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smygo, anarchist, activist, libertarian - Yahoo Groups

“There was private money long before there was government money. The first revolutionary (or reformist) use of this idea, as a check against galloping usury and high interest rates, was the foundation of “Banks of Piety” by the Dominican order of the Catholic Church in the late middle ages. (See Tawney, _Religion and the Rise of Capitalism_.) The Dominicans, having discovered that preaching against usury did not deter the usurer, founded their own banks and provided loans without interest; this “ethical competition” (as Josiah Warren later called it) drove the commercial banks out of the areas where the Dominicans practiced it.Similar private currency, loaned at a low rate of interest (but not at no interest), was provided by Scots banks until the British government, acting on behalf of the monopoly of the Bank of England, stopped this exercise of free enterprise. (See Muellen, _Free Banking_.) The same idea was tried successfully in the American colonies before the Revolution, and again was suppressed by the British government, which some heretical historians regard as a more direct cause of the American Revolution than the taxes mentioned in most schoolbooks. (See Ezra Pound, _Impact_, and additional sources cited therein.)


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David Harvey: the crisis of capitalism this time around | ROAR Magazine

David Harvey: the crisis of capitalism this time around | ROAR Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In this excerpt from his new book, the leading geographer reflects on the ongoing capitalist crisis and the historical moment in which we find ourselves.
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Open-Sourcing Festivals

Open-Sourcing Festivals | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

How does an organisation open-source their cultural festival? Can we share the process for organising a festival, so that other groups can use it themselves? How do organisations support activities and events throughout the year? Can we share the process for sustaining ongoing programs, so that other groups can do this too?



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Plutocracy without end: Why the 1 percent always defeats the middle class

Plutocracy without end: Why the 1 percent always defeats the middle class | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
There are more of us than them. But income inequality keeps getting worse -- and there is sadly no end in sight
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The Responsive Organization

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Join The Responsive Organization movement and discover a community of people and organizations who are leading the shift in how companies adapt, learn, and respond to a constantly evolving world.
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Collaborative Lab

Collaborative Lab | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Our clients are working on innovative solutions that unlock the value of one of the biggest opportunities of our time - the collaborative economy. Collaborative Lab provides the thought leadership, disruptive thinking and tools to help them succeed.

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Crowdfunding replaces old ways of fundraising - YouTube

Marina Village Middle School in El Dorado Hills is a holding an online fundraiser were social media and technology is used to help raise money.
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the main idea of this video is: the crowdfunding is an updated tool for raising money but also an educative tool for the kids to be better persons as adult (by showing them a good social behaviour).  

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Why Google's split will change the S&P 500 forever - CNBC.com

Why Google's split will change the S&P 500 forever - CNBC.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

When Google effectively splits its stock on Wednesday, S&P Dow Jones Indices will do something unprecedented: It will keep both the old Google shares and the new ones in the S&P 500. That means that starting in the middle of next week, the S&P 500 will technically have 501 components, though it will still have only 500 companies.

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The Industrial Revolution 2.0 - PopMatters

The Industrial Revolution 2.0 - PopMatters | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Human societies change continually, but the changes tend to be slow and incremental. Genuinely revolutionary changes—sudden, radical breaks with the status quo—are rare in human history. Deeper changes, which dissolve and re-form the foundations of the status quo, are rarer still. The great shift from nomadism to village agriculture was one; the emergence of cities, and all they entail, was another. The late 18th century substitution of steam power for wind, water, and muscle—the trigger for the Industrial Revolution and the First Machine Age—was a third. We are living, economists Erik Brynjolffson and Andrew McAfee argue, on the verge of a fourth. The Second Machine Age is their book about it.


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Yes, open source hardware is taking flight!

Yes, open source hardware is taking flight! | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Writing for OpenSource.com, Jason Baker of Red Hat notes that one of the best open source drone communities he’s come across is DIY drones – a site that offers forums, videos and succinct how-tos, along with an online store selling kits and components.

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Don't panic over your cyberkids - gulfnews.com

Don't panic over your cyberkids - gulfnews.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

What about cyberbullies and predators? An exaggerated problem dished out by the media, Boyd says. Are smartphones turning children into narcissists or making them socially stunted? Parents, take a look in the mirror, she says, or at least up from your own smartphone at the dinner table and stop sending mixed signals on the use of tech.

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Why the Internet works and how to break it - Rappler

Why the Internet works and how to break it - Rappler | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Internet's a little younger in the Philippines, turning 20 this year. That's an age when you're just about to settle into your career and start to get working on the big, defining moments. Wherever the Philippines stays true to the founding spirit of the Internet, in schools or small businesses, we can see the founding technical vision flourishing in ways we couldn't have imagined in the 1970s.

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The renting and sharing economy can save the city - The Times of India

The renting and sharing economy can save the city - The Times of India | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

If ever there was a country that needed a serious imaginative rethink of its cities it is India. Since its modern conception after Independence, the Indian city has been a failure of urban politics, economic planning, and constructive thinking on design and demographics. 

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Three Times Exodus, Three Phase Transitions

In my lectures, based on my reading of history books during 2003-2004, I use a genealogy of social change and phase transitions from one system to another, that starts with the crisis of a dominant system, creating an exodus or flight out of the system, which in turns leads to a mutual reconfiguration of both managerial and producing classes into a new arrangement which forms the seed of the next stage of society and civilization.

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Spent? Capitalism’s growing problem with anxiety | ROAR Magazine

Spent? Capitalism’s growing problem with anxiety | ROAR Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In today’s turbo-charged and austerity-ravaged economy, anxiety and insecurity have become the new normal. How did this happen — and how do we fight back?
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Give 2 Minutes to Understand How the Wealthy Keep the Poor Folks Poor

Give 2 Minutes to Understand How the Wealthy Keep the Poor Folks Poor | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Robert Reich, economist and author, explains the simplistic and shocking reality of how rich folks keep the poor folks poor.
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▶ The Future of Learning - YouTube

At 2Revolutions, we are partnering with forward-thinking governments, funders, nonprofits and entrepreneurs to innovate across the human capital continuum - to ensure that each learner can be successful on the path he or she chooses. We design and launch Future of Learning models, and help catalyze the conditions within which they can thrive. If you are involved -- or want to become involved -- in building the Future of Learning, we hope you'll reach out. Come check us out at www.2revolutions.net

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▶ RHIZOME TROPICAL REPERAGES - YouTube

trailer of a new documentary about the networked cultures and activisms in brazil and latin america ... (seeking funding at this stage)
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Shared housing: The sharing economy gives roommates a new image

The sharing economy is inspiring innovative shared housing arrangements: From millennials sharing rented mansions, to baby boomers sharing mortgages, increasing numbers of Americans are opting for a cheaper lifestyle, richer in companionship.
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Proactive federation of commons is better than just federation

Proactive federation of commons is better than just federation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

For PeerLibrary project we had discussions on how much distributed or centralized should we make it. It is a cloud service and centralizing (unifying) user base and content has clear benefits for both end users and developers. End users have better user experience and ease of use, all content is available quickly and easily, and all other users are there, making social experience better. For developers, code can be much simpler and maintenance of only one instance makes it easier to deploy new versions and push security fixes quickly. It is easier to collect statistics and do A/B testing on a large sample. On the other hand, having multiple instances of PeerLibrary distributed around the world makes whole system more robust, specialized instances could be offered, privacy of users increased. Having PeerLibrary distributed would make forkability easier, encouraging more community control of both the project and the content (commons), preventing corruption of the main instance or core project.

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A transformation story you can bank on - The Networked Society Blog

A transformation story you can bank on - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Mobile technology is blurring the boundaries of traditional industry and pushing established markets into new competitive arenas. We see this happening all around us. Consider how fast Apple has become one of largest music retailers in the world. Technology’s ability to shape industry boundaries and its disruptive nature has become one of the top structural issues all businesses are confronted with today.

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The disruptive power of collaboration: An interview with Clay Shirky

The disruptive power of collaboration: An interview with Clay Shirky | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A very intriguing video with Clay Shirky from McKinsey.
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What do the innovation economy and Black boys have to offer each other? - New Pittsburgh Courier

What do the innovation economy and Black boys have to offer each other? - New Pittsburgh Courier | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In fact, the few who stumble upon opportunities in tech, do so accidentally. Despite the fact that an African-American man heads Microsoft – the icon of technology – and yet another sits as Commander-in-Chief, still Black boys as a whole have missed the bus and are conspicuously absent at the starting line of a high-wage, tech-based workforce in America.

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George Por on the Commons education

An interview produced by Alain Ambrosi, at the Economics and the Commons Conference  which took place in Berlin from 22 to 24 May 2013. 

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Michel Bauwens on the FLOKSociety project with subtitles | Amara

Michel Bauwens on the FLOKSociety project with subtitles | Amara | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

" This is the first time in history that a state is walking this way, so this is an historical project."

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