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on peer-to-peer dynamics in the field of politics, economics and institutions
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Fablabs or the citizen's influence in retail and industry

Fablabs or the citizen's influence in retail and industry | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Just imagine that you could build whatever it comes up to your mind, even an Egyptian necropolis. The current developments in 3D technology allow to not only having a clearer picture of an object’s shape but also to have a physical proof of it.
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7 ways to shut down a climate change denier

7 ways to shut down a climate change denier | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

On November 18, with the United Nations Global Warming Conference in Copenhagen fast approaching, U.S. Sen. James R. Inhofe (R–Okla.) took the floor of the Senate and proclaimed 2009 to be “The Year of the Skeptic.” Had the senator’s speech marked a new commitment to dispassionate, rational inquiry, a respect for scientific thought and a well-grounded doubt in ghosts, astrology,creationism and homeopathy, it might have been cause for cheer. But Inhofe had a more narrow definition of skeptic in mind: he meant “standing up and exposing the science, the costs and the hysteria behind global warming alarmism.”

 
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Neal Gorenflo, Sharing Economy - VISIONI - BTO Buy Tourism Online 2013 - YouTube

 Neal Gorenflo, Sharing Economy

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Sajith Explains: Wikinomics is it a Sustainable Business Model?

Sajith Explains: Wikinomics is it a Sustainable Business Model? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Wikinomics operates on four main principles of, being open, peering, sharing and acting globally. Don Trapscott identifies the wiki contributor as a “person who is willing to contribute to the system which made him”. Thus this model harnesses on talent across the globe, with significant economies in production and leveraging on social capital.


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Big Data on the Smart Grid: 2013 in Review and 2014 Outlook - Energy Collective

Big Data on the Smart Grid: 2013 in Review and 2014 Outlook - Energy Collective | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Big data" may be the most overused buzz-phrase in the smart grid industry today. But that doesn’t mean that managing, analyzing and deriving operational and customer value from the massive amounts of data being collected by utilities isn’t important and valuable -- or that utilities aren't spending on it. GTM Research has pegged the value of the global utility data analytics market at a cumulative $20 billion between 2013 and 2020, growing from an annual spend of $1.1 billion this year to nearly $4 billion by decade’s end.

 
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David Graeber It is value that brings universes into being

Any theoretical term is an implicit statement about human nature. Anthropologiststend to be uncomfortable with this fact but it is nonetheless true. Even if one wereto make a statement as apparently innocuous as “ritual can take many forms inmany places,” one is still asserting that “ritual” is a meaningful cross-culturalcategory, implying—as pretty much any anthropological discussion of ritualinvariably does imply—that we can assume all human beings have engaged in somekind of ritual activity at some point or another, that ritual is an inherent aspect ofhuman sociality, even if there’s no scholarly consensus whatsoever as to what,precisely, a ritual is or what it says about us that we are all in some sense ritualproducing beings. And the same is true of any other theoretical term: kinship,authority, labor, symbol, the body, performance, or anything else.

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The Peer Economy Will Transform Work (or at Least How We Think of It)

The Peer Economy Will Transform Work (or at Least How We Think of It) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The nature of work is changing, just as it has in the past.
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Erika Watson's curator insight, December 19, 2013 5:42 AM

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Peer economy providers are also vulnerable but with a crucial factor that makes all the difference: They are a visible workforce, able to make these collective interests heard.

The economy of the future will not be the economy as it is now. The challenge before us is to reimagine what full work means, not based simply on how we’re used to conceiving of it, but based on a consideration of what we deem most valuable (independence, security, connectedness, etc.). "

Lays out the challenge but I'm not sure there is much sign that peer economy providers are either visible or beginning to make collective interests heard.  

The peer economy provides independence, and the contemporary increased security of diversity of income, connectedness. But that security still remains too fragile and shallow for most. 

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Removing regulation, not governance!

If we want the city to produce a different outcome, it will take a different kind of organisation running it, responsible for it. The very idea of the city as a public good fundamentally rests on this. And the very idea of the sustainable city relies on understanding that the city is a public good.

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Progressives have a “wimp” problem: Punch a bully in the nose!

Progressives have a “wimp” problem: Punch a bully in the nose! | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

You can say one thing for conservatives—they know what they want and they fight to get it. Unfortunately, you can’t say the same thing for American progressives. They are wimps. When they are not reacting to conservative initiatives, they are hardly acting at all. If it were any more anemic, today’s “progressive movement” would cease to deserve the name, for lack of movement.

 
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The Awesome Foundation : Sneel - Open Hardware Swimming Robotic Snake

The Awesome Foundation : Sneel - Open Hardware Swimming Robotic Snake | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Sneel engages communities to take a hands-on approach to marine preservation through the use of modular hardware toolkits for fabricating and programming open-source biomimetic robots for environmental exploration. I have led hackathons and workshops, worldwide in places like Ireland, New York, and Casablanca, developing and deploying toolkits for environmental sensing. My ultimate goal is to proliferate modular toolkits for environmental and social impact.

 
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The History of Hacking Culture

The History of Hacking Culture | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
History of Hacking Culture: jamesduval2 has added a photo to the pool: Attribution: http://t.co/wwAbesGeJ1... http://t.co/olH71dFYWq
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Snowden in open letter: NSA's indiscriminate spying is 'collapsing' - CTV News

Snowden in open letter: NSA's indiscriminate spying is 'collapsing' - CTV News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden wrote in a lengthy "open letter to the people of Brazil" that he's been inspired by the global debate ignited by his release of thousands of NSA documents and that the agency's culture of indiscriminate global espionage "is collapsing."

 




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Radical Democracy Against Cultures of Violence - Truth-Out

Radical Democracy Against Cultures of Violence - Truth-Out | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Guy Debord once argued that the spectacle suggests society's desire for sleep.[1] He was enormously prescient, and his words and work are more important today than when they were first written. The spectacle has been energized and reworked under the forces of neoliberalism and now promotes a mix of infantilism, brutality, disposability and lawlessness. As the visibility of extreme violence is endlessly reproduced in various cultural apparatuses and screen cultures, it functions increasingly, alongside a range of other economic and political forces, to legitimate a culture of cruelty and disposability in everyday life. Pleasure is now colonized in the service of violence, reinforcing Rustom Bharacuha's claim that "there is an echo of the pornographic in maximizing the pleasure of violence."[2] 

 
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Snowden: NSA's Indiscriminate Spying 'Collapsing' - NewsFactor Network

Snowden: NSA's Indiscriminate Spying 'Collapsing' - NewsFactor Network | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Edward Snowden has written an "open letter to the people of Brazil" offering to help Brazil's government investigate allegations of NSA spying, but on the condition that he be granted permanent political asylum. Snowden, who is living in Russia on a temporary one-year visa, previously requested political asylum in Brazil and several other nations.
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Build a Sharing Community to Unlock the Power of Cities – Nature and Environment – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Build a Sharing Community to Unlock the Power of Cities – Nature and Environment – MOTHER EARTH NEWS | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The sharing economy is moving into the mainstream. Sharing innovations old and new such as cooperatives, Sidecar, Airbnb, RelayRides and bike-sharing programs are on the rise and show that sharing resources is good for cities.

 



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Annie Leonard on stuff, "citizen muscle", and what she's giving this Christmas | Transition Network

Annie Leonard on stuff, "citizen muscle", and what she's giving this Christmas | Transition Network | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

What better way to close our month's theme than to talk to Annie Leonard, creator of the 'Story of Stuff' series of videos, who has done more than anyone to popularise the idea of "stuff"?  She now runs the Story of Stuff project, "a community of problem solvers - parents, community leaders, teachers and students, people of faith, entrepreneurs, scientists and more - working to create a healthy and just world".  Here she talks to us about citizen muscle, Glen Beck and what she's giving for Christmas this year. But before we begin, in case you might not have seen it before, here's The Story of Stuff:

 
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7 Ways Big Data Could Revolutionize Our Lives by 2020 [INFOGRAPHIC] - Smart Data Collective

7 Ways Big Data Could Revolutionize Our Lives by 2020 [INFOGRAPHIC] - Smart Data Collective | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We know that big data is changing the way we live and work. It is changing societies and changing businesses. On this platform we have included many best practices that show concrete example of how this is happening. To illustrate the vast possibilities even more, Whoishostingthis has released an infographic that shows seven ways that big data will change our lives in 2020. Although some might be still far away, there are many examples in the infographic that are already appearing; from bettereducation for everyone or self-driving cars.

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New Lex Fab Lab students are on target for the business world - Perry daily.com

New Lex Fab Lab students are on target for the business world - Perry daily.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The students at New Lexington High School have been given a chance that many students are not offered. The Panther Fab-Lab, a high tech, state of the art fabrication laboratory located right in the heart of the NLHS school building, gives the students at NLHS the opportunity to manufacture products and see the business side of the manufacturing process as well.

 
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Bitcoin Evangelists See Path to a Cashless Utopia - MoneyBeat - WSJ

Bitcoin Evangelists See Path to a Cashless Utopia - MoneyBeat - WSJ | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Mr. Allaire’s analogy, which compares the projected expansion of digital currencies to the past development of Internet technology, is enticing. When the Mosaic browser, a forerunner to Netscape Navigator, was launched in 1993 its capabilities were limited. But it soon gave rise to more powerful competitors that pushed web access out to all corners of the globe.

 
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The Desert of the Real | Y Worlds

The Desert of the Real | Y Worlds | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Here is a presentation by John Thackara. He speaks the language of systems – of viewing the composition of the world as systems within systems within systems, all connected, all interacting, all real.

 
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Bauwens, Kleiner, Restakis on Cooperative, Commons-based venture funding

Bauwens, Kleiner, Restakis on Cooperative, Commons-based venture funding | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A must-listen trialogue between Michel Bauwens, Dmytri Kleiner and John Restakis sketching out proposals for radical new economic models that draw on the best from the Co-op, commons and P2P and Venture Communism movements. This conversation was originally recorded by KMO of the C-Realm Podcast.
 
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Against the Professional Cooptation of Community - P2P Foundation

Against the Professional Cooptation of Community - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"The professional co-option of community efforts to invent appropriate techniques for citizens to care in community has been pervasive. Therefore, we need to identify the characteristics of those social forms that are resistant to colonization by service technologies while enabling communities to cultivate and care. These authentic social forms are characterized by three basic dimensions: they tend to be uncommodified, unmanaged, and uncurricularized.

 
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Ecuador, Open Knowledge, and ‘Buen Vivir’: Interview With Michel Bauwens: Change Observer: Design Observer

Ecuador, Open Knowledge, and ‘Buen Vivir’: Interview With Michel Bauwens: Change Observer: Design Observer | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
John Thackara interviews Michel Bauwens, founder of the P2P Foundation, is to lead a strategic policy project for Ecuador’s government called Free/Libre Open Knowledge (FLOK), also known as the social knowledge economy project.
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Ideas Lab Open Innovation: Pushing the Boundaries of Possible | Additive Manufacturing (AM)

Ideas Lab Open Innovation: Pushing the Boundaries of Possible | Additive Manufacturing (AM) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Open innovation brings together innovators with diverse backgrounds to redefine ‘state of the art’ and push the boundaries of what is possible. The types of projects that are marked for open innovation are increasingly becoming more varied, integrating unique, creative or ‘ideative’ characteristics.

 

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Sharing economy explodes: Where do you fit in? (Part 1 of 3) | Accenture Insurance Blog

Sharing economy explodes: Where do you fit in? (Part 1 of 3) | Accenture Insurance Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Sharing economy companies are realizing tremendous success. Airbnb, for example, has served nine million guests since its inception in 2008; five million of those were served in the last year. While the media touts the rapid growth of such companies, part of their success is due to the profits that individuals are earning. Over the last three years, Airbnb’s top New York hosts have each grossed over $400,000. Within that same time period, its top 100 New York hosts have grossed $54 million collectively. Though the car-sharing business does not yield the same scale of individual profits, an owner of a high-end car can expect to earn approximately $1,200 a month.

 
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