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Some Reflections on the Sharing Economy: Where is the Sharing in Car "Sharing"?

Some Reflections on the Sharing Economy: Where is the Sharing in Car "Sharing"? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A combination of ongoing financial strain and a genuine desire for enlivened social interaction among the 99% has moved the “sharing economy” into the mainstream in recent months. This quasi-social movement relaxes long-held preoccupation with ownership and material accumulation and celebrates product reuse, informal exchange, communal provisioning, and Internet-enabled peer-to-peer transactions. All seemingly constructive and sustainability enhancing ideas, right?

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MakerBot CEO Joins Local Motors Board of Directors - Product Design & Development

MakerBot CEO Joins Local Motors Board of Directors - Product Design & Development | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Bre has been CEO of MakerBot since co-founding the company in 2009. Under his leadership, MakerBot has established one of the largest installed bases of desktop 3D printers sold to innovative and industry-leading customers worldwide, including engineers, architects, designers, educators and consumers. The Company has been honored with many accolades, includingPopular Mechanics’ “Overall Winner” for best 3D printer, Time Magazine’s “Best Inventions of 2012,” Popular Mechanics’ “Editor’s Choice Award,” Popular Science’s “Product of the Year,” Fast Company’s “One of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Consumer Electronics,” and many more. MakerBot recently became a subsidiary of Stratasys, Ltd. through a strategic acquisition.

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The Mebotics Microfactory Could be Your One Stop Shop for ...

The Mebotics Microfactory Could be Your One Stop Shop for ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Mebotics Microfactory can 3D print and mill your digital objects into reality and could be the next step in 3-D printing technology.
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Microfactory isn't just a 3D printer – it's a whole workshop in a box ...

Microfactory isn't just a 3D printer – it's a whole workshop in a box ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Microfactory’s designers Mebotics believe that within a few years everyone will want to be building stuff in their garages with machines – and won’t want to be limited to using 3D printer-compatible materials. There are, after all, some things that you can’t make out of plastic. The Microfactory could cut you a new set of door keys, or machine you a swanky new candlestick. You can even etch microchips inside the box – making home-made electronic gadgets a tantalising possibility.

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Keiser Report: Crimes & Cracks of Capitalism (E500)

In this 500th episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert, discuss what the economy and financial sector look like five hundred episodes later. They find an economy where the wealth and income gap is the highest ever, median income has collapsed and the mainstream media alleges the government is 'assaulting' JP Morgan with all the fines for the bank's many criminal activities. In the second half, Max interviews Professor Steve Keen about banking and leverage five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

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Why There Will Never Be Another RedHat: The Economics Of Open Source - TechCrunch

Why There Will Never Be Another RedHat: The Economics Of Open Source - TechCrunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Open source software powers the world’s technology. In the past decade, there has been an inexorable adoption of open source in most aspects of computing. Without open source, Facebook, Google, Amazon, and nearly every other modern technology company would not exist. Thanks to an amazing community of innovative, top-notch programmers, open source has become the foundation of cloud computing, software-as-a-service, next generation databases, mobile devices, the consumer internet, and even Bitcoin.

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The Power of Mass Collaboration: A New Wiki World

Mass collaboration is changing the way we live, communicate, learn, create and innovate. It's altering the way our governments and financial institutions operate; how public policies are made; how we advance our careers and develop professionally; and how the healthcare, utility, and energy industries serve their customers. Businesses face the challenge of adapting or perishing, with knowledge and power more dispersed than ever before.

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Living in a working environment: what does the future hold? - The Networked Society Blog

Living in a working environment: what does the future hold? - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Each day I drive 30 minutes one way to an office where I have bad IT, a 10-year old desk phone I never use, and where I spend all my time speaking and interacting with people who are usually located somewhere else on the planet.

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▶ The Mondragon Experiment - FULL Documentary - BBC Horizon 1980 - YouTube

The MONDRAGON Corporation is a corporation and federation of worker cooperatives based in the Euskadi. Founded in the town of Mondragón in 1956, its origin is linked to the activity of a modest technical college and a small workshop producing paraffin heaters.

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Michel Bauwens on the FLOK Society Transition Project in Ecuador

Michel Bauwens on the FLOK Society Transition Project in Ecuador | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Gordon Cook has been kind enough to transcript Michel Bauwens’ presentation at last year’s Border’s to Cross Conference in Amsterdam. We’ve also included the video at the end for good measure, (so you can see Michel being “invited” offstage for going over his allotted time).

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Nondominium - no country or combination of countries has the power of dominant control over the relevant territory and resources.

Nondominium - no country or combination of countries has the power of dominant control over the relevant territory and resources. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
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the consensual legal framework agreement within which value may be created, shared and exchanged (P2P) on credit terms by reference to a unit of account (note that a unit of account is NOT a currency).


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Collaborative Consumption - Imagine - Pro Bono Australia

Collaborative Consumption - Imagine - Pro Bono Australia | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

When John Lennon penned the immortal lyric, ‘Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can’ in 1971, not many people would have conceived that within 50 years that dream may be a possibility.  As consumers continue to embrace combining, sharing and pooling of resources and goods, collaborative consumption has become the latest poster child of the digital economy.


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The Internet's Own Boy: Film on Aaron Swartz Captures Late Activist's Struggle ... - Truth-Out

The Internet's Own Boy: Film on Aaron Swartz Captures Late Activist's Struggle ... - Truth-Out | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

One year ago this month, the young Internet freedom activist and groundbreaking programmer Aaron Swartz took his own life. Swartz died shortly before he was set to go to trial for downloading millions of academic articles from servers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology based on the belief that the articles should be freely available online. At the time he committed suicide, Swartz was facing 35 years in prison, a penalty supporters called excessively harsh. Today we spend the hour looking at the new documentary, "The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz." We play excerpts of the film and speak with Swartz’s father Robert, his brother Noah, his lawyer Elliot Peters, and filmmaker Brian Knappenberger.

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The sharing economy - Collaborative consumption is spreading

The sharing economy - Collaborative consumption is spreading | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The sharing economy - Don’t just build a business, build an economy. Collaborative consumption is spreading beyond just renting accommodations - Torben Rick
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Microfactory adds milling and etching to its 3D printer (video)

Microfactory adds milling and etching to its 3D printer (video) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The gang of multi-function 3D printers -- that is, ones that can also mill and etch your new creations -- just grew by one. Mebotics Multifactory is a.
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'The Microfactory' goes beyond 3D printing - SmartPlanet

'The Microfactory' goes beyond 3D printing - SmartPlanet | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The company's Microfactory is essentially the size of an average desktop 3D printer but it's able to print and mill in the same machine and can print with two materials (wood, metal, or plastic) and four colors at the same time.
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Steve Keen: Beware bubbles & black swans

28 Nov 2013 - Dr Steve Keen lays out predictions for Australia's property sector & US economic stimulus - warning the world is in a long-running global financial crisis.

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A Visit to Local Motors, Badass Innovators of Future Vehicle Design

A Visit to Local Motors, Badass Innovators of Future Vehicle Design | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Gizmodo had the pleasure today of stopping by the future Las Vegas factory, autoshop, office, and cafe space for Local Motors, easily one of the most innovative vehicle-design outfits in the country.

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The Fight for Internet Freedom Today is the Fight For Your Freedom Tomorrow - PQ Monthly

The Fight for Internet Freedom Today is the Fight For Your Freedom Tomorrow - PQ Monthly | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

On Jan. 11, 2014, the internet observed the one year anniversary of the suicide of Internet Freedom activist, coding genius, and all-around beautiful human being Aaron SwartzSwartz “became an Internet folk hero, pushing to make many Web files free and open to the public.” Swartz was facing up to 35 years in prison and $1 million in fines for legally accessing the MIT JSTOR archives and downloading 4.8 million academic documents. It’s not clear whether he broke the law, and he never shared the documents, but it’s clear from the ideals he espoused that he believed the accumulated knowledge of humanity should be accessible to all people, not just the Ivy League; that was enough for him to be made an example of. Schwartz hung himself in Jan. 2012.

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Humanitarian Response in a Time of Mass Collaboration and Networked Intelligence

Gisli Olafsson, Emergency Response Director of NetHope, will discuss how digital age technologies, like social media, are revolutionizing the way humanitarian response will be conducted in the future.

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There have been five mass extinctions in Earth’s history. Now we’re facing a sixth.

There have been five mass extinctions in Earth’s history. Now we’re facing a sixth. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
An interview with New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert about her new book, "The Sixth Extinction."
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The Heretical Economist: AUSTRIAN ECONOMISTS PREDICTED THE FINANCIAL CRISIS?: CRITIQUE OF THE AUSTRIAN BUSINESS CYCLE THEORY (Part IV)

The Heretical Economist: AUSTRIAN ECONOMISTS PREDICTED THE FINANCIAL CRISIS?: CRITIQUE OF THE AUSTRIAN BUSINESS CYCLE THEORY (Part IV) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Hyman Minsky was a post-Keynesian economist whose ideas were rejected in their time because they were considered “overly radicals” but who currently (posthumously) has become very famous because his “financial instability hypothesis” seems to explain quite well the current crisis.
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The Student as (Peer) Producer ?

“In this paper I set out the intellectual ideas that lie behind the concept of Student as Producer, and how that idea is being developed across the sector and at the University of Lincoln. The theoretical basis for my work is derived from critical social theory grounded in avant-garde Marxism that developed in Soviet Russia after the Bolshevik uprising in 1917, before being suppressed by Stalin, and a group of modernist Marxists working in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s. A key issue for Student as Producer is that social learning is more than the individual learning in a social context, and includes the way in which the social context itself is transformed through progressive pedagogic practice. This transformation includes the institution within which the pedagogical activities are taking place, and the society out of which the particular institution is derived. At a time when the market-based model for social development appears increasingly untenable, the creation of a more progressive and sustainable social world becomes ever more necessary and desirable.”

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Overcoming the Shock Doctrine

Overcoming the Shock Doctrine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Naomi Klein explains in her book, “The Shock Doctrine”, how neo-liberalism, unable to convince people by means of argument (since these neo-liberal measures are essentially anti-people), has only been able to impose itself via coups d’etat, declarations of war, situations of catastrophic natural disaster, or other traumatic phenomena, leaving the public in the grip of anxiety and fear.

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ADC-BSW 2013 Keynote: Magnificence: Culture Hacking, the Common Platform, and the Coming Golden Era

A culture is the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that both describes and shapes a group. The unique challenges of creating software have demanded totally new types of corporate culture. In response, we have created agile, Scrum, and XP. These represent the birth of culture engineering and, although significant, are very primitive compared to what will follow. Jim McCarthy introduces "culture hacking," a kind of cultural engineering that focuses on protecting personal freedom, extending openness, and embodying rationality. In the near future, a system made up of shared commitments and interpersonal protocols for hosting cultural innovations is likely to become available and standardized, leading to enormous personal and collective cultural and productivity gains. Happily, these gains will be based on culturally designed nobility of purpose, and a potent and virtuous cycle will emerge, whereby profit derives from ennobled behavior. This cycle will lead to an era of widespread and abundant greatness—an era of unparalleled magnificence.

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