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Britain's Energy Coast Fab Lab sparks into life | Cumbria Crack ...

Economic development organisation Britain’s Energy Coast (BEC) has opened brand new facilities at Createc in Cockermouth and West Lakes Academy in Egremont, which together as one have become the ninth Fab Lab – standing for fabrication laboratory – in the UK. They will provide businesses, entrepreneurs, schools and community groups with access to a wide range of cutting-edge equipment such as precision laser cutters and 3D digital printers, enabling them to develop products, prototypes or simply to learn more about the latest fabrication methods. Users will have access to on-hand expert support as well as an on-line community of potential collaborators and problem solvers linked to the 250 Fab Labs around the world.

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Hacking a Popular Social Networking Site

Hacking a Popular Social Networking Site | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In October 2005, a popular social networking site was brought to its knees by a nineteen year old hacker. (RT @SmithsonianChan: Remember MySpace?
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Portland’s Sharing Economy: Borrowing, Swapping and Sharing

Portland’s Sharing Economy: Borrowing, Swapping and Sharing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In a shift away from the country’s once hyper-consumptive ways, many Portlanders have been discovering how to participate in a local, and more resourceful, sharing economy. Based on models of collaborative consumption, in which owning becomes less necessary, our innovative and community-minded citizenry has expanded an economy centered around bartering, borrowing and sharing.

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Amsterdam embraces sharing economy - Collaborative Consumption

Amsterdam embraces sharing economy - Collaborative Consumption | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The City of Amsterdam has made an important step towards the emerging sharing economy.
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Urban backyard food production as a strategy for food security in Melbourne

Urban backyard food production as a strategy for food security in Melbourne | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

My research was about urban food production within 70-km radius of Melbourne CBD. The data collection period ran from July 2012 to July 2013. This was deliberately designed to capture inter-seasonal yield. In all, 15 households took part in the research and each participant contributed 12 weeks’ worth of data.

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Seedbombing: applying the principles of permaculture to finance | Ecology Building Society

Seedbombing: applying the principles of permaculture to finance | Ecology Building Society | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Finance, even in its most high-tech formulations, is rooted in ecological systems. A high-frequency trading hedge fund, for example, relies on electricity created by burning fossilised organic matter. It relies on employees, surviving via agricultural systems. It trades in company shares, given value by the actions of those companies’ employees using assets (like computers and telecommunications systems) that are all dependent – at some level – on mining, forestry, and other extractive industries.

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Computational Complexity of Democracy - P2P Foundation

Computational Complexity of Democracy - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"The foundamental question that I inquire in dept is this: “It's possible a P2P society on large scale?” In the last work I have examined the logical and the ethical possibility of a large scale P2P society.

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NYT reports on Zervas and Byers' work on “sharing economy ...

A new study by Institute Fellows Giorgos Zervas and John Byers, and their student Davide Proserpio demonstrates for the first time that the “sharing economy” is negatively impacting traditional business models.
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The co-operatives empowering immigrants across the world - Co-Operative News

The co-operatives empowering immigrants across the world - Co-Operative News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In the UK and across the world, co-operatives help provide a better life for immigrants and asylum seekers. While the British media continues to debate the positive and negative effects of immigration, little attention has been given to successful enterprises set up or led by immigrants – many of these being co-operatives.

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Studying Commons Based Peer Production, ‘an expanding new frontier’ | P2PValue

Studying Commons Based Peer Production, ‘an expanding new frontier’ | P2PValue | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“This is a new frontier and this frontier is expanding in quite an impressive way”, Marco Berlinguer (IGOPnet) opened the roundtable discussion at the first public presentation of the P2Pvalue Project, which took place on the 22nd of January at the CCCB in Barcelona. P2Pvalue Project is a large project developed by a consortium of 6 institutions (University of Surrey, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Stichtung Peer to Peer Alternatives (P2P Foundation), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Università degli Studi di Milano),with more than 20 researchers, developers/hackers and commoners.

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Regulation, rights and social activism

In this video, Professor Bronwen Morgan from the University of New South Wales examines the interaction between regulation and rights in the context of social activism. 

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Creative Commons: A Shared Culture (cz titulky)

A Shared Culture by Jesse Dylan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike (CC BY-NC-SA) license.

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Matter, Makers , Microbiomes and Generation M

“1. Language, information and the virtual space were distinctive features of the previous generation. Craft, matter and the fusion of the digital and the material are defining generation M, the first generation of the 21st century.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Bitcoin Protocol

Everything You Need to Know About the Bitcoin Protocol | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Bitcoin is big news again. The digital cryptocurrency is on the frontpage of every major newspaper. This week its price collapsed because the largest exchange on the network did not handle a known design flaw in bitcoin properly, which caused widespread disruption and possibly some loss of bitcoin. As a precaution, several exchanges had to close their virtual doors till further notice.

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Global, distributed, Agile: Kerika & WIKISPEED » Kerika's Blog » Get ...

Global, distributed, Agile: Kerika & WIKISPEED » Kerika's Blog » Get ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
WIKISPEED is a volunteer based green automotive-prototyping company, that's distributed around the world and coming together on a Kerika board to design and build safe, low-cost, ultra-efficient, road-legal vehicles.
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Why The Success Of 'Sharing Economy' Startups Hinges On Who Owns The Inventory

Why The Success Of 'Sharing Economy' Startups Hinges On Who Owns The Inventory | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In the past few years there’s been a surge of capital into second-hand apparel marketplaces. With more than $100M invested since 2010, start-up teams and investors have partnered to transform an industry that has been dominated by eBay and Craigslist for decades.



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Reimagining capitalism for people and planet | Management Innovation eXchange

Reimagining capitalism for people and planet | Management Innovation eXchange | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

What if some businesses were to do things differently? Rather than accept that the responsibility of business was to return a profit to shareholders, what if it made other people the central focus and instead invested in the local community and social objectives?

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Animating Noam Chomsky: French Director Michel Gondry on New Film "Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?"

Animating Noam Chomsky: French Director Michel Gondry on New Film "Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?" | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We spend the hour with French filmmaker Michel Gondry, the director of a highly unusual new film, "Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?" It is an animated representation of Gondry’s conversations with the legendary political dissident, linguist, author and MIT professor, Noam Chomsky. The innovative documentary introduces viewers to Chomsky’s theories and ideas through a series of conversations brought to life by Gondry’s vibrant hand-drawn animations. As Chomsky speaks, Gondry’s rapidly moving pencil illustrates his words. The men discuss everything from Chomsky’s pioneering work in childhood language acquisition to his views on education, religion and astrology. Gondry’s past films include the Academy Award-winning "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," the musical documentary "Dave Chappelle’s Block Party" and "The Science of Sleep." He has also directed dozens of music videos by artists including Björk, Kanye West, Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones.
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Talk:Commons-oriented Productive Capacities - FLOK Society (EN)

Talk:Commons-oriented Productive Capacities - FLOK Society (EN) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

General comment: if there were a way to automatically number all lines so comments could be made in relation to specific lines, might be useful. Am assuming we are not making instream wiki suggestions

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Amsterdam adopts new private rental policy that benefits Airbnb ...

Amsterdam adopts new private rental policy that benefits Airbnb ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“The new policy is also an excellent example of how policymakers can create innovative policies that embrace the sharing economy and make cities better places to live, work and visit,” he wrote in a statement.
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Intelligence of the swarm; robots build complex structures - Boston.com (blog)

Intelligence of the swarm; robots build complex structures - Boston.com (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Compared with human-like robots that are being built to comprehend emotion, perform complex tasks, and outsmart people on quiz shows, a trio of bug-like machines designed by Harvard University engineers with a handful of crude sensory abilities hardly seems to merit the word “intelligence.”

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What makes Aaron Swartz a hero? - RT

What makes Aaron Swartz a hero? - RT | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The recent anti-NSA, anti-surveillance protests were the latest manifestation of a burgeoning movement for freedom from mass surveillance and the liberation of information.

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Define the Commons - Soma Kishore Parthasarathy, India

A definition of the "Commons" proposed by Soma Kishore Parthasarathy, taken from an interview conducted by Saki Bailey, at the Economics and the Commons Conference  which took place in Berlin from 22 to 24 May 2013. 

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Movement of the Day: the Association for Sustainability and Democracy

Movement of the Day:  the Association for Sustainability and Democracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Alda’s goal is introduce new ideas about how to deepen democracy and re-think the nature of the economy into public debate. Alda’s board has seven elected members and two randomly selected members. The board manages administrative tasks and can take decisions in between monthly general meetings when absolutely necessary. Otherwise a board member has no status above the average Alda member.*

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