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The Future of Work: Handheld devices are game changers - USA TODAY

LOS ANGELES — Smartphones and portable computers are doing more than replacing desktop PCs as the primary way U.S. workers go online.

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This Message Has The Power To Change The World

This Message Has The Power To Change The World | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
I had to clap at the end. It’s when I see things like this that I get reminded these are amazing times to be alive.
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The University of Louisville and GE Team Up For 'Cutting Edge' Micro-Factory

The University of Louisville and GE Team Up For 'Cutting Edge' Micro-Factory | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A collaboration between the University of Louisville and General Electric announced this week will create a new paradigm of manufacturing, said the dean of UofL's Speed School of Engineering.

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Why Crowdsourcing Is the Answer to Business-Software Reviews - Entrepreneur

Why Crowdsourcing Is the Answer to Business-Software Reviews - Entrepreneur | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


By going to the people using the software, business-software rating sites provide a democratic, open and statistically significant evaluation.

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We Need Smart Data | SmartData Collective

We Need Smart Data | SmartData Collective | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The interactive portion of this episode directs your attention towards two thought-provoking discussions taking place on LinkedIn. The first conversation was instigated by the question “Why do BI implementations fail?
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▶ Berkman Classics: Yochai Benkler's iLaw Course - YouTube

Yochai Benkler's dynamic course on the web and law from 2004. Yochai Benkler at Freedom To Connect 2007 on economic changes wrought by technology. 

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New Book Inspires Us to Think Like A Commoner

New Book Inspires Us to Think Like A Commoner | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

David Bollier, an award-winning policy strategist and international activist, is out with a new book that explains the rich history and promising future of the commons, “an ageless paradigm of cooperation and fairness that is re-making our world.” Unlike Bollier’s previous five books, Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons explores the commons in layman’s terms, making it the ideal introduction for anyone wishing to learn more about what Bollier calls our “shared inheritance.”

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Debt-Free Money v Money-as-Debt

Debt-Free Money v Money-as-Debt | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A debt-free money system as an alternative to a debt-based money system (money-as-debt) may seem too good to be true, but there are now practical examples of debt-free money systems that have been implemented by communities around the world. Debt-free money is important because economies are suffocating in a growing mountain of debt. 

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Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds' | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
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Norma R. Burnson's curator insight, January 7, 6:52 AM

Sustainable Food for the Globe.  Bees and Seeds.  Although this article is full of positive information about free exchange of seeds, the paragrah I am quoting just gives me the chills.  ..."John Shoenecker, director of intellectual property for the seed company HM Clause and the incoming president of the American Seed Trade Association, says his company may avoid using open source seed to breed new commercial varieties "because then we'd ... have limited potential to recoup the investment." That's because the offspring of open source seeds would have to be shared as well, and any other seed company could immediately sell the same variety."  - Think about it. +++++    



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Novel Open Source Seed Pledge aims to keep new vegetable and grain varieties free for all

Novel Open Source Seed Pledge aims to keep new vegetable and grain varieties free for all | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Jack Kloppenburg (left), professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, Irwin Goldman (center), chair of the Department of Horticulture, and Claire Luby (right), graduate student in the UW’s Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics program, fill envelopes with non-patented seeds in the Horticulture office in Moore Hall.

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Creating a Sustainable and Desirable Future - P2P Foundation

Creating a Sustainable and Desirable Future - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

* Book: Robert Costanza and Ida Kubiszewski. Creating a Sustainable and Desirable Future: Insights from 45 Global Thought Leaders. World Scientific, 2014


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Don't Underestimate Big Data - Forbes

Don't Underestimate Big Data - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The techniques of big data have been criticized recently in a post by Tim Harfordamong others. It’s quite easy to imagine the potential here has been exaggerated, and a core point about the importance of theory in a lot of empiricism is undeniable. But I think there is some overreach in the criticisms, and in particular one of the failure examples Tim gives shows the opposite of what he claims. He points to a flu forecast bygoogle GOOG -3.66% that failed:

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How 3D is changing the shape of lessons

How 3D is changing the shape of lessons | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Students are making their own future using 3D printers, and a girl from Manchester is one of the pioneers.
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GE Appliances ‘Micro-Factory’ to Open on Univ. of Louisville Campus | Shop Operations content from American Machinist

GE Appliances ‘Micro-Factory’ to Open on Univ. of Louisville Campus | Shop Operations content from American Machinist | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
General Electric plans to build its first “micro-factory” in Louisville, Ky., to express new technologies and products for GE Appliances, in collaboration with the University of Louisville and extending its partnership with Local Motors.
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Revolution at Point Zero. Discussing the Commons with Silvia Federici and Tine De Moor | open!

Revolution at Point Zero. Discussing the Commons with Silvia Federici and Tine De Moor | open! | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Federici speaks from her experience within the anti-globalisation movement, the teachers’ and students’ movement, and the feminist movement among others. Her essay “Feminism and the Politics of the Common in an Era of Primitive Accumulation”, included in her recently published book, Revolution at Point Zero, has been crucial in defining the commons. In it she paints a loose, working definition of the commons as radical change, not to be considered as things, but rather, as social relations.

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Turkey's Twitter Problem, and Our Own - U.S. News & World Report

Turkey's Twitter Problem, and Our Own - U.S. News & World Report | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"If Twitter, YouTube and Facebook will be honest, if they'll stop being so immoral, stop attacking families, we'll support them.” So says Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. If one were trying to do comedy about the vilification of the Internets and their corrupting influence, it would be hard to come up with something much better (or more suitable for re-tweeting). Mashable has published acraziest quotes list, but the list is in dire need of updating. Since Turkey’s courts impelled him to lift his ban on Twitter (YouTube and tens of thousands of other sites remain blocked), Erdogan has come up with even better lines.

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Airbnb Cofounders Are Billionaires As Share Economy Leader Closes $450 ... - Forbes

Airbnb Cofounders Are Billionaires As Share Economy Leader Closes $450 ... - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It took a month, but Airbnb’s founders are confirmed as the share economy’s first billionaires, at least on paper. That’s because the home-sharing site has closed its new fundraising round, raising $450 million at a $10 billion valuation, according to persons familiar with the round.

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Yochai Benkler on economic changes wrought by technology.

Yochai Benkler's dynamic course on the web and law from 2004. Yochai Benkler at Freedom To Connect 2007 on economic changes wrought by technology. 

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Lisa Gansky and the value capture in the Sharing Economy - OuiShare

Lisa Gansky and the value capture in the Sharing Economy - OuiShare | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Lisa Gansky interwied on the value capture in the Collaborative Economy and on living a sharing economy life.
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Berlaymonster: Uber is dead. LONG LIVE THE TAXIMENSCH

Berlaymonster: Uber is dead. LONG LIVE THE TAXIMENSCH | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Uber is a fantastic service. BM and friends and colleagues attest to its magnificence having used it in other cities.
But it's not as if the judgment from the Brussels court would come as a surprise to the company, which went into the Brussels market knowing full well that the prevailing system would not simply roll out the red carpet for a private rival to the authorised and regulated handful of incumbent firms and their many drivers.
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An Introduction to Dark Mountain

An Introduction to Dark Mountain | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Dark Mountain Project is a network of writers, artists and thinkers in search of new stories for troubled times. We promote and curate writing, art, music and culture rooted in place, time and nature.

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Ecological Headstand: Hours and Gases

Ecological Headstand: Hours and Gases | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In terms of greenhouse gases, there has been a modest improvement in the U.S. over the last 20 years in emissions per hour of work. If I may put it crudely, in 2011, the average worker emitted about a ton of GHGs per week compared to about 1.12 tons in 1990. Of course the workers didn't emit the GHGs but when you look at the historical relationship between hours and emissions it's easy to get that impression. There is a very strong correlation between hours of work and GHG emission -- stronger than the correlation between population, labor force or GDP and emissions. Here's a little chart I cobbled together to illustrate:

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Creating a Sustainable and Desirable Future (World Scientific)

Creating a Sustainable and Desirable Future (World Scientific) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The major challenge for the current generation of mankind is to develop a shared vision of a future that is both desirable to the vast majority of humanity and ecologically sustainable. Creating a Sustainable and Desirable Future offers a broad, critical discussion on what such a future should or can be, with global perspectives written by some of the world's leading thinkers, including: Wendell Berry, Van Jones, Frances Moore Lappe, Peggy Liu, Hunter Lovins, Gus Speth, Bill McKibben, and many more.

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Fisheries Forever | Solutions

Fisheries Forever | Solutions | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
  1. In BriefFisheries management has generated a litany of failures, but better incentives to link individuals with a collective interest, and approaches that support resilience can turn this around—and already have in some parts of the world. Collectively, these approaches offer the prospect of sustainably managed and economically viable fisheries forever.
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