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New Toolkit Brings Patron Centered Design to Libraries

New Toolkit Brings Patron Centered Design to Libraries | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Libraries are vital community spaces. But many face shrinking budgets. They also face an increasingly-digital landscape, which requires new approaches to stay relevant. A new toolkit aims to help librarians use design thinking to create innovative programs for their libraries.
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The Promise of “Open Co-operativism”

The Promise of “Open Co-operativism” | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Photo credit: The Co-operative / Foter / CC BY. Article cross-posted from Bollier.org. Is it possible to imagine a new sort of synthesis or synergy between the emerging peer production and commons movement on the one hand, and growing, innovative elements of the co-operative and solidarity economy movements on the other?
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Open Coop Development Agency - P2P Foundation

Open Coop Development Agency - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"Economic systems and practices that exploit workers, users, communities and the environment to the detriment of our common good have long ceased to command respect. The only reason they nonetheless persist is that most people do not see other, more viable, options as to how they can satisfactorily live and work. But in reality, there are plenty of alternatives.
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How the UK government attempts to derail the community energy revolution | P2P Foundation

How the UK government attempts to derail the community energy revolution | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

First, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) changed the rules under which energy co-operatives could be established. As a result of the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act passed into law last year, the model that has proved so successful in Germany has been deemed ineligible here. The FCA has been rejecting attempts to establish new energy co-ops.

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Introducing the logic of a transition towards the commons | P2P Foundation

Introducing the logic of a transition towards the commons | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This is a recorded conversation about our new e-book on the Commons Transition, posted at commonstransition.org .
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On the tension between prefigurative and strategic politics | P2P Foundation

On the tension between prefigurative and strategic politics | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Over the past 50 years — and arguably going back much further — social movements in the United States have incorporated elements of each approach, sometimes in harmonious ways and other times with significant tension between different groups of activists.
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Urban agriculture as a path to a measure of dignity…

Urban agriculture as a path to a measure of dignity… | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A version of this article first appeared in the Coffs Coast Advocate, Saturday 30th August, 2014
Before I left Australia I thought our food and agriculture systems had some serious issues. Increasing rates of dietary-related ill-health.
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People are starving for a real experience

People are starving for a real experience | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A version of this article first appeared in the Coffs Coast Advocate, 16.8.14
My travels continue at what at times feels like a break-neck pace.
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There is a hunger and thirst for connection

There is a hunger and thirst for connection | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“Art in the Park” Growing Power Urban Farm, Grant Park, Downtown ChicagoGrowing Community principles, Victory Gardens Initiative, Milwaukee, Wisconsin “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” These famous opening words from Charles...
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The real costs of cheap food

The real costs of cheap food | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The real costs of ‘cheap’ food Nick Rose This article first appeared in the Coffs Coast Advocate, 19.2.11 There’s been plenty of talk over the past month or so about the impact that the extreme weather events north of the border will have on food...
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6 things I learned from riding in a Google Self-Driving Car - The Oatmeal

6 things I learned from riding in a Google Self-Driving Car - The Oatmeal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We drink. We doze. We text. In the US, 30,000 people die from automobile accidents every year.(Source) Traffic crashes are the primary cause of death worldwide for people aged 15-24, (Source) and during a crash, 40% of drivers never even hit the brakes. (Source)We’re flawed organisms, barreling around at high speeds in vessels covered in glass, metal, distraction, and death. This is one of Google’s "moonshots" -- to remove human error from a job which, for the past hundred years, has been entirely human.

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Churchill Fellowship Report

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In June 2013 I was fortunate enough to be the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship, to investigate innovative models of urban agriculture in the US mid-west, Toronto, and Argentina. I remember being told that ‘you have travelled, but you have not travelled as a Churchill Fellow.” At the time, I didn’t quite appreciate what that meant. I wasn’t planning to travel until the middle of 2014, so felt pleased with the award and then put the trip to the back of my mind.
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Beyond Bitcoin: Legal Pathways for Blockchain Enterprises

Beyond Bitcoin: Legal Pathways for Blockchain Enterprises | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The technologies that undergird Bitcoin transactions have advanced to suggest other, non-financial applications. (Bitcoin Magazine)
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Madison, Wisconsin, Is Investing $5 Million In Worker Cooperatives

Madison, Wisconsin, Is Investing $5 Million In Worker Cooperatives | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The best part: the businesses will stay local, because co-ops don't up and move to cities offering more attractive incentives.
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A Grexit might be what everyone really wants – so what if Greece walks?

A Grexit might be what everyone really wants – so what if Greece walks? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Talks on Greece’s debt are at a crunch point. It could be about to leave the eurozone. But would a Grexit really be so big a deal? John Stepek investigates.
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The Lost Right of Gleaning | P2P Foundation

The Lost Right of Gleaning | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Amazingly, it is sometimes a criminal act to retrieve food that has been thrown away. Often it is simply seen as culturally inappropriate or embarrassing. But when an estimated $165 billion worth of food gets thrown away in the U.S. every year, surely it’s time to change our attitudes about food waste.
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Oxfam’s latest bombshell on how unequally the world’s wealth is shared | P2P Foundation

Oxfam’s latest bombshell on how unequally the world’s wealth is shared | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Twitter feeds and newspaper headlines were again dominated this morning by new statistics on growing wealth inequality, as released by Oxfam ahead of this week’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.
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Merging 3D Printing and the Circular Economy | P2P Foundation

Merging 3D Printing and the Circular Economy | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Ships are interesting in that, even today, they aren’t actually industrially produced in the manner we usually imagine for industrial production. They tend to be built on-demand like custom houses, with a very high degree of manual labor. The ‘working waterman’ subculture has proven the existence of a surprisingly utilitarian sailing yacht industry producing ocean-going vessels in the 40′-60′ (12-18m) range that was enabled by the technology of fiberglass composites. But this is still very much a hand-craft with a high labor overhead leading to high vehicle costs. Though accessible to many westerners, a $100,000-$300,000 sailing yacht is as bad a life-long debt commitment as houses of similar cost. What might additive production technologies bring to this table? Could 3D printed eco-ships be the next big thing after 3D printed houses? What about even more exotic transportation? How about a 3D printed airship? Rigid monocoque composite airship structures have actually been demonstrated.”
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The complexities of Argentina

The complexities of Argentina | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Last time I wrote about the harsh poverty endured by millions of Argentines in the so-called villas de miseria that are found out on the outskirts of every large city in country.
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Agricultural Democracy

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A version of this article first appeared in the Coffs Coast Advocate on 15th November, 2014
 
Food and farming forums are the flavour of the month. On November 3rd, we had the well attended and highly successful Mid-North Coast Food Forum.
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Bitcoin Experience - P2P Foundation

Bitcoin Experience - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We admit: we are fazed and befuddled by the Bitcoin phenomenon. And we are getting more so as we progress - or think to progress - in getting to grips with it. It has meanwhile become clear that Bitcoin, probably to the chagrin of its believers, has become much more than, well, Bitcoin. That is why we have decided, both to split our essay (essay is the right word indeed, an attempt) in two parts - and to take it, to use the charitable word, as a 'work in progress', even though the gestation period of even this first part has been inordinately long. We have also taken the open Source injunction to 'release early' to heart - was it only because writing appears to stay stuck in the incubation stage. This first part, which was our original plan, is about Bitcoin we know as Bitcoin. What the Dutch so nicely call 'progressive understanding' has compelled us to look at the inevitable: Bitcoin after Bitcoin. So the Part Two will look at the probable inescapability of digital crypto-currencies 'liberated' from the fiat and the sovereign - and its consequences. If we ever manage amidst our befuddlement. Hopefully you will bear with us - after all you are not obliged to read, less so to believe, as the 'Bitcoiners' do.
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The Deconstruction of the Free Market - OhmyNews International

The Deconstruction of the Free Market - OhmyNews International | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The severe economic crisis has neared meltdown with the only deciding factor left to determine the fate of the economy being the actual meltdown, or to have a massive drop in the stock market that brings on a depression. Technically speaking a meltdown follows such definition, however, for many people in the US, meltdown is clearly the case already, as they have watched their lives fall into serious insecurity from potential lack of employment, home-ownership, education and perhaps even food. The intervention or bailout is supposed to prevent a meltdown and is the right choice at this moment, but it may or may not work for the masses of people.
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Towards a Commons-Based Political Economy: Rethinking State, Market and Civil Society

Michel Bauwens, John Restakis and Kevin Flanagan The history of political and economic organization within capitalism has been the recurring fight over the balance of power between the state and the market, which has ended in a radical subordination of the state and the social good to private markets interests. But the alternative may no longer be a return to statism and a ‘strong state’ but rather a set of commons-centric alternatives based on the principles of co-operation and economic democracy

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