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▶ Make It Wearable Finalists | Meet Team Open Bionics - YouTube

Team Open Bionics is developing a 3D-printed prosthetic with the functionalities of a high-end device, but for a much lower cost. The team will be presenting their prototype for the Intel Make It Wearable Challenge Finale on November 3, 2014 in San Francisco. Learn more about Make It Wearable and follow the race to the finish line at makeit.intel.com. 

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▶ Nicholas Stern: The state of the climate — and what we might do about it - YouTube

Tomorrow, the UN begins its first Climate Summit, enlisting the world to work together on a problem that’s too big for any single country to solve alone. Economist Lord Nicholas Stern helped write a report that outlines where we are now — and what we could do next. It’s a big vision for cooperation, with a payoff that goes far beyond averting disaster. He asks: How can we use this crisis to spur better lives for all?
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Beyond capitalism: not-for-profit business ethos motivates sustainable behaviour

Beyond capitalism: not-for-profit business ethos motivates sustainable behaviour | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
For-profit capitalism has created social and economic inequality, successful not-for-profit businesses including Mozilla and the Big Issue point to an alternative path
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How do I get a website? | Engineering IT Shared Services at Illinois

Website hosting is available to all College of Engineering students, faculty, staff and research groups on the web hosting system named https://web.engr.illinois.edu.  This hosting environment supports PHP, MySQL databases, CGI scripts and other web technologies and can be used for homework assignments, personal websites, project sites or research group sites.
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Contra Rifkin (1): Food and Manufacturing will never be zero marginal cost | P2P Foundation

“There are … holes below the waterline of Rifkin’s thesis. One is that atoms are heavy. The other is that human attention doesn’t get cheaper as you buy more of it. In fact, the opposite tends to be true – which is exactly why capitalists can make a lot of money by substituting capital goods for labor.
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A potential landmark in netarchical profit sharing ? | P2P Foundation

A potential landmark in netarchical profit sharing ? | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Back in the days, one of the proposed demands of the Free Culture Forum in Barcelona, was for proprietary platforms to re-invest 15% of profit back into the community of contributors, but without turning the contributions into commodities, to avoid a return to pure production for money.
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Shoe Town to Brew Town

Shoe Town to Brew Town | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
When Jimmy Carbone, co-creator of The Good Beer Seal, was considering running for mayor of his old hometown in Haverhill, Massachusetts, he began to ponder possible new uses for industrial buildings that had fallen in to disuse. Could small resource-sharing breweries be a centerpiece of a regional economic development? To find out, he asked his peers in craft brewing, green building, engineering, and microbial science for advice. This intriguing discussion continues at an event at Brooklyn Brewery [pic above] on 19 July called Shoe Town to Brew Town.
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n8fr8/gilgamesh

n8fr8/gilgamesh | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
gilgamesh - Gilga Meshenger: Connecting the Bluetooth Babylon!
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Hamburg Now Has an Algae-Powered Building

Hamburg Now Has an Algae-Powered Building | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Last spring, Arup, the design and engineering firm that brought the world the Centre Pompidou and the Sydney Opera House, unveiled their latest hypermodern architectural creation in Hamburg. From the outside, the surface of the 15-unit apartment building just looks like a bubbling green lava lamp stretched over an entire building. But those moving bubbles serve a function: they help to feed and order the living algae embedded within the Bio Intelligent Quotient (BIQ) building’s exterior skin. In turn, the 8-foot by 2-foot glass panels of green scuzz—the building’s $6.58 million bioreactor façade—power the entire structure, making it the world’s first algae-powered and theoretically fully self-sufficient building ever.
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▶ UBER DRIVER (Taxi Driver Parody) - YouTube

SHARE: http://on.fb.me/1uzzBdm SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/ajmchannel In this parody of Martin Scorsese’s TAXI DRIVER, Travis Bickle is an Uber Driver in LA wit...
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Local currencies: 'In the U.S. we don't trust'

Local currencies: 'In the U.S. we don't trust' | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A growing number of communities are using alternative currencies to stimulate their local economies and protect themselves from the nation's broader economic woes.
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Going beyond the Sharing Economy, an event in Gijón, Spain | P2P Foundation

Going beyond the Sharing Economy, an event in Gijón, Spain | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
It’ll be interesting to see Neal Gorenflo speak about the current state of the Sharing Economy and what that means to who, exactly, specially given his recent powerful opinion pieces on the subject. I’m also happy to see that Beyond the Sharing Economy will be grounded in its local context, as supporting the host city, Gijón, is one of the raisons d’etre of the event. As they say, “each one of our guests will drive or support a new project in Gijón during 2015 in association with other European, American, or Australian cities. This means new opportunities for the city and the people living in it.” This is a refreshing approach, closer to the ideals of the Sharing Cities Network than to other nominally “community-based” efforts with centralised, absentee technologies.
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Peer production: a force for radical social change? | Department of Sociology

As a firm believer in both the desirability of and possibility for radical social change, I am often confronted with heavy doses of scepticism and doubt on the part of those willing to discuss the matter with me. Questions like ‘So what’s the alternative?’ or comments such as ‘That sounds like a nice idea, but is it not utopian?’ abound. There are many avenues I could take to provide an answer. I could, for example, point out the fact that capitalism is still a system whose development into a dominant economic and social form would have bemused many in the midst of the feudal age. I could also emphasise the frequent waves of disenchantment expressed by individuals in capitalist societies through their recurrent protests, e.g. Alter-globalisation movement and Occupy Wall Street, and the anti-capitalist spirit many of them have embodied. Here, however, I wish to concentrate my attention on another set of tendencies, to be found in the ‘anti-capitalist potential of information technology’ (Wright 2010: 194).

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A Decade of Fracking, Costing the Earth - BBC Radio 4

A Decade of Fracking, Costing the Earth - BBC Radio 4 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Tom Heap visits communities living with the shale gas industry, from Texas to Lancashire.
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Facebook to Ease Policies on Using Real Names for Accounts

Facebook to Ease Policies on Using Real Names for Accounts | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
After two weeks of pressure from San Francisco’s drag queens and others who have adopted names that aren’t their legal ones, Facebook agreed Wednesday to modify its policies requiring individual users to operate their accounts under their real names. The company said it would reinstate the names preferred by hundreds of performers and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people whose identities had been questioned in recent weeks.
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Effects of Algorithm Awareness - P2P Foundation

Effects of Algorithm Awareness - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"The rise in prevalence of algorithmically curated feeds in online news and social media sites raises a new question for designers, critics, and scholars of media: how aware are users of the role of algorithms and filters in their news sources? This paper outlines an approach to studying how users perceive the algorithmic "curation" of their feeds, using Facebook as a sample case. Such a problem presents particular challenges when, as is common, neither the user nor the researcher has access to the actual proprietary algorithms at work."
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Open Energy | P2P Foundation

Open Energy | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Policy is important, and with that in mind I would advise to keenly keep an eye on the Friends of the Earth Ireland’s work on new policy recommendations for renewable energy that involve the community. This involvement of the community may or may not be authentic. Friends of the Earth are also good friends of the Green Party in Ireland, as elsewhere, and it should be noted that the Irish party leader Eamonn Ryan is a member/adviser/associate of the green investment group E3G (http://www.e3g.org/showcase/green-investment-bank/), an investment body for large scale centralized renewable energy projects. I suspect that the measures for community involvement may yet be piecemeal rather than authentic, where I would see ‘authentic’ as being an investment in Community Owned RE, with the initial investment made in such a way as pays a fair dividend and contains a buyout period after the initial investment where the community become owners of the infrastructure created. This follows as a materially applicable version of the Business Source commercial OS software model in terms of national and natural resources.
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P2P History: the Jesuit Missions among the Guarani | P2P Foundation

P2P History: the Jesuit Missions among the Guarani | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“Jesuit mission activity among the Guarani of Paraguay ranks as one of the most interesting affairs in the annals of colonial Latin America. Conceived as a means to proselytize among the Guarani while protecting them from Sao Paulo slavers and the corrupting influences of Spanish settlers, these missions, or reductions, came to play an important part in the economic history of colonial Paraguay. In terms of trade, the missions produced a variety of commercially significant products. The missions’ yerba mate found markets throughout the Viceroyalty of Peru while other products, such as hides, represented important export items. In terms of labor, the missions competed directly against Spanish and criollo (Spaniards born in the New World) settlers for the fight to exploit Guarani labor. By offering the Indians a refuge from encomienda service, the missions effectively limited the labor pool available for the Paraguayan elite. This circumstance produced constant tension between missions and settlers and, at times, sparked violent confrontations such as those that occurred during the Comunero Revolt of 1720-1735.
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What if the so-called sharing economy masked a failing economy ? | P2P Foundation

There’s no denying that the sharing economy can – and probably does – make the consequences of the current financial crisis more bearable. However, in tackling the consequences, it does nothing to address the causes. It’s true that, thanks to advances in the information technology, some of us can finally get by with less – chiefly, by relying on more effective distribution of existing resources. But there’s nothing to celebrate here: it’s like handing everybody earplugs to deal with intolerable street noise instead of doing something about the noise itself.
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If ‘Well-Being’ is the Key Concept in Political Economy… | Economic Thought

History, Philosophy, and Methodology
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Faircoin as the First Global Commons Currency?

Faircoin as the First Global Commons Currency? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A key element of the Fair-Coop vision is a cryptocurrency, Faircoin, which has been designed to adapt the block-chain technology of Bitcoin with a more socially constructive design.
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Leadership in Open Online Communities: the founders document dilemma

Leadership in Open Online Communities: the founders document dilemma | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Let me begin by posing a question: under what conditions, in the absence of a Founding Document specifying hierarchy or leadership, are we willing to explicitly grant someone status as a leader of a group?
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Let’s win back Barcelona

Let’s win back Barcelona | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We are living in a time of profound changes. Taking advantage of the economic crisis, the economic powers that be have launched an open offensive against the rights and social conquests of the majority of the population. However, the longing for real democracy is ever stronger in the town squares, on the streets, online, as well as at the ballot box.
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Essay of the Day: The Political Economy of Bitcoin | P2P Foundation

Essay of the Day: The Political Economy of Bitcoin | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“The still raging financial crisis of 2007–2008 has enabled the emergence of several alternative practices concerning the production, circulation and use of money. This essay explores the political economy of the Bitcoin ecosystem. Specifically, we examine the context in which this digital currency is emerging as well as its nature, dynamics, advantages, and disadvantages. We conclude that Bitcoin, a truly interesting experiment, exemplifies “distributed capitalism” and should be mostly seen as a technological innovation. Rather than providing pragmatic answers and solutions to the current views on the financial crisis, Bitcoin provides some useful and timely questions about the principles and bases of the dominant political economy.”
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Sharing Economy Review launched

Today I am launching a review of the sharing economy for the UK Government. The Business Minister, Matthew Hancock, has asked me to investigate what the sharing economy could mean for the UK. I’ll be looking at its potential to change the way we use services, and what the Government, businesses and society can do to unlock that potential. You can find more details of the review and about me on the About page. You can also find the official announcement and terms of reference on GOV.UK.

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