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Franchise redux: The professionalization of the sharing economy has deep implications

Franchise redux: The professionalization of the sharing economy has deep implications | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It has been an eventful two weeks for the sharing economy. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Airbnb are battling in the courts of law and public opinion. The New York Times delivered a day-in-the-life of a prototypical Airbnb host. Even The Economist weighed in with an op-ed calling for less regulation on these businesses.

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Why Peer Production Thrives in the Field of Theater Arts | On the Commons

Why Peer Production Thrives in the Field of Theater Arts | On the Commons | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

What happens when you apply the tools of the sharing economy to the mission of an enterprising arts organization? Four American theater enthusiasts create a community of four hundred that quickly explodes into four thousand and, together, amass a new bank of resources available to all. This is the story of HowlRound, a center for the theater commons where artists and theater makers promote best practices, share dissonant opinions, and engage in dialogue “with the hope of ensuring a vibrant future” for the field of theater arts.



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The Sharing Economy Needs to Start Sharing Its Data Too | Business | WIRED

The Sharing Economy Needs to Start Sharing Its Data Too | Business | WIRED | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
As the sharing economy spreads across so many other markets -- from car rides to house cleaning -- Airbnb could take things even further. You can imagine that all of Airbnb's data might be of use to other sharing-economy companies.
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It's madness to 'privatise' Marx – thanks to Piketty he's back in vogue

It's madness to 'privatise' Marx – thanks to Piketty he's back in vogue | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Lucia Pradella: Austerity and the financial crisis mean economics is in the news, so why is a publisher taking Marx and Engels offline?
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Forget Banks: If Bitcoin Is Going To Change The World, Then This Is The Real Competition

Forget Banks: If Bitcoin Is Going To Change The World, Then This Is The Real Competition | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
There's already a technology that's radically changed the financial system in emerging markets.
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▶ Define the Commons - David Bollier, USA - YouTube

A definition of the "Commons" proposed by David Bollier, a member of the Commons Strategies Group (CSG), taken from an interview conducted by Alain Ambrosi, at the Economics and the Commons Conference  which took place in Berlin from 22 to 24 May 2013.

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Phyles and the new communalism

Phyles and the new communalism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

At the beginning of the nineteenth century, most people identified only with the real communities they were part of. An average European saw scarcely a hundred different faces in their whole life. The small, local, real community, with its barely-monetized agrarian economy, gave each person an identity that allowed him/her to understand who was who in the social system, and what role each one was playing in the production of everyone’s well-being. This is still the dominant identity in a good part of the rural world in developing countries.

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Jeremy Rifkin: Are We Moving from a Capitalist to a Collaborative Economy? (04/09/2014) - YouTube

Economist and New York Times best-selling author Jeremy Rifkin will be here to discuss his provocative new book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society, in which he describes how the emerging "Internet of Things" is transforming us into an era of nearly free goods and services and no longer subject to market forces. Rifkin, who is known globally for his work observing the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, society and the environment, theorizes that while capitalism will always be an intrinsic part of our economy, it will lose its position as the dominant economic paradigm later in the century.

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Magnetic Robots Move Amazingly Fast - iProgrammer

Magnetic Robots Move Amazingly Fast - iProgrammer | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

You may have seen swarms of robots in action before but this is something new. SRI has an army of tiny insect sized robots that zip about at high speed. Is this the future of micro manufacturing? See the video.

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Jeremy Rifkin on Europe's Uncertain Future: American Capitalism vs. European Social Markets - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Jeremy Rifkin on Europe's Uncertain Future: American Capitalism vs. European Social Markets - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The debate in Europe over whether to adopt the American free-market capitalist system or to preserve the lavish social net that exists in countries like Germany and France is the wrong one.
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Recursions: a new book series in media & cultural theory

Recursions: a new book series in media & cultural theory | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“We are proud to announce the launch of a new book series titled Recursions: Theories of Media, Materiality and Cultural Techniques. Placed with Amsterdam University Press, a publisher known for its strong track-record in film and media studies, the series will publish fresh, exciting and important books in media theory.”


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Heathwood Press » A political philosophy for the commons – The Janus dilemma…

Heathwood Press » A political philosophy for the commons – The Janus dilemma… | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

With her research on the governance of the commons, that landed her the Nobel Price of Economy in 2009, Elinor Ostrom reversed Garrett Hardin’s Tragedy of the commons curse, which formed the basic argumentation for the privatization and monetization of public or public domain goods and services.

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13 Bedroom House by Naruse Inokuma Architects Puts a Fresh Spin on the Sharing Economy

13 Bedroom House by Naruse Inokuma Architects Puts a Fresh Spin on the Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Share House LT Josai by Naruse Inokuma Architects is a bright and airy shared home that not only makes use of every inch of space, but also offers plenty of unique ways to interact with your fellow housemates.
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How To Make A Working Cell Phone Out Of Cardboard

How To Make A Working Cell Phone Out Of Cardboard | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
With $200 in parts and some soldering skill, anyone can build what may be the world's first DIY cell phone.
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Internet Of Things: What's Holding Us Back - InformationWeek

Internet Of Things: What's Holding Us Back - InformationWeek | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

To see the problems in building the so-called Internet of Things, look at the trackside switches in what the railroad industry calls "dark territory." These switches are important -- if one is in the wrong position, a train could go off on a sidetrack spur at normal track speed and derail. But these areas are called dark territory because they're lightly used stretches of track in remote areas, where there are no automated signals, and probably no power lines and cellular links. Train operators must visually check that each switch is in the right position.

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Such Dogecoin. Much Validity. How one altcoin may have turned into ... - GigaOM

Josh Wise, the car’s driver, qualified for the Aaron’s 499 race in Talladega but needed the money for the sponsorship. The Dogecoin community reached out to Wise and raised more than $55,000 to pay for the doge-wrapped car. Like many people, Wise had never heard of the cryptocurrency — instead, the Doge community found him.

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Don’t Trust Bitcoin Startups That Centralize Everything | TechCrunch

Don’t Trust Bitcoin Startups That Centralize Everything | TechCrunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Peter Smith of Blockchain.info and Susan Athey of Stanford University took the stage atDisrupt NY to update everyone on the state of bitcoin. In the last few months, Mt.Gox collapsed, bitcoin has lost half of its value. Can bitcoin survive following the current reality check?

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Helene Finidori on FLOK Society and the Commons

Helene Finidori on FLOK Society and the Commons | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We are looking at large scale systemic change here that can set a precedent and revolutionise economic and social policy. Whichever the outcome of the political process in Ecuador, the FLOK Society project will provide the building blocks for other places in the world to develop autonomy and resilience while getting rid of enclosures as well as extractive and dependence-generating practices, whereever they may originate from.

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Occupy the Internet - Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

How come Facebook is free of charge yet Mark Zuckerberg is a billionaire? Google is also free of charge, yet its 2013 revenue was put at over $59bn. Do users know how those appealing, free services have become top ten global multinationals, and how do we finally pay for our consumption?

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Micro-Factories for Smart Manufacturing | SRI International

Micro-Factories for Smart Manufacturing | SRI International | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
SRI is developing new technology to reliably control thousands of micro-robots for smart manufacturing of macro-scale products in compact, integrated systems.
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After Technology Destroys Capitalism - TechCrunch

After Technology Destroys Capitalism - TechCrunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Consider all the furious attention paid to economic inequality of late, courtesy of Thomas Piketty and Capital in the 21st Century. He argues that increasing inequality is an inevitable outcome of laissez-faire capitalism, and proposes we fix this with a global wealth tax.

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Global transitions, Fab Labs and Fab Cities: interview with Tomas Diez

Global transitions, Fab Labs and Fab Cities: interview with Tomas Diez | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Incredibly enough, given the incredible amount of work he’s doing to prepare the next edition of the International Fablabs Conference, the FAB 10 that will happen soon in Barcelona, we had the chance to host this beautiful interview of Tomas Diez, leader of Barcelona Fablab and one of the most knowledgeable person on earth about this Fablab thing everyone is talking about. This interview is so deep an eye opening that you really shouldn’t miss. Sit down, take 10 minutes and take a look into the future of cities.
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lifePOD: The Backyard Grocery Store

lifePOD: The Backyard Grocery Store | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
LifePOD is a self-contained, year-round, all-natural grocery store in your backyard that provides fresh, local, organic food to families and communities, alike. This campaign is to help build the first lifePOD in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
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Economic Game-Change: From Ownership To Access - Forbes

We live in an exceptional moment in history. Gigantic changes are under way in society. Everything we do is being re-invented—how we live, how we work, how we play, how we communicate, even how we think and how we feel.

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Eli Levine's curator insight, May 3, 2014 7:46 PM

While I'm not as optimistic about all the changes that this article describes, I honestly think that it's an interesting paradigm shift to think in terms of increasing access rather than increasing ownership.

 

I'd still like to know what role profit plays in all of this and how it is distributed within the companies.  After all, the best way to increase access is to pay people decently, so they can afford goods and services.  There's only so much that a person can have in this lifetime, let alone, only so much they need to really be happy.

 

Will be keeping an eye on this phenomenon as it develops.

 

Think about it.

Jason Brunson's curator insight, May 4, 2014 10:33 PM

Our economy is changing at a rapid pace, something new is emerging but what it is, is still anyone's guess.