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on peer-to-peer dynamics in the field of politics, economics and institutions
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An interview with Don Tapscott - McKinsey Quarterly - Organization - Strategic Organization

An interview with Don Tapscott - McKinsey Quarterly - Organization - Strategic Organization | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The author and strategist describes why effective knowledge management within enterprises requires replacing e-mail with social media. A McKinsey Quarterly Organization article. (A nice interview by Don Tapscott(co-author of Wikinomics).
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Exactly what kind of oil is personal information? - The Networked Society Blog

Exactly what kind of oil is personal information? - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Just because we are not paying for a lot of things on the internet, does it really mean they’re for free? The new Personal Information Economy report from ConsumerLab explores how and to what extent information can complement money as the “oil” of the 21st century. But what kind of oil are we talking about here?

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Changemaker Profile – Michel Bauwens, Founder of the Foundation for P2P Alternatives | Cruxcatalyst: The Heart of Change

Changemaker Profile – Michel Bauwens, Founder of the Foundation for P2P Alternatives | Cruxcatalyst: The Heart of Change | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In this Changemaker Profile, we meet and find out about the work of Michel Bauwens, founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Alternatives.
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Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken

Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I wrote a thing last fall about massive open online courses (MOOCs, in the parlance), and the challenge that free or cheap online classes pose to business as usual in higher ed. In that piece, I compared the people running colleges today to music industry executives in the age of Napster. (This was not a flattering comparison.) Aaron Bady, a cultural critic and doctoral candidate at Berkeley, objected. I replied to Bady, one thing led to another, the slippery slope was slupped, and Maria Bustillos ended up refereeing the whole thing here on The Awl.

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Rod Brooks, Chris Anderson, Aldo Zini to Star at SRI Robotics Event | Xconomy

Rod Brooks, Chris Anderson, Aldo Zini to Star at SRI Robotics Event | Xconomy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A couple of weeks ago we opened ticket sales for our second annual Silicon Valley robotics forum. It’s called Robots Remake the Workplace.
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Peer-to-peer rentals come to audio-visual equipment

Peer-to-peer rentals come to audio-visual equipment | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
SpokeSwap aims to provide a money-making opportunity for owners and lower prices for renters.
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Clay Shirky: A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy | Digital Delights

Clay Shirky: A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy | Digital Delights | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Clay Shirky's writings about the Internet, including Economics and Culture, Media and Community, Open SourceAna Cristina Pratas's insight: Prior to the Internet, we had lots of patterns that supported point-to-point two-way.
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Ethical economy: The menace of financial markets | Columns | Breakingviews

Ethical economy: The menace of financial markets | Columns | Breakingviews | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Are free and open markets for stocks, bonds and currencies the glory of the capitalist system? Quite the contrary.
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Meet the Young Influentials Changing Your World

Meet the Young Influentials Changing Your World | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
You know you've made it when an entrepreneur takes to pitching investors and reporters by describing his startup as "the Airbnb of [insert industry]." For the brand Brian Chesky, now 31, founded in 2008, that industry was hotels. Since then, the San Francisco-based company has made a name for itself converting people’s homes into other people’s vacation spots.
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Aaron Swartz and the Fight for Information Freedom - CounterPunch

Aaron Swartz and the Fight for Information Freedom - CounterPunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In the madness of our media-fed consciousness, the greatest threat to an informative news story is time. Given enough time, and the dysfunctional and disinformative way the mainstream media cover news, even the most important and revealing story quickly dies out.

 
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After Free. Will the Ethical Economy save Facebook?

After Free. Will the Ethical Economy save Facebook? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We call this new wave of social innovation and ethical economy, not because it is necessarily better or nicer than the corporate model that we are familiar with, but because is it is based collaborative forms of socialized production and motivated by a wide variety of values beyond that of material accumulation: programmers want to create a reputation, Makers want to express themselves, and social entrepreneurs want to change the word. True they also want to make money, but often this motive is subordinated or secondary- most social entrepreneurs simply want to make a decent living. The point is that a number of tendencies in our society means that this ethical economy is destined to grow even further: dissatisfaction with the corporate model, particularly in the younger generations; the declining ability of that model to provide the basic necessities of life, again particularly for the younger generations- in southern Europe youth unemployment is closing in on the Greek record of 51 per cent; technologies like Open design and Open manufacturing that make it possible to produce and sell things outside of the channels of the corporate economy; increasing awareness of and preoccupation with environmental and social problems, new organizational forms like Peer to peer production. But since the ethical economy builds on a multitude of transactions between small actors and lacks the large institutions of the corporate economy, it needs platforms that can reduce transaction costs and maintain trust.

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On Common Goods - P2P Foundation

On Common Goods - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"In 2004, a distinguished Italian scholar, Franco Cassano, published a book whose title is Homo civicus. The reasonable madness of common goods. Why is citizenship seen as directly related to common goods? And why is this done with the help of a new eulogy of madness, indeed why are these goods referred to via an oxymoron – placing madness alongside reason?

 
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The problem with bitcoin : Bitcoin

I believe that Bitcoin is a technically beautiful invention and is superior to current currencies. I'm not concerned with it technically. I am concerned with it from a social perspective.

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The gift economy: Would you give your stuff away? | Thought Leader

The gift economy: Would you give your stuff away? | Thought Leader | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
I was very interested to learn recently of British model Lily Cole’s, new online venture: Impossible.com. It hasn’t yet launched but from what I can gather it’s an experimental foray into constructing a micro “gift economy”, which will use social media to encourage people to interact and exchange goods and services “non-transactionally” — in other words: giving without expecting anything in return. Just giving for the sake of giving. Slightly more saccharinely (particularly if you’re of a more cynical disposition) she described it as the ”currency of kindness”.
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Digital capitalism produces few winners

Digital capitalism produces few winners | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google might post huge profits, but many of their staff see little financial benefit, writes John Naughton
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Video of the Day: Ann Pendleton Jullian on Power and Ecosystems of Change

Video of the Day: Ann Pendleton Jullian on Power and Ecosystems of Change | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In her talk at TEDxGeorgetown ‘Power and Ecosystems of Change’, Ann Pendleton Jullian discusses changes in the distribution of power as societies move into a more networked era.

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Open source hardware changes the game - Electronics Eetimes

Open source hardware changes the game - Electronics Eetimes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Embedded technology is facilitated by the standardization of operating systems so that applications can run on any platform that supports the standard. Witness the overwhelming success of the open source software (OSS) movement.
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Open Source Ecology founder Marcin Jakubowski and the OSE team explain the philosophy behind their work

Open Source Ecology founder Dr. Marcin Jakubowski and the OSE team explain the philosophy behind their work. Special thanks to our remote collaborators Tom Griffing, Zach Dwiel and William Neal.

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In less than a decade, Wikipedia has grown from a...

In less than a decade, Wikipedia has grown from a... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“In less than a decade, Wikipedia has grown from a frequently ridiculed experiment to one of the world’s most popular websites.
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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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Hilary Wainwright's challenges to P2P Theory - P2P Foundation

Hilary Wainwright's challenges to P2P Theory - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Bauwens claims to provide a complete design for a new model of production: ownership, management structure, distribution system and all. His strength is his specific focus on the knowledge and design commons but at the same time an openness to the wider connections that will help realise its transformative potential .

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P2P Foundation - Essay of the Day: Types of Control in Open Source Projects

P2P Foundation - Essay of the Day: Types of Control in Open Source Projects | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Nadia Noori, a graduate from the Technology Innovation Management (TIM) program at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and Michael Weiss, an Associate Professor and TIM faculty member, move beyond a community perspective to explore platform sustainability. The sustainability of a platform depends on what form of governance is exercised over the platform, and the authors identify three types of governance model: tight-control, loose-control, and hybrid-control. Their article creates a link from the community (or individual, organizational perspective) to a platform and finally to the larger ecosystem.”

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » A historical bifurcation: the two possible world systems

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » A historical bifurcation: the two possible world systems | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Immanuel Wallertstein: The key point is that all systems (from the very largest, the universe as a whole, to the very smallest nano-systems), have three moments: their coming into existence, their “normal” life during which they are constructed and constrained by the institutions they have created, and the moment in which their secular trends move too far from equilibrium and bifurcate (their structural crisis). Structural crises cannot be overcome. The existing system cannot survive. The period is one of chaotic wild fluctuations in everything. There is a very fierce political battle over to which of two alternatives (the forks of the bifurcation) the world collectively will tilt.

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Don Tapscott on mass collaboration

Don Tapscott on mass collaboration | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The co-author of "Macrowikinomics" on how social media lower collaboration costs and why companies and governments should embrace them

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P2P Foundation - From a Green New Deal to a Green Economy

P2P Foundation - From a Green New Deal to a Green Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Green New Deal policies are a massive shift from the neoliberal orthodoxy of the last few decades. Just like the Republican Party’s almost unanimous support for destructive trade agreements, most Republicans oppose Green New Deal types of policies as well. It doesn’t matter that their opposition is based on flawed or even outright fabricated ‘analyses.’ Their opposition is based on the interests of who pays for their political campaigns. The oil and gas industry alone spent almost $64 Million in the 2012 election cycle, 90% of which went to members of the Republican Party. Meanwhile, clean energy and low-carbon companies are growing and building a political force of their own. This is growing and will, over time, provide a counterforce to the oil and gas industry and their stranglehold on Capitol Hill. The American Council on Renewable Energy represents many of those clean energy companies and their trade associations. Similarly, the push for an energy efficient economy is finding a new political voice in the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. In many ways the green economy movement is at the forefront of the push to fundamentally transform the economy with other similar movements trailing close behind.

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