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Dutch digital activist discusses Anonymous in depth (Includes interview) - DigitalJournal.com

Dutch digital activist discusses Anonymous in depth (Includes interview) - DigitalJournal.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

As the Anonymous collective branches out into public street-level operations and gains momentum, a digital activist discusses some of the philosophy and strategy behind the online activities of the movement.

 




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Participatory Budgeting and Deepening Democracy

Participatory Budgeting and Deepening Democracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

For the uninitiated participatory budgeting (or PB) is a two-and-a-half decade old innovation of direct citizen involvement in decision-making over the allocation of public finances. In simple terms, PB refers to ordinary citizens, instead of public officials, deciding on public spending at local and regional levels (Lerner, 2011). But there are many different variations of PB which range from merely consultative to genuinely participatory, empowering and inclusive (see Sintomer et al., 2008 for descriptions of various models).  PB can also be more or less democratic, and not all PB processes contain a democratic component (which suggests that attention to the content and practice of what is often called ‘PB’ is paramount).

 
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The Time Is Ripe for Smart Cities - IT Business Edge (blog)

The Time Is Ripe for Smart Cities - IT Business Edge (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It’s interesting that smart home technology gets so much attention while smart cities remain in the background. It’s also strange: If you have enough smart homes, it is easy to somehow link them together into a citywide or regional initiative. The two initiatives should be proceeding hand in hand.

 

 

 

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Workplace Darwinism: Are You Up for the Evolution? - Huffington Post (blog)

Workplace Darwinism: Are You Up for the Evolution? - Huffington Post (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Survival of the fittest -- that's what evolution has dictated since the beginning of time. When it comes to your company culture, workplace mentality and approach to business values, survival of the fittest still applies. Don't use inertia as an excuse to carry on traditions that can't keep up with the changing landscapes.

 
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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awards $600,000 grant to Commons Lab to continue mass collaboration work

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awards $600,000 grant to Commons Lab to continue mass collaboration work | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Phys.org Science News Wire : Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awards $600,000 grant to Commons Lab to continue mass collaboration work -- a press release is provided to you ìas isî with little or no review from Phys.org staff.
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Alternative business models for sustainable fashion – live chat roundup - The Guardian (blog)

Alternative business models for sustainable fashion – live chat roundup - The Guardian (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We round up the highlights from a recent live chat exploring how business, consumers and design students can help to shift our patterns of fashion consumption
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Open Government Partnership: It’s Time for Deeper Engagement with the Environment Sector | World Resources Institute

Open Government Partnership: It’s Time for Deeper Engagement with the Environment Sector | World Resources Institute | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Open Government Partnership (OGP)—which held its most recent summit about three weeks ago—has made tremendous progress in its two years of existence. The OGP, a voluntary partnership between governments and civil society, aims to make governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. Discussions at the summit made it clear that the partnership is already demonstrating impact. Sixty-two governments have now joined OGP, making 1,115 commitments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

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Democratic and Participatory Production and Governance in the Zapastista Areas of Chiapas

“Up until now we have concentrated on the general context of the development of the Zapatista movement, but what about its internal practices? As we saw, Chiapas is one of the poorest regions of Mexico, where the land tenure system had excluded and marginalized the indigenous populations, pushing them into the mountains and the forests. They received no benefit from the oil revenues or the large plantations, particularly those producing agrofuels. Natural wealth benefited Mexican private and international interests. Tourist activities form an economic enclave, while the ‘development projects’ and the construction of infrastructures are part of counter-insurrection strategies. Meanwhile, as we have seen the levels of infant mortality and illiteracy remain high. Health and educational facilities are lacking. Numerous indigenous peoples rub shoulders with each other but they seldom really mix. Their languages are despised and their traditional beliefs folklorized. It is true that they are juridically recognized as being human beings, but what does that mean in actual fact?

 
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Who invented the iPhone: The public and common origin of private innovation

“Take an obvious example: Many of the advances that have propelled our high-tech economy in recent decades grew directly out of research programs financed and, often, collaboratively developed, by the federal government and paid for by the taxpayer. The Internet, to take the most well-known example, began as a government defense project, the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET), in the 1960s. Today’s vast software industry rests on a foundation of computer language and operating hardware developed, in large part, with public support. The Bill Gateses of the world might still be working with vacuum tubes and punch cards were it not for critical research and technology programs created or financed by the federal government.


 

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Introducing Edgeryders: the corporation without permission

Introducing Edgeryders: the corporation without permission | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

While at the Council of Europe in 2011-2012 I directed a project called Edgeryders. The idea was this: use the Internet to let a policy community emerge by self-selection around an issue, then deploy that community as an engine of expert advice on the issue at the hand. We started to call this model open consulting. Its beauty is that: - See more at: 

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Sustainability movement will fail unless it creates a compelling future vision

Sustainability movement will fail unless it creates a compelling future vision | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We will only create prosperity within planetary boundaries if we start to really believe it is possible, writes Jo Confino
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Are We in an An Age of Collective Learning? | Rotana Ty

Are We in an An Age of Collective Learning? | Rotana Ty | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We are moving away from the model in which learning is organized around stable, usually hierarchical institutions (schools, colleges, universities) that, for better and worse, have served as the main gateways to education and social mobility. Replacing that model is a new system in which learning is best conceived of as a flow, where learning resources are not scarce but widely available, opportunities for learning are abundant, and learners increasingly have the ability to autonomously dip into and out of continuous learning flows.

 

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3 virtual environment platforms that inspire learning - Hypergrid Business

3 virtual environment platforms that inspire learning - Hypergrid Business | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Much has been said about using virtual environments for teaching and training. While it is an inescapable fact that no environment, real or virtual, can make up for a dedicated, well-prepared teacher with a passion for their subject matter, there is merit in the concept that a virtual environment can open new pathways for learning by engaging the student with the creation and exploration of ideas in 3D.

 
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Brazilian “Wikicity” Travels to the World Forum for Democracy · Global Voices

Brazilian “Wikicity” Travels to the World Forum for Democracy · Global Voices | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Known as “the capital of participatory democracy”, the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre will become subject for a lab in the World Forum for Democracy.
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How ICT will change next generation working life - Wall Street Journal

How ICT will change next generation working life - Wall Street Journal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Working life is changing for millions of people around the world. Mobile and digital technologies are expanding into increasingly more areas of society, business and private life, changing the way we work and how work is organized. As people become more mobile they expect greater flexibility in their work, placing greater demand on their work environment.

 
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Collaboration Goes From Planned to Pervasive - Techzone360

Collaboration Goes From Planned to Pervasive - Techzone360 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

With today’s communications platforms, it is possible to collaborate easily with anyone, anywhere, anytime.  In doing so, organizations can capitalize on the vast array of possible interactions that emerge in a collaborative economy, and unleash their collective power.

 
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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The next phase in the sharing economy may be breaking bread at a stranger's table - or having a stranger bring the bread to you. (Want to break bread with strangers while traveling?
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Should We Encourage Our Kids to Spend Their Teens as Cyber Deviants?

Should We Encourage Our Kids to Spend Their Teens as Cyber Deviants? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Research finds that hacking and online theft among teenagers is widespread, but mostly harmless. (Should We Encourage Our Kids to Spend Their Teenage Years as Cyber Deviants?
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Wikinomics – Unbundling the 20th Century Mindset

Wikinomics – Unbundling the 20th Century Mindset | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Having spent the past three years of my life in the Enterprise 2.0 / Collaborative software market, I remain struck by the industry’s continued lack of ability to define a compelling reason for enterprises to adopt new software applications, such as blogs, wikis, microblogs, etc. In the early days of the Enterprise 2.0 movement, much of this software was dismissed as the next wave of Knowledge Management, which was largely viewed as a zero ROI investment (or at least in the eyes of the venture capital community, it did not produce any break out, high return investments). Today, it is largely viewed as a necessary evil because the likes of Facebook and Twitter are impossible for the enterprise to ignore.

 

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Transcript for Steven Johnson on "Future Perfect" | To the best of our KNOWLEDGE

Transcript for Steven Johnson on "Future Perfect" | To the best of our KNOWLEDGE | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Jim Fleming: But first a look at the peer progressive movement. Haven’t heard of it? It’s a start up social movement and the subject of Steven Johnson’s new book, "Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age."  Johnson tells Steve Paulson there’s a lot of political and social change happening today, under the radar.


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The betrayal of community ethics by the venture-capital financed 'sharing' companies

To be successful, the venture-capital-funded “sharing economy” will be forced to lose all those aspects of informal sharing that makes “sharing” attractive, and to keep those aspects that erode neighbourhoods, erode employment rights, and remove basic standards. And if they succeed, they will have used the language of sharing to bring about an unregulated, free-market, neoliberal economy.

 
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The Corrosive Effects of Green Puritanism | Cruxcatalyst: The Heart of Change

The Corrosive Effects of Green Puritanism | Cruxcatalyst: The Heart of Change | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Green Puritanism - or how 'Mine's Greener Than Yours' is just 'Keeping Up With the Joneses, Mark II'.
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Riel Miller's keynote at CDKN Action Lab

Riel Miller presents one of the keynotes with the title: "Climate Change, Embracing Complexity, and Change in the Conditions of Change." Oxford April 2011.
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Lithium-Ion Batteries, Straight from a 3-D Printer | MIT Technology Review

Lithium-Ion Batteries, Straight from a 3-D Printer | MIT Technology Review | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
New inks and tools allow 3-D printing of lithium-ion technology.
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Why Hiding From Managers Can Increase Worker Productivity - Forbes

Why Hiding From Managers Can Increase Worker Productivity - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In terms of respecting boundaries, it’s important that managers consider not only individual privacy but group privacy as well, Bernstein explains. The curtain boosted productivity for a few key reasons: It provided privacy to tweak (and improve) line operations as temporary issues arose; it prevented unproductive distractions and provided workers with increased focus; and it let the line experiment with new ideas prior to explaining them to management. Indeed, the workers did purposefully share ideas with their supervisors after testing and perfecting them.

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