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Elasticity, Resilience, Antifragility in CoLlective and Individual Objects and Systems: The Challenges of Community Resilience

Elasticity, Resilience, Antifragility in CoLlective and Individual Objects and Systems: The Challenges of Community Resilience | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“Community resilience is a measure of the sustained ability of a community to utilize available resources to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse situations. […] Resilient communities withstand and recover from disasters. They also learn from past disasters to strengthen future recovery efforts. The Resilience in Action website offers toolkits, training, multimedia, newsletters, and other resources to help communities build and strengthen their resilience.”
 
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NSA scandal pushes firms to move data out of US - DatacenterDynamics

NSA scandal pushes firms to move data out of US - DatacenterDynamics | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Recent revelations that the US National Security Administration's surveillance practices are far more wide-reaching than previously thought are already having a material impact on the IT services industry in the US. 
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Red Hat and the CentOS Project Join Forces to Speed Open Source Innovation - SDTimes.com

Red Hat and the CentOS Project Join Forces to Speed Open Source Innovation - SDTimes.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Red Hat, Inc, the world's leading provider of open source solutions, and the CentOS Project today announced they are joining forces to build a new CentOS, capable of driving forward development and adoption of next-generation open source technologies.



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Creating Crowdfunding Ecosystems with CommunityLeader - Crowdsourcing.org

Creating Crowdfunding Ecosystems with CommunityLeader - Crowdsourcing.org | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Sure, we know what Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and their ilk do. And financial (debt- and equity-based) crowdfunding looks like much of the same, except backers will invest money in exchange for a piece of a company, a debt position, or a part of the startup's future income, instead of one of a company’s products.

 
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Building an Open Source Laptop

Building an Open Source Laptop | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

About a year and a half ago, I engaged on an admittedly quixotic project to build my own laptop. By I, I mean we, namely Sean “xobs” Cross and me,bunnie. Building your own laptop makes about as much sense as retrofitting a Honda Civic with a 1000hp motor, but the lack of practicality never stopped the latter activity, nor ours.

 
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This Is What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional Education

This Is What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional Education | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Logan Laplante is a 13 year-old boy who was taken out of the education system to be home schooled instead.
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Lori Anderson: Utopia is an idea, not a place - Scotsman

Lori Anderson: Utopia is an idea, not a place - Scotsman | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The ability of men to both construct a utopia and then tear it apart was a lesson that Robert Owen, the Welsh industrialist who founded New Lanark, was soon to learn. After setting up New Lanark he became disenchanted with his dealings with the local authorities in Scotland and headed west to set up a new utopian society, uncluttered, he hoped, by the intransigence of others. He was a man of the noblest intentions, as a letter, dated 1 January, 1816 made clear: “I know that society may be formed so as to exist without crime, without poverty, with health greatly improved, with little, if any misery, and with intelligence and happiness increased a hundredfold: and no obstacle whatsoever intervenes at this moment except ignorance to prevent such a state of society from becoming universal.”

 
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This Is What It Looks Like When You Realize How Toxic Your Job Is And You Do Something About It

This Is What It Looks Like When You Realize How Toxic Your Job Is And You Do Something About It | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

But the reason it spread so fast is because, as I alluded to above, the Gift Economy changes the entire business relationship. Instead of a situation where the client is skeptical and fears getting ripped off because they don’t understand web design and yet are being asked for a 50% deposit up front, causing the client to argue for the lowest possible bid to lower their risk, the Gift Economy places all the risk on me. I built many of my websites this year without any deposit at all, and when I was finished I turned the entire site over to the client 100%. Always, and without any strings attached.

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Can icecairo sustain a maker movement in Egypt, with government help? - Wamda

Can icecairo sustain a maker movement in Egypt, with government help? - Wamda | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Since it launched this past November, co-working space icecairo is building a reputation for being one of the few places that Egypt’s entrepreneurs can go to build products and innovate sustainable concepts. Under the guidance of Mohammed Radwan, a self-described “vagabond” industrial engineer, and his co-founder Adam Molineux-Berry, the long-time director of Cairo’s Design Emporium, the space hopes to "solve environmental and social challenges” despite the financial challenges of being an independent organization in today’s Egypt.

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George Takei on the Sharing Economy

George Takei on the Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
George Takei chats with Michael Buckley about Airbnb, Lyft, and all that's unique and interesting when it comes to the sharing economy … Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
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The Sharing Economy and the Shape of Regulation | Pasha's ...

The Sharing Economy and the Shape of Regulation | Pasha's ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Consider the plight of Lyft, now required under the proposed decision of California’s Public Utilities Commission(“CPUC”) to comply with a long list of regulatory requirements affecting occasional drivers driving their own cars professionally adorned with a big pink mustache.  The Attorney General of New York, focusing on possible violations of law, has subpoened records for airbnb site users.   Will the emerging chef, who cooks in her own kitchen for paying Feastly guests, soon have to deal with the county health department?

 
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The shared economy's growth spurt - Christian Science Monitor

The shared economy's growth spurt - Christian Science Monitor | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Why go through the trouble and expense of renting a car or booking a hotel room when your smart phone can quickly connect you with someone nearby who’ll rent you a room or a car faster and cheaper?

 
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Ridesharing Companies a New Driver of Shared Economy - Millionaire Corner

Ridesharing Companies a New Driver of Shared Economy - Millionaire Corner | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In this recent manifestation of the so-called sharing, or on-demand, economy, services such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are the 21st century equivalent of the old school community ride board in which thumbtack-affixed index cards soliciting fellow travelers or carpoolers are being replaced by ride-share smartphone apps that offer passengers an alternative to taxis and limos, connecting passengers and private drivers with the click of a button.


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Collaboration, Not Heros, Drives Shifts in Climate Change - Huffington Post

Collaboration, Not Heros, Drives Shifts in Climate Change - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

When I heard in late December that Bill McKibben had written another article for Rolling Stone, I was thrilled. His July 2012 piece for that publication -- "Global Warming's Terrifying Math" -- started a firestorm. McKibben had determined that the public was losing interest in battling climate change because there was no clear enemy. With no titanic force to battle, consumers had no one to blame but themselves, and that notion was driving away supporters. Then McKibben's article identified the fossil fuel companies as the once and future evil, and because of horrors such as the Exxon Valdez and BP's Gulf Oil Spill, they were bad guys we already loved to hate.

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A 'Defining Moment' For UK Crowdfunding - Forbes

That’s the question facing the assortment of entrepreneurs, financiers and technical wizards behind the rapid growth United Kingdom’s business-focused crowdfunding industry as they look ahead to 2014. After three years of rapid growth, equity investment, peer-to-peer lending and invoice trading via crowdfunding sites are now established as serious options for startups and small businesses in search of finance. But as more money pours through a growing range of online platforms and into the bank accounts of young and often high risk companies, questions of investor protection have come to the fore.

 

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Goodbye, Dilbert: 'The Rise of the Naked Economy' - Knowledge@Wharton

Goodbye, Dilbert: 'The Rise of the Naked Economy' - Knowledge@Wharton | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In 1989, Scott Adams began publishing Dilbert, a comic strip that first focused on the title character’s life at home but soon moved to the workplace. It was there that it found its groove and came to capture something essential about life in late 20th-century America.

 
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What to consider when transitioning your open source business to a revenue ... - opensource.com

What to consider when transitioning your open source business to a revenue ... - opensource.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It's true that many companies make the transition from closed source to open source. From commercial to free. For those companies' customers, that change a no-brainer and obviously not going to be a problem that now they will be getting the product for free that they paid for before. We, on the other hand, were considering asking for money from our customers for a product they had gotten for free before.


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How Do You Sustain a Good Idea?

How Do You Sustain a Good Idea? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

While many people are excited about the sharing economy, and consider it a recent phenomenon, most would be surprised to know it came of age during World War II, when we first saw posters encouraging ride sharing (or car-sharing as it was called back then) as part of people’s patriotic duty to reduce fuel demand.  

 
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Emerging 'sharing economy' will drive policy changes in the new year - Mail Tribune

Emerging 'sharing economy' will drive policy changes in the new year - Mail Tribune | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Websites and applications that let consumers rent out their home or give a stranger a ride in their car for a few bucks will drive sweeping changes in public policy in the coming year as cities and states rethink how they govern the so-called sharing economy.

 
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▶ Chris Hedges Call to Action to create "New Movements" replacing corrupt Government - YouTube

Chris Hedges calls us to action, to create a new political movement to replace our corrupt government and obsolete economic institutions, building on what's begun by Occupy Wall Street. Talk at Church of All Souls in New York City February 7, 2012. Video by Joe Friendly. Apologies for occasional camera shaking, but the speaker's audio is extra fine as result of that tiny wireless AZDEN mic at Chris's lips that the church let me stick on with a tiny rubber band at the last moment before he was about to speak!

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▶ Looking for the mother of all causes - Etienne Chouard X TED - Sortition, Democracy and Constitution - YouTube

In 2005, before the European referundum, while teaching economics and law, Etienne Chouard looked closely to the draft version of the European Constitution. What he discovered changed him forever. He woke up, policatilly. Since then, and independently from any political organizations, he warns us against our apathy, denounces our responsibility and wants to restore the true meaning of democracy. His motto : a Constitution written by citizens and representatives selected by sortition.

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This Machine Can 3-D Scan Your Insides In A Single Heartbeat

This Machine Can 3-D Scan Your Insides In A Single Heartbeat | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
You've never seen your organs like this before.
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Who is the real sharing economy? - Resilience.org

Who is the real sharing economy? - Resilience.org | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Yesterday Matthew Yglesias of Slate posted, “There Is No ‘Sharing Economy.’” Well, he’s a little late to the party beating that dead horse. His story’s punch line, an old one, is basically that the sharing economy isn’t sharing, it’s renting (a la Airbnb, Zipcar, etc.), so the term “sharing economy” should die.

 
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SF-Startup Munchery Uses Sharing Economy To Make Fresh, Home-Delivered Meals Affordable

SF-Startup Munchery Uses Sharing Economy To Make Fresh, Home-Delivered Meals Affordable | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Last November, Munchery had six chefs, cooking a total of 1000 items each week for about 80 customers each night with a team of five drivers. One year later, they have grown 10x in every area and sell 3000 items daily.

 
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New 'sharing economy' offers opportunities, pitfalls - HeraldNet

New 'sharing economy' offers opportunities, pitfalls - HeraldNet | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Have you seen the cars with the pink fuzzy mustaches driving around town?


No, these are not the latest fad in auto accessories; it is the brand identifier for the ride-sharing service Lyft. Unlike traditional taxi services, Lyft allows virtually anyone to use their personal car to make money offering local rides.

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