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Short Takes: "High Tech, Low Life"

Short Takes: "High Tech, Low Life" | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Documentary-maker Stephen Maing follows two of China's best-known citizen reporters as they try to uncover truth in the face of brutal pushback from the state.
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5 Top Bitcoin Alternatives

5 Top Bitcoin Alternatives | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Bitcoin has the biggest buzz in the world of cryptocurrencies, but what are its alternatives? We break down a list of your top options. (Not Buying Into the Bitcoin Craze?
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Living in the New "Pre-History": An Interview with Gar Alperovitz

Living in the New "Pre-History": An Interview with Gar Alperovitz | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Gar Alperovitz, a founding principal of theDemocracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland, is a chaired professor there. He has also been a Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and of King’s College, Cambridge. His most recent book is America Beyond Capitalism, and his new book What Then Must We Do? will be published by Chelsea Green this spring.

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Open Everything P2P Presentation for TEDx Brussels

Open Everything P2P Presentation for TEDx Brussels | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

With the help of the Prezi staff (thanks to lily fischer and zoltan especially), I am happy to be able to present my first presentation on “Open Everything” for the TEDx Brussels event at the European Parliament:

 
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The transformation of community activism into economic activism and the revival of cooperatives in the U.S.

The transformation of community activism into economic activism and the revival of cooperatives in the U.S. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Worker cooperatives, food stores and housing co-ops are a tiny sector of the America economy, but community activists are beginning to recognize their importance. As activists across the country move beyond a resistance strategy with essentially minor victories, to proposals for positive, long-lasting economic change, cooperatives increasingly become an option to investigate. Co-ops have a track record of providing a solid economic base to under-served communities.


 

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CityImpactRoundTable's curator insight, August 14, 2013 11:17 AM

What can be learned from this model in the Prayer-Care-Share approach? 

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Using the concept of the social commons to rethink the welfare state

Using the concept of the social commons to rethink the welfare state | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Firstly, the term ‘social commons’ is meant to be analogous with the protection of the so-called ecological ‘commons’. Defending ‘the commons’ means focusing on that which is shared by all human beings. It is the very foundation of collective life of humanity. It also means resisting the current commodification of everything and a breakaway from the dominant logic. The ‘social commons’ are human-made commons, meant to protect individuals and societies.

 
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WHAT DO YOU WANT TO LEARN IN A MOOC DEDICATED TO PUBLIC HEALTH/GLOBAL HEALTH ?

The new Virchow-Villermé Center for Public Health Paris-Berlin will launch a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) next October, 2013 entirely dedicated to public health and global health. It will be hosted by a platform (initially with experimental courses) developed in collaboration with Inria (French public institute for research in computer sciences), Sorbonne Paris Cité and Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin.


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The Meaning[lessness?] of Pla

I just got back from the Meaningful Play Conference at Michigan State University, which is all about games used for good – education, learning, medical uses, teaching empathy, or providing complex information in an interactive way.  It was well worth attending, and I really appreciate MSU for putting it on.  However, after the conference, I have found myself split into two personalities: excited Greg and skeptical Greg, on the following question:

 
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Learning from 15M's Dynamic Nucleus Model of Liquid Decentralised Unity

Learning from 15M's Dynamic Nucleus Model of Liquid Decentralised Unity | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“How do you organise a system comprised of millions of parts, with no hierarchical structure nor centralised controlling organ? The field of neuroscience faces a similar problem. The brain is a highly distributed and interconnected organ, capable of organizing itself to enable a great variety of complex, coordinated behaviors. Hundreds of thousands of neurons in the human brain are capable of coordinating and forming a single structure, but it’s highly unlikely for this to happen by means of converging structures. Convergence in the brain isn’t a plausible scenario, as there’s no central area to centralise the rest. Besides, it has been demonstrated that models of neuronal convergence lose most of their efficacy at large scales due to problems arising from combinatorial explosion 1. An additional, and major, problem is that convergence strategies aren’t effective at adapting to new situations that require unexpectedly different behaviours (that is to say, they’re not good at improvisation).

 
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A Marine Biologist Works to Create a ‘Wired Ocean’: e360 Gallery

A Marine Biologist Works to Create a ‘Wired Ocean’: e360 Gallery | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Stanford University scientist Barbara Block heads a program that has placed satellite tags on thousands of sharks, bluefin tuna, and other marine predators to better understand their life cycles. Now, using data available on mobile devices, she hopes to enlist the public in protecting these threatened creatures. READ MORE 

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Internet, Deliberative Democracy, and Power - P2P Foundation

Internet, Deliberative Democracy, and Power - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Deliberative democratic public sphere theory has become increasingly popular in Internet-democracy research and commentary. In terms of informal civic practices, advocates of this theory see the Internet as a means for the expansion of citizen deliberation leading to the formation of rational public opinion through which official decision makers can be held accountable. In this paper I question this public sphere conception as a democratic norm of Internet practice given that there have been sustained critiques of the deliberative conception for failing to account fully for power, and thus for supporting status quo social and political systems. I examine these claims and argue that while the deliberative conception actually pays more attention to power than some critics argue, it fails to adequately theorize the power relations involved in defining what counts as legitimate deliberation.

 
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Alastair Parvin on Wikihouse's Open Source Architecture - Blog

Alastair Parvin on Wikihouse's Open Source Architecture - Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Architect Alastair Parvin presents a simple but provocative idea: what if, instead of architects creating buildings for those who can afford to commission them, regular citizens could design and build their own houses? The concept is at the heart of Wikihouse, an open source construction kit that means just about anyone can build a house, anywhere.”

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Should we rely on Technology Fixes or the Intelligence of Nature?

Should we rely on Technology Fixes or the Intelligence of Nature? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

None of our fixes can control the pain, grief and rage we feel as we gaze out upon what we have wrought. Environmentalists and concerned citizens are increasingly beginning to recognize the delusion of the ‘technological fix’ – the use of technology to remedy problems caused by previous technology.

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Are Litecoins The Next Big Thing?

Are Litecoins The Next Big Thing? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
If the Winklevoss attempt to launch a Bitcoin ETF has made investing in this virtual currency a little too mainstream for your taste, there is no need to worry. (#Bitcoin gone too mainstream?
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Marc Tirel's curator insight, July 8, 2013 12:49 PM

It just looks like a copy of Bitcoin so it won't be the next big thing ...

 

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What Then Must We Do - P2P Foundation

What Then Must We Do - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"The title is What Then Must We Do?, a phrase taken from Tolstoy. I suggest that traditional liberalism, traditional conservatism and traditional radicalism are now at a dead end. We are in a strange form of crisis which will neither end in societal collapse (as in the Marxist model) nor success (as in the liberal model) nor in some conservative model. Instead we’re caught in a never-never land of sustained stagnation and decay—which I argue is a very unusual societal context, being neither reform nor collapse. I think we’ve been in this context for some time now.

 
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The Zero Point of Systemic Collapse by Chris Hedges

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Aleksandr Herzen, speaking a century ago to a group of anarchists about how to overthrow the czar, reminded his listeners that it was not their job to save a dying system but to replace it: “We think we are the doctors. We are the disease.” All resistance must recognize that the body politic and global capitalism are dead. We should stop wasting energy trying to reform or appeal to it. This does not mean the end of resistance, but it does mean very different forms of resistance. It means turning our energies toward building sustainable communities to weather the coming crisis, since we will be unable to survive and resist without a cooperative effort.

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The Soviets of the Multitude: On Collectivity and Collective Work: | An Interview with Paolo Virno : Mediations : Journal of the Marxist Literary Group

The Soviets of the Multitude: On Collectivity and Collective Work: | An Interview with Paolo Virno : Mediations : Journal of the Marxist Literary Group | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Paolo Virno is one of the most radical and lucid thinkers of the postoperaist political and intellectual tradition. Of all the heterodox Marxist currents, postoperaismo has found itself at the very center of debates in contemporary philosophy. Its analytics of post-Fordist capitalism refer to Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language, to Heidegger and hisDaseinsanalysis, to German “philosophical anthropology,” and to Foucault and Deleuze with their problematization of power, desire, and control apparatuses. Subjectivity, language, body, affects or, in other words, life itself, are captured by this regime of post-Fordist production. These “abstract” concepts and discourses have entered the reality of contemporary capitalism and become fundamental to it, as real, functioning abstractions. Such theoretical suggestions have launched enormous polemics over the last two decades.

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A proposal to consider Public Employment as a Civic Common Pool

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“In the common interest, let me report that the democratization process, begun long time ago with the introduction of the elections, with the advent of our Republics should had be extended also to the Public Employment. The public roles are not just jobs but always hold a certain amount of public power. They are part of the Res Publica conquered by the people become sovereign. Therefore, like the roles of government, they too should be periodically returned to the people to be reassigned to other citizens having the necessary requirements.

 
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When can a public service be a commons?

When can a public service be a commons? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“To understand in what sense and under what conditions public services can be considered commons, it is necessary to offer some brief notes on what is meant by public service and what by commons. In both cases it is difficult to be concise, because of the breadth of the debate on the areas and the issues.

 
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Riseup provides online communication tools for people and groups working on liberatory social change.

Riseup provides online communication tools for people and groups working on liberatory social change. We are a project to create democratic alternatives and practice self-determination by controlling our own secure means of communications. 
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Confessions of an open source advocate

Confessions of an open source advocate | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The other day I was talking to a friend who does more open source hardware and technology projects than almost anyone I know.  After some discussion about a very cool project he's been working really hard on lately, he apologetically admitted that he was afraid of putting the project out into the world.  The fear was so internalized that he could only provided guesses at its exact cause.

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Private Property vs. Tribal Commons | David Bollier

Private Property vs. Tribal Commons | David Bollier | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Does capitalism produce prosperity and development while indigenous culture leads to a life of poverty and stagnation?  This question is usually addressed by one side or the other, and rarely gets a straight-up, interactive debate.  So it is treat to encounter precisely such a debate about the virtues of private property and markets vs. the collective governance of Native American tribes. 

 
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Elinor Ostrom: The Legacy and the Challenge

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The typical strategy of dealing with the challenge of heterogeneity is easily one of the main assumptions that the Ostrom project challenged. The homogenization by assumption of social agents, the rhetorical trick by which homogeneity is nominally recognized as a fact and a problem but then, in the next move, reduced to a modal profile, a homogenous “representative agent,” with minimalist formal features, is both popular and influential. Versions of this strategy, operating at different levels and on different aspects of heterogeneity, are prevalent, from economics and public choice to political science and social philosophy. The logic of Ostrom’s perspective challenges that approach. Furthermore, it explicitly links the problem of heterogeneity to that of institutional diversity: Because institutional arrangements in any society emerge largely as a response to heterogeneity, and in their turn are conditions of heterogeneity, institutional diversity should be a central (if not the central) theme of institutional theory.  Yet, that doesn’t seem to be the case in much of the literature. Models of “markets and hierarchies” remain pivotal, although the theoretical lenses of the theory of the market or the theory of the state are obviously incapable of capturing and illuminating the wide diversity of existing and possible institutional arrangements. A replacement of the classical dichotomous typology (markets and states) with a new trinity (markets, states, and networks) is not an adequate solution. By refusing to accept such solutions, the Ostromian approach looks commonsensical. Yet, when compared to the prevalent views, it is radical. Bloomington institutionalism is ready to take institutional diversity seriously – “beyond the Market and the State,” “beyond Hobbes and Smith” – and to follow to the end its analytical and normative logic.

 
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Le Web London Hears A Warning — Big Cos. Are About To Start Copying Startup Sharing Strategies [TCTV] | TechCrunch

Le Web London Hears A Warning — Big Cos. Are About To Start Copying Startup Sharing Strategies [TCTV] | TechCrunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Long-time analyst and noted commentator Jeremiah Owyang, partner at research company Altimeter Group, spoke at Le Web in London today about the so-called ‘sharing economy’ and had a few home truths to impart, especially to big businesses being disrupted by startups.

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Essay of the Day: Contextualizing Boycotts and Buycotts - Blog

Essay of the Day: Contextualizing Boycotts and Buycotts - Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“”This essay shows how, more than mere economic objects that can be bought and sold in a free market of capitalism, commodities can serve as contingent nodal points circulating through various cultural relations with profound ethical consequences for how we aim to relate with each other, as well as with the Earth. The political efficacy of boycotts and buycotts, therefore, is not simply an affirmation that supply and demand capitalism ‘‘works.’’ Rather, it pivots on the belief that everyday people can become successful agents of change in the world when they can identify the specific context of a particular culture of circulation, choose a nodal point through which to intervene, and mobilize a public to respond.”

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