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Managing Change and Safeguarding Journalism - Huffington Post

Managing Change and Safeguarding Journalism - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

For four centuries the people who publish information have played a central role in the development of modern civilization, first and foremost through newspapers. Today the digital revolution is pushing them to the side. How can we manage this tumultuous change and save journalism?

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Distributed Manufacturing (2): the potential of the Multimachine

“When it comes to the “Homebrew” dream of an actual desktop factory, the most promising current development is the Fab Lab. The concept started with MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. The original version of the Fab Lab included CNC laser cutters and milling machines, and a 3-D printer, for a total cost of around $50,000.

 
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A new vision on the Provision of Housing

“Housing, like food and water, is a basic right. Providing housing also echoes the original meaning of economics: household management. Housing is also particularly relevant today because of its role in the economic crisis of 2007, which continues into the present. This crisis has been called a housing crisis and a financial crisis. In a sense it was both. Mortgage lenders used homebuyers’ loans to create financial commodities they could trade in financial markets. Trading financial packages became the business of mortgage brokers, not the financing of home ownership. From an economics of property, this makes sense. If you treat money as a commodity, you try to get the best return you can and you trade it as you would computers or livestock. If we take a civic economics of provision perspective, however, turning house mortgages into commodities totally overlooks the meaning or significance of a home. If we ask what housing provides, and how it fits in the systems in which it belongs, we find it has multiple dimensions. We can bring these to light by considering the different dimensions of a dwelling.

 
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3D Printing: The Greener Choice

3D Printing: The Greener Choice | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A new study shows it takes less energy to print many household items at home than to manufacture them en masse.
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How to Build a FabLab

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FabLabs are a global network of local labs, enabling invention by providing access to tools for digital fabrication. This is the definition of FabLab according to the Fab Charter, the manifesto that expresses the principles and values behind FabLabs. Started by accident by the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT, the FabLabs movement is now 10 years old and is continuously evolving, with the number of new labs doubling every year and half.

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David Harvey on the Tyranny of Exchange Value | David Bollier

David Harvey on the Tyranny of Exchange Value | David Bollier | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

David Harvey, the Marxist geographer, is working on a new book, The Seventeen Contradictions of Capitalism.  He has a illuminating interview on this theme in Red Pepper,  the UK political magazine.  Several of his exchanges with the interviewer deal with key concerns of commoners, including the importance of protecting use value over exchange value, and the need for cultivating a “postcapitalist imagination.” 

 
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Collective Intelligence | Social Media Today

Collective Intelligence | Social Media Today | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A new study has explored whether crowd intelligence works equally as well regardless of the difficulty of the task being attempted.
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Building an Ethical, Sustainable Economy for Artists & Creative Industries

Building an Ethical,  Sustainable Economy for Artists & Creative Industries | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A dedicated group of artists, creators, and stakeholders are forming a new and unprecedented coalition. This coalition will allow the people who create the content that powers the web — recording artists, songwriters, journalists, filmmakers, producers, photographers, visual artists, and performers — to join together and exercise their collective voice in shaping the future of their industries.

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3D Printing Technology Offers Little Girl a New Hand

3D Printing Technology Offers Little Girl a New Hand | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The technology of 3d printing makes it possible for a young girl to get a new hand. Kate Berkholz is a two-year-old from Huntsville who was born with Synbrachydactyly.
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Sign this petition to save Airbnb!

Sign this petition to save Airbnb! | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Thanks to a poorly written law originally designed to stop slumlords from running illegal hotels, the New York Attorney General's office is going after Airbnb hosts. Join me in telling New York State Senators: Legalize sharing!
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A fundamental shift – how technology is transforming industry - The Networked Society Blog

A fundamental shift – how technology is transforming industry - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In a remarkably short time the internet has changed our world. Its impact has been more pervasive than that of electricity. The digital revolution has often been called the 3rd industrial revolution following previous ones driven by steam and electricity. While these earlier shifts were about creating efficiency and improvements in how products were manufactured, the ICT revolution is about a transformation of what is being processed. It’s redefining critical business assets, creating new economic models and transforming business in the process.

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Can Open Source Manufacturing Save Humanity? - disinformation

Can Open Source Manufacturing Save Humanity? - disinformation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Open source manufacturing essentially lets you download hardware from the web -- free packages of coded instructions to make...well, just about anything.
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I have my doubts about Bitcoin - I, Cringely

I have my doubts about Bitcoin - I, Cringely | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

To hear Libertarians talk about it, the success of Bitcoin will free us forever from the IRS, Treasury Department, and the Federal Reserve. Bitcoin, as a currency without an associated bureaucracy, is immune to political meddling so no stupid government monetary programs that backfire or don’t work are possible. Bitcoin supposedly protects us from ourselves.

 

That’s fine as far as it goes, but the Bitcoin algorithm has left no place for compassion, either. Governments and treasuries in times of crisis sometimes make decisions that appear to go against the interests of the state . We saw many of those around 2008 — admittedly heroic measures taken primarily to fix dumb-ass mistakes. Bitcoin, for all its digital purity, makes such policies impossible to implement, taking away our policy safety net.

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Versace Versace's curator insight, October 21, 2013 9:35 AM

The Bitcoin currency is still very confusing to me.  The article states that it would be able to protect us from ourselves, but how exactly is that possible? The first paragraph explains that the Bitcoin has no associated bureaucracy, and that they would be immune to any government policies.  Yet, the second paragraph argues that it would take away any safety nets from policies.  So is the Bitcoin more or less safe for use as a currency?

 

-Sam Osisek

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Solutions to the Climate Crisis: Hidden in Plain Sight - Huffington Post

Solutions to the Climate Crisis: Hidden in Plain Sight - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

These new policy initiatives, innovations, social movements, and lifestyle shifts are rarely covered, but with all that's at stake, these responses deserve to be front-page news. We need this sort of reporting to seek out the many solutions, investigate which ones are working, and tell the stories through the media now available. Out of those many stories and many solutions, the answers can emerge. If these answers spread, are replicated, and inspire others, we have a shot at preserving a healthy planet and our own future.

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Kevin Carson's Response to John Michael Greer

John Michael Greer (“The Flight to the Ephemeral,” The Archdruid Report, Oct. 2) was kind enough to address an earlier post of mine on this blog a few weeks back (“When Ephemeralization is Hard to Tell From Catabolic Collapse,” P2P Foundation Blog, Sept. 19). Here are my responses, in no particular order of importance.

 

 

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The Homebrew Industrial Revolution, Chapter One

The original technological revolution of the late Middle Ages, the eotechnic, was associated with the skilled craftsmen of the free towns, and eventually incorporated the fruits of investigation by the early scientists.  It began with agricultural innovations like the horse collar, horseshoe and crop rotation.  It achieved great advances in the use of wood and glass, masonry, and paper (the latter including the printing press).  The agricultural advances of the early second millennium were further built on by the innovations of market gardeners in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries—like, for example,  raised bed horticulture, composting and intensive soil development, and the hotbeds and greenhouses made possible by advances in cheap production of glass.

 
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Google Explains Quantum Computing in One Simple Video

Google Explains Quantum Computing in One Simple Video | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Google posted a short video that explains some of the complex theories behind its quantum computing project.
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Fablabs, hackerspaces etc: financially viable spaces for hardware hacking and digital fabrication

Fablabs, hackerspaces etc: financially viable spaces for hardware hacking and digital fabrication | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Open hardware is increasingly important in our world. It enables things like rapid prototyping, desktop manufacturing, robotics for the masses and low cost bioreactors; Arduino boards can now be found everywhere from dolls and wearables to the Large Hadron Collider. A large, skillful, creative community has grown around these technologies. It calls its members "Makers". - See more at: http://edgeryders.eu/making-lote3/fablabs-hackerspaces-etc-financially-viable-spaces-for-hardware-hacking-and-digital#sthash.p1UUImhK.dpuf
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living on the edge in italy

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Explaining authors’ contribution to pivotal artifacts during mass collaboration in the Wikipedia’s knowledge base - Online First - Springer

Explaining authors’ contribution to pivotal artifacts during mass collaboration in the Wikipedia’s knowledge base - Online First - Springer | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This article discusses the relevance of large-scale mass collaboration for computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) research, adhering to a theoretical perspective that views collective knowledge both as substance and as participatory activity. In an empirical study using the German Wikipedia as a data source, we explored collective knowledge as manifested in the structure of artifacts that were created through the collaborative activity of authors with different levels of contribution experience.
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Wikipedia is free; this article  NOT :(

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The Age of Social Products - blogs.hbr.org (blog)

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We are moving from a world in which physical products are separate to one in which they are connected.  Computers were just the beginning.  Appliances and engines now send alerts when they need to be serviced.  Cameras upload their photos automatically.  Vending machines trigger their own restocking.  Crops feed and water themselves.

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The ‘sharing economy’ undermines workers’ rights - FT.com

The ‘sharing economy’ undermines workers’ rights - FT.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The “sharing economy” has many fans but Eric Schneiderman, New York State’s attorney-general, is not one of them.
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Collective Intelligence vs The Wisdom of Crowds - collaboration at work - Robertson Cooper

Collective Intelligence vs The Wisdom of Crowds - collaboration at work - Robertson Cooper | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

One of the hottest topics for leading thinkers on work and well-being is flexible and remote working. Five years ago it seemed like the future - organisations adopting new technologies to enable employees to work from home, on the commute, and not have a traditional space termed the office. The flexible working debate has changed in the past 12 months however, and the victory of new technologies for remote working is no longer the expected fait accompli that it has been. Suprisingly, the businesses leading the change of heart on the future of the workplace have been technology firms - with Yahoo, and most recently Hewlett Packard 'banning' their employees from home working. 

 
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Is connectivity making us more productive? - The Networked Society Blog

Is connectivity making us more productive? - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It wasn’t that long ago that the world I lived in had no smart phones, tablets or widespread broadband connectivity. In fact, looking back twenty years, I can clearly remember that the pace of life was much less hectic without the electronic devices that I cherish today. Or was it?

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WikiSpeed, Manufacturing in the Age of Open Collaboration

WikiSpeed, Manufacturing in the Age of Open Collaboration | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
WikiSpeed is a social enterprise applying cutting-edge collaboration techniques from the open-source software world, to solve problems for social good.
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