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Peer Production and Desktop Manufacturing

Through the case of the Helix_T wind turbine project, this article sets out to argue two points: first, on a theoretical level, that Commons-based peer production, in conjunction with the emerging technological capabilities of three-dimensional printing, can also produce promising hardware, globally designed and locally produced. Second, the Commons-oriented wind turbine examined here is also meant to practically contribute to the quest for novel solutions to the timely problem of the need for (autonomous) renewable sources of energy, more in the sense of a development process than as a ready-to-apply solution. We demonstrate that it is possible for someone with partial initial knowledge to initiate a similar, complex project based on an interesting idea, and to succeed in implementing it through collaboration with Commons-oriented communities, while using peer-produced products and tools. Given the trends and trajectories both of the current information-based paradigm and the problems of the predominant industrial modes of production with all the collateral damage they entail, this may be considered a positive message indeed.

 
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Dreaming Beyond Capitalism: A Culture Without Fear

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By Martin Winiecki

In the 1990s an unusual encounter took place in the Ecuadorian Amazon. In plant rituals, shamans of the Achuar, a tribe living in pristine forest that had never been in touch with Western civilization, received the warning that the “white man” would try to invade their lands, c
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A New Psychology for a New Economy: The Benefit Mindset — Medium

A New Psychology for a New Economy: The Benefit Mindset — Medium | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Every business wants to grow and be successful. But is the pursuit of growth alone actually holding businesses back? In this article we…
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Michel Bauwens Explains the Great Value-Shift of Our Time

Michel Bauwens Explains the Great Value-Shift of Our Time | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Photo credit: Sebastiaan ter Burg via Foter.com / CC BY. Article cross-posted from Bollier.org.
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All power to the {historical} imagination! McKenzie Wark on Karatani | P2P Foundation

Kojin Karatani’s The Structure of World History is an astonishing work of synthetic historical theory: world history is the history of modes of exchange.
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CommonAccord: Towards a Foundation for Smart Contracts in Future Blockchains

Towards a foundation for #SmartContracts in future #blockchains
@w3c paper about @CommonAccord

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The sharing economy is in the taxman's crosshairs this year - Public Accountant

The Tax Office is targeting the growing number of people making a living or supplementing their regular income from the sharing economy.
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We need new stories for prosperous descent | P2P Foundation

Consumerism was an experiment that failed. It led us down a dead end. Only by letting go – or, rather, only by ripping ourselves free – can we transcend it.
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The Next Frontier for Open Data: An Open Private Sector

The Next Frontier for Open Data: An Open Private Sector | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Martin Tisne of the Omidyar Network in his blog The Missing Link: How to Engage the Private Sector in Open Government Partnership, discusses the nascent Open Government Partnership (OGP) Private Sector Council, which was set up to provide...
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Project of the day: Navajo Nation Peacemaking Program | P2P Foundation

The new plan reinforces the independence of the peacemakers, clarifies the goal of peacemaking

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Tax tips for Uber drivers and others in the sharing economy - The Pulse Australia

Tax tips for Uber drivers and others in the sharing economy - The Pulse Australia | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Here are some tax tips for Uber drivers and others in the sharing economy to stay on top of tax compliance.
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A New Economy: Social, Commons, Feminist, and Environmental

A New Economy: Social, Commons, Feminist, and Environmental | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The following book review by our P2Pvalue colleague Mayo Fuster Morell was originally published on the CCCBLab site. Image CC-BY Democracy Chronicles
Cases such as Airbnb, Uber, and eBay have popularised the concept of the sharing economy.
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A New Psychology for a New Economy: The Benefit Mindset — Medium

A New Psychology for a New Economy: The Benefit Mindset — Medium | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
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In This Amazing City People Live Without Politics, No Religion And No Money • GOSTICA

In This Amazing City People Live Without Politics, No Religion And No Money • GOSTICA | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Every question has an answer, and we will find it together here.
In the spiritual path of knowledge you are not alone, as we all think when we go throug
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4 Reasons You Should Let Your Team Set its Salaries

4 Reasons You Should Let Your Team Set its Salaries | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Putting the power in the hands of employees could lead to a happier and more productive environment.
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Why Trump Fails—and Clinton Passes—the Commander-in-Chief Test

Why Trump Fails—and Clinton Passes—the Commander-in-Chief Test | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“I’m with her,” says one of America’s leading intelligence and special operations officials, because the GOP nominee’s views put the nation at risk.
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State Power and Commoning: Transcending a Problematic Relationship | P2P Foundation

Can the State the re-imagined for a commons-centric world – and, can Commoners come up with creative action initiatives to advance this vision?
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COMMONS TRANSITION FEATURED ESSAY GUEST POST OPEN GOVERNMENT P2P DEVELOPMENT P2P GOVERNANCE P2P PUBLIC POLICY P2P SOCIETY AND POLITICS P2P THEORY POLITICS

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Platform Cooperatives: Money as a (Public) Service

Platform Cooperatives: Money as a (Public) Service | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In Sweden, a Cash-Free Future Nears - 'Few places are tilting toward a cashless future as quickly as Sweden, which has become hooked on the convenience of paying by app and plastic.'
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Michael Hudson: The Slow Crash | P2P Foundation

A discussion with Michael Hudson on debt deflation, mortgage and other debt, negative interest rates; currencies, and the erosion of the real economy.
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Techno-Utopianism, Counterfeit and Real 11: Left-Wing Critics of Mason -- Kate Aronoff | P2P Foundation

Framing "political action" as primarily state action, rather than a component of the new counter-institutions the kind of false dichotomy we need to avoid.
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35 Open Source tools for Internet of Things

35 Open Source tools for Internet of Things | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
35 Open Source tools for Internet of Things https://t.co/5vDYOGXvNy #IoT #OpenSource
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Nicolas Afanador's curator insight, July 27, 3:09 PM
I am atteding to know more about NodeRED, I found it very interesting...
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Music, Solidarity and Community | Grassroots Economic Organizing

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Music, Solidarity and Community: The Mousai House Reimagines DC's Creative Economy
https://t.co/r8UVFcM6Ag
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The problem for poor, white kids is that a part of their culture has been destroyed | Paul Mason

The problem for poor, white kids is that a part of their culture has been destroyed | Paul Mason | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Thatcherism didn’t just crush the unions, it crushed a story – as the report that says working-class white children go backwards at school proves
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