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thoughts on the development of peer-to-peer dynamics in the field of politics, economics and institutions
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Rent Out Your Empty Desks With This Airbnb For Office Space

Rent Out Your Empty Desks With This Airbnb For Office Space | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
When a group of friends and I successfully Kickstarted a magazine last summer, we had no idea how many challenges we’d have to figure out, from sales tax to distribution.
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Values and the Sharing Economy | Common Cause

We are all painfully familiar with the plethora of statistics that illustrate how unsustainable modern lifestyles have become and how humanity is already consuming natural resources far faster than the planet can produce or renew them. In a bid to reverse these trends, increasing numbers of people are attempting to consume less, reduce waste and recycle more regularly.  The rapid growth of the sharing economy over recent years reflects this growing environmental awareness and commitment to changing unsustainable patterns of consumption. The possibilities for sharing are already endless in many parts of the world, in everything from cars and drills to skills and knowledge. The sharing economy is undeniably taking off - and rightly so.

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Abundance vs. Scarcity Mentality - P2P Foundation

Abundance vs. Scarcity Mentality - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Win/Win is a thought process of both the mind and the heart that continuously seeks mutual benefit in human interaction. With a Win/Win frame of mind, all parties involved feel good about the solutions, agreements, and decisions because they are mutually beneficial for everyone involved. In this way of thinking, emphasis is put upon cooperation, not competition." (http://www.northernlightspresentations.com/articles/AbundanceMentality.htm)

 
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Book: Swarmwise. By Rick Falkvinge. - P2P Foundation

Book: Swarmwise. By Rick Falkvinge. - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"It is an instruction manual for recruiting and leading tens of thousands of activists on a mission to change the world for the better, without having access to money, resources, or fame. The book is based on Falkvinge’s experiences in leading the Swedish Pirate Party into the European Parliament, starting from nothing, and covers all aspects of leading a swarm of activists into mainstream success." (http://falkvinge.net/2013/02/14/swarmwise-the-tactical-manual-to-changing-the-world-chapter-one/)

 
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Collaborative Learning: Leveraging Social Learning Sites (Part 1 of 2) | The Cengage Learning Blog

Collaborative Learning: Leveraging Social Learning Sites (Part 1 of 2) | The Cengage Learning Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Collaborative learning” is an umbrella term that is used to describe a number of techniques whose goals are to improve student learning. Collaborative Learning is built on the beliefs that learning is an active process involving knowledge use and construction, and that learning is fundamentally a social process. In fact, Collaborative Learning can be defined as the instructional use of small groups so that students work together to maximize their own and each other’s learning. Small groups are used to promote improved student engagement with the curricular material and improved cognitive activity. The teaming strategy promotes positive interdependence with its concomitant benefits of supportive relationships, higher psychological well being, and improved performance for the student. Teaming is also known to improve student engagement in the academic and social life of the institution.

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Europeans Take a More Cautious Approach Toward Online Courses - New York Times

Europeans Take a More Cautious Approach Toward Online Courses - New York Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Ever since the German computer scientist Sebastian Thrun sent out an e-mail in 2011 announcing that his “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” course at Stanford University in California would be available free online, the education world has been both enthralled and terrified by the advent of massive open online courses, or MOOCs.

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Video: The Best 7 TED Talks On 3D Printing

Video: The Best 7 TED Talks On 3D Printing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The TED conference has been home to some of the leading ideas about 3D printing. In a recent feature, TED has collected some of the best talks on 3D printing in one place.
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Shareable: Can One Planet Feed Nine Billion People?

Shareable: Can One Planet Feed Nine Billion People? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Two weeks ago, experts and scholars from nine countries gathered in Linköping, Sweden, for the second Urban Agriculture Summit. After three days of presentations and discussions, an Urban Agriculture Summit Statement emerged, focused on addressing food security issues in urban areas around the world.

 
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Preparing for Collapse: The New Political Map « how to save the world

Preparing for Collapse: The New Political Map « how to save the world | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Couldn’t sleep last night. Perhaps it’s my meditation practice — my mind is fighting back against my attempts to quiet it. At any rate I finally gave up, got up, and sketched what was going through my mind. This is it. I think it’s self-explanatory.

 
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3ders.org - 3D printers & scanners overview and 10 predictions in 2013 | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News

3ders.org - 3D printers & scanners overview and 10 predictions in 2013 | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Tuan Tranpham, North American Channel Manager, Stratasys Ltd., shared with us four graphics he created about the 3D printing world.
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Shapeways Blog on 3D Printing News & Innovation

Shapeways Blog on 3D Printing News & Innovation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In his 2013, second term State of the Union address, President Obama mentioned 3D printing, that it "has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything." He mentioned theadditive manufacturing hub the US government is helping to fund in Youngstown Ohio and three more they are about to launch, suggesting Congress should "create a network of 15 of these hubs and guarantee that the next revolution in manufacturing is made in America.

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Liberating voter rolls in memory of Aaron Swartz - Citizen Matters

Arun Raghavan, an open source software enthusiast, and four friends worked all night on January 19th on a very unique problem. They were scraping electoral data from ceokarnataka's website. They wanted to create a user-friendly frontend for citizens to search their names and polling booth information. They did this as part of a hacknight to commemorate the life and works of Aaron Swartz, on January 19th and 20th organised by HasGeek, an event organiser for geeks.

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Shareable: Boston's City Hall Takes It to the Street

Shareable: Boston's City Hall Takes It to the Street | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Taking a cue from the ever-more-visible food trucks and displaying a whole new level of community engagement, the City of Boston recently sent the new City Hall To Go truck out on the road. The idea is to meet people where they are — to make select government services available right there in the neighborhoods. 

 
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The Heretic Economist: ECONOMY FOR HERETICS: BARING THE MYTHS OF ORTHODOX ECONOMY Extract from Chapter 1 – “The Myth of consumer rationality”

The Heretic Economist: ECONOMY FOR HERETICS: BARING THE MYTHS OF ORTHODOX ECONOMY Extract from Chapter 1 – “The Myth of consumer rationality” | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The advancement of the neurosciences and the brain sciences has not been no stranger to the economy. In fact it is because of them it has been possible inquire into the physical basis of several of the discoveries of behavioral economics, thus born a new branch for the economic study: the neuroeconomics. 
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Shareable: To Give or Not to Give: Enter the Gift Economy

Shareable: To Give or Not to Give: Enter the Gift Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Serendipity -- value creation based on unexpected encounters -- is a new trend in the world of business. Successful global players like Google and LinkedIn are introducing serendipity leaves for their employees: time they can spend outside of rigid work structure in order to find value in the most surprising places. These companies know how important unexpected encounters and knowledge exchange are for innovation.


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Trend: Backyard Biology and the backyard as a place of production

Trend: Backyard Biology and the backyard as a place of production | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“MAKE Backyard Biology was published the 24th of August 2006. Its title, more importantly the cover’s composition, marks a first and important distinction. A zoomed-in image portrays two impersonal hands: one holding a lily while the other holds a pair of tweezers near the lily’s stamen (where the pollen is stored). The picture depicts the act of removing the stamens – ‘emasculation (ouch)’ as described by the editors, at times a required step before hand pollination. If the choice of the impersonal hand is a classical way to represent the possibility of participation (Panese, 2003), in this context the image is also a visual celebration of how maker performs as an umbrella term. This is a first for MAKE, the media upon which the act is performed is not an electro-mechanical device, but a colorful and imposing flower. The maker and the lily form a new and peculiar figurative pair whose relation needs to be explained. The image is therefore combined with the exhortation “hack your plants” followed by the proposal of “nine backyard biology projects”. Hand pollination, a classical technique used in horticulture since the 19th Century, becomes a ‘hack’ and ‘hacking’ plants becomes a ‘backyard biology’ project.

 
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Chris Anderson: How the Makers Will Create a New Industrial Revolution - Forbes

Chris Anderson: How the Makers Will Create a New Industrial Revolution - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I recently caught up with Chris Anderson, who is the editor in chief of Wired, which he has led to multiple National Magazine Award nominations, as well as winning the prestigious top prize for General Excellence in 2005, 2007, and 2009. In 2009, the magazine was named Magazine of the Decade by the editors of AdWeek. He is the co-founder of 3D Robotics, a fast-growing manufacturer of aerial robots, and DIY Drones. Anderson is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Long Tail and Free: The Future of a Radical Price. His latest book is called Makers: The New Industrial Revolution.

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What manufacturers don’t want you to know about peer production | Ebooks on Crack

What manufacturers don’t want you to know about peer production | Ebooks on Crack | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Peer production flips the idea of the factory by using resources spread across the community instead of in a centralized location. Factories are the inevitable result of using expensive machines that require costly organizational process to use effectively. This is why the original Ford plant took in raw materials in one end and spit out cars in the other. It was just too expensive to do it any other way.

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Stigmergic Governance Via the Web - 12160

Stigmergic Governance Via the Web - 12160 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
What is there proposed is a stigmergic governance - a way to govern society without a governMENT.  In a system with no money or need for exchange, stigmergic governance will work - as long as there are money interests, it is unlikely to, with votes bought, up or down, and other disruptive aspects.  This is what I propose in a free energy/robot system where no money is needed (read The End of Entropy for a picture of how this works).  If You are unfamiliar with the term, stigmergy, a good place to get a handle on the term is http://journal.media-culture.org.au/0605/03-elliott.php
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Shareable: Sharing Economy Law: Outdated Rules Create Opportunity

Shareable: Sharing Economy Law: Outdated Rules Create Opportunity | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, a group of lawyers, entrepreneurs, business owners, ecovillage leaders, and community facilitators gathered in Portland, Oregon, for a two-day seminar on Legal Tools for the Sharing Economy. The course was taught by Janelle Orsi, co-founder of the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) and author of the recently-published book Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy.

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Why I Still Doubt

Why I Still Doubt | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Parecon, like capitalism, is based on paid labor, apparently based on the reasoning that people wouldn’t otherwise work enough. In my preceding reply I had doubted that assumption. When defending payment for work, you, Michael, seem to consider money as mere “information,” guiding people’s choices about how much they need to work and how much they can consume. You also seem to imagine a very impoverished model of social interaction where no other information that could influence such choices is available.

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What we supposedly learned about technology from 1995's Hackers - Wired.co.uk

What we supposedly learned about technology from 1995's Hackers - Wired.co.uk | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Here at Wired, we talk a lot about the evolving relationship between technology and culture. In order to help our readers keep up with the fast-paced changes of our increasingly digital world, we've decided to analyse the valuable lessons about technology contained within the most educational material that we as a society have ever produced: Hollywood films. Today's subject: 1995's Hackers, a classic story of intense coding, romance, and the all-consuming importance of the payphone.

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How 3D printing will change everything – including education

How 3D printing will change everything – including education | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Edit: This article is getting a lot of attention so I’ve decided that some more background info on 3D printing is in order since I only briefly describe the technology. For more info see these TED Talks on 3D printing: 7 TED Talks on the wonder of 3D printing.

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America Has Hit “Peak Jobs” | TechCrunch

America Has Hit “Peak Jobs” | TechCrunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“The middle class is being hollowed out,” says James Altucher. “Economists are shifting their attention toward a [...] crisis in the United States: the significant increase in income inequality,” reports the New York Times.

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Revolutionizing Cities -- The Sharing Economy

Sharing - the new way. In the last few years in San Francisco, innovation enabled by technology has fundamentally changed what, where and how we share.
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