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Latin American lessons for Europe’s Sharing Economy

Latin American lessons for Europe’s Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Europe has been recently experiencing a new wave of economic disruption driven by the Internet: the so-called Sharing Economy. Companies like Uber, a service that connects drivers and passengers for short-rides, andAirbnb, a short-term apartment and room rental service, want to change how we take taxis and how we do tourism around the Old Continent.

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Bitcoin 2.0 Crowdfunding Is Real Crowdfunding - TechCrunch (blog)

Bitcoin 2.0 Crowdfunding Is Real Crowdfunding - TechCrunch (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In the past few months we’ve been hearing a lot about how bitcoin’s underlying technology is going to revolutionize not only our monetary system, but also notary services, DNS, authentication, intellectual property ownership and data storage.

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Will Capitalism Destroy Itself? -- A Revolution in Economics

Will Capitalism Destroy Itself? -- A Revolution in Economics | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The global economy is going through profound changes that may well bring the Era of Capitalism to an end — through a convergence of revolutions in communication technologies, logistics, and manufacturing.  Author and trend analyst, Jeremy Rifkin, explores this transition in depth in his book The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism.
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Now the UN is intervening in Detroit's water conflict. Could thirsty cities riot?

Now the UN is intervening in Detroit's water conflict. Could thirsty cities riot? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Angry protests over water provision have shaken cities around the world, and may determine whether access to clean drinking water is a taxable municipal service – or a basic human right
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My Week with PirateBox, the DIY Mobile Cloud Storage Device

My Week with PirateBox, the DIY Mobile Cloud Storage Device | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Sharing books you've read can be as enjoyable as reading them again, and for centuries books have frequently changed hands from person to person, library to library. But what if you could share an entire archive of books from the palm of your hand with anyone in earshot? I spent a week experimenting with a DIY PirateBox to see how it works, but first let's explore notable episodes in the history of book sharing...

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italiaDesign: Zoe Romano, WeMake

Zoe Romano is a co-founder of WeMake, an makerspace in Milan. It is a workshop focused on creating innovation at the intersection between digital manufacturing, wearable technology and the development of local fashion brand communities using open-source technology.
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Podcast of the Day: Rachel O'Dwyer on the Role of Commons in Contemporary Capitalism | P2P Foundation

Podcast of the Day: Rachel O'Dwyer on the Role of Commons in Contemporary Capitalism | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We met Rachel O’Dwyer a couple of weeks back, at the Open Everything 2014 Convergence, celebrated in Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Ireland. We really enjoyed talking to Rachel and listening to her contributions in the Q&As and, in fact, we’re hoping to work with her in the near future. Until then, please check out this podcast, originally published as part of a series called “Contemporary Capitalism”
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Ecuador’s Pathbreaking Plan for Commons-Based Peer Production: An Update | David Bollier

Ecuador’s Pathbreaking Plan for Commons-Based Peer Production: An Update | David Bollier | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The nine-month effort in Ecuador to develop a new vision and policy architecture for commons-based peer production is coming into much sharper focus.  To refresh your memory on this project, the Government of Ecuador last year commissioned the FLOK Society (FLOK = “Free, libre, open knowledge”) to come up with a thoughtful plan for enabling every sector of Ecuador to be organized into open knowledge commons, to the maximum degree possible.  The project has now released a transition plan accompanied by more than a dozen policy frameworks for specific social and economic domains.

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What might an Economy for the Common Good look like?

At a recent seminar I was asked by one of the participants if I could explain, in simple, jargon-free language, what I meant by “an economy that serves the common good”, and also what I meant by “sustainability, social justice and ecology”.


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Amazon's ruthless practices are crushing Main Street - Boulder Weekly

Amazon's ruthless practices are crushing Main Street - Boulder Weekly | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Even by the anything-goes ethical code of the corporate jungle, Amazon.com’s alpha male, Jeff Bezos, is considered a ruthless predator by businesses that deal with him. As overlord of Amazon, by far the largest online marketer in the world (with more sales than the next nine U.S. online retailers combined), Bezos has the monopoly power to stalk, weaken and even kill off retail competitors — going after such giants as Barnes & Noble and Wal-Mart and draining the lifeblood from hundreds of smaller Main Street shops. He also goes for the throats of both large and small businesses that supply the millions of products his online behemoth sells. They’re lured into Amazon by its unparalleled database of some 200 million customers, but once in, they face unrelenting pressure to lower what they charge Amazon for their products, compelled by the company to give it much better deals than other retailers can extract.


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3D opportunity: The course on additive manufacturing for business leaders

3D opportunity: The course on additive manufacturing for business leaders | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Aimed at a general business audience, this course provides an overview of a wide range of additive manufacturing technologies and offers a framework to help learners understand the business implications of these technologies. The course is relevant for professionals working in product design, manufacturing, supply chain, strategy, and other disciplines. Through the course, participants will build a knowledge base on additive manufacturing to help them engage in discussions with colleagues, customers, and suppliers about how the technology applies to their business.

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Open-source solar-powered 3D printers can go almost anywhere | KurzweilAI

Open-source solar-powered 3D printers can go almost anywhere | KurzweilAI | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Quasi-portable Solar 3D Printer. The quasi-portable solar-powered RepRap on a cart meant for schools or small businesses. (Credit: Debbie King) Open-source
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5 ways to whet consumers' appetites for sustainability - GreenBiz.com (blog)

5 ways to whet consumers' appetites for sustainability - GreenBiz.com (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Sustainable consumer behavior has improved only incrementally, and remains stagnant or has become less sustainable in areas such as transportation, housing and consumer goods, according to the 2014 Greendex survey.

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Why Marc Andreessen is Long on Bitcoin and Short on Apple Pay - CoinDesk

Why Marc Andreessen is Long on Bitcoin and Short on Apple Pay - CoinDesk | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Marc Andreessen talks bitcoin, Apple Pay and the problems they face at the Dreamforce 2014 conference in San Francisco.
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The Economic Realms: Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think, By Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier

The Economic Realms: Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think, By Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A New York Times bestseller. Longlisted for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. Since Aristotle, we have fought to understand the causes behind everything. But this ideology is fading. In the age of big data, we can crunch an incomprehensible amount of information, providing us with invaluable insights about the what rather than the why. We're just starting to reap the benefits: tracking vital signs to foresee deadly infections, predicting building fires, anticipating the best moment to buy a plane ticket, seeing inflation in real time and monitoring social media in order to identify trends. But there is a dark side to big data. Will it be machines, rather than people, that make the decisions? How do you regulate an algorithm? What will happen to privacy? Will individuals be punished for acts they have yet to commit? In this groundbreaking and fascinating book, two of the world's most-respected data experts reveal the reality of a big data world and outline clear and actionable steps that will equip the reader with the tools needed for this next phase of human evolution.
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Richest 1% of people own nearly half of global wealth, says report

Richest 1% of people own nearly half of global wealth, says report | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Credit Suisse study shows inequality accelerating, with NGOs saying it shows economic recovery ‘skewed towards wealthy’
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100 Resilient Cities - Rockefeller Foundation

100 Resilient Cities - Rockefeller Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.
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Rebalancing the Economy – New book from Green Economics Institute

Rebalancing the Economy – New book from Green Economics Institute | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The current generations are at a turning point. Wealth inequality is growing all over the world. This is leading to social unrest and increasing levels of unhappiness in society. This is leading to a decline in social capital.

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Fair.coop: Using Cryptocurrency to Bring Economic Justice to the World

Fair.coop: Using Cryptocurrency to Bring Economic Justice to the World | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Imagine an online cooperative that supports economic equality around the world and is free from state control. This is the vision for Fair.coop. First envisioned by Enric Duran, cofounder of the Catalan Integral Cooperative, Fair.coop is an extension of peer-to-peer values, open cooperation, and hacker ethics. If Fair.coop's lofty ideals are realized in a concrete way, it could prove revolutionary.
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Op-Ed: Why We Need Decentralized Due Diligence

Op-Ed: Why We Need Decentralized Due Diligence | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The recent happenings around BitNation illustrate how simply creating a coin and starting a crowdsale is not enough. We need due diligence around projects and an engagement mechanism that ensures that project owners actually follow through with their intentions.
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'The Establishment is trying to choke journalism' - Spiked

This place is staffed by human beings, not Lucifer and his disciples. Everybody who comes here wants to do a good job, they want to tell great stories that will interest and entertain readers. But we are dealing with people who are lying to us on a daily basis, and it’s important that the public understand that. And now they are being lied to with state support, and that’s a chilling thing.’

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[repost ]2021: Mass Collaboration and the Really New Economy

[repost ]2021: Mass Collaboration and the Really New Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Title: Mass Collaboration and the Really New Economy

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All Things Open | How ‘Open’ Changes Product Development

All Things Open | How ‘Open’ Changes Product Development | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

There’s a lot of speculation about open source product development. How can a product with “no IP” be competitive? What are the viable business models, when the code is freely available? And how am I supposed to build and take a viable product to market if my open source company is focused on services, not products?


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