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articles on peer-to-peer dynamics in the field of politics, economics and institutions
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One day, everything will be free

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Feature-length documentary about an ecological restoration project run by a utopian community located in one of the most politically complicated and environmentally degraded terrains in the world.
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[Newsletter] Historic Local Community Pathways in Japan Help Protect Green Spaces from Developers

[Newsletter] Historic Local Community Pathways in Japan Help Protect Green Spaces from Developers | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A key word used worldwide in the context of sustainable society is the concept of "community." Among the various perspectives about what makes a community is the idea and management of the "local commons," which will likely attract more attention in the future. Today, we introduce the Japanese term "rido." It refers to the traditional, historic paths that run through communities. These paths are known and used by locals, but not covered under the Japanese Road Act. They are an example of the local "commons," as described in the article "Rido ga ninau kyoteki ryoiki" (translated as "Rido Serving as Common Territory"), by Associate Professor Rui Izumi of Senshu University School of Economics (part of the book "Local Commons no Kanosei" or "The Potential of Local Commons" published by Mineruva Shobo Co. in 2010). For ease of reading, in this article we will refer to these "rido" as "pathways." In Japanese, the character for "ri" means village, and "do" means path or road.

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What Is Open Source Hardware?

This video describes the attributes of open source hardware to the general public. This video is officially released by the Open Source Hardware Association. Please share this video!

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‘Makers-in-Residence’ program gives teens taste of engineering | Stanford Graduate School of Education

‘Makers-in-Residence’ program gives teens taste of engineering | Stanford Graduate School of Education | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Makers-in-Residence program gives teens taste of engineering @ FabLab. Study of new way to teach STEM. http://t.co/RQpSgHuWVj via @sharethis
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Ethical Markets: A Dream or Possibility | Good Business New York

Ethical Markets: A Dream or Possibility | Good Business New York | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Ethical Markets’ new initiative Transforming Economics Into True Wealth invites investment professionals to build a real economy.

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Why doesn’t India have a strong Hacking Culture?

Why doesn’t India have a strong Hacking Culture? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The hacking subculture evolved almost alongside the rise of computing machines in the 60s and 70s. “Hacking” as is popularly defined, is the clever use of technology and programing to solve what seem to be hard problems (not to be confused with what the popular media calls hackers – People who break into computer systems for evil). The emphasis of the hacker culture is on cleverness and excellence. Along with the social good of doing something meaningful and exciting, hacking has risen to prominence in the mainstream culture.

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Shareable's Neal Gorenflo wants to share with you

Shareable's Neal Gorenflo wants to share with you | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Neal Gorenflo is the founder and publisher of Shareable, a website dedicated to promoting the sharing economy in all its forms, from car sharing to tool-lending libraries and even pet sharing. A former corporate up-and-comer, he quit his job in 2004 and vowed to “make a world where people felt like they were part of something meaningful.”

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Fairtrade, ethical eating, and why the choice between buying local and global ... - The Independent

Fairtrade, ethical eating, and why the choice between buying local and global ... - The Independent | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Spot the contradiction. Today, a conscientious, ethical consumer might celebrate the start of Fairtrade Fortnight by walking into a local, independent grocery store in the South-west of England and filling his basket with honey, herbs, chocolate, dried apricots, bananas, even wine from the developing world. He might then go to the till, walking past innumerable signs boasting of how much of the shop’s stock is sourced locally, and pay in a local currency, the Bristol Pound, which uses the slogan “Our city. Our money”.

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The Sharing Economy - What They Think (blog)

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One of my favorite plays is Eugene Ionesco’s The New Tenant, a “theater of the absurd” piece in which a gentleman moves into a new London apartment and throughout the play two furniture movers continually bring in all of his possessions, piling it up around him until he is virtually buried in it all. Toward the end of the play, the movers comment that all his possessions have stopped traffic in the streets, stopped the Tube from running, and has even dammed up the River Thames. “Some furniture! It’s cluttering up the whole country!” says one of the movers.

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The Demographics of Bitcoin (Part 1)

The Demographics of Bitcoin (Part 1) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The “average Bitcoin user” is male (95%), 31.7 years old, libertarian / anarcho-capitalist (37%), non-religious (57%), with a full time job (43%), that is in a relationship (52%).

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Valve: How I Got Here, What It’s Like, and What I’m Doing | Valve

If I hadn’t read it and fallen in love with the idea of the Metaverse, if it hadn’t made me realize how close networked 3D was to being a reality, if I hadn’t thought I can do that, and more importantly I want to do that, I’d never have embarked on the path that eventually wound up at Valve.

 
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P2P money transfer to occupy banks' lucrative international transfer business

P2P money transfer to occupy banks' lucrative international transfer business | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Could exorbitant fees and bad exchange rates for international bank transfers soon be a thing of the past? TransferWise (transferwise.com/) and CurrencyFair (CurrencyFair.com/) are two internet-based money transfer services which openly compete with banks for the lucrative business of transferring money from one country to another.

 
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Essay of the Day: Code Forking and Governance in Open Source Software

Essay of the Day: Code Forking and Governance in Open Source Software | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

the authors argue that forking need not be seen as negative behaviour; rather, it can be a way of building long-term sustainability

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Sadhana Forest Haiti : The "one day everything will be free" film project

Sadhana Forest Haiti : The "one day everything will be free" film project | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“In the Fall of 2011, I was working in a curatorial capacity at a contemporary art institution in Istanbul, Turkey. Within the context of a long-term research and exhibition program I was developing at the time, I travelled to Auroville, India to write about Sadhana Forest India, a community living within a free economy and actively working on ecological restoration through water conservation and reforestation of the indigenous tropical dry evergreen forest. While this trip was initially intended to contribute only in a minor way to the overall project I was developing in Istanbul, what I encountered at Sadhana Forest India was far richer and more complex than I could have anticipated. Upon returning to Istanbul three months later, it became clear that there was still work to be done beyond synthesizing my research into the short text I had written on Sadhana Forest India. Drawing from the various lines of inquiry set up in the project I was involved with in Istanbul, I set out to visit Sadhana Forest again––but this time to their recently established sister project in Haiti, and this time with the intention to use the medium of documentary film as a vehicle for organizing and communicating my research.

 
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The Economics of Monasticism

The Economics of Monasticism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“I’ve been reading ‘The Economics of Monasticism by Nathan Smith’ over the past week. He makes some interesting points in comparing the sustainability of intentional communities with that of Christian monasteries. Citing a study by Rost et al (2008) that “An average longevity of 463 years makes monasteries more durable not only than firms, but even than most states.” and further suggesting possibilities as to what makes them so successful.”

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LSI - Chapter 1 | | Organic Landscape Design

LSI - Chapter 1 | | Organic Landscape Design | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We begin a new year with a new name and start the Chronicles anew. What we do remains the same . . . exploring how to facilitate new interactions among the living things around us and teaching what we learn to others. We have set up a formal non-profit corporation with the name Living Systems Institute. We are in process of inviting people to serve as directors and advisors. We are in process of applying for tax exempt status.


 

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Did HG Wells predict Google ? | Business News, Articles & Blogs | SunZu

Read the latest business blogs & articles from SunZu - the social network that connects entrepreneurs, business owners & industry professionals.
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Top 10 New Players Competing with Banks | Megafounder

Top 10 New Players Competing with Banks | Megafounder | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Payments sector has been guardkeeped by central, retail banks and credit card corporations like visa or mastercard for decades. Nowadays, those payment providers are facing a challenge: The power of the disintermediation by some players or the rising of a new, much more flexible and startup minded generation intermediates.

 
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New technology that provides online users to make payment or transfer money without using a credit card.

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New technology that provides online users to make payments or transfer money without using a credit card.

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The Copyright Propaganda Machine Gets a New Agent: Your ISP

The Copyright Propaganda Machine Gets a New Agent: Your ISP | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It’s been a long time coming, but the copyright surveillance machine known as the Copyright Alert System (CAS) is finally launching.  CAS is an agreement between Big Content and large Internet Service Providers to monitor peer to peer networks for copyright infringement and target subscribers who are alleged to infringe—via everything from from “educational” alerts to throttling Internet speeds.

 
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Familink Travel - Enjoy the world, together is better!

Familink Travel - Enjoy the world, together is better! | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Dear FRIEND, The FAMILINK TRAVEL project is about to take off and will be able to do so also thanks to your contribution. As you know, the idea of FAMILINK TRAVEL is to create an international community which puts FAMILIES of different types, cultures and nationalities in touch in order to meet, receive and offer hospitality and live together (...)

 
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White House Grants Aaron Swartz's Wish, In Part

White House Grants Aaron Swartz's Wish, In Part | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Aaron Swartz, a well-known Internet activist who killed himself last month, believed that information should free, not digitized and put behind pay walls.

 

"The world's entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations," he once wrote.

 

The Obama administration just granted his wish -- at least as it pertains to research funded by taxpayers

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Manifest for the Recovery of Common Goods of Humanity - P2P Foundation

Manifest for the Recovery of Common Goods of Humanity - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

An initiative from participants at the World Social Forum of 2009, at Belem – Pará, Brazil, which calls all citizens of the world and their organizations to engage in the struggle for the deprivatization and demercantilization of common goods.


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The way I see it, we need three elements to...

The way I see it, we need three elements to... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

First, we need to construct the alternatives. I want to insist that this is not a reactionary struggle for say, pure relocalization, or small utopian communities, like the utopian socialists of the 19th century, what Marx called ‘dwarfish forms’. Rather we are building a new system of production which recombines an important amount of relocalization (because physical material globalization is a disaster for sustainability), but combined by a globally connected infrastructure of mutual coordination and collective learning, which can achieve a hyper-growth in human productive innovation.

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David Graeber: Some Remarks on Consensus | OccupyWallSt.org

David Graeber: Some Remarks on Consensus | OccupyWallSt.org | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
As part of our recent series on Occupy and consensus, we are posting this timely piece by David Graeber, originally published at OccupyWallStreet.net There has been a flurry of dis
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Alternative Currency Goes Mainstream As Bitcoin ATMs Emerge | Zero Hedge

Alternative Currency Goes Mainstream As Bitcoin ATMs Emerge | Zero Hedge | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The more I learn about Bitcoin, the more I support it.  In fact, the only donations we accept on this site areBitcoin donations.  As I mentioned in a post late last summer, I think it represents another way to fight back against the current repressive and immoral monetary system that has a strangle hold on the planet.  Ever since WordPress.com (the extremely popular blogging platform and 22nd most popular site on the internet), decided to accept Bitcoin as payment last November the value of Bitcoins versus the U.S. dollar has more than doubled.

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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation