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How Sustainability is Growing Unilever’s Brand Equity and Profits

How Sustainability is Growing Unilever’s Brand Equity and Profits | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Unilever is working toward a new business model that “...enables responsible, equitable growth that is decoupled from environmental impacts.”
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Genna Bennett-Burkhardt's curator insight, September 29, 10:27 PM

taking ethical business practises can be the best thing for your brands equity. With Unilever demonstrating this, the article highlights the growing importance of business sustainability, and how to transfer that into value for your customers and add value to your brand! however like quoted in the article 'Creating a vision like Unilever’s is one thing. Making it happen is the challenge'.

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For a solidarity-based theory of public goods

“There are really two independent parts to the standard concept of public good. This concept plays a prominent role in the recent phenomenon of extending the discussion of public goods to the global level. The first part has to do with the accessibility of public goods, whereas the second deals with the motivation for forming them.


 

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The Internet Of Things Will Be Huge—Just Not As Huge As The Hype - ReadWrite

The Internet Of Things Will Be Huge—Just Not As Huge As The Hype - ReadWrite | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Internet of Things promises to bring a new level of convenience to our lives. Could it bring trillions of dollars worth of convenience? Not likely, but that's not stopping a lot of prognosticators out there.

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Internet of Things Value Creation Network - Home

Internet of Things Value Creation Network - Home | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The IoT Value Creation Network brings together key stakeholders from a variety of sectors (research institutions, trade and industry, policymakers/government agencies and other users) in Norway to work jointly towards a common vision of the Internet of Things. 
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Abha Dawesar: Life in the "digital now" | Video on TED.com

One year ago, Abha Dawesar was living in blacked-out Manhattan post-Sandy, scrounging for power to connect. As a novelist, she was struck by this metaphor: Have our lives now become fixated on the drive to digitally connect, while we miss out on what's real?

 
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What happens when you make a book open access? New business models are emerging, but challenges still remain

What happens when you make a book open access? New business models are emerging, but challenges still remain | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"Initial studies into the effect of open access monographs suggest little to no impact on sales, but an increase in discoverability and online usage.
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Circular economy could save EU business £330bn

Circular economy could save EU business £330bn | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Wide-scale adoption of a resource efficient circular economy could help the EU private sector save £330bn and avoid 500 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, according to WRAP.
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We are the "inner circle" of the circular economy

We are the "inner circle" of the circular economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The global conversation for sustainability in manufacturing is shifting to the “circular economy”, like at Davos, where the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has promoted the concept and the opportunities for companies in this field. Up until now, the focus of the circular economy has been primarily on design products for easier disassembling and recycling – the outer circle – which implies creating a closed loop of materials and in the case of electronics, recovering metals in our gadgets.

 
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Harnessing Collective Wisdom from Social Networks

Harnessing Collective Wisdom from Social Networks | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In his 1937 book, "Think and Grow Rich," author Napoleon Hill identified 13 steps to success, one of which was the power of the mastermind. "No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible, intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind," Hill wrote.

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The Cheapest Generation

The Cheapest Generation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Why Millennials aren’t buying cars or houses, and what that means for the economy (More evidence the Sharing Economy is kicking in?
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Almost No One Buys 3D Printers - The Atlantic

Almost No One Buys 3D Printers - The Atlantic | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Despite the technology's potential and hype, the most important 3D-printing company only sold 5,925 printers last quarter.  
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At the Turning Point of the Current Techno-Economic Paradigm

Following the theory of techno-economic paradigm shifts (TEPS), this paper calls attention to the phenomenon of Commons-based peer production (CBPP). In the context of the current paradigm, it argues that civil society can play an important role in creating favourable conditions for a more sustainable global knowledge society. Approaching tentatively the ways in which 3D printing and other desktop manufacturing technologies can be used in CBPP, it also explores the ways in which the partnership with the state may provide a supportive innovative institutional basis for taking the maximum advantage of the emerging synergies in the vein of TEPS theory.

 

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A Revolution That Could Save Our Lives: The Walking Revolution

A Revolution That Could Save Our Lives: The Walking Revolution | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We all know that walking is important. Ask anyone. It’s arguably the easiest and cheapest form of low-impact exercise that gives us independence, strengthens communities, keeps our hearts strong, and puts our minds at ease. Yet despite these common-sense benefits, most Americans aren’t taking to the sidewalks.

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Drones, Open Source Warfare, and Peak Armaments

“Drones are essentially flying–and sometimes armed–computers,” the Brookings Institution noted in a paper published last month. They’re robots who follow the curve of Moore’s Law rather than the Pentagon’s budgets, rapidly evolving in performance since the Predator’s 2002 debut while falling in price to the point where Make magazine recently carried instructions on how to launch your own satellite for $8,000.


 

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196766's curator insight, November 19, 2013 12:02 PM

This is a good indicator that this industry is an up and growing, and will be big soo. The FAA will now open airspace soon for the average consumer so the amound of possible options for work will increase dramatically

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A Talk by Internet Theorist Clay Shirky

A Talk by Internet Theorist Clay Shirky | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Clay Shirky, Associate Professor in the Interactive Telecommunications Program and Journalism Department at NYU, Fellow at the Berkman Center, and Edward R.
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What happens when you make a book open access? New business models are emerging, but challenges still remain.

What happens when you make a book open access? New business models are emerging, but challenges still remain. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In 2012, the Finch Report produced a roadmap towards greater open access publishing in the UK, which was accepted by the Government. RCUK rapidly reasserted its own open access policy and, crucially, provided dedicated funds to support its implementation in UK universities. HEFCE subsequently announced a consultation on developing an open access policy for the REF exercise which will follow REF2014 – perhaps learning something from the academic backlash against RCUK’s speedy response – which is currently underway. What do all these publications and policies have in common? They have all carefully avoided the tricky issue of open access for monographs.

 
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Why GMO labeling is a ‘Story of Solutions’ | The Living Principles for Design

Why GMO labeling is a ‘Story of Solutions’ | The Living Principles for Design | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

When I heard that Annie Leonard, the Story of Stuff team and Free Range Studios were working on the Story of Solutions, I couldn’t wait to see what they’d come up with. After 10 years campaigning to get toxic chemicals out of the environment, I’m sick of talking about the problems. I want to be part of the solutions. Now, some of the best storytellers in the activist biz were going to figure this out: how to articulate the path forward, in nine easy minutes, with graphics.

 



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Lies, damned lies and Michel Bauwens (avec images, tweets) · GeorgieBC

A Social Media Story storified by Heather Marsh (@P2P_Foundation Lies, damned lies and Michel Bauwens http://t.co/6tnwtddIyH)
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well, I recognize hysteria when I see it... 

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MOOCs: Top 10 Sites for Free Education With Elite Universities

MOOCs: Top 10 Sites for Free Education With Elite Universities | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses.  Although there has been access to free online courses on the Internet for years, the quality and quantity of courses has changed. Access to free courses has allowed students to obtain a level of education that many only could dream of in the past.  This has changed the face of education.  In The New York Times article Instruction for Masses Knocked Down Campus Walls, author Tamar Lewin stated, “in the past few months hundreds of thousands of motivated students around the world who lack access to elite universities have been embracing them as a path toward sophisticated skills and high-paying jobs, without paying tuition or collecting a college degree.”

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TopUniversities's comment, November 12, 2013 4:55 PM
Really interesting article on MOOCs. You may like this article as well: http://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/daily-news012/futurelearn-evolution-moocs.
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Pope Francis strongly supports the cooperative movement

Pope Francis strongly supports the cooperative movement | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The International Summit of Cooperatives is a biennial gathering where leaders of cooperative and mutualist enterprises get together to discuss their concerns about the current and future business challenges they all share.
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Online voting/Liquid democracy using Bitcoin-protocol | Nyheder | Internetpartiet.nu

Online voting/Liquid democracy using Bitcoin-protocol | Nyheder | Internetpartiet.nu | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Needs more work/thought but interesting alternate blockchain possibilities http://t.co/jCJFl6KGsv http://t.co/cqQ9VU0oz1
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Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy

Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This post is about the theory of the four future scenarios for a collaborative economy, firstly developed by Michel Bauwens. It is important to mention that, with Michel, we are working on a research monograph that explores the relation of capitalism and the Commons. The book ”Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy” is contracted by Palgrave Macmillan.

 
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AWAKE 2 BONUS - CHARLES EISENSTEIN about our true longing and our money system

In this interview for my new movie, Charles Eisenstein talks about our true longing and he explains how our money system works and why it leads to separation...
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Time is Running Out to Save the Post Office

Time is Running Out to Save the Post Office | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In July 2011 the United States Postal Service (USPS) management announced it would rapidly close 3600 local post offices and eventually as many as 15,000. And shutter half the nation’s mail processing centers.

 

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