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on peer-to-peer dynamics in the field of politics, economics and institutions
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It's Not That Bitcoin Can Be Regulated As Money: It's That Now Bitcoin Will Be Regulated As Money

It's Not That Bitcoin Can Be Regulated As Money: It's That Now Bitcoin Will Be Regulated As Money | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
I'm slightly amused by some of the reactions to the declaration by a Federal Court that Bitcoin is indeed analagous to money and thus comes under the laws and jurisdiction of the United States.
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Why Jeff Bezos Bought the Washington Post - New Yorker (blog)

Why Jeff Bezos Bought the Washington Post - New Yorker (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

There are fewer visionaries in the technology industry than the mythos of Silicon Valley would have one believe. But Jeff Bezos, the founder and C.E.O. of Amazon, and now, the owner of the Washington Post, is one of them. His purchase of the Post—and assorted other, smaller properties with it—for two hundred and fifty million dollars in cash was a shock to many. The traditional book-publishing industry sees his company as its enemy, and just last year, he said in an interview, “There is one thing I’m certain about: there won’t be printed newspapers in twenty years.” But buying one of the most venerable institutions of journalism in this country is not so astounding when set against the grander backdrop of Jeff Bezos’s ambitions.

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Panel on Future of World capitalism at Left Forum 2013

Panel on Future of World capitalism at Left Forum 2013 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This Panel, featuring authors from all four books in the 'Future of World Capitalism' book series, was a wide-ranging discussion on the current state of world capitalism. It was held during the Left Forum.
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BBC Radio 4 - Science, Right or Left

BBC Radio 4 - Science, Right or Left | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Ehsan Masood explores whether science is becoming politicised on controversial issues.
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Change My Worldview: Is Economics On the Verge of a Paradigm Shift? David Orrell's Economyths and the Perils of Financial Engineering

Change My Worldview: Is Economics On the Verge of a Paradigm Shift? David Orrell's Economyths and the Perils of Financial Engineering | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Is economics on the verge of a paradigm shift? This is the question raised by David Orrell’s excellent book Economyths, in which he dissects the flaws at the heart of neoclassical economics and argues not onlythat it is not fit for purpose, but that it is responsible for many of society’s current problems. As a book that sets out to ‘change your world view’ it really fits the theme of this blog. While I had an existing scepticismof the state of economics when I began reading it, the book has really opened my eyes to the breadth and depth of the problems, and did so in a rigorous but also highly readable way.

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Franz Nahrada: How do societies change?

Franz Nahrada: How do societies change? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Social change is interpreted as a set of more appropriate and ever more integrated alternative patterns, that may replace the obsolete ones. The full text draws on McLuhan and Christopher McLuhan and ends with examples of such patterns. It shows how the previous change from feudalism to capitalism cannot be understood by reference to a single structural change, but by the integration of many subpatterns.

 
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Finding the ancient lore of the early appropriate technology movement for the creation of a new Gaianomicon

Finding the ancient lore of the early appropriate technology movement for the creation of a new Gaianomicon | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Before we can set about creating an ecotechnic society, we must first spend several decades muddling through what Greer terms “scarcity industrialism,” in which we liquidate the second half of the planet’s oil endowment, the other remaining fossil fuels and other essential nonrenewable resources. This, in turn, will give way to a one-to-three-century “salvage society” phase, in which, having depleted these non-renewables, we scavenge the ruins of long-abandoned man-made structures for their iron, steel and other raw materials. Then, once scarcity industrialism and the salvage society have played themselves out, an ecotechnic society can slowly begin to take root. In short, to quote Greer, “[t]hose who try to plan an ecotechnic society today are in the position of a hapless engineer tasked in 1947 with drafting a plan to produce software for computers that did not exist yet.” One of the many things that you come to admire about Greer is his knack for drawing apt analogies.

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The U.S. military and their command of the commons

The U.S. military and their command of the commons | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“A few days ago I received notice of a New America Foundation (NAF) hosted conference in Washington, D.C. called “Beyond Primacy: Rethinking American Grand Strategy and the Command of the Commons.” At the conference NAF released a formal report on the subject: Whither Command of the Commons? Choosing Security Over Control.


 

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#GlobalP2P, The Wind that Shook the Net

#GlobalP2P, The Wind that Shook the Net | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Collaboration, networking, transversality, openness, free licenses, remixing, transnationality. On March 20, the hashtag #GlobalP2P suddenly vaulted up among Twitter’s most globally used. One detail: it had never before been a TT(Trending Topic) in any country. Afterwards, it took place as the most watched among many. #GlobalP2P was a choral cry. #GlobalP2P was an insistent echo raising the visibility of the P2P Foundation ‘s Wikisprint event (a mapping of experiences happening around the commons and peer-to-peer) taking place that day in Latin America and Southern Europe. The explosion of #GlobalP2P as a global trend was no accident. There was strategy behind it. The hashtag #P2PWikisprint had had a few weeks to gear up. It came about in a decentralized way, hence its big leap to the global TT. Above all, there was a very intensive process already in place, common among hundreds of groups, networks, activists, foundations, thinkers, universities … and even some governments, both local and supranational.

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MailPile secure email for the masses

MailPile secure email for the masses | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Our friends in Iceland have launched an amibitious crowdfunding campaign to support the full time development of MailPile a secure email platform for the masses. By creating a secure, open source & free software email alternative Mailpile aims to take email back from corporations & large silo companies like Gmail & Hotmail.

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P2P Tactics: War of Position and War of Maneuver?

P2P Tactics: War of Position and War of Maneuver? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Politics isn’t, first and foremost, a matter of making allegations and raising awareness; there is no one straw that breaks the camel’s back, and what’s bad can be tolerated indefinitely. Instead, it is a sort of shedding of the skin, by which we become sensitive to this or allergic to that. Nor has it much to do with convincing (discourse), or seducing (marketing), but rather with opening all sorts of spaces to experience another way of living, another definition of reality, another vision of the world. In the struggle for hegemony, the skin – yours, mine, everyone’s – is the battlefield.

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Rethinking agriculture with Charles Fourier

Rethinking agriculture with Charles Fourier | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Charles Fourier has been disdained or ignored by political scientists, even by theorists. Some of his ideas were “mad,” but so many others were brilliant. Now we can see that even some “mad” ideas were simply premature, e.g., global warming. His works are a “whole earth catalog” of solutions to today’s most intractable problems, such as agricultural labor in a democracy, environmental degradation, consumerism, loneliness, the decline of the family, the gradual disappearance of nutritious meals (and shared mealtimes), eldercare, boredom at work, unemployment, and the fragmentation of communities by “identity” politics.

 

 

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Rachel Botsman: wired to share - Green Villages Sydney

Rachel Botsman: wired to share - Green Villages Sydney | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This month we were lucky enough to chat to the indelible Rachel Botsman. Rachel coined the phrase ‘collaborative consumption’ and wrote a hugely influential book about it, What’s Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption. If you’re new to the concept, collaborative consumption is a powerful cultural and economic force that’s re-inventing what we consume, and how we consume it. It’s a move away from hyper-consumption to a notion of sharing resources; as a result, we’re buying less stuff and making meaningful connections that are strengthening our communities in the process. We asked Rachel to tell us more.

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India's geek cultural revolution

India's geek cultural revolution | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs are redefining India's high-pressure, deadline-oriented career and marriage track. (Social norms a hindrance to an Indian Silicon Valley?
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Organized Civil Society, Participatory Institutions and the June ...

The experiments in participatory democracy were for the most part spearheaded by the Workers´ Party and were one of the reasons that social movements broadly supported that party's efforts to reach government office.
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Is Airbnb The Next eBay, Uber The Next Amazon? - Forbes

Is Airbnb The Next eBay, Uber The Next Amazon? - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


While these changes could be years away–Airbnb and Uber declined to comment–it's an interesting theory about the future of ecommerce, and commerce generally.

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Stigmergic epistemology, stigmergic cognition

Stigmergic epistemology, stigmergic cognition | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

To know is to cognize, to cognize is to be a culturally bounded, rationality-bounded and environmentally located agent. Knowledge and cognition are thus dual aspects of human sociality. If social epistemology has the formation, acquisition, mediation, transmission and dissemination of knowledge in complex communities of knowers as its subject matter, then its third party character is essentially stigmergic. In its most generic formulation, stigmergy is the phenomenon of indirect communication mediated by modifications of the environment. Extending this notion one might conceive of stigmergy as the extra-cranial analog of artificial neural networks or the extended mind. With its emphasis on coordination, it acts as the binding agent for the epistemic and the cognitive. Coordination is, as David Kirsh (2006, p. 250) puts it, “the glue of distributed cognition”. This paper, therefore, recommends a stigmergic framework for social epistemology to account for the supposed tension between individual action, wants and beliefs and the social corpora: paradoxes associated with complexity and unintended consequences. A corollary to stigmergic epistemology is stigmergic cognition, again running on the idea that modifiable environmental considerations need to be factored into cognitive abilities. In this sense, we take the extended mind thesis to be essentially stigmergic in character.

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Turning homes into hotels: the story of Airbnb - Video on NBCNews.com

Turning homes into hotels: the story of Airbnb - Video on NBCNews.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Video on msnbc.com: Co-founder and CEO of Airbnb Brian Chesky talks about his growing company – a marketplace for accommodations all over the world. (The Sharing Economy.
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Culture Hacking | From Stoneage to Agile

Culture Hacking | From Stoneage to Agile | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Culture, like language, is an adaptive self-organizing complex system. Metaphorically, it is the operating system of an organization which cannot be changed by simply applying “best practices” or “new rules”. Ideas are agents within the cultural system. A culture hacker uses observation and empathy to sense cracks within the cultural system.

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MIT's Thomas Malone on Collective Intelligence ...

MIT's Thomas Malone on Collective Intelligence ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Thomas Malone, director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, is one of the leading thinkers in the realm of anticipating how new technologies will transform the way work is done and leaders lead.
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Physician Payment: Forget Carrots And Sticks, It's Motivation - Health Affairs (blog)

Physician Payment: Forget Carrots And Sticks, It's Motivation - Health Affairs (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

All professionals need to be paid for their work, and money is the mechanism to do that in all but a barter economy. However, payment reform must avoid one key pitfall if it has any chance to succeed: We must not try to replace motivation with an artificial charge. This will be challenging for many in the industry. Hospitals and health systems still use RVUs as the primary form of calculating total compensation, much like private sector companies put salespeople on commission. That must change. Health plans and Medicare continue to overwhelmingly use fee for service, much like farmers get paid by the bushel or the cattle head. And that must change.

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Sustainable Consumption: Commercial Tensions in the Way - ThePoultrySite.com

Sustainable Consumption: Commercial Tensions in the Way - ThePoultrySite.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


The group has called for the government to take a stronger role in steering the sector towards a sustainable future in both consumption and production.

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Insurance in the Sharing Economy | Outside the Box by Spacefinity

Peer to peer commerce opens up new categories when it comes to insurance policies and coverage. Find out how the insurance market is dealing with this new kind of sharing economy.
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Why Home-Cooking From Total Strangers May Be the Future of Food

Why Home-Cooking From Total Strangers May Be the Future of Food | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The sharing economy moves into a new niche: dinner. Will queasy eaters and regulators buy in? (.@mealku makes sharing home cooking possible - love it.
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'Sharing economy' moves mainstream

'Sharing economy' moves mainstream | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

What's often known as the "sharing economy" -- represented by startups like Airbnb, Sidecar and TaskRabbit that match buyers with goods and services ranging from rooms to rides to running errands -- has long operated on the margins of legitimacy.

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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation