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Lisa Gansky and the value capture in the Sharing Economy - OuiShare

Lisa Gansky and the value capture in the Sharing Economy - OuiShare | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Lisa Gansky interwied on the value capture in the Collaborative Economy and on living a sharing economy life.
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Open Source Hardware and Kickstarter et al | hairy.geek.nz

You’ve designed a great widget or board, and it’s time to get some backers to turn it into a shipping product. Up goes a page on Kickstarter, and the questions and money start rolling in.

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What Marc Andreessen Gets Wrong About Our Future Robot Overlords - Mother Jones

What Marc Andreessen Gets Wrong About Our Future Robot Overlords - Mother Jones | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Marc Andreessen recently wrote a widely shared post about how robots will change the economy. The Netscape founder turned mega-venture-capitalist predicts that we're headed toward a future when robots do our grunt work, launching a "Golden Age" where humans are freed from wage-grubbing to do "nothing but arts and sciences, culture and exploring and learning":

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Sharing economy will result in fighting: Joe Mathews - Los Angeles Daily News

Sharing economy will result in fighting: Joe Mathews - Los Angeles Daily News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I have learned the hard way, as father to three small boys, that sharing causes conflict. Ask humans to play with the same toy at the same time, and it won’t take long for a fight to break out. The smart move is to find duplicates of that toy or to urge interested parties to “take turns.”

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It’s the oil, stupid! Insurgency and war on a sea of oil

It’s the oil, stupid! Insurgency and war on a sea of oil | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Events in Iraq are headline news everywhere, and once again, there is no mention of the issue that underlies much of the violence: control of Iraqi oil.
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Cybersyn: famous planning project under the Allende administration in Chile

Cybersyn: famous planning project under the Allende administration in Chile | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Project Cybersyn was a Chilean attempt at real-time computer-controlled planned economy in the years 1970–1973 (during the government of president Salvador Allende). It was essentially a network of telex machines that linked factories with a single computer centre in Santiago, which controlled them using principles of cybernetics. The principal architect of the system was British operations research scientist Stafford Beer." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Cybersyn)

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Russia’s Failed e-Democracy? · Global Voices

Russia’s Failed e-Democracy? · Global Voices | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In an attempt to engage the public in the government’s decisionmaking, last year the Kremlin launched an online portal called the Russian Public Initiative (ROI), allowing anyone with Internet access the chance to propose new legislation and vote on others’ petitions. Every initiative that collects 100 thousand votes within a year automatically goes to a government council, which determines if lawmakers in the Russian parliament will consider the legislation.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Rethinking Labour as a Network-Movement

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Rethinking Labour as a Network-Movement | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Valuable and concrete reflections are being published, filling public understanding of the nature and dynamics of the most-recent social and emancipatory uprisings, known also as Global Revolution. The recent articles by Bernardo Gutiérrez and Rodrigo Nunes, both of whom involved in the 15M, Occupy, Gezi, and Brazilian uprisings and systematically put their self-reflections together in a framework of a collaborative action-research network, also named as Global Revolution, are highly informative. They explain very well the reasons why the transnational ‘organization’ of the global ‘revolution’ is different then what we understand from the traditional use of the concepts ‘organization’ and ‘revolution’. Another important resource was produced by Adrià Rodriguez, who have also been very active both in 15M, as other ‘network movements’ since 201-11, and the Global Revolution Research Network.


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weADAPT 4.0: online ‘open space’ on climate adaptation issues and synergies

weADAPT 4.0: online ‘open space’ on climate adaptation issues and synergies | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

weADAPT is an online ‘open space’ on climate adaptation issues and synergies with mitigation which allows practitioners, researchers and policy makers to access credible, high quality information and to share experiences and lessons learnt.

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▶ Vitalik Buterin on Singularity 1 on 1: Ethereum is a Decentralized Consensus Platform - YouTube

Digital crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin are the singularity of money and, after spending some time educating myself, I have turned from a skeptic into a fan. If you are not familiar with the topic then I suggest that you start with my interview with Andreas Antonopoulos. In that conversation we lay down the basics and discuss why "Bitcoin is not currency; it's the internet of money!"

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Secret Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) - Financial Services Annex

Secret Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) - Financial Services Annex | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Today, WikiLeaks released the secret draft text for the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) Financial Services Annex, which covers 50 countries and 68.2%1 of world trade in services. The US and the EU are the main proponents of the agreement, and the authors of most joint changes, which also covers cross-border data flow. In a significant anti-transparency manoeuvre by the parties, the draft has been classified to keep it secret not just during the negotiations but for five years after the TISA enters into force.

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Reclaim the Fields

We are a disparate group of aspiring peasants in the Forest of Dean. At the beginning of last year we reopened an environmental education centre and started gardening amid a barrage of paperwork from Gloucester County Council. Somehow we managed to ‘void’ a possession order and an injunction but eventually it became clear that the legal system and their police officers were far more willing to co operate with the council rather than a bunch of straggling peasants. This, of course, came of no surprise.


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Slavoj Žižek: Only a radicalised left can save Europe - New Statesman

Slavoj Žižek: Only a radicalised left can save Europe - New Statesman | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Austerity is not “too radical”, as some leftist critics claim, but, on the contrary, too superficial, an act of avoiding the true roots of the crisis, says Slavoj Žižek.

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Peer-to-peer car rental service RelayRides raises $25M - VatorNews

Peer-to-peer car rental service RelayRides raises $25M - VatorNews | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The transportation market has seen a number of different companies pop up in recent years to turn it on its head, including Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and Hailo. One that stands out from that pack is RelayRides.




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List of 10 hardware projects that benefit humanity

List of 10 hardware projects that benefit humanity | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Saving our planet should be our top priority right now. With climate change already possible to see in many places and people already suffering from these changes, a focus on innovation to improve sustainability for a better future is fundamental to our survival. Some motivated and inspiring individuals are already working hard on this, and are unsung heroes in driving lasting change. In 2014, Tristan Copley Smith wrote of some of these projects, explaining that open source working is providing people with the access that they need to knowledge, culture and tools that is allowing them to help drive change. Smith argues that:

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Preparing for Reinvention: 3 Critical Success Factors for Copyright Reform - hypebot.com

Preparing for Reinvention: 3 Critical Success Factors for Copyright Reform - hypebot.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Open discussions by willing participants about new business models and how to monetize the new music ecosystem in a free market should be encouraged and supported.

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Can Regulation Provide Global Financial Stability? - Huffington Post (blog)

Can Regulation Provide Global Financial Stability? - Huffington Post (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Unless Boards of Directors become more competent and independent, and care about shareholders' value, management will continue to be virtually unchallenged.

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North Atlantic Books - The Open-Source Everything Manifesto

North Atlantic Books - The Open-Source Everything Manifesto | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Since 1977, North Atlantic Books has been meeting the needs of individuals who seek to improve and expand their knowledge about spiritual practice, health, psychology, and global issues. Founded in 1994, the imprint Frog Books publishes innovative, artistic, and visionary commentaries on the human experience. We invite you browse and purchase from our online catalog, learn more about our company, and read our current newsletter with a special featured author section.
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Brazilian Hackerspaces as Spaces of Resistance and Free Education - P2P Foundation

Brazilian Hackerspaces as Spaces of Resistance and Free Education - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Hackerspaces and medialabs in unusual and traditional cultural places seem to be the alternative to the educational and digital gap between rich and poor in Brazil. Raquel Renno analyses this gap and reconstructs the subversive potential auf heterotopic spaces.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Tolfa in Italy: A Future Hub for the Commons in Europe?

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Tolfa in Italy: A Future Hub for the Commons in Europe? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Tolfa is a beautiful town in Italy, in the Tolfa Mountains, with 95 percent of its surrounding land owned as a commons by the people. Here’s a brand new video giving an overview of the place:

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Universe Principles of Right Action and Right Attitude - P2P Foundation

Universe Principles of Right Action and Right Attitude - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"The Universe Principles are the meta-principles of successful and sustainable universe evolution. Within them is captured the universe's core wisdom concerning what the universe has learned about sustainable success over the last 13.8 billion years. As a fully integrated system within them you will also find every life-affirming human virtue and society's wisest moral and ethical precepts for keeping groups thriving and cooperating. They help you create an optimal and right relationship to the realities of successful and sustainable evolution and the universe."

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Nicole Lazzaro: The Future of Work is Play - YouTube

Can we use games as a tool to change the world? Hear how Nicole Lazzaro, president of gaming consulting company XEODesign, plans to have 1 million trees planted through a little thing called playsourcing.

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Another Atrocious Corporate Trade Scheme Planned in Secret Comes to Light

Another Atrocious Corporate Trade Scheme Planned in Secret Comes to Light | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
WikiLeaks shows that big corporations and the billionaires behind them consider themselves powerful enough to just ignore governments.
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Relations in the Human Ecosystems: Cultures, Communities, Roles and Emergence

Relations in the Human Ecosystems: Cultures, Communities, Roles and Emergence | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In capturing data from social networks to describe the Relational Ecosystems of cities which we use for our visualisations and our analyses we are able to collect different types of data and information about people.

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Networks vs. Hierarchies: Which Will Win? Niall Furguson Weighs In

Networks vs. Hierarchies: Which Will Win? Niall Furguson Weighs In | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The most recent, and perhaps most important, network challenge to hierarchy comes with the advent of virtual currencies and payment systems like Bitcoin.Since ancient times, states have reaped considerable benefits from monopolizing or at least regulating the money created within their borders. It remains to be seen how big a challenge Bitcoin poses to the system of national fiat currencies that has evolved since the 1970s and, in particular, how big a challenge it poses to the “exorbitant privilege” enjoyed by the United States as the issuer of the world’s dominant reserve (and transaction) currency. But it would be unwise to assume, as some do, that it poses no challenge at all.
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Today, by contrast, the hierarchies seem to be in much more trouble. The most obvious challenge to established hierarchies is the flow of information unleashed by the advent of the personal computer, email, and the internet, which have allowed ordinary citizens to organize themselves into much larger and more dispersed networks than has ever been possible before. The PC has empowered the individual the way the book did after the 15th-century breakthrough in printing.
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Since ancient times, states have exploited their ability to issue currency, whether coins stamped with the king’s likeness or electronic dollars on a screen. But if the new networks are in the process of creating an alternative form of money, such as Bitcoin purports to be, then perhaps the time-honored state privilege to debase the currency is at risk. Bitcoin offers many advantages over a fiat currency like the U.S. dollar. As a means of payment—especially for online transactions—it is faster, cheaper, and more secure than a credit card. As a store of value it has many of the key attributes of gold, notably finite supply. As a unit of account it is having teething troubles, but that is because it has become an attractive speculative object. It is too early to predict that Bitcoin will succeed as a parallel currency, but it is also too early to predict that it will fail. In any case, governments can fail, too.



Where governments fail most egregiously, new networks may well increase the probability of successful revolution.

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