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Markets enhance the efficiency of allocation of resources - such as human labour - between competing projects, while technological innovations enhance the productivity of our use of those resources, the ability to produce more with less.
= The concept of “a wild law,” which grants equal rights to nature, is based on the idea that humans do not have an explicit right to destroy our natural environment. Under wild law, natural ecosystems’ rights supersede the interests of any one species (including humans). 
This entry is about the forthcoming book "Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy" co-authored by Vasilis Kostakis and Michel Bauwens. The scholarly book will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in September 2014 and here you may find a working draft of it. Thank you all for contributing to its writing with comments and suggestions.
What it's all about: http://goo.gl/jcX9C5 Increasing impact of existing projects and programs. Getting new initiatives off the ground and keeping them there. Building a collaborative stewardship ecosystem to better take care of physical, digital and community assets.
Sharing has been monetized – from Task Rabbit, which allows you to pay people to go grocery shopping, to websites where you can rent a puppy for the weekend. But goodwill is best left off the shelves.
We should be in no hurry to regulate Uber et al. Some decisions are necessary now, to protect consumers, but they must have rigid sunsets.
BitTorrent peer-to-peer downloads are widely associated with content piracy, but there's nothing inherently sinister about the technology.
The coalition made a contribution to political debate over a 10-year period before its graceful exit back into civil society activism.
Rachel Botsman delivered a keynote speech about how the collaborative economy will change the hospitality ecosystem at the Hospitality Financial and Technology…
Welcome to what's been called “the sharing economy.” Welcome, too, to one of the next big political fights, in which Virginia will be on the front lines.
But the lone genius is a myth that has outlived its usefulness. Fortunately, a more truthful model is emerging: the creative network, as with the crowd-sourced Wikipedia or the writer’s room at “The Daily Show” or — the real heart of creativity — the intimate exchange of the creative pair, such as John Lennon and Paul McCartney and myriad other examples with which we’ve yet to fully reckon.
"One priority is to shape our actions in such a way that they start to reconfigure these systems on a bioregional scale. In food, advanced prototypes are already being tested. The Food Commons, for example, launched in the US in 2009, is the the world’s first prototype for a designed regional food system. The Food Commons platform features the physical, ﬁnancial and organisational elements of an infrastructure that’s designed to connect myriad small to mid-sized enterprises: farms; food processor; distributors, retailers. The platform helps these foodshed actors to collaborate by providing advanced communications tools, community-based economic models, and scientific knowledge about sustainable agriculture. For Professor Larry Lee, founder of The Food Commons, “the Food Commons represents a whole new cloth; it’s woven from threads of several successful organizations, business enterprises,and disciplines”." (http://www.doorsofperception.com/most-read/a-whole-new-cloth-politics-and-the-fashion-system/)
Email newsletters, old-school artifacts that were supposed to die with dial-up connections, are not only still around, but very much on the march.
The residents of Rio have had enough. Fed up with high inflation and rip-off prices ahead of this year’s World Cup and the Olympics in 2016, they have set up a Facebook page called “Rio $urreal – Don’t Pay” dedicated to “exposing and boycotting the extortionate prices being charged by bars, restaurants and shops”. It has quickly gathered close on 150,000 supporters, and is growing fast.
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Yet, if anything, the global IT community may have ultimately learned more about community contribution models and commercial open source support than anything else.
Google is playing catch-up on cybercrime with Project Zero The Conversation But this collaboration will go even further in protecting our individual and collective security and privacy online: it will slow the activities of intelligence agencies...
Whilst browsing one of my favourite blog writers Lucky Jimm I came across reference to a 25 year old community in Tuscany (Italy) in the Valle degli Elfi
Every element of Aaron Swartz's brief, remarkable life exemplifies the stuff we cover all the time on Ars.
The MIT Center for Collective Intelligence recently published an important overview of the theory and mechanisms behind successful crowdsourcing efforts. Their report, called “Harnessing Crowds: Mapping the Genome of Collective Intelligence“, can be found here.
Crowdsourcing project seeks ideas for health service transformation Crowdsourcing.org The crowdsourcing project is designed to produce a 'co-created' vision and set of principles to help inspire commissioners and providers of community health and...
The world’s existing cropland could feed at least 3 billion extra people if it were used more efficiently, a new study has found, showing that the large increases in population expected in the next three decades need not result in widespread hunger.
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