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Open Source Business Models - Open source best practices

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For a commercial company, Open Source Software is software that is licensed to that company under an open source license. The commercial company may make use of the open source, like usage or redistribution of the open source free of charge, but it also has to fulfill the obligations, like delivering a copy of the license text with the software. 

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Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy

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The aim of this book is not to provide another critique of capitalism; rather to contribute to the ongoing dialogue for post-capitalist construction and discuss how another world could be possible. We build on the idea that the peer-to-peer infrastructures are gradually becoming the general conditions of work, economy and society, considering peer production as a social advancement within capitalism but with various post-capitalistic aspects in need of protection, enforcement, stimulation and connection with progressive social movements. Using a four-scenario approach we attempt to simplify possible outcomes and explore relevant trajectories of the current techno-economic paradigm within and beyond capitalism. The first part of the book begins with an introduction (chapters 1 and 2) of the techno-economic paradigm shifts theory which sees capitalism as a creative destruction process. Such a dynamic, innovation-based understanding of economic and societal development arguably allows for an integral bird’s-eye-view of future scenarios (chapter 3) within and beyond the dominant system. Sharing the conviction that the globalized economy is at a critical turning point, we describe the four future scenarios; namely, netarchical capitalism, distributed capitalism, resilient communities and global Commons. Netarchical and distributed capitalism (chapters 4 and 5) are parts of the wider value mode of cognitive capitalism and form, what we call, the mixed model of neo-feudal cognitive capitalism (chapter 6). On the other, the resilient communities (chapter 7) and the global Commons (chapter 8) reside in the hypothetical model of mature peer production under civic dominance. We postulate that the mature peer production communities pose a sustainable alternative to the capital accumulation, that of the circulation of the Commons. Hence, we make tentative transition proposals for the state, the market and the civic domain towards a Commons-based economy and society (chapter 9). Finally, we conclude with remarks and suggestions for future action.

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Small Is Beautiful: Impressions of Fritz Schumacher

This film is a short documentary portrait of economist, technologist and lecturer Fritz Schumacher. Up to age 45, Schumacher was dedicated to economic growth. Then he came to believe that the modern technological explosion had grown out of all proportion to human need. Author of Small Is Beautiful - A Study of Economics as if People Mattered and founder of the London-based Intermediate Technology Development Group, he championed the cause of "appropriate" technology. The film introduces us to this gentle revolutionary a few months before his death.

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Video of the Day: "Come Back" - the Story of Enric Duran's action and its aftermath

Come Back” is a full-length documentary film detailing the aftermath of Spanish activist Enric Duran’s notorious action against 16 major banks. In case you’re not familiar with his act of “financial civil disobedience”, Duran attained roughly half a million Euros in bank loans and subsequently distributed the funds to support anti-capitalist activist movements. This documentary revisits the years-long preparation for the action itself, and interviews the various groups of activists who consequently benefited from the money. The action also led to the foundation of the revolutionary Catalan Integrated Cooperative, a transition-minded post-capitalist community, which is currently thriving. You can read more about Duran and the CIC in this recent interview with Duran, conducted by Michel Bauwens, John Restakis and Neal Gorenflo.

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Casa dei Beni Comuni - P2P Foundation

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"We are a group of activists who fight for the conquest and defense of the commons. We are communards, volunteers, precarious, students, retirees, social workers, district policy makers, media and eco-activists. We come from Belluno (Italy), a small mountain province surrounded by the Dolomites, UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. Here, nature covers the biggest part of the province, but commons such water and landscape are constantly in danger. Numerous water predators have built hydroelectric power stations drying up 90% of the rivers’ beds and devastating our territory. Mountain mobility is not sustainable and services are insufficient. We live in a hostile planet where income, culture and rights seem alien elements and loneliness can really hurt. The need of a self-managed social space, in fact, has emerged in different forms and during several years. Finally, we found the place to build our future home, the House of Commons. A social lab in which to build a community response to the crisis, sharing knowledge and experiences. It will be the place of everything that, material or not material, may be self-produced, returned and conquered by the community, making it stronger.

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Facebook and the Future of Global Governance

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Although Facebook is a for-profit organization, its users could transform it into a form of participatory democratic global governance.
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Come on Home!: Ecological Agriculture and Sixteen Wonderful Farms that Point the Way

Come on Home!: Ecological Agriculture and Sixteen Wonderful Farms that Point the Way | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This essay uses over a dozen working farms across the country (& a few other countries) to illustrate some of the key principles of the ecologically-based agriculture that will be required in the transition ahead.  …The next steps are up to you, kid.
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From Facebook movements to city square movements | openDemocracy

Use of the internet has not led to a predominance of virtual actions and movements over mobilizations in ‘physical space’. On the contrary, since 2011 the occupation of urban public spaces - and more particularly symbolic spaces - has been a major feature of these movements.

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Replacing Our Creaking Capitalist Economy - Huffington Post

Replacing Our Creaking Capitalist Economy - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Jeremy Rifkin has done it again. The author of one of the most insightful and influential books of the late 20th century, The End of Work (1995), Rifkin understands the deep structure of our rapidly changing economic system. In his new book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society, Rifkin illustrates how massively computer-based activity will come to displace paid employment as a fundamental driver of our increasingly social economy.

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Open Source Business Models - Dr. Karl Popp

Open Source Business Models - Dr. Karl Popp | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

For a commercial company, Open Source Software is software that is licensed to that company under an open source license. The commercial company may make use of the open source, like usage or redistribution of the open source free of charge, but it also has to fulfill the obligations, like delivering a copy of the license text with the software. 
- See more at: http://drkarlpopp.com/OpenSourceBusinessModels.html#sthash.NXT6NDnS.axSqiN8i.dpuf

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'The People's Platform', by Astra Taylor - Financial Times

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When Facebook bought virtual reality headset maker Oculus last month, Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive of the social network, suggested that his acquisition could be “one of the platforms of the future”, hosting everything from Facebook doctors to Facebook malls.

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3D printers and female tourism: the future of accessible travel - West - Welfare Society Territory

3D printers and female tourism: the future of accessible travel - West - Welfare Society Territory | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Accessibility and gender-based tourism are revolutionising travel and cities, according to Pier Luigi Sacco, an internationally renowned cultural economist and professor at IULM University of Milan. West met him exclusively at the Lucca Campus Foundation, where he has just been appointed scientific director. “This is a time of great change and experimentation in the field of accessible tourism and I believe we will see a small revolution in this field in the coming years, through the combination of two seemingly distant factors.”

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Engineering Materials 3D-Printing an Entire Car & a Bigger, Faster Commercial ... - Design News

Engineering Materials 3D-Printing an Entire Car & a Bigger, Faster Commercial ... - Design News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Local Motors is the crowdsourcing car company we told you about back in 2011. It brings together engineers, industrial designers, and transportation designers to co-design a highly specialized vehicle using an open development platform. The company will then produce it in limited runs at a microfactory. In the cooperative research and development agreement with ORNL, the two will aim at solving some of the thorniest problems in applying 3D printing to car production: How to speed up production and assembly time, make it cost less, and reduce part counts, in other words, how to make the production process more efficient.

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The innovators: Hull bets on bitcoin spinoff to boost local economy - The Guardian

• Hull city council has joined forces with a cryptocurrency developer to launch a bitcoin spinoff designed solely for use in the city. HullCoin is being "mined" by the council, and will be awarded as a reward for voluntary work, as well as given out by food banks with aid packages. The aim is to spark the creation of a local economy, similar in scope to the Brixton Pound in south London.

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Trust and Liquidity

Liquidity may not be "the answer," but it can be an important answer in certain contexts. Because "store of value" is such an important feature for a currency, we need trust that the currency will retain its value. As we noted, the primary way of getting at this is via a market. To a certain degree, the larger and more liquid the market, the less we have to trust in the value. However, even with a small but liquid market we have the ability to easily and quickly get in and out.

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Dmytri Kleiner on circuits of value in the Lulz economy

Dmytri Kleiner on circuits of value in the Lulz economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Thus, like capitalists, voluntary producers, come to market twice. Fist time as buyers, the second time for the lulz. However, unlike capitalists their circuit is not completed, because the lulz do not enable them to be buyers again, do not allow for them to acquire the inputs they need to repeat such production.
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Facebook and the Future of Global Governance

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Although Facebook is a for-profit organization, its users could transform it into a form of participatory democratic global governance.
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Airbnb Is Suddenly Begging New York City to Tax Its Hosts $21 Million

Airbnb Is Suddenly Begging New York City to Tax Its Hosts $21 Million | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Now that Airbnb is a $10 billion soon-to-be-public corporation, the outlaw of the sharing economy is trying to go legit at the expense of its hosts. Literally.
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Unintended - and Anti-Social - Consequences of Social Media Use

Unintended - and Anti-Social - Consequences of Social Media Use | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Social-media profits contribute to anti-social behavior, including tax avoidance, gentrification and big bucks to anti-democratic causes.
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Even as social media are deployed in the service of social justice and consciousness raising, the profits generated contribute to anti-social behavior, including tax avoidance, gentrification and big bucks to anti-democratic causes.


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Goodbye to supermarkets?

Goodbye to supermarkets? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Starting as ‘economy’ stores in America in the early 1900s, staffed by a few employees selling only canned goods, supermarkets have come a long way in a relatively short period of time.
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Infographic: co-creation and the collaborative economy – sharing is the new buying

Infographic: co-creation and the collaborative economy – sharing is the new buying | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A new report looking into co-creation and a ‘collaborative economy’ has outlined that sharing online through sites like Airbnb, Uber and Kickstarter is growing, mainstream, pragmatic and satisfying, and as a result, has become a competitive threat to large corporations.

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The Future of Fashion Is Code, Not Couture, Says Designer - Mashable

The Future of Fashion Is Code, Not Couture, Says Designer - Mashable | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Designer Francis Bitonti's Brooklyn studio is an airy space filled with dress forms and lacquered desks piled with books. At first, it looks every bit the traditional atelier. But then you notice a cluster of MakerBots, each glowing purple and constantly printing, fed by spools of filament. Intricate 3D-printed models cover the tables: bowls that look like branches, sculptures like ice crystals, tiny, gemlike cubes.

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Will We Ever Be As Smart As The Web? - Business 2 Community

Will We Ever Be As Smart As The Web? - Business 2 Community | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Futurists predict that technology will surpass human intelligence by the late 2030s. Whilst it’s impossible to forecast this with 100% accuracy in advance, we can already make a sensible judgment on how tomorrow’s highly sophisticated tech might affect our lives.



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Could a smart 3D-printed hive save the bees? - Daily Mail

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This sensory kit was developed by Fab Lab Barcelona and includes hardware, a website and an app.

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Help us develop the future of automotive transportation | Wikispeed

Help us develop the future of automotive transportation | Wikispeed | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Help us develop the future of automotive transportation: Bring home your own prototype to Beta Test with us! $25,000.00 USD.

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