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thoughts on the development of peer-to-peer dynamics in the field of politics, economics and institutions
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The Sharing Economy Just Got Real

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The legal problems of the sharing economy just got real. The latest lawsuits against "ride-sharing" companies Lyft and Über could be game changers. The plaintiffs are drivers who give rides to strangers for money, paying a portion of their earnings to the companies. The class action lawsuits argue that the drivers should be classified as employees of the companies. Regardless of the outcome, the lawsuits call attention to the potential harms arising from the non-sharing parts of the sharing economy. It’s a good opportunity to declare that the so-called “sharing economy” needs a new business model.

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Local engineer hopes to bring Fab Lab to IC - Iowa City Press Citizen

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Cheyney is working to make Iowa City the latest city in a worldwide network of Fab Labs, the first of which were founded last decade as part of an MIT outreach program aimed at providing widespread access to the tools of invention.

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GE Unveils the Ten Global Finalists for its Open Innovation Jet Engine Bracket ... - DailyFinance

GE Unveils the Ten Global Finalists for its Open Innovation Jet Engine Bracket ... - DailyFinance | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

FAIRFIELD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- GE (NYS: GE) today unveiled ten Phase I finalists from its Jet Engine Bracket Design Quest. This design Quest invited individuals, companies and institutions to redesign loading brackets found on jet engines using 3D printing. A critical component of a jet engine, brackets support the weight of the engine during handling and must withstand significant vibrations during flight.

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Norwegian Music Industry in the Age of Digitalization - P2P Foundation

Norwegian Music Industry in the Age of Digitalization - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The authors have through this research determined that the artists in the Norwegian recording industry have 4 main sources of income: live revenue, state subsidization and grants, collection distributed to artists, and sales of music physically and digitally. It turned out the declining record sales, which dominate the media picture, only amounted to about 19% of the total artist income in 1999. Today after many years of decline it is 11% of the total income for artists. As such the media were right to point out that record sales are dropping and income will decline, however the total importance of this income source was never more than 20%. This is a reflection of the calculations that from a record sold from producer to retailer, only about 20% in average of the sales amount is returned to the record artists. Live revenue on the other hand has an artist share of about 50% from all income and hence all income increases here will have a larger effect both negatively and positively if the total amount in the industry changes.

 
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Whats A Fablab? | Humanitarian News

Whats A Fablab? | Humanitarian News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
From the NYTimes Paulo Blikstein, an assistant professor at Stanford University, talks about the Fab Lab, an effort to inspire invention and innovation aimed at school-aged youth. (Whats A Fablab?
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A FabLab deisgned around experimentation prior to lectures delivers remarkable improvement in understanding among youth.

 

Experimentation before detailed explaination. Educational innovation

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The Human Cost of Stuff — YES! Magazine

The Human Cost of Stuff — YES! Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Our houses, our dumpsters, our lives overflow with stuff. It’s so cheap, how can you not buy yet one more thing that will surely make your life better? But it’s only cheap if we ignore the hidden costs to humans and to the Earth. Here’s how to fix our broken relationship with stuff.

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The Sharing Economy Just Got Real

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The legal problems of the sharing economy just got real.
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Six Reasons Another Financial Crisis Is Inevitable

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Five years after the fall of Lehman Brothers and the worst financial crisis since 1929, one thing seems certain: another meltdown of the financial system seems inevitable. Why? Because we still haven't fixed many of the problems that led to the last crisis. 
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Sugata Mitra: Kids can teach themselves | Video on TED.com

Speaking at LIFT 2007, Sugata Mitra talks about his Hole in the Wall project. Young kids in this project figured out how to use a PC on their own -- and then taught other kids. He asks, what else can children teach themselves?
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A critique of Solutionism, the "Cafifornia Ideology 2.0"

A critique of Solutionism, the "Cafifornia Ideology 2.0" | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Solutionism is ultimately central planning by another name. The arrogance of the urban planner reappears as the arrogance of the agent-based modeller and the Internet entrepreneur: the plan is still monolithic, but now takes the shape of a network. As Steven Johnson says, when his “peer progressives” see a social problem, they design a peer network to solve it. But what has happened to the citizens in this network? They have been reduced to dumb followers of simple rules.

 
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Report: IBM developing computer system that thinks like a human

Report: IBM developing computer system that thinks like a human | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
For IBM, the SyNAPSE project is, in many ways, the realization of a long-held dream.
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i found this article very interesting because of the new development in the world of technology. It jus msde me think of how much it will costs, its effects on the environment, who will buy and other questions.

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C. Eisenstein: "We are entering the moment where anything is possible"

C. Eisenstein: "We are entering the moment where anything is possible" | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The crisis has just unveiled the core of a long process of awakening and re-exploration of old ideas and values, Charles Eisenstein explains in this interview. His answer is the magic of the gift and a new story for a new world

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How to Share a Cow

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The deal went down by the Berkeley Marina. Matt Markovich handed over several hundred dollars to a man in a van and drove away 70 pounds heavier.
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Bossies 2013: The Best of Open Source Software Awards - IDG News Service

What do a McLaren Supercar, a refrigerator, a camera, a washing machine, and a cellphone have to do with open source? They're all examples of how a good pile of code can take on a new life when it's set free with an open source license.

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GE Announces Opening of "GE Garages" Manufacturing Fab Lab Space in Chicago

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CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- GE (NYS: GE) and Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) today announced GE Garages, a skill-building center that serves as an advanced manufacturing fab lab for technologists, entrepreneurs and makers. Opening on September 20, the GE Garages space will host a month of free hands-on maker workshops, conduct trainings on high-tech prototyping equipment and offer learning opportunities through a curated guest speaker series.

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Who’s Who in Bitcoin: Web Payments Wunderkind Manu Sporny - IEEE Spectrum

Who’s Who in Bitcoin: Web Payments Wunderkind Manu Sporny - IEEE Spectrum | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In the past year, Bitcoin has flummoxed its critics and exhilarated its followers. Since January, the exchange rate per bitcoin has skyrocketed, venture capitalists have been spotted skulking through the halls of Bitcoin conferences, and each month there has been an increase in the number of businesses that have added Bitcoin as a payment option. Manu Sporny, chairman of the Web Payments Community Group at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), spoke at a Bitcoin conference in New York City in late July to put this tiny economy into perspective and to offer some advice. As of August, he said, there would be an estimated 1.6 million active Bitcoin addresses—diddly-squat when you consider the 2.75 billion people plugged into the Internet globally. The lesson? Push to get Bitcoin integrated into Web browsers.

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INTERNATIONAL: Open call for the creation of a worldwide basic income youth ... - Basic Income News

INTERNATIONAL: Open call for the creation of a worldwide basic income youth ... - Basic Income News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Members of the Basic Income Youth Network (BIYN) of Korea are interested in organizing a global network of young people who are interested in activism for Basic Income. They have put out a call for BI activists and organizations who are interested in this project. Initial members include BH Jo, Juon Kim, Nakang, Smila, Eunseon Park, and Gurogu Kimkang-kimyoung.
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The Sharing Economy Fights Back Against Regulators - Slashdot

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An anonymous reader writes in with a story about the advocacy group "Peers".
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This Smartphone Will Make You Feel Less Guilty About Smartphones

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Owning this smartphone will, without a doubt, make you feel like a better person. Recently released at the London Design Festival, the Fairphone has been outfitted for equality in every possible way.
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The Sharing Economy Fights Back Against Regulators

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It's not everyday you hear about a grassroots movement that was started with the help of a technology company.
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The new financiers: meet the entrepreneurs revolutionising banking and finance (Wired UK)

The new financiers: meet the entrepreneurs revolutionising banking and finance (Wired UK) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
From crypto-currencies to currency platforms, the banks are facing unprecedented threats to their business. Wired meets money’s change agents (RT @Gr8stInstrumnts: Meet The New Crypto Financiers - A New Hope For the Economy?
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Can The

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Science has a problem: Researchers dont share their data. A new startup wants to change that by melding GitHub and Google Docs.
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Good Living - P2P Foundation

Good Living - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The first thing to say is that the concept of ‘Good Living’ or Sumak Kawsay (in the Quechua language) arises out of the political struggles of the people. This is important to emphasise because generally proposals come from intellectuals, academics, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean for example, but this concept comes from people’s traditions and is now enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Ecuador. Clearly it represents a fusion between a Western outlook, from an Aristotelian perspective, which merges with an indigenous perspective, the Sumak Kawsay (‘Good Living’). Ecuador is not Bolivia. Ecuador does not have such a large indigenous population, it contains a larger mestizo population, but it coexists within a plurinational state, which contains about 14 indigenous communities. We believe that the world does not need development alternatives but alternatives to development. It is necessary to create a completely different world.

 
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Michael Strong: Start-up Cities

In this Voice & Exit talk, Michael Strong explains the basics of "Start-up Cities". Strong believes that as long as geographical areas can be "rezoned" for peace, freedom and prosperity, entrepreneurs will lead the way for people to escape poverty.
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This Insanely Complex 3-D Printed Room Will Make Your Jaw Drop

This Insanely Complex 3-D Printed Room Will Make Your Jaw Drop | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This room, conceived and created by architects Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger, might not be the world's first 3-D printed structure. But the design, which they call Digital Grotesque, is almost definitely the most ambitious: computer algorithms designed the 3.2-meter-tall, 16-square-meter room, which has a whopping 260 million (!) surfaces. And instead of being made of plastic (3-D printing's go-to material), it's printed from sand. Plus, it looks incredible--much more like a real-life, human-built room than any other 3-D printed structure, albeit one that's half Roman temple, half H.R. Giger nightmare.

 
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