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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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Greece: Call for international solidarity with Indymedia Athens and Radiozones of Subversive Expression 98FM « Contra Info

Since the 11th of April, Athens IMC and 98FM radio station are under repression by the State. In particular, the rector of Athens Polytechnic School, Simos Simopoulos, unplugged their internet connectivity, thus disabling access to servers hosted in university premises. While the authorities insist upon this gagging, the self-organized projects of Athens IMC and 98fm radio station claim their political right to transmit freely through the Polytechnic campus.

 
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Collaborative Consumption and the Sharing Economy in Developing Markets | Sustainable Brands

Collaborative Consumption and the Sharing Economy in Developing Markets | Sustainable Brands | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The trend is already gaining traction in some emerging markets. In the last decade, Brazil has added around 30 million people to its middle class, a group whose spending is largely responsible for the country’s strong economic growth. This surge in spending is coinciding with the emergence of a new range of popular collaborative consumption services made available by mobile communications technology, the Internet and social networking. For example, in the last two years several cities have successfully implemented bicycle-sharing systems, including Rio de Janeiro, São Paolo, Porto Alegre and Recife. Rio’s system, which just like its peer in London is sponsored by a large bank, enables both residents and tourists to rent bicycles at low cost using their mobile phones. Its unqualified success points to the high potential of the Brazilian market for collaborative consumption, and belies the myth that such services can only gain traction in more sophisticated economies.

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Pirates and Democracy: How I learned that there are people in this world who consider themselves 'Piratologists'

Pirates and Democracy: How I learned that there are people in this world who consider themselves 'Piratologists' | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Did you have any idea that there were in fact Piratologists in this world? Neither did I until I was doing a Google search on the topic of pirates and democracy – we’ll get to that in just a sec – and there, lo and behold, ‘shiver me timbers’- if you'll permit the indulgence - I happened upon the profession (can anyone imagine making a living at this? Awesome!) of Piratology. Just thought all those four and five-year-olds out there thinking about their future might really want to know that it is indeed possible to live the dream.


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The Archdruid Report: In a Time of Limits

When the French nobleman Alexis de Tocqueville toured the newly founded American republic in the early years of the nineteenth century, he encountered plenty of things that left him scratching his head. The national obsession with making money, the atrocious food, and the weird way that high culture found its way into the most isolated backwoods settings—“There is hardly a pioneer's hut which does not contain a few odd volumes of  Shakespeare,” he wrote; “I remember reading the feudal drama of Henry V for the first time in a log cabin”—all intrigued him, and found their way into the pages of his remarkable book Democracy in America. 
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Incredible Edible Todmorden

A short film highlighting the work of radical new food growing movement 'Incredible Edible Todmorden'. (in less than one year this film has seen all over the world…
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Pirate Utopia - P2P Foundation

Pirate Utopia - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Pirate utopias were described by anarchist writer Peter Lamborn Wilson, who coined the term, in his 1995 book Pirate Utopias: Moorish Corsairs & European Renegadoes as secret islands once used for supply purposes by pirates. Wilson's concept is largely based on speculation and as he even admits a bit of fantasy. In Wilson's view, these pirate enclaves were early forms of autonomous proto-anarchist societies in that they operated beyond the reach of governments and embraced unrestricted freedom." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirate_utopia)

 
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Great Problems: The Rent-seeking Economy

In a healthy society, people acquire wealth by making stuff people want. Farmers till a plots to provide for their nutritional wants. Workers assemble motorcycles for consumers who pay money because they find the motor bikes valuable. Perhaps the worker serves a philanthropic organization and earns a salary by serving the official goal of the organization. Or perhaps the worker earns money by creating crafts that others in the community value.

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The Sharing Economy: Taking Cashless Commerce to a New Level | Point of Sale News | News For Point of Sale Niches

The Sharing Economy: Taking Cashless Commerce to a New Level | Point of Sale News | News For Point of Sale Niches | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Barter, trade, crowd funding, collaborative consumption – whatever terminology you choose – is not a new concept in doing business. Trade has been a staple of community economic life for eons and is finding a renewal today, becoming a major option to cash in furnishing homes, supplying services, providing vacation options and feeding people.

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Danny Hillis: The Internet could crash. We need a Plan B

In the 1970s and 1980s, a generous spirit suffused the internet, whose users were few and far between. But today, the net is ubiquitous, connecting billions of people, machines and essential pieces of infrastructure -- leaving us vulnerable to cyber-attack or meltdown. Internet pioneer Danny Hillis argues that the Internet wasn't designed for this kind of scale, and sounds a clarion call for us to develop a Plan B: a parallel system to fall back on should -- or when -- the Internet crashes.
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Self-Assembly Lab

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Self-Assembly is a process by which disordered parts build an ordered structure through local interaction. We have demonstrated that this phenomenon is scale-independent and can be utilized for self-constructing and manufacturing systems at nearly every scale. We have also identified the key ingredients for self-assembly as a simple set of responsive building blocks, energy and interactions that can be designed within nearly every material and machining process available. Self-assembly promises to enable breakthroughs across every applications of biology, material science, software, robotics, manufacturing, transportation, infrastructure, construction, the arts, and even space exploration. The Self-Assembly Lab is working with academic, commercial, nonprofit, and government partners, collaborators, and sponsors to make our self-assembling future a reality.

 
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Youth-led Innovation – enhancing the skills and capacity of the next generation of innovators

Young people can best develop the skills for innovation by receiving positive feedback and recognition for early successes and having opportunities to experience successful innovation for themselves. These experiences increase young people’s confidence in their ability to identify problems and find solutions; life skills that are increasingly demanded by employers. Young people’s innovation is usually associated with teenagers, but studies of younger children demonstrate the benefits of teaching design, problem solving orcritical skills for developing the capability to innovate.

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P2P Foundation's blog » Blog Archive » Nikos Salingaros on the ...

P2P Foundation's blog » Blog Archive » Nikos Salingaros on the ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

NS: The waste of energy is mainly due to the construction and running of cities. After World War II, cities were built according to a model based on the insane waste of energy. It was done on purpose, following the dreams of certain architects of that time. It is a model of the 1920s, when planners and architects dreamed up images of a future of science fiction without really thinking ahead: a city of skyscrapers among parks and beautiful highways (empty of cars!). This dream became a nightmare. It does not work. In contrast, the sustainable city should be built upon traditional models of cities, where scale, geometry, fluxes, and transport give priority to pedestrians. The sustainable city is assembled from and works on all scales, it does not concentrate energy in nuclei like skyscrapers or a transport system that is purely vehicular. Therefore it does not need huge amounts of energy costs. These mixed-use cities that I propose are congested, of course, but if you try to change their geometry according to the image of skyscrapers, you kill the city. You just have to see how they killed the major cities in Asia.”

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The big insurance companies need some time to...

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“The big insurance companies need some time to fathom the sharing economy, and are taking a wait-and-see approach to decide if they are going to play ball.
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Hardware Freedom Day 2013: Celebrate Open Hardware All Around the World

Hardware Freedom Day 2013: Celebrate Open Hardware All Around the World | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The second edition of Hardware Freedom Day will happen on Saturday, April 20th 2013. All around the world, 62 spaces are organizing local events with one goal in mind: raising awareness for open source hardware.

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Adding and removing complexityA Prosperous Way Down

Adding and removing complexityA Prosperous Way Down | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This post is about how we respond to limits by adding complexity, and what it might take to remove complexity at the top of the economic hierarchy.
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Richard Florida Concedes the Limits of the Creative Class

Richard Florida Concedes the Limits of the Creative Class | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The so-called creative class was supposed to remake America’s cities. It failed, says Joel Kotkin.
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What Bitcoin teaches us about the Internet’s energy use

What Bitcoin teaches us about the Internet’s energy use | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Over at Bloomberg, Mark Gimein calls Bitcoin — yes, Bitcoin — an “environmental disaster.” Why? Because all that processing power used to mine for new Bitcoins requires a staggering amount of energy:

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Pirates - P2P Foundation

Pirates - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

= Etymology of pirate: Pirate derives from the Latin pirata (-ae; pirate), which is a transliteration of the Greek piratis (pirate; πειρατής) from the verb pirao (make an attempt, try, test, get experience, endeavour, attack; πειράω). [1]

 
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Change This - Fitting in and Standing Out: Shifting Mindsets from Taking to Giving

Change This - Fitting in and Standing Out: Shifting Mindsets from Taking to Giving | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“We face a tension between two competing motivations: fitting in and standing out. On the one hand, we want to belong—to experience similarity with others.
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Congress quietly repeals plan for Internet financial disclosures

Congress quietly repeals plan for Internet financial disclosures | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - The Congress on Friday voted to repeal a plan to require Internet posting of a vast database of financial disclosures from congressional staff and many executive branch employees required by a new ethics-in-government law.

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The Great Unmentionable

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The impossibility of sustaining this system of endless, pointless consumption without the continued erosion of the living planet and the future prospects of humankind, is the conversation we will not have.
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Skylar Tibbits: The emergence of "4D printing"

3D printing has grown in sophistication since the late 1970s; TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits is shaping the next development, which he calls 4D printing, where the fourth dimension is time. This emerging technology will allow us to print objects that then reshape themselves or self-assemble over time. Think: a printed cube that folds before your eyes, or a printed pipe able to sense the need to expand or contract.
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End of Drug Monopolies and Mega-profits?

End of Drug Monopolies and Mega-profits? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

To patent an invention you have to convince the patent office that it is both novel and useful and that it is not obvious. If you succeed, you will be given exclusive rights for a limited period, normally twenty years. During that time, no one can copy it without your permission, and this allows you to exploit your invention without having to keep it secret. In return for this protection, you have to make public a full description of your invention and how it is used. After the patent expires, it is freely available to anyone.

 
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The identification and measurement of innovative characteristics of young people

The Youth Innovation Skills Measurement Tool is an instrument to support the development of the skills and attitudes which young people require if they are to become the innovators of tomorrow. The Tool measures five generic skills that underpin innovative behaviour and form a set of attributes clearly linked to the innovation process:

 

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Research: An ethnography of Fabbing Practices

Research: An ethnography of Fabbing Practices | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“This thesis, based on an ethnographic approach, investigates personal fabrication. Fab Labs or FABrication LABoratories, introduced as facilities where you can make (almost) anything, are small-scale workshops for digital fabrication and rapid-prototyping. Fab Lab that are inscribed in the maker subculture and based upon open design principles and commons-based peer production, first emerged in MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms in 2001. Since then, many labs have scaled geographically and the present study explores Fab Lab Amsterdam.”

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gavin melles's curator insight, November 27, 2013 10:49 PM

Kind of Bruno Latour in Fabs