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Spanda Foundation

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Spanda is a non-profit transantional NGO fostering culture, education, health, microfinance and research for a sustainable advancement of peace and knowledge
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Video of the Day: From the Old to the New Digggers

Video of the Day: From the Old to the New Digggers | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This is from a talk from the Diggers 2012 group that have been inspired by the Gerald Winstanley and the original Diggers and have taken to reclaiming the land at Runnymede Park.

 
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Movement of the Day: the Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives

Movement of the Day: the Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Inspired by the Mondragon cooperative network, the Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives (VAWC) came together in Western Massachusetts in 2005. The group first met at the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives Eastern Conference on Workplace Democracy, and they are a direct result of national networks crystallizing at the regional level.

 
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Against Money Relativism

Against Money Relativism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

While diversity and experimentation has its value, we live in a time when we can no longer afford to be distracted solely by peripheral currencies that have marginal impact on the global economy as a whole. A central emphasis must be placed on making qualitative judgments about which monetary systems are most appropriate in the context of solving our most pressing problems. The more the alternative currency community as a whole is able to coalesce and integrate new ideas and collectively focus their energy like a laser beam on the challenge of transcending national fiat currencies, the more powerful and lasting impact it will have.

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Should it be difficult to enter a p2p organisation? or: the jesuits as early hackers

Should it be difficult to enter a p2p organisation? or: the jesuits as early hackers | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The organizational base of the Jesuits gives us some basic keys on how an organization focused on doing and the creation of knowledge can sustain itself with a hacker ethic… as long as it knows how to pay the cost of not incorporating those who don’t have the necessary mettle, however intelligent or well-prepared they may be.

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Car Sharing is Revving Up - The Epoch Times

Car Sharing is Revving Up - The Epoch Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

On July 21st of 2012 Car2Go came to Alberta. Specifically it came to 93 square kilometers of Calgary’s inner core. The on-demand car sharing service charges $0.38 a minute to use one of its bright blue and white Smart Cars. With over 300 of them, it’s easy to find and book a car using a smart phone app. Swipe your member card across a data card reader located behind the wind screen and off you go.

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Greening the Network Commons | The Next Layer

Cheang's work from 2001-2 simultaneously did three things: it proposed a re-orientation to ecological topics and collaborative practices in digital art; a central aspect of the work was the wireless commons - community networks using WLAN built by network activists; and this idea was brought together with the notion of barter and solidarity economies as practised in Argentina after the crash of its economy.

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Shareable: Boulder Sharing Economy Summit Finds Common Ground

Shareable: Boulder Sharing Economy Summit Finds Common Ground | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

As a recent graduate and young community leader, I have been focusing my efforts on expanding community relationships and promoting sharing networks, particularly through cooperative living. So the idea for the Boulder Sharing Economy Summit naturally came up during discussions at the Boulder Housing Coalition (BHC), which I am board member of.

 

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The Telekommunist Manifesto | libcom.org

The Telekommunist Manifesto | libcom.org | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The former looks to expand self-managed production (peer-to-peer production) beyond immaterial production (i.e. free software) into material production (so that workers can produce things they need to live).
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San Francisco Embraces Sharing Economy for Preparedness - Emergency Management

San Francisco Embraces Sharing Economy for Preparedness - Emergency Management | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
San Francisco is broadening its emergency preparedness resources and use of technology through a new partnership with BayShare, an organization dedicated to sharing goods and services, according to a Tuesday, June 11,announcement from Mayor Edwin Lee’s office. 
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Facebook Launches Open Compute Data Center in Sweden - CIO Today

Facebook Launches Open Compute Data Center in Sweden - CIO Today | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Nearly all the technology in the new Facebook data center in Lulea, Sweden, from the servers to the power distribution systems, is based on Open Compute Project designs. The designs are highly efficient and Facebook shares them openly with the broader community, so anyone can use or improve them.

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Open the Future: Still Talking About the Future at the WELL

Open the Future: Still Talking About the Future at the WELL | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The conversation at the WELL on the state of the future is still going, and will continue through the 28th. Jon Lebkowsky is the host of the discussion, taking on a role similar to the one he has with Bruce Sterling's State of the World discussion: provocateur, ringleader, and catalyst. My turn on stage was Jon's suggestion, for which I am massively grateful. [Worldchanging readers will recognize Jon as one of the very first non-me/Alex writers for the site, and folks who have been online since before the web will recognize Jon from Fringeware, Mondo2000, and pre-web bOING bOING.] - See more at: http://www.openthefuture.com/2013/01/still_talking_about_the_future.html#sthash.TDEYZNtq.dpuf

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Alicia Gibb & Ayah Bdeir: Open Source Hardware Revolution

Open Source Hardware is hardware that is shared, copied and reproduced. In this talk, the founders of the Open Hardware Summit give a recap of a movement that w
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Silke Helfrich's keynote at the Commons and Economics conference

Silke Helfrich's keynote at the Commons and Economics conference | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Video recording of the conference “Economics and the Common(s): From Seed Form to Core Paradigm”, May 22 — 24, 2013

 
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Can we go beyond Wikipedia's Eurocentric Encyclopaedism

Can we go beyond Wikipedia's Eurocentric Encyclopaedism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Steve Jankowski’s Master Thesis (Wikipedia and Encyclopaedism: A genre analysis of epistemological values is proof that a supervisor (me) can learn more from his student than the student from his supervisor. And I’m not speaking here about learning some interesting facts or methodological tricks. When reading the final version of the thesis, I truly learned about new, relevant and important ideas pertaining to digital humanities and post-colonial epistemology.

 

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The Third Industrial Revolution Won't Be As Easily Coopted as the Second

The Third Industrial Revolution Won't Be As Easily Coopted as the Second | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The new technologies of abundance, by their very nature, thwart the enforcement of state-imposed artificial scarcity. The present corporate-state order, exhausted and bankrupted from the sheer cost of subsidizing inefficiency and protecting it against competition against the superiority of free cooperative labor, has reached the breaking point. It is a dying system.

 
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M-Pesa phenomenon taken a step further | Think! blog

M-Pesa phenomenon taken a step further | Think! blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

SIX months ago, Jane Adhiambo Achieng walked into a local Kenyan bank with the hope of getting a loan for her small grocery business. After providing all the paperwork and after weeks of back and forth between her and bank officials, she was turned down.

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A Question of Wholeness

A Question of Wholeness | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

From my own view, the problem is with the conceptual limitations of the dualistic categories of dialectical mind. For 2000 years, dialectical reasoning has grown in sophistication by creating synthetic (or transcendent or meta-) narratives to reconcile contraries. Postmodernism comes along and points out that meta-narratives aren’t really doing the work that we supposed them to do. They don’t really solve the dichotomies, they basically take one of three ways out 1) reduce them to conceptually more foundational dichotomies — such that, for example, you have the ultimate contrasts in Buddhism “emptiness” and “form” and two truths doctrine (relative and absolute) , Schopenhauer gives us “world” and “representation” for Derrida we have “sameness” and “difference” or the ultimate contrast in Hegel “matter” and “spirit” or in Bhaskar “absence” and “identity” …. or 2) hold paradoxes simultaneously– as “two sides of the same coin” — this is Wilber’s tetra-emergence, or Heidegger’s paradoxical thinking, and also Nishida Kitaro’s answer to Hegel, or 3) establish a meta-theoretical framework upon which the endless synthetic narratives can be adjudicated — hence Integral theory is a meta-theory which contextualizes ‘green’ narratives as “higher” than “blue” narratives — the problem is, a different meta-theoretical framework such as Critical Realism can, through explanatory critique, counter the Integral meta- framework, and so one is left with the frustrating position of having to formulate a meta-meta framework to contextualize the meta-theoretical frameworks. It is easy to show that this pushes the situation of “grand narratives” up a notch in terms of conceptual sophistication, but it does not solve the problem of grand narratives and as such is still subject to the post-modern critique (IMO).

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Week 9 – About “The Wealth of Networks” by Yochai Benkler | Javier ...

Week 9 – About “The Wealth of Networks” by Yochai Benkler | Javier ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The economic approach offered by Benkler (2006) in The Wealth of Networks is especially interesting for me, given my background in the same field of economics, and I would not mind to spend a whole term discussing his ideas because there is enough content to do so. From the previous readings we are already aware of the economic implications of intellectual property rights, so the presence of this book is more than justified. The chapters we have gone through are prolific in many interesting ideas about the topic at hand, although I have my doubts that Benkler wrote for a general audience. This is why I would try to elaborate my comments keeping in mind those who might not have enjoyed that much his approach. To that end, I will comment on a connection with the previous authors, followed by a couple of ideas about the inefficiency of exclusive rights and the importance of non-monetary rewards, and conclude with a brief mention to an element that hardly could have been foreseen when this book was published.

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Open Manufacturing: The New Industrial Revolution panel from ...

A relevant panel on digital, open manufacturing has been finally published on Ouishare TV. This panel was part of the Makers track at the Ouishare Fest that has been held in Paris in Early May.

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The FabLab Reference List, 2.0 | Peter Troxler

The FabLab Reference List, 2.0 | Peter Troxler | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The “Starting a FabLab Reference List” post has been mildly popular the past few years, time to write an update. Most noble excuse is that the book “FabLab. Of Machines, Makers and Inventors” is finally available to order from the publisher.
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San Francisco Embraces Sharing Economy for Emergency ...

San Francisco Embraces Sharing Economy for Emergency ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
San Francisco is broadening its emergency preparedness resources and use of technology through a new partnership with BayShare, an organization dedicated to sharing goods and services, according to a Tuesday, June 11,announcement from Mayor Edwin Lee’s office. 
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The Other Complication for Airbnb and the Sharing Economy: Taxes - TIME

The Other Complication for Airbnb and the Sharing Economy: Taxes - TIME | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Sharing economy businesses like Airbnb, RelayRides, and FlightCar have come under fire recently, with participants accused of failure to comply with insurance regulations, building codes, and other rules. In addition to those complications, which I wrote about in the recent issue of TIME magazine, there’s the problem of taxes. Namely, it seems as if almost no one involved in the sharing economy knows exactly what taxes they’re supposed to pay, nor when or how to pay them. And for several reasons — the rules are unclear, enforcement is almost nonexistent, and many feel that “sharing” shouldn’t be taxed at all – very few people pay them.

 


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Nirgal's Logs: Netention Telephony Integration System (NTIS)

Nirgal's Logs: Netention Telephony Integration System (NTIS) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A new Volunteer has joined netention's effort and is working on a Netention Telephony Integration System (NTIS).

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NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake speaks at National Press Club - March 15, 2013

Thomas Drake, a former Senior Executive at NSA who was charged under the espionage act after he blew the whistle on waste and fraud and illegal activity at t...
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