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Motorola Wants Everyone To Build Smartphones Like Lego Kits

Motorola Wants Everyone To Build Smartphones Like Lego Kits | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Introducing Project Ara, an experiment from Motorola aimed to creating smartphones made out of modular open source hardware.
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Zipcar examines how the sharing economy is stacking up

Zipcar examines how the sharing economy is stacking up | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Brits could pocket £12.4bn in savings by embracing a 'pay-as-you-live' economy and shunning traditional ownership of good and services.
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The Sharing Economy: Why Even the Mainstream Wants a Piece of the Pie - Knowledge@Wharton

The Sharing Economy: Why Even the Mainstream Wants a Piece of the Pie - Knowledge@Wharton | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


The sharing economy this year will generate $350 billion in transactions, said Melissa O'Young, founder of Let's Collaborate!

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Pat Conaty on the Need for Fast Money but Slow Capital

“”I am working to compile this as a report on an integrated Fair Trade Money and Banking system. This BALTA report for the Canadians should be published early next year. I gave a public lecture on the elements of this at Schumacher College in Devon last March. This was an Earth Talk and co-sponsored by Transition Towns UK.

 

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The Changing American Family

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Families, they say, are becoming more socially egalitarian over all, even as economic disparities widen. Families are more ethnically, racially, religiously and stylistically diverse than half a generation ago — than even half a year ago.

 
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New Web Video Series Looks at Privacy and the Paradox of the Digital Age - mediacaster

New Web Video Series Looks at Privacy and the Paradox of the Digital Age - mediacaster | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The key to protecting privacy online will be revealed in a new video series that looks at digital privacy in a hyper-connected world.

 
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MIT CoLab Conference seeks 'bottom-up' approach to climate change - Cambridge Chronicle

MIT CoLab Conference seeks 'bottom-up' approach to climate change - Cambridge Chronicle | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence’s CoLab together with the MIT Energy Initiative, the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, and MIT Sloan Sustainability, sponsored a conference to explore the role new technology-enabled approaches – like crowdsourcing, social media, and big data – could have in combating climate change. The Climate CoLab is an MIT project that seeks to crowdsource citizen-generated ideas on a range of topics related to climate change.

 

 

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Open Source Religion and Open Source Spirituality and its Relationship to a Global Spiritual Commons

A Global Spiritual Commons is defined as a common and free access spiritual wisdom resource (database,) cyber hub and collaborative network created and expanded by any and all individuals or organizations who wish to share their spiritual wisdom and experience in an open-source, peer-to-peer collaboration and co-creation. The Open Source Religion and Spirituality process and spiritual and administrative principles listed below this section facilitate the expansion, maintenance and the free and open use of the Global Spiritual Commons.

 
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The debate continues on Edward Snowden: hero or traitor - The Guardian

The debate continues on Edward Snowden: hero or traitor - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Recall that 155 Manhattan Project scientists petitioned Truman to not use the bomb on Japan. They were too late. Will we be?
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What is Facebook ROI? Here’s a Theory Worth Considering…

What is Facebook ROI? Here’s a Theory Worth Considering… | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Recently, Syncapse conducted a study titled ‘The Value of a Facebook Fan 2013: Revisiting Consumer Brand Currency in Social Media.’ The purpose of the study was to dig in, and associate an actual dollar value to a fan who ‘likes’ a business page on the social platform.
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Free Online University Launched

Free Online University Launched | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Education is being hacked. Through free online courses, peer-to-peer learning, apprenticeships, skillshares and more, the doors of global accessibility are being blown wide open.
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Business Transfers to Employees under the Form of a Cooperative in Europe

Business Transfers to Employees under the Form of a Cooperative in Europe | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

CECOP-CICOPA Europe’s presents in this document the opportunities and challenges for successful business transfers in Europe under the cooperative form. Several good examples are presented from Spain, Italy, France and the UK together with the cooperative characteristics and the legal environment facilitating business transfer to employees. The document also offers an overview of the financial and support services for business transfers to employees and policy recommendations addressed to the European Commission and the member states.

 
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Public Books — Fred Turner in conversation with Clay Shirky

Public Books — Fred Turner in conversation with Clay Shirky | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Democratic Surround: Multimedia and American Liberalism from World War II to the Psychedelic Sixties (University of Chicago Press, 2013) reveals how the decades that brought us the Korean War and communist witch hunts also witnessed an extraordinary turn toward explicitly democratic, open, and inclusive ideas of communication and with them new, flexible models of social order. Surprisingly, Turner shows, it was this turn that brought us the revolutionary multimedia and the wild-eyed individualism of the 1960s counterculture.

 
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The Uber Risk of The Sharing Economy - Enhance Insurance

The Uber Risk of The Sharing Economy - Enhance Insurance | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Airbnb guys are not dumb, they are well aware of the fault-lines in their model, they know the problems inherent in the accommodation industry, they know that at some point, someone will be beaten or molested or murdered, they know that a host will return home to the horrifying sight of a guest suicide, they know exactly what the media reaction will be, they know exactly what will happen to the notional value of their company, they know that one big compensation order will completely destroy the tenuous math upon which their company is based.

 
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III - Peer-to Peer Home Rental

III - Peer-to Peer Home Rental | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
If you are planning to rent out your home, guest room, couch—or even your home office while you are at work—your first step should be to contact your insurance professional. Peer-to-peer sharing opportunities, such as Airbnb, can be a handy way to bring in extra money and are increasingly popular; however, they can also leave you financially vulnerable, for example if your renter damages your property or if someone is hurt while they are in your home. 
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The commons and co-operative commonwealth - 4 Nov 2013 - Pat Conaty

Pat Conaty - Research associate at Co-operatives UK looks at the 'commons' throughout history and argues that the 'commons' are more relevant than ever in the 2
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Francis: The Occupy Pope? By Joshua Shnayer - American Spectator (blog)

Francis: The Occupy Pope? By Joshua Shnayer - American Spectator (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In an apostolic exhortation issued last Sunday Pope Francis characterized the free enterprise system as a form of “the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless.”

 
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The value of Twitter - Nouse

The value of Twitter - Nouse | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


This huge market capitalisation is incredible when one considers that by any common sense measure, Twitter is a failing business. The company, founded in 2006, has never turned a profit.

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Crowdsourcing: The Great Gender Equalizer? [Video] - Crowdsourcing.org

Crowdsourcing: The Great Gender Equalizer? [Video] - Crowdsourcing.org | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Thomsgard's non-profit uses collective intelligence of the crowd to find females to speak at conferences, in the media, and everywhere else.

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Ecuador’s government asks society to help create a draft of a Free Software law | Sumak Yachay - Buen Conocer

Ecuador’s government asks society to help create a draft of a Free Software law | Sumak Yachay - Buen Conocer | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Ximena Amoroso, Ecuador’s Subsecretary of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENESCYT) invited Ecuadorian society to help “transparently write a draft software law for the country.

 
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Linux chief: 'Open source is safer, and Linux is more secure than any other OS ... - VentureBeat

Linux chief: 'Open source is safer, and Linux is more secure than any other OS ... - VentureBeat | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In an interview with Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin, VentureBeat got a bird’s-eye view of the future of the open-source operating system for 2014.

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Pope Francis denounces 'trickle-down' economics - Washington Post (blog)

Pope Francis denounces 'trickle-down' economics - Washington Post (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


I exhort you to generous solidarity and a return of economics and finance to an ethical approach which favours human beings.

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The Social Learning Revolution & What it means for Higher Education

The Social Learning Revolution & What it means for Higher Education | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Here are the slides I used for my closing keynote at the WCET Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado last week. I’ve added a few pieces of text to make the slideset a bit more understandable.

 
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A Historical Perspective on Occupy - In These Times

A Historical Perspective on Occupy - In These Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

For In These Times' December 2013 cover feature, “Generation Hopeless?”, the magazine asked a number of politically savvy people, younger and older, to respond to an essay by 22-year-old Occupy activist Matthew Richards in which he grapples with what the movement meant and whether Occupy’s unfulfilled promises are a lost cause or the seeds of the different world whose promise he glimpsed two years ago. Here is Neal Meyer's response: 

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Pascal Lamy and Ian Goldin propose mechanisms for improving global governance and cooperation. - Project Syndicate

Pascal Lamy and Ian Goldin propose mechanisms for improving global governance and cooperation. - Project Syndicate | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Current ecological, health, economic, and cyber threats highlight the need for international institutions to step up and protect the global commons.
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