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Fab Lab Improvements - UTA The Shorthorn

Fab Lab Improvements - UTA The Shorthorn | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
3D printers were already available for students on the first floor of the central library in the FAB lab.
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Commoners in Transition: Sustainable Economies Law Center | P2P Foundation

Commoners in Transition: Sustainable Economies Law Center | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Chris: To me, a commons transition speaks to the process of communities progressively controlling and self-governing more and more of their collective resources, by and for themselves and future generations. The “transition” implies that we are moving from one system of organizing society – in this case, global capitalism – to a wholly distinct socio-ecological paradigm rooted in age-old practices referred to as “the commons.” What’s particularly interesting about this transition is that, in many ways, it’s a return to principles of managing our homes that evolved over millennia before the onslaught of industrial capitalism. Our contemporary context is obviously much different from the indigenous and peasant cultures that sustained commons-based societies for thousands of years, but we have much to learn from them in how to undertake this transition.
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Utility 3.0: How to Democratize Energy in the U.S.

Utility 3.0: How to Democratize Energy in the U.S. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Among those concerned with the United States' energy future—including, increasingly, the utility companies themselves—the business model known as "Utility 2.0" appears as a beacon of hope. Utility 2.0 addresses the concerns of both energy watchdogs and conventional electricity utilities by offering the latter financial incentives to adopt greener, more flexible infrastructure. But while this new paradigm presents solutions to many of the problems associated with centralized, fossil fuel-reliant power grids, some argue that it does not go far enough. In a December 2014 report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, John Farrell makes the case for a more radical shift, which he calls "Utility 3.0" or "energy democracy." By relocating control and ownership from the utilities to their customers, Farrell argues, Utility 3.0 allows communities to take advantage of the economic as well as the environmental benefits of the shift to clean energy.

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The Three Biggest Solar Charts of 2014

The Three Biggest Solar Charts of 2014 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The rise of solar power allows a further democratizing of the electricity system, and these charts illustrate how 2014 was a banner year for solar, but particularly distributed solar power. Apologies for the re-post of these charts, but I wanted to do a year-in-review approach to these solar charts. First, the following chart shows that 2014…
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“Stop, Thief!” Peter Linebaugh's New Book about the Commons

“Stop, Thief!” Peter Linebaugh's New Book about the Commons | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Article cross-posted from Bollier.org. It is always refreshing to read Peter Linebaugh’s writings on the commons because he brings such rich historical perspectives to bear, revealing the commons as both strangely alien and utterly familiar. With the added kick that the commoning he describes actually happened, Linebaugh’s journeys into the commons leave readers outraged at enclosures of long ago and inspired to protect today's endangered commons.
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John Hagel: we need new institutions appropriate to our age | P2P Foundation

John Hagel: we need new institutions appropriate to our age | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

New technologies allow us to leverage our individual capabilities so that even small moves, smartly made, have the power to set very big things in motion. To get to the next level of our techonomic potential, we must create institutions worthy of the technologies changing our world.

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Standardizing The “Sharing Economy” / Unmine

Standardizing The “Sharing Economy” / Unmine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

On December 11, 2014, I invited several leading Sharing Economy companies including TaskRabbit, Feastly, leaders from academia, and equity research to standardize aspects of the Sharing Economy movement. The Sharing Economy has been rapidly growing for the past 5 years, increasing from a mere dozen companies to approximately 10,000 companies worldwide.

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There’s now a clubhouse for Uber, Lyft, Sidecar drivers

There’s now a clubhouse for Uber, Lyft, Sidecar drivers | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Thousands of San Franciscans drive for hire through Lyft, Uber, Sidecar, Postmates, Flywheel, Sprig, Wingz and a host of other on-demand services. A new driver clubhouse called Groove aims to be their pit stop, offering a lounge South of Market where drivers can take breaks, get free coffee, use Wi-Fi and visit the restroom 24/7, as well as buy food-truck fusion cuisine from the likes of Bacon Bacon, Firetrail Pizza, Lil Burma and Dusty Buns. [...] more importantly, Groove hopes to help foster
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Cuban Remix (SSIR)

Cuban Remix (SSIR) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In measured but far-reaching ways, a state-controlled economy is opening a space for socially responsible enterprise.
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Is Amazon Building A New Crowdfunding Platform for Inventors and Investors?

Is Amazon Building A New Crowdfunding Platform for Inventors and Investors? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Over the last few months, Amazon has been hiring for a new endeavor with the goal of creating the “best end-to-end platform for startups” In what appears to be the next step in becoming a one-stop-shop for everything, the company is developing an inventor platform aimed at supporting inventors and selling their products. In one job description, Amazon promotes the new position as a “new platform with investors.”

Also read: What Edward Snowden Has To Say About Amazon
Amazon Takes on Crowdfunding
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Co-operative Commonwealth: De-commodifying Land and Money Part 1 | Commons Transition

Co-operative Commonwealth: De-commodifying Land and Money Part 1 | Commons Transition | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Today we present the first of 3 parts from Co-operative Commonwealth: De-commodifying Land and Money a paper prepared by Pat Conaty for the 13th International Karl Polanyi Conference at Concordia University, Montreal on 6-8 November 2014. Pat is research associate of Co-operatives UK, a Fellow of New Economics Foundation and author with Mike Lewis of The Resilience Imperative Cooperative Transition to a Steady State Economy


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College Network Transforming Science Gains Momentum - Campus Technology

College Network Transforming Science Gains Momentum - Campus Technology | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Work is moving forward on a "smart science network" intended to transform how science is taught and learned.
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The Promise of “Open Co-operativism” | David Bollier

The Promise of “Open Co-operativism” | David Bollier | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

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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A shift in education: Teachers who create content, not consume - opensource.com

A shift in education: Teachers who create content, not consume - opensource.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Stephen O’Connor is a fifth grade public school teacher at Wells Central School.
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Essay of the Day: The Role of Technology in the Circular Economy | P2P Foundation

Essay of the Day: The Role of Technology in the Circular Economy | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Several discourses on environment and sustainability are characterised by a strong confidence in the potential of technology to address, if not solve, the ecological impacts resulting from physically expanding systems of production and consumption.

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New Report: Beyond Utility 2.0 to Energy Democracy

New Report: Beyond Utility 2.0 to Energy Democracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Exciting changes are on the horizon for our century-old utility structure as solar power, energy storage, and electric vehicles open new avenues for utility customers to produce their own power and control their energy use. Utilities are scrambling to remain relevant in this technological firestorm, and energy wonks are envisioning a new business model – Utility 2.0 – that keeps utilities afloat as their customers “cut the cord.”

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Why Not Competing is the Best Way for Cities to Compete

Why Not Competing is the Best Way for Cities to Compete | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The uniqueness of a place matters. It's an argument that resonates with many of us on an intuitive level, and that countless architects, planners, and sociologists have staked their careers on. ULI senior resident fellow Ed McMahon recently made the case for place in a TEDx talk in Jacksonville, Florida. Physical distinction counts, he argues—not just culturally, but in dollars and cents. "In a world where capital is footloose, if you can't differentiate from any other place, you'll have no competitive advantage," says McMahon.
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CAPS Infoday Barcelona | IGOPnet

CAPS Infoday Barcelona | IGOPnet | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Infoday will provide participants with  an overview of the upcoming CAPS Call under Horizon 2020. The event  will also feature panel discussions, pitches and informal networking as  well as an introduction to the CAPS2015 event. The goal is  to help you refining your ideas for research and pilot projects in this  new emerging area, so to come up with even better, if perhaps fewer,  inclusive and scalable ideas. The event will also be an occasion to  discuss with you the plans for the next calls in this area. 
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Quantifying the Value of Open Source Hardware Development - P2P Foundation

Quantifying the Value of Open Source Hardware Development - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

With the maturation of digital manufacturing technologies like 3-D printing, a new paradigm is emerging of distributed manufacturing in both scientific equipment and consumer goods. Hardware released under free licenses is known as free and open source hardware (FOSH). The availability of these FOSH designs has a large value to those with access to digital manufacturing methods and particularly for scientists with needs for highly-customized low-volume production products. 

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Arts meet Data: at transmediale in Berlin for a workshop on the Ubiquitous Commons and an installation on Data and Privacy

Arts meet Data: at transmediale in Berlin for a workshop on the Ubiquitous Commons and an installation on Data and Privacy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Join us at the transmediale festival in Berlin from Jan. 28th to Feb. 1st, in Berlin, at the HKW to experience Stakhanov and a workshop on the Ubiquitous Commons. In the Ubiquitous Commons workshop...
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Toni Negri: from the refusal of labor to the seizure of power | ROAR Magazine

Toni Negri: from the refusal of labor to the seizure of power | ROAR Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Editor’s Note: A few months ago, ROAR attended the annual Euronomade gathering in Passignano, which brought together dozens of activists and thinkers in the Italian post-workerist tradition. This year, Euronomade invited the Marxist geographer David Harvey to participate in the event alongside a number of other guests, including Michael Hardt and Srećko Horvat.
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Is the co-op the future of housing affordability?

Is the co-op the future of housing affordability? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In America we have an escalating crisis of housing affordability — yet we are overlooking one of the best and most basic solutions.
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World's first 3D-printed apartment building constructed in China - CNET

World's first 3D-printed apartment building constructed in China - CNET | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A Chinese company has successfully 3D printed a five-storey apartment building and a 1,100 square metre villa from a special print material.
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Harvard & MIT Workshops To Probe Cryptoledger Technology - CryptoCoinsNews

A group from Harvard and MIT with support from the digital asset nonprofit DATA and the collaborative crowdfunding platform Swarmhas organized two collaborative workshops on policy issues around cryptoledger technologies.


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Predictions About The Last Decade, From Futurists In 2005 - Co.Exist

Predictions About The Last Decade, From Futurists In 2005 - Co.Exist | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
To find out how wrong we are about what it will look like in 10 years, let's look back at how wrong we were 10 years ago.
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