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DACs VS the Corporation - Bitcoin Magazine

DACs VS the Corporation - Bitcoin Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In certain corners of the crypto community, ‘Decentralized Autonomous Companies’ (DACs), or ‘Distributed Autonomous Organisations’ (DAOs) are all the rage. In the same way that Bitcoin is decentralizing money, DACs seem to offer the potential to decentralize the entire world of business, commerce, finance, and the economy. They are businesses that can potentially be owned and run by their customers and their ‘employees’, with no single owner, and, like Bitcoin, no central authority to act as a board of directors. They are, to some people, a big step on the road to greater freedom and autonomy in our own working lives and an antidote to the corruption and crony capitalism of our current corporate world, and the dehumanising influence that corporate hierarchies can have on regular working people.

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Bitcoin and Beyond: Is It Possible to Demystify the Coin of the Digital Realm? - CALIFORNIA

Bitcoin and Beyond: Is It Possible to Demystify the Coin of the Digital Realm? - CALIFORNIA | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We all know about Bitcoin: It’s that electronic currency that exists somewhere in the ether and can be used to buy illicit products on the Internet. And it isn’t backed by hard assets (such as gold specie) or a sovereign nation.
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The Birth of the Sharing Economy - Infographic - Listia.com Auctions for Free Stuff

While Airbnb leads the way in shared living space and Uber for transportation, Listia continues to dominate the market for trading physical goods in what is quickly becoming one of the most competitive spaces in the sharing economy. Startups in the sharing economy have raised over $2.4 billion in 2014, according to a report by Jeremiah Owyang, Chief Catalyst at Crowd Companies.
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Fablabs and Makerspaces in Africa - P2P Foundation

Initiated by Andrew Paterson (Helsinki), in conversation with Michel Bauwens & Irma Wilson (Johannesburg), with aim to gain better understanding of the P2P developments in Africa that are emergent in the form of hacker & makerspaces and fablabs. Further suggestions most welcome to develop this list beyond the those listed in Fablab directory.
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8 Inspiring Documentaries Exploring the Sharing Movement

8 Inspiring Documentaries Exploring the Sharing Movement | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Shapes of Exchange in the Solidarity Economy is just one of many short films you can view as part of Solidarity NYC's Portraits of the Solidarity Economy video series.
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Tall Tower Debates Could Use Less Dogma, Better Design

Tall Tower Debates Could Use Less Dogma, Better Design | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
When it comes to tall buildings, there's a lot of dogma out there among urbanists, in both directions. Lets spend more time and attention on the quality of tower and neighbourhood design, rather than on how tall the buildings are.
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Brave little Denmark leads war against coal | Al Jazeera America

Brave little Denmark leads war against coal | Al Jazeera America | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Germany has been credited for paving Europe’s way to a renewables-led, zero-carbon future. But the world’s true climate champion is Denmark, which has just set the bar another notch higher than Germany by proposing to accelerate its phase-out of coal-fired power plants. Denmark could be coal-free by 2025 — five years ahead of schedule — and generate more than 70 percent of its energy from renewable sources.
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Text ‘aye,’ matey! The Pirate Party’s push for direct democracy - The Boston Globe

Text ‘aye,’ matey! The Pirate Party’s push for direct democracy - The Boston Globe | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
ON TUESDAY, voters in two Massachusetts districts will find Pirates on their ballots for the State House of Representatives. The candidates in question—Noelani Kamelamela, running in Somerville’s 27th Middlesex District, and Joseph Guertin, on the ballot in the 8th Worcester District—are the first Bay Staters to run for office under the banner of the international Pirate movement. You may be picturing swashbuckling marauders out for political booty, but in fact the Pirate candidates stand for a more realistic but still provocative set of principles—namely, open government, free information, and the elimination of patents.
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Peel-the-Onion - P2P Foundation

Peel-the-Onion - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The article, Solution Development started with the questions: “Have you ever had such a clever idea that you couldn't imagine it would not be a success? Then, for whatever the reason, it just didn't develop as you thought it would - maybe not at all?” The article went on to posit the notion that the interplay between the concept and the context in which it develops is a major determinant in whether an idea evolves to becomes a valuable solution in the eyes of those who take delivery.
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The point of money is that it makes intermediation easy | P2P Foundation

The point of money is that it makes intermediation easy | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“Thus the logic behind money pretty clearly isn’t what the textbook story claims it is. That doesn’t mean that there’s no logic to it at all; what it means is that nobody wants to talk about what it is that money is actually meant to do. Fortunately, we’ve discussed the relevant issues in last week’s post, so I can sum up the matter here in a single sentence: the point of money is that it makes intermediation easy.
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An interview with Steve Keen

An interview with Steve Keen | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
SK: I’m a critic of neoclassical economics, which I would say is a failed research programme. I’m equally a critic of conventional Marxian analysis – the labour theory of value. So I’m not just a left-wing critic of sound right-wing neoclassical economics. I am trying to be an analytical and logical critic of bad economics wherever it turns up. So I think the neoclassical school should be consigned to the history of economic thought but at the same time there is nothing completely available to replace it. One of my favourite parables is the ‘Blind Men of Hindustan’. It’s a parable about six blind men who try to work out what an elephant is. So one grabs the trunk, another grabs the body, another grabs the tusk and they all have totally different ideas what an elephant is. In some way that’s the state of different theories of economics. The basic ones are: Austrian, Post-Keynesian, Marxian, evolutionary, ecological and complex systems. They’re all different perspectives on capitalism as a social system. None of them has got a complete answer. The reason for pluralism is that we have no cohesive alternative. It is up to us to provide as much exposure to students as they can get from a range of views and say to them: It’s your task to build the alternative.
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How the Private Bankers Are Using the Financial Crisis to Reshape World Government | Murphy

Archived from the live Mises.tv broadcast, this lecture was presented by Robert P. Murphy at the Mises Circle in Houston on 14 January 2012. Subscribe (it's FREE!) for more videos posted...
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Policies for the future - Co-Operative News

Policies for the future - Co-Operative News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Many co-operatives are leading the way when it comes to sustainable practices. Here, the News looks at some examples of ethical policies put into practice
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Open source is not a hardware store – Daniel With Music

Recently Zach Tellman and Factual open sourced several libraries that they wrote to handle specific needs where nothing else existed. In the comments on Reddit some people were griping about the possiblity that this software might be abandoned in a year or two, and if they depended on it then they would be stuck. I think this mindset comes from a misguided and selfish perception of open source.

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Uber CEO tweet-storms an apology

Uber CEO tweet-storms an apology | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Uber's CEO took to twitter apologizing for comments of exec Emil Michael. Compiling 11 tweets in all.
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Amazon Picking Challenge

Amazon Picking Challenge | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Amazon is able to quickly package and ship millions of items to customers from a network of fulfillment centers all over the globe. This wouldn't be possible without leveraging cutting-edge advances in technology. Amazon's automated warehouses are successful at removing much of the walking and searching for items within a warehouse. However, commercially viable automated picking in unstructured environments still remains a difficult challenge. In order to spur the advancement of this fundamental technology we are excited to be organizing the first Amazon Picking Challenge at ICRA 2015. It is our goal to strengthen the ties between the industrial and academic robotic communities and promote shared and open solutions to some of the big problems in unstructured automation. To this end the contest will be awarding travel grants to ICRA 2015, practice equipment, and a large prize pool for the competition winners (through Amazon, in additional to any other IEEE or ICRA grants).
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The New Peers: a Q&A with Shelby Clark

The New Peers: a Q&A with Shelby Clark | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Today, sharing economy nonprofit Peers launched a new website designed to make working in the sharing economy easier. Among the features on the new site are tools to discover and connect with work opportunities, reviews of sharing economy platforms from other independent contractors, information about earning potential, and a community forum.
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6pm this Friday - #OccupyDemocracy to re-occupy Parliament Square

6pm this Friday - #OccupyDemocracy to re-occupy Parliament Square | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
#occupydemocracy protesters have called on supporters of democracy to join them as they re-occupy Parliament Square from 6pm this Friday at 6pm (21 November) for a long weekend. [1] In advance of the re-occupation, many #occupydemocracy supporters will be in attendance at the 24-hour Big NHS Sleepout / Vigil in the Square, which starts on Thursday at 7pm. [2]
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▶ Conversing on the Commons: interview with Gustavo Esteva - YouTube

Órla O'Donovan, Community Development Journal, in conversation with Gustavo Esteva, Mexican commoner, activist and post-development theorist.
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Connecting for Change: Insights from an Emerging Global Transformation Movement

Connecting for Change: Insights from an Emerging Global Transformation Movement | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
You might say it is the dark night of the planetary soul. Here we are in the midst of an ecological nightmare some are calling irreversible. The weight of war and human suffering seem overwhelming. We are bombarded with distress signals, but lulled by a media and political system that pushes distraction and more spending. Is it any wonder we try to evade our despair, that we close our eyes?
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New Virtual Think Tank Studies How to Govern Knowledge Commons | P2P Foundation

New Virtual Think Tank Studies How to Govern Knowledge Commons | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The commons are often associated with shared natural resources including grazing pastures, public spaces and water, but there are lots of commons including the Creative Commons, seed commons, and even knowledge commons. Yes, knowledge, passed from person to person, generation to generation, is a commons that we all share and contribute to.
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Our Generation of Hackers | VICE | United States

Our Generation of Hackers | VICE | United States | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We spend so much of our time trying to hack and subvert and work around the systems that make up the world, but should we be trying to change them for the better instead?
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Skeptic says bitcoin will “always be currency of the future” - Gigaom

Skeptic says bitcoin will “always be currency of the future” - Gigaom | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Remember when bitcoin was going to disrupt the world’s banking system? That was two years ago and, while new payment platforms like Venmo and Apple Pay have gained traction, virtual currencies now feel more like a fad than a phenomenon.
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Cyber security: Do the experts need letters after their name? - Register

Cyber security: Do the experts need letters after their name? - Register | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
All roads lead to a job
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