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The 'Sharing Economy': Throwback to the Depression? - Moneynews

The 'Sharing Economy': Throwback to the Depression? - Moneynews | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Welcome to the "sharing economy," where you get to become a "micro-entrepreneur" by cleaning other people's houses and renting your spare bedroom to complete strangers, all thanks to the Internet.


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Peadar Kirby in discussion with Michel Bauwens

Peadar Kirby in discussion with Michel Bauwens | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Continuing our series from Open Everything  we have today Professor Peadar Kirby, a resident of Cloughjordan Ecovillage in discussion with Michel Bauwens. If you are interested in other videos from this series see presentations by Peter Couchman , John Restakis and Michel Bauwens . Open Everything t
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Geert | On Reclaiming the Internet with Distributed Architectures

Geert | On Reclaiming the Internet with Distributed Architectures | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This final conference of the French research project ADAM was put together several years ago but certainly hadn’t lost its relevance and foresight. The demand to defend and further develop distributed networks is still part of both libertarian and autonomous alternative discourses that claim to ‘defend the internet’. This event brought together a rich multidisciplinary range of scholars that do critical work in this field. I only made few notes of the first session. I was interested in the opening speech as I had not yet had the chance to hear Dominique Boullier talking.
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Reining In Global Warming Emissions Will Be Good For The Economy: Report

Reining In Global Warming Emissions Will Be Good For The Economy: Report | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Not only will it lead to more costly and catastrophic events like wildfires, droughts, and floods, but delaying action on climate change will in and of itself consitute a missed opportunity to bolster the US economy, according to a new report.
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The World Social Forum (WSF) space belongs to the entire alterglobalist movement, and it must take ownership of it | Forum Social Mondial 2015

The World Social Forum (WSF) space belongs to the entire alterglobalist movement, and it must take ownership of it | Forum Social Mondial 2015 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Arab Spring is now going through a frustrating period of setbacks. From this perspective, the fact that the next World Social Forum will again take place in Tunis, from 24 - 28 March 2015, proves particularly important. “This forum is a necessary one in order to, among other things, raise citizens' level of consciousness in order to better mobilise to confront injustice and inequality, and support peoples’ liberty and dignity,” emphasises Mimoun Rahmani, researcher on economics, active member of the North African Social Forum. Rahmani is also an indispensable political and social analyst in the region, an ATTAC-Maroc activist and member of the coordinating group of CADTM Africa (Committee for the Cancellation of Third World Debt). Interview.
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21 Technologies That Are Decentralizing The Economy And Bringing Real Power Back To The People - Walden Labs

21 Technologies That Are Decentralizing The Economy And Bringing Real Power Back To The People - Walden Labs | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The world is becoming more centralized, increasingly focused on economies of scale and transferring wealth to a tiny elite at the top of the financial system.
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Inequality Policy Brief | Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity

Inequality Policy Brief | Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Responding to those who say that inequality is the inevitable result of capitalism, three leading experts from the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California at Berkeley discussed policies that can address extreme inequality and why building an inclusive economy should be a national priority. Whether one looks at the concentration of wealth among the top one percent, stagnating wages for ordinary workers, stark wealth and income disparities by race and gender, increased poverty rates, or stalled economic mobility for those at the bottom of the income ladder, the evidence suggests that extreme inequality has grown dramatically in the U.S. since the 1970s. 
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(15) For-profit government? - Distributed Autonomous Society - Quora

Whether you like it or not, virtually all cryptocurrencies launched to date do it on a model closer to the classic "startup" model where founders and early adopters have the potential to become super-rich.
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The tragedy of the wisdom of the Commons

The tragedy of the wisdom of the Commons | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
GRIGG: Our system is dysfunctional because it focuses on the production of wealth rather than the maintenance of the commons
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Facebook Could Soon Be The Biggest 'Nation' On Earth

Facebook Could Soon Be The Biggest 'Nation' On Earth | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Facebook reported quarterly earnings on Tuesday, and they show the world's largest social network just keeps growing.

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The new normal | McKinsey & Company

The new normal | McKinsey & Company | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
For some organizations, near-term survival is the only agenda item. Others are peering through the fog of uncertainty, thinking about how to position themselves once the crisis has passed and things return to normal. The question is, “What will normal look like?” While no one can say how long the crisis will last, what we find on the other side will not look like the normal of recent years. The new normal will be shaped by a confluence of powerful forces—some arising directly from the financial crisis and some that were at work long before it began.
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Who Owns the Benefit? The Free Market as Full Communism

Who Owns the Benefit? The Free Market as Full Communism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
That’s a pretty good description of what the state does under actually existing capitalism, as opposed to the free market. Just about everything we identify as problematic about corporate capitalism — the exploitation of labor, pollution, waste and planned obsolescence, environmental devastation, the stripping of resources — results from the socialization of cost and risk and the privatization of profit.
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Australian Dollar Is Not Fit For Purpose - P2P Foundation

Australian Dollar Is Not Fit For Purpose - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"To provide a framework of analysis for your inquiry I invite your committee to consider if official forms of digital money that represent around 97% of all money in Australia are fit for purpose? In this way the committee can establish criteria for evaluating existing1 digital currencies and a proposal for adopting a long term stable, democratic and sustainable form of digital money and unit of value referred to in this submission as $Z. This submission identifies ten reasons why Australian money is not fit for purpose and why $Z is fit for purpose offering twenty advantages.
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Enter The Blockchain: How Bitcoin Can Turn The Cloud Inside Out | TechCrunch

Enter The Blockchain: How Bitcoin Can Turn The Cloud Inside Out | TechCrunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Drop whatever you’re doing and go read Maciej Cegłowski’s absolutely magnificent essay Our Comrade The Electron, an astonishing history of the amazing Russian engineer Lev Sergeyevich Termen. Make sure you read right down to its punchline, “the most badass answer imaginable.” But if time is short, or you struggle to read English, please at least read its angry rant, from which I quote:
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Politeia 2.0 – Democracy Reborn - Politeia 2.0

Politeia 2.0 – Democracy Reborn - Politeia 2.0 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Politeia 2.0 is a social platform helping Greek Civil Society to become more visible, efficient and coordinated, focusing on the imperative need for new forms of governance.
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Geert | Conversation with Spanish social critic César Rendueles

Geert | Conversation with Spanish social critic César Rendueles | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Lately I have been preoccupied with the question of European answers to the techno-libertarian onslaught of Silicon Valley. Why are so many Europeans blind to the monopoly strategy of the new intermediates such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, but also Microsoft, and embrace their online services without any second thoughts? Where is our digital intelligentsia, the public intellectuals who grew up with the Internet? There is plenty of use, the stats for Europe look bright. And there is just as much concern about privacy: the stream of hacker and whistleblower scandals is not drying up. But for an informed view that goes beyond journalistic reportage we need something else. What is lacking are not the geeks or business journalists who comment on the latest apps and gadgets but informed philosophers, thinkers who not only have the technical expertise but also enough knowledge about the political economy of the net to display self-confidence in debates. Where is the conceptual supremacy, the passion and rage of a German Jonathan Franzen, a Swedish dana boyd, a Romanian Andrew Keen? How can we surpass the ressentiments a la Roland Reuss and come up with a more imaginative, subversive attack on Amazon? The European cultural elite is still in a stage of denial, hoping and praying that the digital storms will blow over so that we can return to the normality of the good old newspaper and the Tagesschau at eight.
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The Benefits and Impacts of Cooperatives

The Benefits and Impacts of Cooperatives | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Cooperative businesses are community-owned private enterprises that combine consumers with owners, and buyers with sellers in a democratic governance structure.
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Bethnal Bling: The Commons at Work

Bethnal Bling: The Commons at Work | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Enclosures of natural and human resources like land or knowledge are the subject of resistance from movements for community land rights, anti copyright and defence of the open internet. But what about the commons at work?

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Australian cities in no hurry to become smart

Australian cities in no hurry to become smart | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
As the high-tech connected or "smart city" becomes reality around the world, local governments in Australia are being cautious about whether the financial commitment to technology infrastructure is worth the return.
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(15) A State Without Boundaries - Distributed Autonomous Society - Quora

At its core, any government is simply a codified set of ideas. The ideas are created by people, enforced by people, enacted by people, and ultimately become corrupted by people. In a perfect world, if a more compelling and fulfilling reality is made available and presented to the masses, then it would immediately be enacted through consensus. Until now however, there have been technological limitations that made this functionally impossible.
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Law changes to crowd funding needed to kickstart Australian innovation

Law changes to crowd funding needed to kickstart Australian innovation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Over the past 12 months, Australia has seen more start-ups created, more incubation programs and greater angel investment than at any other time.
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Cryptocurrencies, Smart Contracts, and Artificial Intelligence

Cryptocurrencies, Smart Contracts, and Artificial Intelligence | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We started the ACM SIGAI Bay Area Chapter in Silicon Valley in April, 2014 because AI and its applications are progressing rapidly. Our goal is to create a community in which members can share insights, inspirations, and educational resources. We are especially interested in helping participants use AI technologies in new and innovative ways. The recent development of “cryptocurrencies” and “smart contracts” creates an opportunity for many new applications of AI techniques. These economic technologies would benefit from greater world knowledge and reasoning capabilities as they become integrated into human commerce. In the other direction, cryptocurrencies and smart contracts may provide an infrastructure to ensure that AI systems follow precise legal and safety rules as they interact with the world.
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Global Rich List

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ineqDidn't make it onto the yearly roll call of the mega-wealthy? Why not find out where you'd actually sit in comparison to the rest of the world? You might be surprised.

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Occupy Democracy is not considered newsworthy. It should be

Occupy Democracy is not considered newsworthy. It should be | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
David Graeber: Sleeping outside for an iPhone is OK, but do it in furtherance of democratic expression and you’re in trouble
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Project Prophecy 2.0 with Jim Rickards - YouTube

"Cooperative businesses have lower failure rates than traditional corporations and small businesses, after the first year of startup, and after 5 years in business. About 10% of cooperatives fail after the first year while 60-80% of traditional businesses fail after the first year. After 5 years, 90% of cooperatives are still in business, while only 3 - 5% of traditional businesses are still operating after 5 years."

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▶ Open Access Explained! - YouTube

What is open access? Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen take us through the world of open access publishing and explain just what it's all about. Make sure to watch it in HD and Fullscreen!

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Free Schools or No Schools

Free Schools or No Schools | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Serious question: Why are we so comfortable with imprisoning children for 12 – 14 years? It seems the answer is we’ve constructed an economic system that requires both parents to work, for most of each weekday. Schools act in loco parentis, helping to tame children in preparation for an adulthood of service to industry. They take in creative, artistic, anarchic individuals and release obedient, ambitious conformists. But there is another way.
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