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on peer-to-peer dynamics in politics, the economy and organizations
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Summary: What P2P means for the world of tomorrow | P2P Foundation

Summary: What P2P means for the world of tomorrow | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I have been co-organizing, with Prof. Rajani Kanth, a Congress for Planetary Initiatives, which will be held in Salt Lake City from August 24 to 26, 2007.

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Italian Operaismo and the Information Machine

The political economy of the information machine is discussed within the Marxist tradition of Italian operaismo by posing the hypothesis of an informational turn already at work in the age of the industrial revolution. The idea of valorizing
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All commerce is not capitalism: Looking back at Day 4 of #Degrowth14

All commerce is not capitalism: Looking back at Day 4 of #Degrowth14 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This blog is the fourth in a series of five, each digesting and reflecting on a day at the Degrowth conference in Leipzig, 2nd – 6th September. You can read about Day 1 here, Day 2 here and Day 3here. Below is a summary of my experiences of Day 4 – Friday 5th September – Visions and strategies for transformation.


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Revolution as a Transitory, Integrative and Holistic Process | P2P Foundation

Revolution as a Transitory, Integrative and Holistic Process | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“What is perhaps most vile about the political analysis emanating from out of many leftist groups today, is how so many tend to implicitly or explicitly treat people engaged in struggle as though they’re chess pieces in some sort of theoretical game: ‘a means toward an end’. There are so many ‘leftist’ theories as to what ‘social change’ might mean or look like, but these theories are often so bound up in an ever rigidifying political or theoretical framework that they tend to treat ‘the alternative’ the same way bureaucrats treat the young men and women who are about to be sent to die in some corrupt war.

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Your recession is not our degrowth! Looking back at Day 2 of #Degrowth14

Your recession is not our degrowth! Looking back at Day 2 of #Degrowth14 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This blog is the second in a series of five, each digesting and reflecting on a day at theDegrowth conference in Leipzig, 2nd – 6thSeptember. You can read about Day 1 here, and below is a summary of my experiences of Day 2 – Wednesday 2nd September – Facing the current crises: critique and resistance.


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Migrant Farmworkers Find Paths Out of Poverty Through Incubator Farms

Migrant Farmworkers Find Paths Out of Poverty Through Incubator Farms | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Incubator farms help seasonal workers start their own businesses, where they get better pay and the support of a community.
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Cut The Crap Campaign - Splash

Cut The Crap Campaign - Splash | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
On Sunday, September 21, 2014, over 1,000 groups and individuals will come together in the streets of New York City to participate in the largest climate march in world history, the @peoplesclimatemarch. @renttotheworld is joining this exciting civilian movement with its first official campaign, Cut the Crap! RENT will be sending a team to NYC to deliver the message “Cut the Crap” to policy-makers, asking Climate Summit participants to cut the political crap and take swift action on CO2 emissions.
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Guidelines for respectful, constructive, and inclusive philosophical discussion

The specific norms are intended as means of facilitating more general norms of being respectful, constructive, and inclusive. These probably aren't categorical norms and there are situations in which it is appropriate to violate them, but nevertheless in many philosophical contexts they are useful norms to have in place. Groups are encouraged to adapt and modify these guidelines for their purposes as they see fit.

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NYC Politicians and Advocacy Groups Say Airbnb Misrepresents Sharing Economy

NYC Politicians and Advocacy Groups Say Airbnb Misrepresents Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Wall Street Journal reported that the group would be spending $3 million on online, TV and radio advertising alone. Metropolitan Public Strategies, the consulting firm running the campaign, told the Wall Street Journal that it estimated that Airbnb had spent $25 million so far. Its marketing strategies are comprehensive and also include digital ads, ads in subways, mailers, and sponsorship of the New York City Marathon. One part of the campaign features anecdotes of Airbnb hosts who have been able to earn money and pay for health costs by renting out their apartment on Airbnb, and touristswho have been able to save money by renting through Airbnb. The Wall Street Journal noted that Share Better is raising money for the campaign from the New York Hotel Association and coalition members. AirBnb has been using the tagline, "New Yorkers agree: Airbnb is good for NYC."

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10 sharing economy underdogs you should know

10 sharing economy underdogs you should know | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
There are hundreds of startups in the sharing economy and collaborative consumption industry. Here are 10 you might not have considered.
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Coming soon to a kindergarten near you: Google - CNBC

Coming soon to a kindergarten near you: Google - CNBC | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In her first year as principal of the all-girls Fontbonne Hall Academy, Mary Ann Spicijaric was leading a grand experiment that couldn't be discussed outside the halls of her Catholic high school in Brooklyn. The 38 teachers, along with school administrators and attendees, were under strict rules to keep quiet about the new Web-based software they were testing that helped educators manage assignments, grade papers and communicate with students.

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Sheryl Sandberg's right hand woman: Sharing economy doesn't equal American ... - Upstart

Sheryl Sandberg's right hand woman: Sharing economy doesn't equal American ... - Upstart | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

s more "sharing economy" companies such as Uber, Homejoy and Taskrabbit bring every conceivable service to consumers' doorsteps, are they benefiting workers?

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On the Socio-Political Potentialities of Experimental Productive Alternatives - P2P Foundation

On the Socio-Political Potentialities of Experimental Productive Alternatives - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"“Peer to peer” practices are commonly thought of in reference to exchange and sharing of computer files, but they also overlap with other domains. Indeed, they appear to be in expansion in other areas and, in certain cases, pertain to political intent. For example, they currently serve as the basis for initiatives in the field of transportation (carpooling), energy production (in the form of collaborative projects) and food production (from seed sharing to product sharing).

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The city of 2050

The city of 2050 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered where you or your children may be living in 2050? Experts predict that by then three-quarters of the world's population will live in cities. For part of its Tomorrow's Cities season the BBC takes a look through the crystal ball to imagine what city life might be like in 40 years' time.

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Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy

Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The aim of this book is not to provide yet another critique of capitalism but rather to contribute to the ongoing dialogue for post-capitalist construction, and to discuss how another world could be possible. It builds on the idea that peer-to-peer infrastructures are gradually becoming the general conditions of work, economy, and society, considering peer production as a social advancement within capitalism but with various post-capitalistic aspects in need of protection, enforcement, stimulation and connection with progressive social movements. Using a four-scenario approach, the authors seek to simplify possible outcomes and to explore relevant trajectories of the current techno-economic paradigm within and beyond capitalism. They postulate that the mature peer production communities pose a sustainable alternative to capital accumulation, that of the circulation of the Commons. They make some tentative transition proposals towards a Commons-based economy and society for the state, the market and the civic domain.
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Report from Degrowth 2014 in Leipzig: The rally point of all alternatives

Report from Degrowth 2014 in Leipzig: The rally point of all alternatives | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The transition>>lab  and the whole Thinkfarm(I’ve met at least twenty of them!) seemed to be at the 2014 Degrowth Conference in Leipzig. As a matter of fact, the Degrowth conference was a huge mix of activists, researchers, social entrepreneurs, transitioners, ecovillagers, etc. With 3000 participants (750 were international), this was a huge crowd with over 50 sessions running in parallel twice a day for 3 complete days!

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The religion of economic growth: Looking back at Day 1 of #Degrowth14

The religion of economic growth: Looking back at Day 1 of #Degrowth14 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Upon returning from five fascinating, inspiring and fun days in Leipzig at the Fourth International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity last week, I noticed – after some seriously needed rest and a couple of good nights sleep – that I had made 42 pages of notes. Those people who are lovers of light-hearted satirical science-fiction, like myself, may recognise the number 42 as the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything – at least according to Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.


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Meta-Life. Biotechnologies, Synthetic Biology, ALife and the Arts - we make money not art

Meta-Life. Biotechnologies, Synthetic Biology, ALife and the Arts - we make money not art | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Publisher Leonardo/Olats writes: Artists have opened new avenues in the art world by employing these developments in biotechnology, synthetic biology and Artificial Life; going from inanimate to autonomous objects to living creatures; exploring the thin border between animate and inanimate; confronting the grown, the evolved, the born and the built; and raising aesthetic but also social, political and ethical issues.


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2014 New Radicals: the story behind this year's winners

2014 New Radicals: the story behind this year's winners | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Observer/Nesta New Radicals celebrates new projects making a real difference in communities. The 2014 winners are truly inspirational, writes Yvonne Roberts
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Why Infographs Will Save Your Social Movement | P2P Foundation

Why Infographs Will Save Your Social Movement | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

But the reasons for it has as much to do with good images as it does our neurochemistry. The truth is we are wired to process visually. 20% of our brain is devoted to just processing vision, but when you combine cross-wiring of vision with other areas of the brain, vision accounts for 60% of our brain. We are by and large, visual creatures, and so images are important to use in your communication!

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Dangerous emotions, liberating spirituality

Dangerous emotions, liberating spirituality | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Our emotions are often beautiful, but they can also be dangerous. They represent our spontaneity, and seem to speak to us of our freedom. And yet all contemporary studies — from neurology and psychology to marketing — prove that our emotions are the form of self-expression over which we have least control, that they are highly vulnerable and, basically, easily manipulated.

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Airport car-sharing startup FlightCar raises $13.5M - Boston Business Journal

Airport car-sharing startup FlightCar raises $13.5M - Boston Business Journal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The San Francisco-based startup, which is operating out of Logan Airport, plans to use the funds to expand. (Is airport car sharing the sharing economy's next big thing?
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Cooperative Business Accelerator Builds a Sharing Economy | Quickbooks

Cooperative Business Accelerator Builds a Sharing Economy | Quickbooks | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Uptima Business Bootcamp is a business accelerator with an unusual business structure: It’s a cooperative. Entrepreneurs who go through the training become members of the co-op and have a say in how the training program is run.
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The Destruction of a High Tech Economy - IPWatchdog.com

The Destruction of a High Tech Economy - IPWatchdog.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

To those who cheer the demise of software patents and think that open source will win the day and the world will be a better place, I can only say WAKE UP!  The reality is that open source software is a cesspool of vulnerability and a nightmare to maintain. As Sun Microsystems proved, the quickest way to turn a $5 billion company into a $600 million company is to go open source. So be careful what you wish for! Open source is no panacea, and after nearly a generation of trying to make it a profitable business model companies struggle mightily because an open source business model is a service model. That means selling your time, but with only so many hours in a day earnings are sharply limited. Hardly a business model that will lift the U.S. economy that largely creates only low paying service jobs already.

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