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How interest-free banking works: The case of JAK, by Ana Carrie

How interest-free banking works: The case of JAK, by Ana Carrie | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In 2001, Feasta's money group investigated the feasibility of establishing an interest-free bank in Ireland. The most promising way seemed to be to persuade the Swedish JAK Bank to establish an Irish branch. However, since JAK had no experience of running branches in Sweden, its directors turned the idea down. This is a report from a money group member who went to Sweden to study the bank.

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Wikipedia, A New Perspective on an Old Problem

Wikipedia, A New Perspective on an Old Problem | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Many of you may already know how vocal I have been in the past year regarding Wikipedia's bias covering such topic matters as mind body studies, new science, and of course my friend Rupert Sheldrake's biography page. Since Rupert and I began to speak out about the level of abuse and outright vitriol occurring on these articles, many more individuals and organizations have also stepped forward, highlighting a similar problem, including Nobel prize winning laureate Brian Josephson. Key facts or relevant events in our lives or research are being omitted, efforts to include them in the articles by neutral editors are being met with harassment, defamation and personal attacks. Skeptic activists on Wikipedia are on a campaign to discredit notable biographies that deal with any form of alternative viewpoints and because I am a highly public proponent, my own article has been made into a 'ground zero' for these same skeptics who have sought to discredit my name and work for over 15 years.

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PERSBERICHT: Red Hat introduceert ManageIQ-community voor open source cloud-management - Bron: Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat introduceert ManageIQ-community voor open source cloud-management
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Michel Bauwens interview with Layne Hartsell 2/3 - YouTube

Michel Bauwens (Belgium) is a leading theorist on Peer to Peer (P2P) Economics. He is the founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. He has been an analyst for the United States Information Agency, knowledge manager for British Petroleum (where he created one of the first virtual information centers), eBusiness Strategy Manager for Belgacom, as well as an internet entrepreneur in his home country of Belgium.Layne Hartsell teaches at Sungkyunkwan University and lectures at Mahidol University. His research is in the philosophy of ethics and technology related to related to nanotech/piezotronics applications in undeveloped countries. He is a coordinator for Seoul Global Study Group, Cafe Chat

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Peer Production as a Model for the Organization of Public Services Provision - P2P Foundation

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* Article: Gajewska, Katarzyna (2014): Peer production and prosummerism as a model for the future organization of general interest services provision in developed countries: examples of food services collectives, World Future Review, March 2014.


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Public Services & Democracy | The Solidarity Economy Alternative

Public Services & Democracy | The Solidarity Economy Alternative | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A round table discussion led by Vish Satgar and Hilary Wainwright, editor and contributor respectively, of The Solidarity Economy Alternative: emerging theory and practice.

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Where the World's Unsold Cars Go To Die | Zero Hedge

Where the World's Unsold Cars Go To Die | Zero Hedge | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In the past several years, one of the topics covered in detail on these pages has been the surge in such gimmicks designed to disguise lack of demand and end customer sales, used extensively by US automotive manufacturers, better known as "channel stuffing", of which General Motors is particularly guilty and whose inventory at dealer lots just hit a new record high. But did you know that when it comes to flat or declining sales and stagnant end demand, channel stuffing is merely the beginning? Presenting... Where the World's Unsold Cars Go To Die
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The Rise of the Voluntariat | Jacobin

The Rise of the Voluntariat | Jacobin | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The voluntariat performs skilled work that might still command a wage without compensation, allegedly for the sake of the public good, regardless of the fact that it also contributes directly and unambiguously to the profitability of a corporation. Like the proletariat, then, the voluntariat permits the extraction of surplus value through its labor.

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A Brief History of the Corporation: 1600 to 2100

A Brief History of the Corporation: 1600 to 2100 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

On 8 June, a Scottish banker named Alexander Fordyce shorted the collapsing Company’s shares in the London markets. But a momentary bounce-back in the stock ruined his plans, and he skipped town leaving £550,000 in debt. Much of this was owed to the Ayr Bank, which imploded. In less than three weeks, another 30 banks collapsed across Europe, bringing trade to a standstill. On July 15, the directors of the Company applied to the Bank of England for a £400,000 loan. Two weeks later, they wanted another £300,000. By August, the directors wanted a £1 million bailout.  The news began leaking out and seemingly contrite executives, running from angry shareholders, faced furious Parliament members. By January, the terms of a comprehensive bailout were worked out, and the British government inserted its czars into the Company’s management to ensure compliance with its terms.

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After Mondragon – Briarpatch Magazine

After Mondragon – Briarpatch Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Winnipeg’s beautiful trouble of an anarchist workers’ co-operative served its community as coffee shop, bookstore, grocer, and more for 18 ever-evolving years before finally locking its doors for good this past January, victim of another gentrifying city core. Mondragon was a hotbed of western identity and independence. Of the people and for the people, Mondragon taught us not that we can, but that we are.

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US sees rapid rise in bike commuting

US sees rapid rise in bike commuting | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The number of US commuters who ride a bicycle to work rose by 60% over the last decade, the Census has reported.

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Human Watershed: The Emerging Politics of Bioregional Democracy

Human Watershed:  The Emerging Politics of Bioregional Democracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

First, the bad news. Our global community no longer has the luxury of putting off its complex problems till a later time. Mounting data on Earth’s atmosphere confirm what is already known in daily life: the planet is warming and water is becoming less accessible.

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Reproducing Wealth Without Money, One 3D Printer at a Time: The Cunning of Instrumental Reason » Journal of Peer Production

Reproducing Wealth Without Money, One 3D Printer at a Time: The Cunning of Instrumental Reason » Journal of Peer Production | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This remark by a librarian of Lyon, attributing the birth of socialism to the mechanics of the Jacquard loom, was made with the deepest disapproval. In his history of Lyon, it was his explanation for the violent uprisings by artisan weavers that had shaken the town thirty years earlier. As he saw it, in raising the living standards of workers, the Jacquard loom encouraged higher pay demands and worker recalcitrance. What interests me in the quote above is not the claim that the Jacquard loom improved the living standards of weavers, nor whether their radicalism was driven by growing affluence or deepening deprivation. Both of those claims are questionable, to say the least (cf. Strumingher & Bolo, 1978). Of greater relevance to my argument in this paper is that the quote links the introduction of a new technology with the birth of a political – even a revolutionary – idea, the idea of socialism. Still more intriguingly, the technology in question is the famous Jacquard loom. A series of technical advances over the previous fifty years in the Lyon weaving district had culminated in this machine, nowadays hailed as the world’s first computer. The loom mechanism was guided by punched cards, a machine tool control system still employed in heavy industry a century and a half later (Noble, 1986). It is the same principle of using pre-written instructions – i.e. software code – to control the movements of a tool head, that lies at the heart of 3D printing. As for socialism, Adrian Bowyer launched the open source 3D printer project Rep-rap with a manifesto article, where he stated the following:

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FCJ-097 Co-creation and the new industrial paradigm of peer production | The Fibreculture Journal : 14

What is the reality behind so called best practice co-creation concepts? Are these lipservice to co-creative approaches? Are you really in the driver’s seat or are you just being made to believe that you have influence on the outcome? What are the building blocks of co-creation? Which conditions are required? Are organisations really prepared to allow customers to influence and control their organisation and therefore become a co-creative organisation?

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Could civilization collapse? NASA-funded study looks at framework for how, when

Could civilization collapse? NASA-funded study looks at framework for how, when | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A new study partially funded by NASA suggests heavy demands on the world's natural resources and extreme economic imbalances could spell a premature end for modern human civilization.
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▶ IT as an academic competence - Clay Shirky - YouTube

For half a millennium, paper has been at the centre of the academic enterprise, not just conceptually but architecturally, with many campuses arranged with the library at their center. Now though, the core academic functions of collaboration, publication, dissemination, and argument are being virtualised. This change challenges many organizational and cultural assumptions, and moves the role of information and communication technology from a support function into the centre of the academic enterprise.

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2014 Robert Steele Open Letter to Vice President of the United States of America Joe Biden, The White House

2014 Robert Steele Open Letter to Vice President of the United States of America Joe Biden, The White House | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

For a quarter century a handful of governance reformers have been advocating the creation of an Open Source Agency (OSA). Originally intended to focus on providing decision-support to the entire government while raising global access to open sources of information in all languages for academia, civil society, and commerce, this initiative finally made it on to pages 23 and 413 of the 9/11 Commission Report. This initiative has also been approved twice by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), provided that you, the President, or a Cabinet Secretary ask for it.

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P2P And Open Infrastructures: The Society Of Openness Comes Of Age

P2P And Open Infrastructures: The Society Of Openness Comes Of Age | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
What are P2P and open infrastructures? Can open knowledge and peer production subvert the economic system of physical production? Is there a chance for the society of openness to ever come of age? Robin Good interviewed the P2P Foundation
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OpEdNews Article: Sharewashing is the New Greenwashing

OpEdNews Article: Sharewashing is the New Greenwashing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The idea of a "sharing economy" is an important one, and urgently needed today, but the word "sharing" is increasingly being roped into a sharewashing agenda. The key difference between the promise of the actual sharing economy, and the flood of sharewashing companies seeking to hide under its mantle, is that the latter inescapably involve monetary exchange, for profit.
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▶ Rob Carlson, Biodesic - YouTube

The Synthetic Biology Project spoke with Rob Carlson of Biodesic at SynBioBeta in November 2012.
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Neal Gorenflo: Reflections from the SHARE Conference

Neal Gorenflo: Reflections from the SHARE Conference | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

On May 13-14, Transition US staff participated in the first annual SHARE Conference, joining 500+ entrepreneurs, investors, techies, government officials, and nonprofit leaders. SHARE, which took place in San Francisco was dedicated to exploring the sharing economy, and highlighted both the innovation and challenges within this field.


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▶ Interview Ricardo Semler - YouTube

A full interview with Ricardo Semler by the Dutch TV-show Backlight. In our episode 'The capital power of hapiness' we made a portret of this Brasilian business man. Here you can watch the full interview of one hour and a half. Mostly unedited, but divided in chapters.

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A Lesson in Farming, Classroom to Cafeteria

A Lesson in Farming, Classroom to Cafeteria | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In Hagerstown, Ind., high school students will be making their own burgers from scratch — raising cattle to supply cheaper food for their cafeteria.
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New Global Governance is in the Making, and It Looks Good

New Global Governance is in the Making, and It Looks Good | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

If governance is the art of governing, then it is clear that governance is in crisis, at every level. The level at which governance is most often conceived—the nation state—is simply unworkable. International organizations lack legitimacy, are stuck by vested interests and are ruled by the majority. Nobody believes anymore in reforming the UN Security Council. What is striking is that most of the pillars of our society are under stress: family, trade unions, enterprises, political parties, universities, religion and the like.

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Indigenous farmers from Peru, China and Bhutan agree to share seeds for climate adaptation

Indigenous farmers from Peru, China and Bhutan agree to share seeds for climate adaptation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In the spirit of the International Year of Family and Peasant Farming, indigenous mountain farmers from China, Bhutan and Peru have agreed to share seeds in an effort to cope with global climate change
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