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The RepRap project: an open source/open hardware movement for 3D-printing

First International Workshop on "Low-cost 3D Printing for Science, Education and Sustainable Development"
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Forget Samsung and Apple. This is the future..

Forget Samsung and Apple. This is the future.. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
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The Solution Revolution (SSIR)

The Solution Revolution (SSIR) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Selling investors on a radically new approach to waste disposal, one that serves impoverished regions where garbage heaps are common, is no easy feat. It’s a messy business, rife with health and environmental risks. Obtaining the necessary resources to transform waste disposal, then, requires the utmost resourcefulness. The currencies of reputation, social outcomes, and credit trading can become partial substitutes for capital, creating a basis for relationships and transactions that launch the new model.

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Putting it Together: The Modular Car

In August 2012, ASKlabs produced a microdocumentary about the MIT Vehicle Design Summit, featuring Co-Founders Anna Jaffe (Environmental Science MIT '06) and Nii Armar (Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '08). Founded in 2006 with the goals of reducing waste in auto manufacturing and reducing global carbon emissions from vehicles, this dynamic MIT student group has grown to become an international design and engineering collective. To date they have built 4 prototype alternative-fuel vehicles at over 200mpge efficiency, and a vehicle intended for the Indian market that was built in Italy. The current iteration of the group is about to begin road-testing their ArchiMITes prototype vehicle which will be the basis for developing a modular car platform. The modular subsystems will be: Auxilliary Power Unit (APU)/fuel, body, dashboard, suspension, and chassis. In 2013 MIT's Vehicle Design Summit will launch their biggest initiative yet, the 10^5 Competition which will result in 100,000 permutations of vehicles that will achieve 100mpge or greater. 
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A Legal Blueprint for Our Ecological Survival | On the Commons

Former OTC senior fellow David Bollier and University of Iowa law professor Burns H. Weston recently published Green Governance (Cambridge University Press) a groundbreaking book on merging environmental rights and commons thinking could create a new paradigm of governance for the 21st Century. Gus Speth, professor at the Vermont Law School and former dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, declares, “We must take these ideas very seriously, indeed.”

 

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Detroit Hospital Takes a REAL Step toward Healing, Builds First Organic Hospital Greenhouse

Detroit Hospital Takes a REAL Step toward Healing, Builds First Organic Hospital Greenhouse | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Detroit suburb of West Bloomfield is home to Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, which recently made news headlines nationwide with the opening of its new million-dollar organic greenhouse and garden, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States.

 

 

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Fairphone, the world's first 'ethical smartphone', launches in London - The Independent

Fairphone, the world's first 'ethical smartphone', launches in London - The Independent | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It’s been a busy few weeks for the mainstream smartphone market, with two new iPhones, iOS 7 and a BlackBerry handset seeing the light of day. But in a trendy pop up space in London’s Soho on Wednesday evening, a Dutch entrepreneur stood in front of tech geeks and tree huggers alike to present a very different kind of device.

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Annie Leonard: How to Be More than a Mindful Consumer by Annie ...

Annie Leonard: How to Be More than a Mindful Consumer by Annie ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The way we make and use stuff is harming the world—and ourselves. To create a system that works, we can't just use our purchasing power. We must turn it into citizen power.
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Solutions in Our Communities « The Story of Stuff Project

Solutions in Our Communities « The Story of Stuff Project | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Need some inspiration? Annie Leonard has a new article in her Solutions Series on the Patagonia weblog. “Solutions in Our Communities” shows how getting involved at the community level is a fantastic start in making big changes in the world. Check it out here!

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SUSTAINABILITY beyond the commodity-machine

SUSTAINABILITY beyond the commodity-machine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
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“What happens when this commodity-machine —now conveniently locatedout of the view of most of us— breaksdown, as environments give out,markets crash, and/or sweat-shopworkers scattered across the globesomehow refuse to go on?”Hal Foster, 2003.
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Working Group Stories: Open Design & Hardware, Open Economics ...

Working Group Stories: Open Design & Hardware, Open Economics ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Last week we published updates from the Public Domain, Open Sustainability and Open Education Working Groups. Look out for more stories next month, to keep up-to-date with the buzzing brilliance of the Network.
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Artists have unique knowledge and must claim sustainability power - The Guardian

Artists have unique knowledge and must claim sustainability power - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The artist and renewable energy entrepreneur, Olafur Eliasson, discusses his solar lamp project and the connection between art and sustainabilit

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Solutions Series, Part 2: Solutions in Our Communities

Solutions Series, Part 2: Solutions in Our Communities | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In 1968, high jumper Dick Fosbury set an Olympics record by rejecting the standard "straddling" technique – one leg, then the other – in favor of flinging his whole body up and over the bar,head first and backwards. At first track and field officials tried to ban the awkward move dubbed the Fosbury Flop, but it was so effective that soon almost all high jumpers used it, as they still do today. The Flop was not a transactional solution aimed at tweaking the conventional way of doing things, but a transformational solution that changed how the game was played.
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Wanted: Innovative Sustainable Business Models ...

Wanted: Innovative Sustainable Business Models ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Guardian website noted that the promise of business-model innovation has long captivated the sustainability field, generating plenty of hype. But all the talk has yet to yield many real business-model changes.
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The Past, Present & Future of Work in the Peer Economy

The Past, Present & Future of Work in the Peer Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It's tempting to look for glimmers of sharing in distant history. Europe's empires tumbled like dominoes, save Denmark, which ceded rulership to the commons and is now one of the longest lasting monarchies in history (h/t Jeremiah Owyang). The French Surrealists valued collective meaning so much that they concocted the exquisite corpse, an art form still practiced 100 years later. Meanwhile, revisionists try to recast "mortgage" to mean "co-ownership" with a bank.

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The Human Cost of Stuff — YES! Magazine

The Human Cost of Stuff — YES! Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Our houses, our dumpsters, our lives overflow with stuff. It’s so cheap, how can you not buy yet one more thing that will surely make your life better? But it’s only cheap if we ignore the hidden costs to humans and to the Earth. Here’s how to fix our broken relationship with stuff.

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This Smartphone Will Make You Feel Less Guilty About Smartphones

This Smartphone Will Make You Feel Less Guilty About Smartphones | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Owning this smartphone will, without a doubt, make you feel like a better person. Recently released at the London Design Festival, the Fairphone has been outfitted for equality in every possible way.
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The environmental pitfalls at the end of an iPhone's life

The environmental pitfalls at the end of an iPhone's life | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Recycling or throwing out any piece of consumer electronics has an environmental cost. Apple is among the most progressive companies dealing with the problem. But is it enough? Read this article by Jay Greene on CNET News.
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Products need to be modular, durable, adaptable, repairable, recyclable...

Products need to be modular, durable, adaptable, repairable, recyclable... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The mufti-dimensional mega-crisis crisis includes resource depletion, waste, and pollution. Products need to be modular, durable, adaptable, repairable, recyclable, and efficient in their use of scarce resources. The old corporate model of private profit maximization encourages just the opposite.

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Phonebloks

PHONEBLOKS.COM IS CURRENTLY OFFLINE!! PLEASE VISIT https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/2931-phonebloks TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT! 

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JMS1kiddz's curator insight, September 18, 2013 7:46 AM

Mainly for Design more than Decor. But this phone is revolutionary, with a completely new design. It makes me want it. NOW. Check out the video.

-Ash Erasmus

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Can millennials peddle sustainable consumption to the masses?

Can millennials peddle sustainable consumption to the masses? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
These financial realists avoid excess and debt -- and don't mind buying used or sharing instead of buying new.
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Welcome to Sova!

Welcome to Sova! | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Sova (“Enough-ness”) is a collaborative effort of the Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network, theHeschel Sustainability Center in Israel, and the Center for Global Judaism at Hebrew College in Boston.

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Let’s Talk About Soil

Let’s Talk About Soil | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This animated film tells the reality of soil resources around the world, covering the issues of degradation, urbanization, land grabbing and overexploitation; the film offers options to make the way we manage our soils more sustainable.
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Can we believe China's Corporate Social Responsibility rhetoric?

Can we believe China's Corporate Social Responsibility rhetoric? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"China is talking the talk of Corporate Social Responsibility in its 12th 5-year plan. It has even endorsed the UN Guidelines on Business and Human Rights. Simon Zadek argues that the new economic superpower sees a real interest in responsible and clean business, and that deeds will follow the rhetoric" (Source: Open Democracy)

 

Excellent must-read analysis of China's efforts to move to a cleaner and greener economy model. Is he painting too much of a rosy picture?


Via Willy De Backer
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CauliflowerEars's comment, March 24, 2012 7:45 PM
Corporate Social Repsonsibility with the Human Rights record China has, for example in Tibet? Sorry, I don't buy it - this may have some areas of substance but is basically greenwash.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation