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thoughts on the development of peer-to-peer dynamics in the field of politics, economics and institutions
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smarterplanet:  Collaborative Platforms Empower...

smarterplanet:  Collaborative Platforms Empower... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Participatory online platforms and visual tools are lowering the barriers to participation and empowering citizens to design their communities. These crowd planning systems facilitate an open dialogue between city agencies and the people they serve, establishing a structured process for collaboration and encouraging a higher level of participation at the civic level. By seeking input throughout the development process, these crowd-planned systems help ensure greater transparency and buy-in that ultimately results in an end solution that meets the actual needs of the population.

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Towards a grand coalition for the commons | ECC 2013 – Communication Platform

Towards a grand coalition for the commons | ECC 2013 – Communication Platform | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I believe there is a historic opporunity to reconstruct a progressive majority around enabling the commons, which would be based on the following political and sociological complementarity between political forces and parties.

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Open source, cross-platform office suite Joeffice was created in just 30 days | PCWorld

Open source, cross-platform office suite Joeffice was created in just 30 days | PCWorld | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A freelance Java developer claims it took him only 30 days to build and launch a basic open source office suite that runs on multiple OSes.
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Open Innovation Creates New Opportunities in Fo...

Open Innovation Creates New Opportunities in Fo... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
As White Queen remarked in Lewis Carroll’s immortal story Through the Looking Glass, “…it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!
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“Ten Rules for Maker Businesses” by Wired’s Chris Anderson — Rule #1 « Ponoko – Blog

“Ten Rules for Maker Businesses” by Wired’s Chris Anderson — Rule #1 « Ponoko – Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

You would think this would go without saying, but one of the first mistakes Makers, well, make when they start to sell their product is not charging enough. It’s easy to see why, for all sorts of reasons.

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New Research Finds UK Consumers Earning and Saving £4.6 Billion Through the Sharing Economy | Sustainable Brands

New Research Finds UK Consumers Earning and Saving £4.6 Billion Through the Sharing Economy | Sustainable Brands | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
New research commissioned by The People Who Share shows that 65% of adults in the UK are already part of the sharing economy, and a further 28% would consider taking part, if they don’t already.
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Could the Bitcoin network be used as an ultrasecure notary service? - PCWorld

Could the Bitcoin network be used as an ultrasecure notary service? - PCWorld | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Bitcoin system uses a distributed computing network to transfer the virtual currency from computer to computer. Part of the system involves "miners," or computers that cryptographically verify those transactions, which are entered into a public ledger called the "blockchain."

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About Sharing Economy – Another Signal of Changing Matrix and ...

About Sharing Economy – Another Signal of Changing Matrix and ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

–by Rajesh Makwana, Original Story, May 21, 2013We are all painfully familiar with the plethora of statistics that illustrate how unsustainable modern lifestyles have become and how humanity is already consuming natural resources far faster than the planet can produce or renew them. In a bid to reverse these trends, increasing numbers of people are attempting to consume less, reduce waste and recycle more regularly.  The rapid growth of the sharing economy over recent years reflects this growing environmental awareness and commitment to changing unsustainable patterns of consumption. The possibilities for sharing are already endless in many parts of the world, in everything from cars and drills to skills and knowledge. The sharing economy is undeniably taking off - and rightly so.

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How Will Traditional Insurance Companies Respond to the Emerging Sharing ... - PR Web (press release)

The emerging trend in sharing personal assets – often referred to as collaborative consumption or the sharing economy – is highlighting the importance of an industry many consider old-fashioned in today’s high-tech world, according to a recent whitepaper released by Avarie Capital and Assured Research. Authors Paul Y. Mang and William M. Wilt argue that Property & Casualty insurance will be a critical part of moving the sharing economy into the mainstream.

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Nosh nations: The monetization of the sharing economy spreads to ...

Nosh nations: The monetization of the sharing economy spreads to ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The evolution of collaborative consumption continues, with several startups serving up different takes on monetizing shared meals in North America.
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Maker Faire Rome | Eddie Kirkby: let's build 30 FabLabs to change ...

Maker Faire Rome | Eddie Kirkby: let's build 30 FabLabs to change ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

There is a place where you can make (almost) anything. Actually, there are many places like this. One of such places is FabLab Manchester, launched in March 2010, based on the digital fabrication laboratories model (hence FabLab) conceived by Neil Gershenfeld at the MIT.

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GigaOM Joins Forces with Facebook and Open Compute Project for Hardware ... - PR Web (press release)

GigaOM is teaming up with Facebook to support the Open Compute Project’s second annual hardware hackathon on June 18. Winners will present their projects on stage to more than 500 technologists, journalists and investors at GigaOM’s Structure conference on June 19. Now in its sixth year, Structure is GigaOM’s flagship event focused on the future of cloud computing and internet infrastructure.

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How We Imagined the Internet Before the Internet Even Existed - Gizmodo

How We Imagined the Internet Before the Internet Even Existed - Gizmodo | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In a few years, men will be able to communicate more effectively through a machine than face to face. Sounds obvious today. But in 1968, a full year before ARPANET made its first connection? It was downright clairvoyant.

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Towards a Commons based development model | ECC 2013 – Communication Platform

Towards a Commons based development model | ECC 2013 – Communication Platform | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Before coming to issues of social justice and distribution of socially produced economic wealth (wealth measured in the traditional manner, in terms of GDP growth), there is an underlying and systemic problem, currently only partially hidden by the crisis, which affects the whole global north: the increase in overall economic wealth – albeit concentrated, polarized and not distributed – is matched by a general impoverishment of another kind. We are all becoming poorer in terms of relationships, poorer in time, poorer in “wellbeing” and quality of life, but also poorer in Commons and natural environment, that is, pauperized of the common basis of both life itself and all products/creations, be they material or non-material.

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Open source hardware 3D printer for pizza-on-demand

Open source hardware 3D printer for pizza-on-demand | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A mechanical engineer (awesomely) named Anjan Contractor has won a NASA grant to prototype a 3D printer for food -- specifically pizza.
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In China, Hacking Has Widespread Acceptance

In China, Hacking Has Widespread Acceptance | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Hacking in China thrives across official, corporate and criminal worlds and is openly discussed and promoted, whether for breaking into private networks, tracking dissent or stealing trade secrets.
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Lyft Off: Car Sharing Startup Raises $60 Million Led by Andreessen Horowitz | TIME.com

Lyft Off: Car Sharing Startup Raises $60 Million Led by Andreessen Horowitz | TIME.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Popular car-sharing startup Lyft has raised $60 million in a major new round of funding led by Andreessen Horowitz, the influential Silicon Valley venture capital firm started by Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen.
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Lyft team gets $60M more; now it must prove ride-sharing can go global

Lyft team gets $60M more; now it must prove ride-sharing can go global | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Ride-sharing startup Lyft has closed a $60 million funding round led by venture firm Andreessen Horowitz, the company announced on its blog. It also confirmed raising $15M in October of 2012. (Ride sharing #startups have been hot.
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BNotes, Time Dollars and Local Currencies:Remaking American ...

BNotes, Time Dollars and Local Currencies:Remaking American ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
More and more people see that the current financial system rewards those who hoard their money and invest in risky or damaging ventures such as derivatives and other forms of speculation and are asking: how do we opt out of Wall Street now?
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Help us build a dictionary on commons economics! | ECC 2013 – Communication Platform

Help us build a dictionary on commons economics! | ECC 2013 – Communication Platform | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

As part of the ongoing post-conference documentation and with the aim of sustaining a new týpe of commons-oriented “economics” (“ecommonics?), we started with a dictionary of common economics terms, which you can find here at:

 
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The Ups and Downs of the Bike Sharing Economy | Planetizen

The Ups and Downs of the Bike Sharing Economy | Planetizen | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
What makes Capital Bikeshare, the largest such program in the U.S. with nearly 2000 bikes, a success? What are its shortcomings? Mohana Ravindranath investigates.
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Is the sharing economy skidding out?

Is the sharing economy skidding out? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

May hasn’t gone so hot for some of the sharing economy’s most promising entrepreneurs. 2012 might have hinted of challenges to come, but so far 2013 has overdelivered. In the last two weeks, New York regulators and courts have essentially shut three of these companies down, at least temporarily.

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Two notions of liberty revisited - or how to disentangle Liberty and Slavery

Two notions of liberty revisited - or how to disentangle Liberty and Slavery | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"Freedom is the natural faculty to do whatever one wishes that is not prevented by force or law.
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Reworking Finance to Serve People and the Environment

Reworking Finance to Serve People and the Environment | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
FLORENCE, May 21 (IPS) - The wake of the global financial crisis, as many national governments in Europe cut back on services to citizens and used public money to rescue banks, taught many people a valuable lesson.
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The key to business success: have no staff - Real Business

The key to business success: have no staff - Real Business | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Ask a business owner 20 years ago how big their company was and, like the pharaohs, he or she would soon tell you how many people they employed. Full-time staff numbers denoted personal achievement and the business’s (and owner’s) social value.
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