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on peer-to-peer dynamics in the field of politics, economics and institutions
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43 Essential essays on the commons and Peer 2 Peer theory

43 Essential essays on the commons and Peer 2 Peer theory | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
43 Essential essays on the commons and Peer 2 Peer theory, this is essential primer from the p2p foundation for anyone interested in the commons.
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On building a new kind of post-westphalian civic economy...

On building a new kind of post-westphalian civic economy... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Already new kinds of imagined communities are forming relatively independently of State boundaries, our little cohort just one example. The exchange of ideas and value happens all the time across borders, and the continuing technological innovations (skype, all the emerging cloud based software tools) mean that the ability to coordinate at a global level that was only the domain of the super elite is freely accessible to most folks with a computer and internet access. That’s the post-westphalian part.

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A manifesto on Peer-to-Peer energy production

A manifesto on Peer-to-Peer energy production | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This essay, written in a manifesto form, addresses some crucial issues related to the timely topic of the distributed or Peer-to-Peer (P2P) energy production. It uses the emerging mode of the P2P production in the immaterial field of production (information, culture, knowledge) as a point of departure to realize the dynamics of this new energy technology and shed light on its socio-economic aspects.


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Pandora's Box, E1: The Engineers' Plot

Pandora's Box, subtitled A Fable From the Age of Science, is a six part 1992 BBC documentary television series written and produced by Adam Curtis, which examines the consequences of political and technocratic rationalism.
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P2P Debates: Arguments for and against central planning

P2P Debates: Arguments for and against central planning | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

(please note that my own approach, called P2P Theory, accepts both elements of markets and planning, but advocates massive mutual coordination through stigmergy as the new core of economics; and that this can be achieved through open book accounting and open supply chains as practiced by commons-friendly, commons-dependent, and commons-creating enterpreneurial coalitions that are owned by their users-producers and subsume profits to their social goal, while internally using ‘resource-based economics’ with their coalition partners)

 

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Bob Haugen, who is programming a revolutionary open accounting system, writes: Every large corporation is a planned economy


"This is not an argument for or against central planning, but I think the calculation argument is a crock.

Forget the Soviet planning system, it was obsolete back in the day. (Read Red Plenty: the problems were political/ideological, not calculation.)

I worked on big company ERP and supply chain software for many years. For awhile, in a division of Mobil Oil. They had a staff of programmers who worked full-time on computing global oil futures.

Then think Walmart’s or even Apple’s global supply chain. Then think computerized stock and commodity trading. Then think Google’s infrastructure.

Do you really think the techniques do not exist to calculate whatever economic activity you want on a global level?

Every big corporation is a planned economy.

And the problem with prices as coordination signals is that require that people have money to buy. So you will never get good childcare or schools or health care in poor neighborhoods using price signals.

I think there is a dearth of imagination in these arguments. Demand signals propagate from point of sale through Walmart’s whole ecosystem. Almost stigmergic. How about demand signals from poor neighborhoods? Figure out a way to get them into the value network.

Then think, how would priorities get decided between the golden rule (who’s got the gold, makes the rules) (that is, demand signals with money attached) and demand signals from poor neighborhoods?"

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Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende’s Chile - P2P Foundation

Cybernetic Revolutionaries:  Technology and Politics in Allende’s Chile - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"In Cybernetic Revolutionaries, Eden Medina tells the history of two intersecting utopian visions, one political and one technological. The first was Chile’s experiment with peaceful socialist change under Salvador Allende; the second was the simultaneous attempt to build a computer system that would manage Chile’s economy. Neither vision was fully realized–Allende’s government ended with a violent military coup; the system, known as Project Cybersyn, was never completely implemented–but they hold lessons for today about the relationship between technology and politics.

 
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Why crowdsourcing should become part of a company's DNA

Why crowdsourcing should become part of a company's DNA | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Dismissing crowdsourcing as another marketing fad fails to see how communities are driving new sustainable business ideas, says Matthew Yeomans
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Simply put, What First Nations want « Chris Corrigan

Simply put, What First Nations want « Chris Corrigan | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Since 1986 I have been working for our communities across Canada. I have met every national chief since George Easmus and am on a first name basis with two of them. I have worked in probably more than fifty communities but have hosted meetings with citizens of almost every First Nation in Canada. Much of my work is geared towards making things better, and in my life time I have seen improvements.

 
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Bolivia: Evo Morales' "Manifesto of the Island of the Sun"

Bolivia: Evo Morales' "Manifesto of the Island of the Sun" | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia gave a speech calling for a more sustainable and just future.
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‘Big data’ and cloud computing empower smart machines to do human work, take human jobs | KurzweilAI

‘Big data’ and cloud computing empower smart machines to do human work, take human jobs | KurzweilAI | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

From giant corporations to university libraries to start-up businesses, employers are using rapidly improving technology to do tasks that humans used to do.

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Our digital lives | TED Playlists | TED

Our digital lives | TED Playlists | TED | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Our hyper-connected lives have been rewired for the digital age. These talks explore how the Internet and social media are shaping our relationships, personal lives and sense of self.
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The Future of Civil Society, Davos Style - The Nonprofit Quarterly

The Future of Civil Society, Davos Style - The Nonprofit Quarterly | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

At Davos, Aron Cramer, the CEO of Business for Social Responsibility, presented the results of a report prepared for the World Economic Forum on the future of civil society. The report provided, as Cramer said, “important insights into the direction global civil society may take in the years ahead.” While touting positive qualities of civil society organizations, such as their flexibility in acting globally and locally, their ability to act as problem solvers, and their ability to “enable new institutional forms to address an ever-evolving global agenda,” Cramer noted the challenges of civil society organizations. Those challenges include resource constraints, problems of transparency, oppression from government, and disintermediation.

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What is the (Next) Message?: Jeremy Rifkin on The Empathic Civilization

It’s always nice to read an article or book, or hear a talk, that expresses one’s own ideas in a slightly different way, coming from a completely different ground. There’s an affirmation there—I’m not the only one who sees this phenomenon; I’m not just making it all up. And so it was with that sense of “yes, someone else gets it,” not to mention the brilliant presentation of RSA, that I thoroughly enjoyed the animated treatment of Jeremy Rifkin’s Empathic Civilization.


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eGov AU: Eight business models for government open data

eGov AU: Eight business models for government open data | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Alex Howard has written an excellent article over at the O'Reilly Radar listing eight business models for government open data, a handy list for those in government agencies attempting to justify to senior management or Ministers why releasing government data is important and valuable.
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Culture hack: we're all developers now

Culture hack: we're all developers now | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Leila Johnston takes a look at the rise and rise of hack culture, and how museum professionals are getting in on the act (RT @lottebelice: Nice!
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Putting people first » Nicholas Carr on taking Clay Shirky’s ‘cognitive surplus’ idea to its logical, fascistic extreme

Putting people first » Nicholas Carr on taking Clay Shirky’s ‘cognitive surplus’ idea to its logical, fascistic extreme | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Max Levchin [one of the Silicon Valley elite—computer scientist, cofounder of PayPal, buddy of Peter Thiel, Yahoo director, restless entrepreneur, big thinker, venture capitalist, angel] gave the keynote Iat DLD13 in Munich recently, where he argues that “the next big wave of opportunities exists in centralized processing of data gathered from primarily analog systems” (think Über, neighborhood security, therapists, the human mind).

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Open-source quadcopter swoops out of the shadows - TG Daily

Open-source quadcopter swoops out of the shadows - TG Daily | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The entire platform is designed specifically to be open - including hardware and software. The hardware includes sensors for detecting altitude and heading, although they currently lack software support, at least out of the box. Then again, this is a developer's kit after all, so you'll have to roll up your sleeves and use some of your coding skills to get this bird in the air - with fully-functioning sensors.

 

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All about Bitcoin: the rise and trials of an anonymous virtual currency

All about Bitcoin: the rise and trials of an anonymous virtual currency | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Verge writes, Bitcoin, a virtual currency "mined" from computer transactions, could one day challenge the hegemony of nation-issued money and create a truly viable decentralized, anonymous currency. Along the way, though, supporters must deal with the challenges of building a new exchange system — and the inevitable winners and losers that creates. Continue reading…
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Airbnb could be banned in Amsterdam: Local authorities are now hunting for illegal hotels

Airbnb could be banned in Amsterdam: Local authorities are now hunting for illegal hotels | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Airbnb’s issues in Amsterdam have been ongoing; in fact, an investigation into the service was ordered by authorities back in November, led by Alderman Freek Ossel. So far, 200 “suspicious” homes have already been researched, and Dutch newspaper Parool reports that “if something was wrong while tourists were staying in the homes, [authorities] closed the houses and tourists were stranded on the streets of Amsterdam” [translation:TNW].

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Economics of Abundance - P2P Foundation

Economics of Abundance - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

If a resource use is “contributory,” the resource grows if it is used more. The most prominent example of such a resource is knowledge: if more people learn something, more people know (they don’t make anybody forget), and they are also likely to contribute more new knowledge to the existing knowledge base by applying it in different contexts. As stated in my book, “the most important means to ensure that innovation can proceed is to ensure that everyone seeking knowledge has access to it. Any barriers to the dissemination of knowledge should then be regarded as a kind of knowledge pollution, particularly since they impede any efforts to correct errors, or to criticize others’ use of knowledge on ethical grounds (for example, that it is being used to favor some people over others). Knowledge that helps empower people depends on openness, while knowledge that is used to coerce, to exert power over the disempowered, thrives on secrecy” (p. 150).

 
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Discussing the Assemblies and Consensus of #OccupyWallStreet (3): Visioning Emergent Leadership

Discussing the Assemblies and Consensus of #OccupyWallStreet (3): Visioning Emergent Leadership | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Anyone who has come to my workshops over the past ten years knows I’ve been an advocate of “Emergence” – defined as “leaderless distributed networks of information and power”. In an Emergence, it is the system that learns, grows and adapts… without any kind of “authority” telling the various agents what to do.When it happens, it is startling, it is beautiful, and it is POWERFUL.

 
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Eurozine - The transparency delusion - Ivan Krastev

Eurozine - The transparency delusion - Ivan Krastev | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Disillusionment with democracy founded on mistrust of business and political elites has prompted a popular obsession with transparency. But the management of mistrust cannot remedy voters' loss of power and may spell the end for democratic reform.

  
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Money and Sustainability - P2P Foundation

Money and Sustainability - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Enter Bernard Lietaer and his co-authors and their deeper analysis in "Money and Sustainability: the Missing Link." As mentioned, most economic textbooks and financial models take money as a given with its three familiar functions: a unit of account, a medium of exchange and a store of value. Only recently -- as we witness on TV money being printed and monetary policies spotlighted -- have the secretive processes of money-creation and credit-allocation become visible. The financial crises of 2008 and bank bailouts led to the rise of the Tea Party and its early slogan: "where's my bailout?" but was soon captured by big donors and lobbyists for anti-government laissez faire. The global Occupy Movements of the 99% were fueled by similar anger at Wall Street banks, the bailouts and unfairness. Money-creation and banking became a target of closer examination. Even Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England opined, "of all the ways of organizing banking, the worst is the one we have today. Change is, I believe, inevitable" (speech in New York, October 25, 2010).

 
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Land Value Taxation - P2P Foundation

Land Value Taxation - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"A Global Resource Agency, similar to the Alaska Permanent Fund, could collect global resource rents for distribution and investment. This would provide a stable source of finance for UN expenditures for peacekeeping, environmental preservation and restoration, and to finance justice institutions such as the World Court and the International Criminal Court. Some of the revenue might be distributed to all nations according to their populations, reflecting the right of every person in the world to a "global citizen's income" based on an equal share of the value of global resources.

 
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Green Internet and Cyber-Infrastructure: High Level Architecture for Building Zero Carbon Internet Networks , ICT products and services

Green Internet and Cyber-Infrastructure: High Level Architecture for Building Zero Carbon Internet Networks , ICT products and services | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Governments around the world are wrestling with the challenge of how to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The current preferred approaches are to impose carbon taxes and implement various forms of cap and trade, which effectively is a hidden tax. However another approach to help reduce carbon emission is to “reward” those directly who reduce their carbon footprint. One possible reward system is to provide homeowners with free fiber to the home or free wireless products and other electronic services such as ebooks and eMovies if they deploy micro renewable energy sources for their ICT equipment. Not only does the consumer benefit, but this business model also provides new revenue opportunities for network operators, optical equipment manufacturers, and eCommerce application providers.

 
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation