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Always Say Yes to Networking - Management Tip of the Day - February 12, 2013 - Harvard Business Review

Always Say Yes to Networking - Management Tip of the Day - February 12, 2013 - Harvard Business Review | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The building blocks of a great network aren't purpose-driven meetings — they're casual encounters and agenda-less coffee catch-ups. As often as possible, say yes to invitations, even if it's...
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Open source boosts entrepreneurship and social good through collaboration | opensource.com

Open source boosts entrepreneurship and social good through collaboration | opensource.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I vividly remember the time when my early opinions about open source software were built around questions that made natural (and perfect) sense to me at that point in my life, like: "Why would someone sell a software product for free?" and "Why should anyone participate in a project that does not reap financial rewards?" These formed the basis of my rationale.

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Michel Bauwens: The Inevitable Localization of Globalization

Michel Bauwens: The Inevitable Localization of Globalization | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“It is an article of faith that global trade will be an ever-growing presence in the world. Yet this belief rests on shaky foundations. Global trade depends on cheap, long-distance freight transportation. Freight costs will rise with climate change, the end of cheap oil, and policies to mitigate these two challenges. At first, the increase in freight costs will be bad news for developed and developing nations alike but, as adjustments in the patterns of trade occur, the result is likely to be decreased outsourcing with more manufacturing and food production jobs in North America and the European Union. The pattern of trade will change as increasing transportation costs outweigh traditional sources of comparative advantage, such as lower wages. The new geography of trade will not result from policy or treaties but from the impact of changing environmental conditions due to the growth of the human economy. … Many goods will be manufactured closer to where they are consumed, as supply chains become more regional and local.”

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Always Say Yes to Networking | TIME.com

Always Say Yes to Networking | TIME.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The building blocks of a great network aren't purpose-driven meetings — they're casual encounters and agenda-less coffee catch-ups. As often as possible, say yes to invitations, even if it's not clear what you'll get out of them.
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A free culture for jobs and employment | Edgeryders

A free culture for jobs and employment | Edgeryders | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

 It seems that what is now emerging as handicraft and do-it-yourself movements, the makers approach or a frugality of life sometimes associated with the hackers movement, in our region has its roots in the past. "Do it yourself" was gaining momentum before the crisis - in my opinion as a reaction to growing automation and standardization of life; and to a need for doing work with your own hands, in increasingly non-material jobs and lifestyles. But in the time of crisis it gains a new, practical dimension. There's a broader, theoretical backdrop to this idea, in the concept of Parallel Polis, developed in the 1970s, communist Czechoslovakia by a dissident, Vaclav Benda.

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Industrial Revolution is a lot bigger than just 3D Printing

Industrial Revolution is a lot bigger than just 3D Printing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
3D printing seems to be inextricably linked to discussions of the next Industrial Revolution. The media has latched onto the “miracle of 3D printing” – as proclaimed in an NPR program – and credited the technology with creating a revolution in manufacturing. If one would believe the press, 3D printing could save the American or even global economies.

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The Network is the organization - The Networked Society Blog

The Network is the organization - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Remixing is a snowballing organizational process of production escalating throughout a network were one individual takes the project as far as she feels like and shares it online. The next individual takes the project and remixes further to alter or improve it.

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This Is Your Brain on Love [VIDEO]

This Is Your Brain on Love [VIDEO] | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Why does being in love make you all weepy, happy and obsessive? Watch this video about the science of love to find out.
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Chris Anderson: Why I left Wired - 3D Printing Will Be Bigger Than The Web | ZDNet

Chris Anderson: Why I left Wired - 3D Printing Will Be Bigger Than The Web | ZDNet | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Chris Anderson, former Editor-in-Chief of Wired magazine, believes home-based "replicators" will transform our future.
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MOOCs Aren't Perfect, But Neither Are Offline Courses - Technapex

MOOCs Aren't Perfect, But Neither Are Offline Courses - Technapex | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Shirky makes the important point that all these alternatives to the traditional higher education system are coming at a time when tuition rates are higher than ever (72 percent increase in the past decade while the market value of a bachelor’s has fallen by 15 percent) and students are desperate for better options. “MOOCs are a lightning strike on a rotten tree,” writes Shirky. “Most stories have focused on the lightning, on MOOCs as the flashy new thing. I want to talk about the tree.”

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Shareable: Values and the Sharing Economy

Shareable: Values and the Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

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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Shareable: 5 Tips to Claim Your Identity in the Sharing Economy

Shareable: 5 Tips to Claim Your Identity in the Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Anonymity is your enemy in the world of collaborative consumption. Your ability to share personal spaces and valuable possessions with strangers hinges on your ability to trust one another. Trust, however, doesn’t grow on trees: it’s earned. You earn it based on personal observations or independent proof. Anonymity hurts your ability to gather these data points and thus hurts your ability to participate in peer-to-peer markets. Toss anonymity aside in favor of identity. You, your history and attributes, are a powerful asset in the trust-based sharing economy.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Coming out soon: a major book ...

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Coming out soon: a major book ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“That a generalized, technology-enhanced capacity for manifold cooperation has become the main productive force means that there is no longer any contradiction between ethics and economics. On the contrary, the ethical ability to open up to and share with others has become the most fundamental quality of a successful economic agent.”

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Estonia: Life in a Networked Society

Estonia: Life in a Networked Society | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The power of connectivity can make a difference in public safety, emergency management, health care, business and social services.
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Shareable: Six Habits of Highly Empathic People

Shareable: Six Habits of Highly Empathic People | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The 20th century was the Age of Introspection, when self-help and therapy culture encouraged us to believe that the best way to understand who we are and how to live was to look inside ourselves. But it left us gazing at our own navels. The 21st century should become the Age of Empathy, when we discover ourselves not simply through self-reflection, but by becoming interested in the lives of others. We need empathy to create a new kind of revolution. Not an old-fashioned revolution built on new laws, institutions, or policies, but a radical revolution in human relationships.

 
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The Smarter Business blog, by Toby Webb: The Circular Economy in three minutes

The Smarter Business blog, by Toby Webb: The Circular Economy in three minutes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
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Shareable: Values and the Sharing Economy

Shareable: Values and the Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

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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Data share distrust threatens web economy | Telecom Asia

Data share distrust threatens web economy | Telecom Asia | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Digital consumers around the world are starting to tire of their personal data being collected across the Internet, says Ovum. The analyst paints a threatening scenario for the internet economy, as consumers seek out new tools that allow them to remain “invisible” – untraceable and impossible to target by data means.
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3D printers turn library into place of dreams

3D printers turn library into place of dreams | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — The hottest attraction at the Westport Library is not a book or collection of DVDs, but rather two manufacturing units.

At the heart of the spacious library, an area called MakerSpace has been carved out to encourage creativity and the spirit of invention. Inside the space are two MakerBot Replicator machines — 3D printers, as they are more commonly known.



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Use 'sharing economy' to help pay your bills | Inman News

Use 'sharing economy' to help pay your bills | Inman News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Mood of the Market. If you read the news in the world of business and technology, you might have seen mention of a new trend that is rapidly snowballing into a movement.
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10 things to do when starting a FabLab

10 things to do when starting a FabLab | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
After the post on the business models for FabLabs, and the post about the complex nature of a FabLab, in this post I would like to use my experience on building the Aalto FabLab in Helsinki and the experience of working and visiting other labs for explaining 10 simple suggestions for who’s thinking about to build a FabLab.
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Used Ebooks, the Ridiculous Idea that Could Also Destroy the Publishing Industry

Used Ebooks, the Ridiculous Idea that Could Also Destroy the Publishing Industry | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Amazon has a patent to sell used ebooks. When I first scanned that headline, I thought it must be some Onion-esque gag, and I'm sure I wasn't alone. Used e-books? As in, rumpled up, dog-eared pdfs? Faded black-and-white Kindle cover art, Calibri notes typed in the margins that you can't erase?

 


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POWER-CURVE SOCIETY: The Future of Innovation, Opportunity and Social Equity in the Emerging Networked Economy | The Aspen Institute

POWER-CURVE SOCIETY: The Future of Innovation, Opportunity and Social Equity in the Emerging Networked Economy | The Aspen Institute | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Power-Curve Society, written by David Bollier, examines how technological innovation is restructuring productivity and the social and economic impact resulting from these changes. It addresses the growing concern about the technological displacement of jobs, stagnant middle class income, and wealth disparities in an emerging "winner-take-all" economy. It also examines cutting-edge innovations in personal data ecosystems that could potentially unlock a revolutionary wave of individual economic empowerment. Power-Curve Society is the Report of the Twenty-First Annual Roundtable on Information Technology, a dialogue convened by the Communications and Society Program.

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Here's one more thing you can share: Kids

Here's one more thing you can share: Kids | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

And now the latest addition to the list of shareable items: kids. Yes, people are using websites and Facebook pages to find like-minded people with whom to share children.

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New Paper: "Re-Imaging the Commons as ‘The Green Economy’" at the IECA’s ‘Environmental Communication - Participation Revisited: openings and closures for deliberations on the commons’

New Paper: "Re-Imaging the Commons as ‘The Green Economy’" at the IECA’s ‘Environmental Communication - Participation Revisited: openings and closures for deliberations on the commons’ | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The paper ‘Re-Imaging the Commons as ‘The Green Economy’ has been accepted for the International Environmental Communicators Association’s  2013 conference titled ‘Environmental Communication: Participation Revisited: openings and closures for deliberations on the commons’ in June 2013. This paper will be available for free on the EcoLabs website and in the conference proceedings. I am looking forward to publishing this paper, but will not be able to attend the conference without sponsors. If you or your organisation understands the importance of critically informed research on proposals to financialise the commons, please consider helping. I am looking for sponsors willing to sponsor full or partial expenses for this conference presentation. Please email me [info (a) eco-labs.org] if you are willing to consider helping.

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