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The Sharing Economy and the Mystery of the Mystery of Inequality | Op-Eds & Columns

The Sharing Economy and the Mystery of the Mystery of Inequality | Op-Eds & Columns | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Last week I had a fascinating 3:00 A.M. cab ride from San Francisco airport to a hotel in downtown Oakland. My cab driver was an immigrant from Pakistan who was putting two kids through college. After working for years as a driver he managed to save enough money to buy his own cab, and more importantly to buy the medallion that gives him the right to operate a cab in San Francisco. The medallion cost $250,000. He is still paying $2,300 a month on the loan to get the medallion in an addition to annual fee to the city of $1,500.

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Southeast Asia's Sharing Economy Start-Ups May Produce The Next Airbnb or Uber

Southeast Asia's Sharing Economy Start-Ups May Produce The Next Airbnb or Uber | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Across Southeast Asia more people are warming up to the prospect of turning their personal items into unexpected sources of financial gain, propelling the rise of the ‘sharing economy’ in the region. A growing number of start-ups, too, are using this concept to launch new and promising businesses.

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Michel Bauwens 2: Conocimiento tradicional

Michel Bauwens habla sobre el conocimiento ancentral de las comunidades indígenes y los peligros a los que se enfrentan. Para ver todos los vídeos en esta serie y leer el artículo de David...
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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » In support of PODEMOS

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » In support of PODEMOS | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In the wake of the European elections, we want to celebrate the emergence of PODEMOS as a political alternative in Spain. With almost no resources, just 4 months after its foundation, PODEMOS has managed to garner impressive popular support, winning 8% of the vote and becoming the 3rd political force in 23 of the 40 main cities in the country. While the politics of austerity are turning Southern Europe into a desolate landscape, it is encouraging that more and more people are willing to rise up and fight for democracy, their social rights, and popular sovereignty. Even more so, it is deeply inspiring that they are willing to contest the mandates of the financial and political elites through new, radically democratic means.

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What Everyone Gets Wrong in the Debate Over Net Neutrality | Enterprise | WIRED

What Everyone Gets Wrong in the Debate Over Net Neutrality | Enterprise | WIRED | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, on the HBO comedy news show “Last Week Tonight,” host John Oliver went on a 13-minute rant against the new set of internet rules proposed by the FCC. He warned that the rules would lead to a world where internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon can sell special treatment to web companies like Google and Netflix, charging extra fees to deliver their online videos and other content at fast speeds, and he urged viewers to bombard the FCC website with protests, saying the rules would end up hurting smaller web outfits that can’t afford to pay the fees. The next day, the FCC site buckled under the traffic and went offline.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Video of the Day: Michel Bauwens’ Ouishare 2014 Hangout on the FLOK Society project

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Video of the Day: Michel Bauwens’ Ouishare 2014 Hangout on the FLOK Society project | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Here’s Michel Bauwens’ contribution to this years, Ouishare Fest: The Age of Communities Michel earnestly talks about the opportunities and challenges of the FLOK Society — Free, libre, open-knowledge society — a project founded by three government institutions in Ecuador, aiming to make a transition to an open-knowledge common society. To find out more, please read FLOK’s Transition Plan.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Economic Direct Democracy: A Framework to End Poverty and Maximize Well-Being

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Economic Direct Democracy: A Framework to End Poverty and Maximize Well-Being | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
With thanks to John C. Boik author of ‘Economic Direct Democracy: A Framework to End Poverty and Maximize Well-Being’ we are publishing here the foreword to the book by Lorenzo Fioramonti. The book is available for purchase and to share under a Creative Commons license from http://www.principledsocietiesproject.org .

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THE ABDUCTION OF EUROPE III: COMMONFARE

THE ABDUCTION OF EUROPE III: COMMONFARE | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In the first of these posts on The Abduction of Europe encounter in madrid we outlined the rationale for the event and why we think it is necessary for social movements to be thinking and acting at the European level. In the second, we described one of the workshops we participated in, looking at financialization and debt. In this post we look at the second workshop we participated in: ‘Commonfare’. This was a term that was introduced by the organizers of the workshop. It provoked the question of how the ‘commons’ might become the basis for new forms of ‘welfare’ – literally ‘to go well’ – at a time when neither (financial) capitalism nor the state are capable of providing for the material well-being of people. The workshop was an interesting mix because it brought together concrete examples of new forms of commons production, particularly in the areas of housing and healthcare in Greece, Spain and Italy, and more theoretical and speculative questions around the relationship between the commons and the state/public.


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Tens of thousands march in London against coalition's austerity measures

Tens of thousands march in London against coalition's austerity measures | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
An estimated 50,000 people in London addressed by speakers, including Russell Brand, after People's Assembly march
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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Owning and Owing – Why we need to change the nature of ownership

Goyder wrote: “it is worth pausing to consider for a moment the underlying meaning of the word ‘own’. If I own a house, that means I have a right to live in it or dispose of it. But the word used for possession from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century was not ‘own’ but ‘owe’. Before me as I write lies a manuscript copy of John Wycliffe’s New Testament. At the side of the page is written ‘John Shaw oweth this book.’ (Sir John Shaw was Lord Mayor of London in 1501.) Many similar illustrations could be given of the fact that ownership was originally ‘owership’.””


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▶ Caroline Lucas speaks at the People's Assembly 'Climate Crisis & Green jobs' - YouTube

Caroline Lucas, Green MP gives a rousing speech at the People's Assembly debate 'The climate change threat and one million climate jobs' 22nd June 2013
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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Elinor Ostrom, The Commons and Anti-Capitalism by Derek Wall

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Elinor Ostrom, The Commons and Anti-Capitalism by Derek Wall | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Ostrom’s main focus was examining how common pool resources could be managed. She explained that common pool resources included lakes and fisheries because they could not be easily divided into private property, meaning they had to be managed by some of form of collective agreement. Her work, and that of her husband Vincent Ostrom, started by looking at water tables around Los Angeles. Immortalised in the Roman Polanski film China Town, different users were in danger of taking too much water from the system. If too much water was taken, the water table would fall and salt water would be sucked in, destroying the system. The Ostroms found that water users formed associations and, despite difficult challenges, found ways of co-operating to preserve the system.

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The Sharing Economy and the Mystery of the Mystery of Inequality - Truth-Out

The Sharing Economy and the Mystery of the Mystery of Inequality - Truth-Out | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Last week I had a fascinating 3:00 AM cab ride from San Francisco airport to a hotel in downtown Oakland. My cab driver was an immigrant from Pakistan who was putting two kids through college. After working for years as a driver he managed to save enough money to buy his own cab, and more importantly to buy the medallion that gives him the right to operate a cab in San Francisco. The medallion cost $250,000. He is still paying $2,300 a month on the loan to get the medallion in an addition to annual fee to the city of $1,500.

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Michel Bauwens 1: ¿Qué es FLOKSociety?

Michel Bauwens habla del significado del proyecto FLOKSociety. Para ver todos los vídeos en esta serie y leer el artículo de David Bollier que les acompaña, visita este enlace: http://bit.ly/1jZ...
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Michel Bauwens 3: Sistemas de creación de valor

Michel Bauwens habla de los distintos sistemas de creación de valor y sobre el capitalismo netárquico que captura la totalidad del esfuerzo agregado de quien colaboran para el procomún....
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It’s time to put the power of sharing back into the sharing economy | openDemocracy

It’s time to put the power of sharing back into the sharing economy | openDemocracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In recent years, a new kind of economy based on the age-old practice of sharing has begun to flourish across North America and Europe. It’s also spreading in popularity throughout the Middle East and other regions. Human beings may have shared since time immemorial, but information technology and peer-to-peer networks have given rise to an innovative trend in modern societies - the sharing economy, which enables people to ‘share’ various goods and services with their peers in everything from cars and bikes to food, office space, spare rooms, even time and expertise.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Rediscovering Cornelius Castoriadis, thinker of autonomy and democracy

Here is a very interesting interview from a major thinker on human emancipation, Cornelius Castoriadis. The interview was conducted by documentary maker Chris Marker for a series of TV episodes in 1989. The language is french but with very clear subtitles in English.

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How to Fix Wikipedia’s Bureaucracy Problem: Ignore All the Rules

How to Fix Wikipedia’s Bureaucracy Problem: Ignore All the Rules | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“You cannot change your name to MadeUpNick. This name is already taken,” I bluntly explained to the user, who had filled out an application requesting a name change on Polish Wikipedia. Should I tell him or her that there is a separate procedure, allowing usurpation (taking over) of a name? Or maybe even correct his or her incorrectly filed request and resubmit it through this separate channel? Perhaps. But this was not my job. After all, I’m a bureaucrat—one of the highly trusted community elected functionaries on Wikipedia, allowed to change names of other users, as well as grant administrator rights (upon community’s approval). I just enforce the rules, not explain them.

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▶ Caroline Lucas at the launch of Unite Unions Peoples Assembly event - YouTube

Caroline Lucas joins a panel of activists and campaigners including Mark Steel to launch the People's Assembly event in June this year. 

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Tri-Centric Governance Model for the Food Commons - P2P Foundation

Tri-Centric Governance Model for the Food Commons - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Nowadays, in different parts of the world, numerous examples of local transitions towards sustainable food production and consumption are taking place . Based on Elinor Ostrom’s polycentric governance (Ostrom, 1990, 2009), food is being produced, consumed and distributed by agreements and initiatives formed by state institutions, private producers and companies, and self-organized groups under self-negotiated rules.

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Open Infrastructures for water management

We are witnessing the outstanding emergence of a new economic model, the collaborative commons, which some have already stated as the End of the Capitalist Era. One of the first analysts shedding light on the importance of these phenomena was Yochai Benkler in  his book The Wealth of Networks. Few years ago I had the honour of being part of the translator team of this book into Spanish within the @Commontrad  project. Leaded by professor Florencio Cabello, it consisted on translating this theoretical essay on the current economic production through collaborative practices by producing a book through a collaborative practice on PiratePad (rarely known tool at that time). Through this amazing experience, I immediately understood that common value generation is so efficient, democratic and socially valuable that would sooner or later supersede current economic model based on close standards and private property. In other words, this is a new reality that will prevail.

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Open-Source Everything Manifesto - P2P Foundation

Open-Source Everything Manifesto - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

'The Open-Source Everything Manifesto is a distillation of author, strategist, analyst, and reformer Robert David Steele life's work: the transition from top-down secret command and control to a world of bottom-up, consensual, collective decision-making as a means to solve the major crises facing our world today. The book is intended to be a catalyst for citizen dialog and deliberation, and for inspiring the continued evolution of a nation in which all citizens realize our shared aspiration of direct democracy—informed participatory democracy. Open-Source Everything is a cultural and philosophical concept that is essential to creating a prosperous world at peace, a world that works for one hundred percent of humanity. The future of intelligence is not secret, not federal, and not expensive. It is about transparency, truth, and trust among our local to global collective. Only "open" is scalable.

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Disconnect: what science knows versus what business does

Disconnect: what science knows versus what business does | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

On the weekend of June 14-15, 2014, Linda Ray and Tara Neven, co-founders and co-directors of neuresource group, headed down to Jupiters Hotel & Casino on the Gold Coast for the National Retailers Association (NRA) Conference. Both had important roles to fill –  Neven as the conference host and Ray as an ‘Insight’ speaker.

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