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Alternative Currencies Are Bigger Than Bitcoin: How They’re Building Prosperity From London to Kenya

Alternative Currencies Are Bigger Than Bitcoin: How They’re Building Prosperity From London to Kenya | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Brixton Pound, Koru Kenya, and Mazacoin are all attempting to achieve a common goal: empowering people in a monetarily unequal world, from the bottom up. (via: trendolizer.com)
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How does real change occur: P2P Theory vs. socialist theory | P2P Foundation

How does real change occur: P2P Theory vs. socialist theory | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

For example, faced with an increasing crisis of extensive globalization, the Roman Empire could not longer afford the same kind of extensive militarization and coercive power which could maintain a slave-based system. Faced with structural crisis, and probably combined with a pressure from below in the form of slave revolts, some slave owners started their slaves into coloni, the earliest form of serfdom (a different process is also mentioned by historians, that of freeholders converting to serfdom). For slaves, this was undoubtedly an advance, as they could now have families, construct local communities, and only had to give part, instead of the totality, of their produce to the new domain lords. This new system, which created enhanced motivation, more autonomy and interest for innovation, was more productive than slavery. Hence a dynamic whereby former slave-holders could see the advantage of moving towards the new system of production. The main idea here is that, faced with a crisis of the old system, populations started experiment with alternative patterns in different fields, that those patterns started integrating with each other to the point of forming a viable alternative, and by the year 975, year of the “First European Revolution’ driven by the Church, coalesced into the new feudal system. The change could only occur because of the congruent interest of both serfs and domain holders, who both had advantage in changing, therefore conferring legitimacy to the birth of the new system.

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Reflections on the future of the sharing economy

Reflections on the future of the sharing economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
At a time when inequality is on the rise and nations are failing to reduce global carbon emissions, what does the future hold for the sharing economy movement unless it mobilises to reform government policies that are the root cause of climate...
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Map of grassroots groups in Greece (2nd edition) - Omikron Project

Map of grassroots groups in Greece (2nd edition) - Omikron Project | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Omikron Project: A volunteer group aiming to show the world the untold side of Greece's crisis, and crush the negative stereotypes of the country.
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The Noose Around Greece: How Central Banks Harness Governments

The Noose Around Greece: How Central Banks Harness Governments | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Remember when the infamous Goldman Sachs delivered a thinly-veiled threat to the Greek Parliament in December, warning them to elect a pro-austerity prime minister or risk having central bank liquidity cut off to their banks? (See January 6th post here.) It seems the European Central Bank (headed by Mario Draghi, former managing director of Goldman Sachs International) has now made good on the threat.
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UK's lowest-paid employees to be classed as 'not working enough'

UK's lowest-paid employees to be classed as 'not working enough' | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
One million people could be pushed to earn more – or have their benefits cut, says Department for Work and Pensions
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Nothing is solid: This is the world of Quantum Physics

Nothing is solid: This is the world of Quantum Physics | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Nobel Prize winning physicists have proven beyond doubt that the physical world is one large sea of energy that flashes into and out of being in milliseconds, over and over again.

Nothing is solid.

This is the world of Quantum Physics.

They have proven that thoughts are what put together an
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Paul Ray: Cultural Creatives Updated -- 80 Million Emergent Values-Based Self-Governing P2P Informed Panarchy -- WHY #ElectoralReform Can Win...

Paul Ray: Cultural Creatives Updated -- 80 Million Emergent Values-Based Self-Governing P2P Informed Panarchy -- WHY #ElectoralReform Can Win... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Our American research on values, worldviews and lifestyles from 1986 to 1994 was focused on specific consumer groups, by region or by kind of market, or on specific constituencies, such as the environmental movement. The research reported here covers 22 years, in numerous studies on a wide variety of topics. Only in 1994 were we finally able to get funding for the first national baseline study, and then again in 1999 and in 2008.* In addition we have much qualitative data from focus groups and depth interviews that show a major values change in America.

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Does Germany owe Greece over Nazi occupation?

Does Germany owe Greece over Nazi occupation? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Athens demands compensation for atrocities committed during World War Two, but Berlin insists issue has been settled.
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The Blockchain: A Promising New Infrastructure for Online Commons | P2P Foundation

The Blockchain: A Promising New Infrastructure for Online Commons | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Behind the superficial public discussions about Bitcoin you’ll discover a software breakthrough that could change the future of commoning on open networks
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What should the next Aaron Swartz do when the DOJ knocks?

What should the next Aaron Swartz do when the DOJ knocks? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Aaron Swartz found out the hard way that you can't expect justice from the Department of Justice: what should the next Aaron Swartz do when facing decades in prison for information activism?
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Much of women's work is unpaid - but without it, the economy would crumble

Much of women's work is unpaid - but without it, the economy would crumble | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Katrine Marçal's Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? reminds us how Homo economicus has always been supported by free, underacknowldged, female labour.
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IBM Rumored to Be Developing Bitcoin Alternative - CoinDesk

IBM Rumored to Be Developing Bitcoin Alternative - CoinDesk | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
IBM may be looking to further its exploration of bitcoin and blockchain products, according to a new report by Reuters.
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An inevitable collision: Centralizing networks against personal autonomy

An inevitable collision: Centralizing networks against personal autonomy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In recent years we have been through “a zombie attack” against the socialization and culture born in the Internet. This is known as the stage of recentralization, whose best-known proponent is the FbT-model.
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CADTM - In case of illegitimate debts creditors can be contravened

CADTM - In case of illegitimate debts creditors can be contravened | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Professor Eric Toussaint, an expert on debt auditing and on the cancellation of debt, talks about the present situation in Europe, why Greek debt (...)
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The Future of Protest | P2P Foundation

The Future of Protest | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Power is still power, and a lot of the techniques for building it and challenging it from the past aren't going away—unless we let ourselves forget them.
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Patriarchy is killing our planet - women alone can save her

Patriarchy is killing our planet - women alone can save her | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The global epidemic of violence against women and their systematic exclusion from the power structures that rule us are integral to man's violent exploitation of Earth and her resources, writes Nafeez Ahmed. The fight to save the Earth must begin with the empowerment of women - and that means ending our complicity in their oppression, and servitude.
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Money, society and gaps – an introvert’s view: or reflections from the Edge of LOTE4

Money, society and gaps – an introvert’s view: or reflections from the Edge of LOTE4 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Hey everyone, I finally got this post together discussing some of my thoughts after LOTE4 and some other discussions and experiences. I really enjoyed LOTE4 and meeting everyone. It's a repost from my blog. ------- I did a lot of being in large groups last year - in groups within which the members share the belief - and I think we are right here - that communities are the way we will move the world forward.
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Peer Production License - P2P Foundation

Peer Production License - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The peer production license is an example of the Copyfarleft type of license, in which only other commoners, cooperatives and nonprofits can share and re-use the material, but not commercial entities intent on making profit through the commons without explicit reciprocity


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Autodesk Open Sources Their 3D Printer Resin – Providing Recipe to All & Opening the Door to New Materials

Autodesk Open Sources Their 3D Printer Resin – Providing Recipe to All & Opening the Door to New Materials | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Open source technology is what brought the desktop 3D printer space to where it is now. If it weren't for groups such as RepRap, who really encouraged the shar
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None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use | P2P Foundation

None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We are constantly told that large corporations are ‘wealth creators’, however as is common in the Alice-In-Wonderland world of corporate propaganda, in fact the precise opposite is true, at least when one looks at the big picture.

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Defending Free Software Against Privatizers | P2P Foundation

Defending Free Software Against Privatizers | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
What happens if a company simply ignores the GPL and continues to free ride? We are about to find out.
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