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Sharing Economy: An alternative to ownership | Shift

Collaborative consumption is about sharing and swapping everyday objects such as books, toys and clothing. But music, homes and cars are being shared more and more often. Numerous online platforms offer differing forms of the sharing economy. 

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SHARING ECONOMY [the best case scenario]

ON THE SHARING ECONOMY AND COLLABORATIVE PROSUMPTION. The solution to live in a better world where we all collaborate together.
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Can the "Sharing Economy" Regulate Itself?

Airbnb. Sidecar. TaskRabbit. These companies are all part of the emerging "sharing economy," a new frictionless ecosystem that allows users to monetize their own goods through mobile and web applications. Recently, several city governments have stepped in to regulate this new industry, often at the behest of entrenched companies that suddenly have found their business models threatened. Arun Sundararajan, an economist and professor at NYU's Stern School of Business, sits down with US News' Simon Owens to discuss whether the "sharing economy" can regulate itself or if the government should step in on behalf of consumers.

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Hopkins researchers are creating an alternative to Bitcoin

Hopkins researchers are creating an alternative to Bitcoin | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Inside a drab computer lab at the Johns Hopkins University, a team of researchers is trying to build something that has never existed before: a digital currency that changes hands completely in secret. Its name is Zerocoin.

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Cryptocurrency Hackathon will talk Bitcoin, Dogecoin and more for coders and novices : Ct

Cryptocurrency Hackathon will talk Bitcoin, Dogecoin and more for coders and novices : Ct | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Whether you're well-versed in the ways of Bitcoin or you're a fan of the "Doge" meme and can't quite believe it inspired a form of digital currency, the Cryptocurrency Hackathon at the Madworks Coworking Space is the occasion to dig deeper.


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A Fab-ulous Future: What is a Fab Lab?

Imagine a place where you can turn your ideas and concepts for new products and prototypes into reality through access to digital manufacturing technology. Welcome to the Fab Lab - a place where you can make almost anything.

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The Tool Library Movement Gains Steam

The Tool Library Movement Gains Steam | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
When Gene Homicki co-founded the West Seattle Tool Library there were less than 20 tool libraries in existence. Running one was a low-tech affair with either “old, clunky software” or pen and paper to keep track of inventory and loans. There are now nearly 60 tool libraries around the world with an estimated 20 more in the works.
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What is P2P? An Introduction

What is P2P? An Introduction | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“We can’t continue with a system that creates wealth, but that’s also destroying the planet and creating so much social inequality. I think that after 400 years of this, we know it doesn’t work. We need a new system to reclaim all these communal values”

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Project of the Day: Impulsive Furnishing Unit

Project of the Day: Impulsive Furnishing Unit | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“A new CNC machine that is directly mounted on a plywood palette where it then cut one sheet of plywood after the other. With this production unit a whole furniture factory is reduced to the size of a standardized plywood palette, which can be shipped and produce anywhere. By adjusting the CNC machine to the thickness of each sheet, it will only cut one sheet at a time. As soon as the machine is finished with cutting the top sheet it will cut two holes as handles on one of the length sides of the board. This side of the machine can then be opened and the cut board can be pulled out. The CNC machine will smoothly drop on the next sheet to cut. Is one palette of wood almost finished it simple has to be stacked on the next palette, and the machine continues to cut sheet by sheet.” (christianfiebig.de/impulsive-furnishing-unit/)

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The End of Nation States May Enhance Humanity - h+ Magazine

The End of Nation States May Enhance Humanity - h+ Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Perhaps parallel to the physical enhancement of human ability and longevity through technology, enhancements to civilization must also have cultural and political forms. By far the most important of these could be the neglect and final dissolution of borders and “nations”.

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Want a Fair Society? Keep Tech Out of the Free Market - Wired

Want a Fair Society? Keep Tech Out of the Free Market - Wired | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The free market model for society has its roots in 18th-century notions of natural law: the idea that humans are self-interested and self-commanded and that they relentlessly seek to gain from the exchange of goods, assistance, and favors in all social transactions. Open competition for such theoretical individuals is a natural way of life, and if all the costs (e.g., pollution, waste) are taken into account, then the dynamics of open competition can result in an efficient society. As Adam Smithexplained:

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RICHARD HERMANN: 'Net neutrality' protected consumers - Irondequoit Post

RICHARD HERMANN: 'Net neutrality' protected consumers - Irondequoit Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Recently, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the nation’s court of second-to-last resort, struck down the concept of “net neutrality” that has contributed immensely to the growth of both the Internet and, indirectly, the U.S. and global economies. Specifically, the court declared that the Federal Communication Commission rule prohibiting broadband providers from favoring one website over another exceeded the FCC’s authority.


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The energy internet - eco-business.com

The energy internet - eco-business.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Starting the Third Industrial Revolution is the answer to sustaining global economic development while addressing poverty, says Kandeh K Yumkella, the UN secretary-general’s Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All. He lists three coalitions needed to spur energy-related innovation
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The Sharing Economy by Professor Arun Sundararajan

In his plenary talk to the NYU Stern MBA Class of 2015, Professor Arun Sundararajan unravels the emerging sharing economy: how consumer technology, digital trust, and new marketplaces like Airbnb and Uber will cause a widespread "reengineering" of consumption. He discusses the drivers of this disruptive change, emerging business models, growth and market projections, incumbent strategies, regulatory issues and the role of consumer collectives like Peers (Part of NYU Stern's Launch.)

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Time for a Fair Share Economy

It's time to promote a better, more fair vision for our communities and our state and to work to see it actually achieved. It's time for a Fair Share Economy. Watch our kick-off video and learn more about what a Fair Share Economy would mean for Maine! For more information visit www.mainepeoplesalliance.org/fairshare

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Facebook barrels ahead on 10th anniversary - Washington Post

Facebook barrels ahead on 10th anniversary - Washington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Facebook has transformed how much of the world communicates. Zuckerberg’s insistence that people use real identities, not quirky screen names, helped blur, if not erase entirely, the divide between our online and offline worlds. Long-lost friends are no longer lost. They are on Facebook.

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The Rise of 200 Alternative Crypto Currencies

The Rise of 200 Alternative Crypto Currencies | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Tweet TweetAuthored by Oliver Wasser from www.altcoinspeculation.com Many people look at the price of Bitcoin (currently around $850 a coin), and instantly shy away from getting involved in crypto currencies.
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Public Libraries, 3D Printing, FabLabs and Hackerspaces

We want to see 3D printing, FabLabs and Hackerspaces become a regular feature--in addition to its other services--at every public library in the country. This is a description of our proposal to create a FabLab in the Fayetteville Free Library and gives a brief introduction to what 3D printing is and how revolutionary it will be for those who are unfamiliar with it.

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The Robot That Can Print a Real House in 24 Hours

The Robot That Can Print a Real House in 24 Hours | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The world’s largest concentrations of slums exist in the “global south:” Africa, Asia, and Latin America; places where urbanization has not led to economic development, and are characterized by poor sanitation, crowded living conditions, low quality structures, and populations vulnerable to disease and natural disasters.

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Could Free Money Solve Poverty?

Could Free Money Solve Poverty? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Programs to manage poverty in the United States aren’t cheap either. The combined costs of supplemental food assistance, Earned Income Tax Credit, and Medicaid top a trillion per year, according to the Cato Institute –over $20,610 per year per poor individual, when the minimum poverty threshold was $12,119 in 2013.

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Àqíł Štår's curator insight, February 25, 2014 9:07 AM

Free money does not quite solve poverty.sometimes it makes it worse because if the government have to give free money then there won't be enough of it. This will cause the whole state of even the whole country to be in poverty.

Shareezan's curator insight, February 27, 2014 3:42 AM

I can see that it is not easy to solve poverty problems as it can cost or use up a lot of money. As there is a huge percentage of poverty, it is going to use up a lot of finance to help every single one. For Singapore it is a small country so it is not a big issue. For other countries on the other hand, it is the worst problem to counter. I think the government is trying their very best to help as much as possible but they cannot do every single one. I wonder will the people understand what is the government trying to do?

viknesh's curator insight, March 2, 2014 9:40 AM

Generically, the problem is how we handle money, not how much money we have (or don't have). When apples cost 5 cents we had poverty, now they cost a dollar and we have poverty. 'More Money' was why we went from gold to paper.

Generically, those with credit or an inheritance have the means to move ahead, and those with help fall behind. They are just trading places, one moves up as another moves down.

To solve the problem of poverty (inequality or concentration), then we need to look at how we handle money, and in particular how things are valued. People scream about wage and price controls destroying the free market, but we have wage and price controls already, set by business owners (like me). The system can't work, because competition makes us grotesquely inefficient, which is really what poverty represents.

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Michel Bauwens on the FLOK Society Transition Project in Ecuador - P2P Foundation

Michel Bauwens on the FLOK Society Transition Project in Ecuador - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In many countries in Latin America the people in power do not call themselves political parties anymore. Rather there are civic movements. There is a civic coalition in Ecuador. There is a social movement in Bolivia. And there is a kind of rejection of political parties in that part of the world because they are seen as representing narrow interest-based politics.

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Essay of the Day: Two Levels of Change

“Level ONE change maintains the initial view of the world and the systems to be changed: abandoned, phased out, fixed, replaced, tuned-up, expanded, or downsized. We remain “in the box”, with changes that only “tweak” at the edges of the box. Level TWO changes moves us to consider going “out of the box”. Systems are created, constructed, reformed; they develop, evolve, and emerge. Construction and reform could be included also as type ONE change. There are varying degrees of level TWO changes, from those that will appear to some to still be “in the box” to radical and awesome shifts that are terrifying to those locked “in their boxes”.

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Is this digital democracy, or a new tyranny of cyberspace?

Is this digital democracy, or a new tyranny of cyberspace? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Time magazine's 2006 "Person of the Year" award went not to Ahmadinejad, Chávez, Kim Jong-il, or any other of the usual suspects, but to "you", that is each and every one of us using or creating content on the world wide web. The cover showed a white keyboard with a mirror for a computer screen where readers can see their own reflection. To justify the choice, Time's editors cited the shift from institutions to individuals who are said to be emerging as the citizens of a new digital democracy.


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'Sharing economy' gaining traction in the republic - The Star Online

'Sharing economy' gaining traction in the republic - The Star Online | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The former civil servant recalls only two cases of damage since her site started. In one case, a customer forgot to return the box of a popcorn machine, and her deposit was forfeited as compensation. In another case, a customer left the deep fryer on the bus, but the owner did not mind as she rarely used the machine anyway.

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3D Printers Will Not Come to Every Household (Just Yet) - EE Times

3D Printers Will Not Come to Every Household (Just Yet) - EE Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I'm sorry to say that I find the talk of 3D printers on every kitchen table overly optimistic. Don't get me wrong; 3D printers are wonderful devices, but the question is whether they will ultimately gain hold in the consumer market. With so much press attention coupled with the factors that need to be examined, can anything be done to ensure that 3D printers are not a passing fad?

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