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Open hardware for education with littleBits library of electronic modules - opensource.com

Open hardware for education with littleBits library of electronic modules - opensource.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Littlebits is disrupting the open hardware space. It's "an open source library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets for prototyping, learning, and fun." The company is the invention of Ayah Bdeir, an MIT graduate and TED senior fellow, and was founded in September 2011.

 

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What Then Must We Do? Gar Alperovitz

Political economist, Gar Alperovitz believes that the storm of failure we’re witnessing on the economy creates pain but also possibility.
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Why the sharing economy leads to solutions

Why the sharing economy leads to solutions | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Can we use the sharing economy to solve cities' problems? (@freelancersu big thx.
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Artist Turns 1971 Ford Into 3D Printed Masterpiece - Huffington Post

Artist Turns 1971 Ford Into 3D Printed Masterpiece - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Florea considers himself a pioneer of the third Industrial Revolution, a time of mass customization foretold by the economist Jeremy Rifkin in 2011.

 
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An Open Source Phone That’s Completely Unlocked, Hardware Too

An Open Source Phone That’s Completely Unlocked, Hardware Too | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Its not the sleekest gadget youve ever beheld but this Nokia doppelganger is so modular you can even replace the motherboard yourself.
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Organizing for change through social technologies: McKinsey Global Survey results | McKinsey & Company

Organizing for change through social technologies: McKinsey Global Survey results | McKinsey & Company | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Corporate use of social technologies is mainstream, though the pace of adoption has slowed. But companies can still take advantage of the untapped potential these tools have to transform their organizations and create significant value.
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McKinsey Global Survey suggests the pace of Corporate use of social technologies has slowed

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Alternative business models for a sustainable fashion industry - live chat

Alternative business models for a sustainable fashion industry - live chat | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Join a panel of experts on Thursday 14 November, 1-2pm GMT for a live chat on mainstreaming alternative business models and creating consumer demand for sustainable fashion (Can't make today's #fashion live chat at 1pm GMT?
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Chris Hedges Sits Down With Bill Moyers

In one of the most pointed, sweeping and personal public conversations about Chris Hedges' life and work yet, Bill Moyers speaks with the journalist after the release of "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt," the book Hedges co-authored with fellow reporter and artist Joe Sacco. The 50-minute conversation is followed by a segment on Sacco, who talks about the thinking and experiences that moved him to become a "comics journalist."

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It’s 4 am…do you know what your city is doing? - The Networked Society Blog

It’s 4 am…do you know what your city is doing? - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Some cities tell you they’re awake all night based on the number of sirens you hear driving by in the wee hours, or by the lights left on in downtown office buildings. Here in Stockholm, the sun sets this time of year by 4pm, but the city doesn’t go to sleep. Lights go on, bicyclists ride by with lights and safety vests, road crews stay outside doing their jobs, and the shops are still open. By 10 pm however, things have started to slow down. The question is, can you tell by how much just by looking around you?

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Colombia - Building Their Own Clean Energy Future - EarthTechling

Colombia - Building Their Own Clean Energy Future - EarthTechling | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The plains of eastern Colombia are a tough land—the haunt of drug trafficking, guerilla warfare, and paramilitary groups; a place where the soil is so poor everyone said nothing could grow. Paolo Lugari, the founder of the 200-person community of Gaviotas, believed otherwise. In the face of adversity, he built a thriving, self-sustaining community.

 
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The Spark of Invention - TIME

The Spark of Invention - TIME | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Be grateful you never had to take a nap with Thomas Edison. It’s not like Edison slept all that much; by his own account he was good for four, maybe five, hours a night, setting aside at least 18 per day for work. That made sense. If you’re going to leave the world a list of inventions that includes the lightbulb, the movie camera, the cylinder phonograph, the disc phonograph, advanced fluoro­scopy, a commercial stock ticker, a vote tabulator and more, you’d best put in a long day.

 




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What Does Anonymous Do? Fights For Logan River, JusticeForSavannah, Maryville Rape Case, To Start

What Does Anonymous Do? Fights For Logan River, JusticeForSavannah, Maryville Rape Case, To Start | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We’ve all seen the infamous mask, and heard about the mysterious group it represents: Anonymous. But what does Anonymous actually do? The loosely associated group of activists and hacktivists emphasizes its decentralization, as evidenced by the sheer amount of actions it is currently involved itself with. The group has instigated battles to find JusticeForSavannah in Arizona and JusticeForDaisy in Maryville, and now it’s even fighting a mysterious Utah boarding school named Logan River. Here’s your rundown of what exactly Anonymous has been working on lately:

 
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Bitcoin Couple Travels the World Using Virtual Cash

Bitcoin Couple Travels the World Using Virtual Cash | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"In bitcoin," Austin Craig repeated to the young woman behind the counter at the Lean Crust Pizza parlor in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y. "Can we pay in bitcoin?"

  
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Court Upholds Legality of Google Books: Tremendous Victory for Fair Use and the Public Interest

Court Upholds Legality of Google Books: Tremendous Victory for Fair Use and the Public Interest | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
For years, Google has been cooperating with libraries to digitize books and create massive, publicly available and searchable books database. Users can search the database, which includes millions of works for keywords. Results include titles, page numbers, and small snippets of text. It has become an extraordinarily valuable tool for librarians, scholars, and amateur researchers of all kinds. As the court noted (citing an amicus brief EFF filed jointly with several library associations) librarians use the service for a variety of research purposes. Many librarians reported that they have purchased new books for their collections after discovering them through Google Books. Nonetheless, the Authors Guild argues that its members are owed compensation in exchange for their books being digitized and included in the database – even though blocking Google Book Search's digitization wouldn't bring any author any additional revenue.

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What does the rise of the "smart" city mean for us? - New Statesman

What does the rise of the "smart" city mean for us? - New Statesman | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
What does the rise of the "smart" city mean for us?
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Interesting Article.....

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How Many Friends Can Your Brain Handle? - LiveScience.com

How Many Friends Can Your Brain Handle? - LiveScience.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Scientists still don't understand how the brain manages human behavior in increasingly complex social situations, or what parts of the brain are linked to deviant social behavior associated with conditions like autism and schizophrenia.

 
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Demeure's Vacation Vision: Creating Collaborative Travel Experiences in The Sharing Economy [Part 1]

Demeure's Vacation Vision: Creating Collaborative Travel Experiences in The Sharing Economy [Part 1] | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Peter Schwartz, is CEO and founder of Demeure, an online travel provider that operates its own travel marketplace and licenses its proprietary Marketplace Management System (MMS) to others to power their own networks, allowing travelers, vacation property owners, hoteliers, and industry suppliers to book travel experiences, list properties, and trade in the market. Demeure was founded in 2009 in Waterloo, Canada.

 
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Re-imagining Ethical Global Economies

Re-imagining Ethical Global Economies | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Ecofeminist Vandana Shiva asks the pointed question: What should be the objective of the global economy: freedom of trade or freedom for survival? If the latter, changes are necessary in our conception of economics.

 
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5 Manufacturing Trends Shaping the Future of Small Businesses

5 Manufacturing Trends Shaping the Future of Small Businesses | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

So you want to start a small product-design business? Here’s the good news. The playing field is more level than it’s ever been, and sophisticated social media and digital marketing tools allow for a more intimate connection to your consumer.

 
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Ellen MacArthur study signals Welsh leadership on circular economy

Ellen MacArthur study signals Welsh leadership on circular economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Wales is "ideally placed" to be a circular economy front runner according to a new report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which predicts the country could generate annual multi-billion cost savings by going circular.
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The Brian Lehrer Show - Open Phones: Etsy Buyers and Sellers

The Brian Lehrer Show - Open Phones: Etsy Buyers and Sellers | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In January, Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods, will start to allow sellers with approval to partner with manufacturers to produce their products. Etsy sellers and buyers: what do you think?
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Sudan: The Revolution Will not be Televised, It Will be Tweeted - Think Africa Press

Sudan: The Revolution Will not be Televised, It Will be Tweeted - Think Africa Press | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Online and diaspora activists should be recognised as the important early stages of a revolutionary movement, not a distraction. 
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It's Time to Build an Open-Source Music Industry: A Chat with CASH Music - Motherboard (blog)

It's Time to Build an Open-Source Music Industry: A Chat with CASH Music - Motherboard (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Six years ago, Maggie Vail and Jesse von Doom launched CASH Music, a nonprofit with the express goal of building open-source tools to help musicians reach their audience—and make a living. Vail originally cut her teeth at the Kill Rock Stars label, while von Doom’s background was in web development. Both wanted to streamline the musician-to-audience experience. And so they made the CASH (which stands for Coalition of Artists and Stakeholders) platform open-source, allowing artists and labels to build networks in their own unique and flexible ways.

 
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Fab labs reshape architecture, one maker at a time | SmartPlanet

Fab labs reshape architecture, one maker at a time | SmartPlanet | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Fab labs, community workshops filled with computers and digital fabrication tools such as 3-D printers, are the next big thing in the world of architecture. There’s no serious architecture school or university design program without one. And “maker spaces” are popping up at local libraries, community charities, and even in downtown cafés.

 
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Collective intelligence: Number of women in group linked to effectiveness in solving difficult problems

Collective intelligence: Number of women in group linked to effectiveness in solving difficult problems | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Oct. 2, 2010 — When it comes to intelligence, the whole can indeed be greater than the sum of its parts. A new study co-authored by MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, and Union College researchers documents the existence of collective intelligence among groups of people who cooperate well, showing that such intelligence extends beyond the cognitive abilities of the groups' individual members, and that the tendency to cooperate effectively is linked to the number of women in a group.

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