business - Small Business Computing

Open Source 3D Printers for Small Business - Small Business Computing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

You may have heard of 3D printers—they've been all over the news. But you may not know that they represent real opportunity for small business owners. While 3D printers have been around since the 1980s in manufacturing (they were more commonly known as industrial robots), the big change came just a few years ago, when affordable models for hobbyists hit the market. Savvy small business owners take note: we're witnessing the start of an affordable technological revolution, and it's just the beginning.

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Ryan Holmes: Social Media Jumpstarted the Sharing Economy - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Ryan Holmes: Social Media Jumpstarted the Sharing Economy - Wall Street Journal (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

RYAN HOLMES: I didn’t make it to Mardi Gras last month in New Orleans. But it’s comforting to know that if I had gone, I would have had a place to, well, go. The city is the epicenter of a brand new experiment in social sharing:Airpnp. The service allows “entrepeeneurs” to rent out their bathrooms to needy users (like festivalgoers with full bladders), who find available toilets via a handy mobile app. According to Airpnp’s founders, the service is expanding and poised to make a splash in dozens of cities around the globe.

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Issue #4: Value and currency » Journal of Peer Production

Issue #4: Value and currency » Journal of Peer Production | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Peer production has often been described as a ‘third mode of production’, irreducible to State or market imperatives. The creation and organisation of peer projects allegedly take place without ‘managerial commands’ or ‘price signals’, without recourse to bureaucratic apparatuses or the logic of competitive markets. Instead, and mimicking the technical architectures upon which many peer projects are based, production is described as non-hierarchical and decentralised. Group dynamics are also commonly described as ‘flat’ and this is captured, of course, in the very notion of the ‘peer’. When tested against the realities of actual projects, however, such early conceptions of peer production are, at best, in need of further elaboration and qualification. At worst, they were always off the mark. Hierarchies persist in peer production, as does competition and market-like arrangements… html

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Berlaymonster: Uber is dead. LONG LIVE THE TAXIMENSCH

Berlaymonster: Uber is dead. LONG LIVE THE TAXIMENSCH | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Uber is a fantastic service. BM and friends and colleagues attest to its magnificence having used it in other cities.
But it's not as if the judgment from the Brussels court would come as a surprise to the company, which went into the Brussels market knowing full well that the prevailing system would not simply roll out the red carpet for a private rival to the authorised and regulated handful of incumbent firms and their many drivers.
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An Introduction to Dark Mountain

An Introduction to Dark Mountain | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Dark Mountain Project is a network of writers, artists and thinkers in search of new stories for troubled times. We promote and curate writing, art, music and culture rooted in place, time and nature.

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Ecological Headstand: Hours and Gases

Ecological Headstand: Hours and Gases | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In terms of greenhouse gases, there has been a modest improvement in the U.S. over the last 20 years in emissions per hour of work. If I may put it crudely, in 2011, the average worker emitted about a ton of GHGs per week compared to about 1.12 tons in 1990. Of course the workers didn't emit the GHGs but when you look at the historical relationship between hours and emissions it's easy to get that impression. There is a very strong correlation between hours of work and GHG emission -- stronger than the correlation between population, labor force or GDP and emissions. Here's a little chart I cobbled together to illustrate:

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Creating a Sustainable and Desirable Future (World Scientific)

Creating a Sustainable and Desirable Future (World Scientific) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The major challenge for the current generation of mankind is to develop a shared vision of a future that is both desirable to the vast majority of humanity and ecologically sustainable. Creating a Sustainable and Desirable Future offers a broad, critical discussion on what such a future should or can be, with global perspectives written by some of the world's leading thinkers, including: Wendell Berry, Van Jones, Frances Moore Lappe, Peggy Liu, Hunter Lovins, Gus Speth, Bill McKibben, and many more.

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Fisheries Forever | Solutions

Fisheries Forever | Solutions | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
  1. In BriefFisheries management has generated a litany of failures, but better incentives to link individuals with a collective interest, and approaches that support resilience can turn this around—and already have in some parts of the world. Collectively, these approaches offer the prospect of sustainably managed and economically viable fisheries forever.
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An Occupy-Inspired App That Helps Groups Make Actual Group Decisions

An Occupy-Inspired App That Helps Groups Make Actual Group Decisions | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

If you've ever tried to make a tough decision with a group of people online, then you've most likely done one of two things. You may have had a discussion over email, in which case the conversation has gotten very messy and it becomes difficult to suss out exactly where everyone stands. Or, you could have tried a poll, which doesn't give the opportunity for re-working proposals based on feedback.

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This is how bureaucracy dies - Fortune

This is how bureaucracy dies - Fortune | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

(TheMIX) -- If you've spent a lifetime accumulating and wielding bureaucratic power, and if you've calibrated your career progress by the steps you've taken up the corporate ladder, or by the number of people who work for you, or the perks you've been awarded, or the scope of your authority, then envisioning a world in which leaders report to the led may be a bit daunting.

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The Zero Marginal Cost Society: Unlocking Wealth & Cities Too, But Beware the ... - Huffington Post

The Zero Marginal Cost Society: Unlocking Wealth & Cities Too, But Beware the ... - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The possibility of an economy based on "nearly free and shareable" goods and services is closer to reality than many, if not most, people can fathom. The concept of a zero marginal cost society is not only plausible, but in some cases already well underway. The collaborative economy is revealing new examples of how this is possible every day.

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Peer Production of Value and Currency - P2P Foundation

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* Value and Currency. Ed. by Nathaniel Tkacz, Nicolas Mendoza and Francesca Musiani. Journal of Peer Production, ISSUE 4: JANUARY 2014. (April 2014)

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Google’s New Modular Phone May Be the Last You’ll Need to Buy | Gadget Lab | WIRED

Google’s New Modular Phone May Be the Last You’ll Need to Buy | Gadget Lab | WIRED | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

At the Project Ara Developer’s Conference in Santa Clara, California, the moment of unveiling was a bit of a letdown. When project lead Paul Eremenko got ready for the big reveal — finally showing off Google’s vision for a modular phone with working, user-interchangeable components — he had to dampen expectations from the enthusiastic crowd. “You should temper your applause,” he warned, explaining that the device had been damaged the previous day. “We did crack the screen, and the phone doesn’t quite boot.” A disappointment, sure, but it did little to actually temper anything.

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Amazon and Google Are Battling to Dominate the Cloud -- and Amazon May ... - Nextgov

Amazon and Google Are Battling to Dominate the Cloud -- and Amazon May ... - Nextgov | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In technology, it’s sometimes good to let a pioneer figure out the pitfalls of a new market. Apple’s iPod transformed music listening after countless lesser MP3 players failed to make a real dent.

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Open Source Ecology: Towards the Open Source Economy

Open Source Ecology: Towards the Open Source Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Marcin Jakubowski is the founder of Open Source Ecology, an open collaborative of engineers, producers, and builders developing the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS). The GVCS is a set of 50 most important machines that it takes for modern life to exist – everything from a tractor, to an oven, to a circuit maker. Marcin is producing open source blueprints – so that anyone can build and maintain machines at a fraction of what it costs today. His goal is to create a life size LEGO set of powerful, self-replicating production tools – that can decentralize production – to build modern prosperity in local economies. He imagines the raw power this gives to people – to tap autonomy, mastery, and purpose – towards rebuilding their communities and solving wicked problems. Marcin believes that true freedom – the most essential type of freedom – starts with peoples’ individual ability to use natural resources to free themselves from material constraints – to unleash human potential.

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