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Fab Lab Barcelona: create a dynamic assembly of rods linked together by 3d printed joinery pieces

Fab Lab Barcelona: create a dynamic assembly of rods linked together by 3d printed joinery pieces | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Rapid prototyping, or more commonly called 3d printing, is a technique which relies on the addition of material, an additive process, which contrasts with the technology used in the other two assignments, the laser cutter and the milling, which are based on subtractive techniques. As a consequence, this technology has the potential to be waste free. Additive manufacturing can make use of a relatively large palette of materials in a field which is constantly evolving. For the sake of the course, we will be printing with the Projet 1500 (Photosensitive Resin). The scale of the parts produced is still a strong constrain in school and elsewhere, but teams around the world are working on braking these barriers to print objects on a human scale with better performing materials.

 

 

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Energy-Backed Currencies - P2P Foundation

Energy-Backed Currencies - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"once you have a company generating local energy, you have an asset that you can use to back up a local currency. The problem with many local currencies such as LETS is that they can’t be exchanged for things in shops, and are not much use to business. Lietaer said you have to start with the idea that the currency can be used by business, and then also by the community. A currency backed by energy achieves this. Then people can part pay their bills in the local money, which would liberate the workpower needed to start to implement localisation in other areas such as land use and community development. The currency would be of use to everyone, not just to people who want an aromatherapy massage, as can sometimes be the problem with LETS. It can be either a printed currency or an electronic one. The company could give favourable loans to business start-ups that are driving forward the Energy Descent Action Plan." (http://transitionculture.org/?p=198)

 
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GNUnion - One Big Meshwork

GNUnion - One Big Meshwork | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
For all immigrant, domestic, knowledge, industrial, workless workers, Indigenous, landless farmers, Lgbts, environmentlists, hackers, makers, artivists, Chapullers, Indignados, Occupiers. Anons, Zapatistas...
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The World's Most Powerful Computer Network Is Being Wasted on Bitcoin

The World's Most Powerful Computer Network Is Being Wasted on Bitcoin | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Bitcoin mining machines are insane powerhouses, and they're only getting crazier. How much power is getting sunk into the digital cryptocurrency? More than the world's top 500 supercomputers combined.
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Why is Open Hardware Inherently Sustainable - P2P Foundation

Why is Open Hardware Inherently Sustainable - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

For those that are not familiar with it, open hardware is a practice where designs are shared through open licenses in a community, and those designs can then be used by manufacturers, who can make and sell the product, eventually making a profit, but they cannot rely on any rents deriving from intellectual property. We will see later why open design and free hardware are also linked to new modalities of production, i.e. open and distributed manufacturing

 
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Why the Mode of Production Needs to Preceed the Revolution - P2P Foundation

Why the Mode of Production Needs to Preceed the Revolution - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

" The political aim of revolutionaries in the French revolution ranged from constitutional monarchism to radical democracy, but economically the ideas of how the economy would change were dominated by an envy of England. By contrast, the masses of society in the Russian revolution took up the banner of socialism. They were not looking to replace the economic system with that of a competitor, but instead hoped to forge a new one from scratch. The complete collapse of the Tsarist regime and the incompetence, financial weakness and disorganisation of the middle classes gave a window for the better organised Bolsheviks to take a stab at power buoyed by the help of a supportive mass movement of peasants and workers.

 
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Role of Cooperatives in Societal Transition - P2P Foundation

Role of Cooperatives in Societal Transition - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"The question of which system is desirable, in detail, is quite important. Unfortunately we cannot determine in abstract which system will work best and what problems will develop, though we can make guesses. To fully understand the consequences of an economic system can only be decided experimentally. This leads us to the chicken and the egg problem. How can we promote a new system without knowing what it will look like and if we don’t have a new system to promote, how can we convince the broad masses that we should remove the presently existing system – however deformed our present system becomes.

 
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Econophysics: scientific approach based on the network behavior of human beings, as related to economic and financial issue

Econophysics: scientific approach based on the network behavior of human beings, as related to economic and financial issue | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"The term “econophysics” was introduced by analogy with similar terms, such as astrophysics, geophysics, and biophysics, which describe applications of physics to different fields. Particularly important is the parallel with biophysics, which studies living creatures, which still obey the laws of physics. It should be emphasized that econophysics does not literally apply the laws of physics, such as Newton’s laws or quantum mechanics, to humans, but rather uses mathematical methods developed in statistical physics to study statistical properties of complex economic systems consisting of a large number of humans. So, it may be considered as a branch of applied theory of probabilities. However, statistical physics is distinctly different from mathematical statistics in its focus, methods, and results.

 
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Changing the mode of production | Spirit of Contradiction

Changing the mode of production | Spirit of Contradiction | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The idea of a mode of production has its genesis amongst the political-economy theorists of the 19th century, a subject which was attracting so much interest was capitalism.  Capitalism – quite a new system – represented a sharp change from the prior mode which was based on direct taxation of subsistence agriculture.

 
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Phonemic Individualism - P2P Foundation

Phonemic Individualism - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Whereas division of labour is seen by Smith as the result of a top-down, managerial intent, as a production masterplan that sets everyone in a well-defined role, Benkler, when he deals with the ‘green’ world, sees the division of labour as an emergent phenomenon stemming from interactions between individuals: out of the constant dialogues, discussions and debates fluid roles arise. Like eddies in a stream, these roles enjoy relative, but only relative, stability. Individuality, in this perspective, sums up the possible role shifts one person may live through.

 
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Peercoin - P2P Foundation

Peercoin - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Peercoin (code: PPC), also known as PPCoin and Peer-to-Peer Coin is the first cryptocurrency based on an implementation of a combined proof-of-stake (PoS)/proof-of-work system (PoW).

 

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Onecoin's curator insight, January 15, 12:20 AM

Welcome to my first newsletter of 2015, and what a way to start the New Year with 35000 members and counting!!

We are adding somewhere between 1000 and 2000 members a day right now which means we could be looking at between 400 000 and 500 000 members this time next year.

In my estimation, if we continue at this growth rate, once we start the mining on January 20th, we would be well on track to become number two in cryptocurrency market capitalizations, just behind the leader Bitcoin which is currently standing at a market cap of $ 3,691,867,140 and well ahead of number two, Ripple at only $577 million. Source: http://coinmarketcap.com/

And if we can achieve this in our first year…what do you think will happen in year two? Correct, OneCoin can become the Number One cryptocurrency in the world, ahead of current dominant player, Bitcoin which has been around since 2008.
Onecoin is still in an early stage and therefore interesting for investors, while Bitcoin is already very mature . less profit there
please sign up
http://onecoin.eu/signup/amoisexy

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Project of the Day: KeyRing, a UK initiative for social care

“We know how public service innovators like the charity Keyring are opening up the care system for vulnerable adults in ways that are crucial for the future of our public services – creating volunteer-led neighbourhood networks that enable skills sharing and resource sharing between vulnerable adults and the wider community” – Joost Beunderman*

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The Transition | Spirit of Contradiction

The Transition | Spirit of Contradiction | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The question of which system is desirable, in detail, is quite important. Unfortunately we cannot determine in abstract which system will work best and what problems will develop, though we can make guesses. To fully understand the consequences of an economic system can only be decided experimentally. This leads us to the chicken and the egg problem. How can we promote a new system without knowing what it will look like and if we don’t have a new system to promote, how can we convince the broad masses that we should remove the presently existing system – however deformed our present system becomes.

 

The most viable solution to this Gordian knot is to attempt to create the new modes of production experimentally…… now. It is the corporation which gives us the best experimental laboratory currently within reach and it is the democratically controlled corporation, or cooperative, which gives us the form most likely to succeed in a radically egalitarian programme of transformation.

 

This idea is not new at all. In fact, it was believed to be a necessary component of the struggle for socialism by both Marx and the Anarchists during the first international. The instructions given to delegates of the first international in 1866 which we put here gives a flavour of just how accurately the early socialists were thinking about this component

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This College Kid Made Over $24000 Yesterday Just By Waving This Bitcoin Sign ... - Seattle Post Intelligencer

This College Kid Made Over $24000 Yesterday Just By Waving This Bitcoin Sign ... - Seattle Post Intelligencer | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The image made it onto the front page of Reddit and quickly spread across the Bitcoin community. And perhaps sensing an opportunity to turn this into a huge publicity stunt and free ad for Bitcoin (with articles like this one!) the community sent him donations.

 
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Mary Berry is Fomenting an Agrarian Revolution | Activism, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

Mary Berry is Fomenting an Agrarian Revolution | Activism, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"Everything We Eat Has a Story Behind It - and Interview with Mary Berry 
It’s incredible to me how threatened Big Ag feels. What’s the local food market — like one percent? But we have to be ready for how threatened they’re going to be. And we have to be very careful. One of the weaknesses of our movement is bastardized language. If you listen to ads from Wal-Mart and big chain grocery stores, they’ve got our language. They’re talking “local, local, local” and “sustainably raised,” and that’s just bulls–t. If the big grocery store claims they’re selling local produce, find out what they’re talking about. And if you can’t, that means they’re lying. You have to educate yourself. You have to be vigilant. It really makes the world more interesting. It’s called living an informed, awake life, and it’s way more interesting than sleepwalking through it.
Everything we eat has a story behind it. The bread aisle (at the store with the massive parking lot) is a thrill ride. That story starts on stretches of land in places you’ve never been. Its main characters are gene-splicing scientists, patented life forms and huge industrial robots. Fleets of 18-wheelers make epic road trips before the narrative climaxes in the cash register of one mega-corporation or another."
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About – AQAL Capital

About – AQAL Capital | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Our core investment strategy mandates that rigorous financial measurement criteria be intimately correlated with social, environmental, cultural, behavioral, as well as ethics, morals, and higher human values. Therefore, we provide the sustainable integration between traditional, profit-oriented, investing criteria and impact investing measurements with its social, environmental, and governance (ESG/UN PRI) metrics.

 
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Importance of Neotraditional Approaches in the Reconstructive Transmodern Era - P2P Foundation

Importance of Neotraditional Approaches in the Reconstructive Transmodern Era - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I see the emergence of Buddhist Economics as part of a broader canvass of initiatives, thought streams and social practices, that could be broadly termed ‘neotraditional’. My aim in this essay is to offer a hypothesis of why their emergence is important, and what role they could play in movements aimed at reforming and transforming the current political economy.

 
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Pat Conaty on the History and the Rediscovery of the Cooperative Commonwealth

“Solidarity Co-operatives have been developed as a unique multi-stakeholder Co-operative system since the 1980s. They are unique because co-production members include paid workers, volunteers, service users and social investors. In Italy they provide social care, health services and educational services for local communities. There are now over 14,000 of these Co-ops across Italy providing services to 5 million. The Solidarity Co-op movement has spread in Europe to France, Spain, Portugal, Hungary and Poland. They have been developed in Quebec and in the UK there is early work underway to develop them in England and Wales.

 

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An Uncritical Critique of The Critical Net Critic | Spirit of Contradiction

An Uncritical Critique of The Critical Net Critic | Spirit of Contradiction | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Recently a friend in a reading group suggested that we read The Critical Net Critic. While the piece is somewhat long and meandering it is also very good at helping to answer some of those fundamental questions about what is changing in the present economy and how we should understand (Information Technology) IT in relation to the rest of the productive economy.

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Interview: Paul Cockshott on Econophysics and Socialism | Spirit of Contradiction

Interview: Paul Cockshott on Econophysics and Socialism | Spirit of Contradiction | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Paul Cockshott is a Scottish computer scientist and a reader at the University of Glasgow. His major areas of work includearray compilers, econophysics and thephysical foundations of computability.

 
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Designing Futures for Peer-to-Peer Learning @ CSCW

Open, online learning environments, such as MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and open learning communities have been promoted as a way to expand equitable access to quality education. Such learning experiences are potentially enriched via extensive networks of peer learners. Even though challenges exist to realize these aspirations, open, online learning environments can serve as a mechanism for how we provide transformative learning experiences. This workshop aims to bring researchers, designers, and practitioners from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to explore how the body of CSCW knowledge can better support the vision of sustaining peer-to-peer learning in online environments.

 
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Peercoin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Peercoin

Peercoin Central bank None. The Peercoin peer-to-peer network regulates and distributes through consensus in protocol.[1] Date of introduction 12 August 2012, 17:57:38 UTC User(s) International Inflation Limited release rate plus 1% decentralized inflation due to the proof-of-stake system.[1] [2] Subunit  0.001 mPPC (millicoin)  0.000001 μPPC (microcoin)  0.00000001 Smallest unit Symbol Ᵽ, PPC Nickname Peercoin, PPCoin, P2PCoin, PPC Plural PPC, Peercoins Peercoin (code: ), also known as PPCoin and Peer-to-Peer Coin is the first cryptocurrency based on an implementation of a combined proof-of-stake (PoS)/ proof-of-work system (PoW).

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Review: “Makers” by Chris Anderson and “Makers” by Cory Doctorow

Review: “Makers” by Chris Anderson and “Makers” by Cory Doctorow | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Once upon a time not so long ago, computer programmers wore starched white shirts and stodgy ties, and worked in immaculate corporate spaces with giant machines called ENIAC and Colossus. But the anarchic, transformative power of these tools was too great to be constrained by the corporate world, and a generation of hippie hackers with names like Jobs, Wozniak and Gates threw off their ties and sparked an information revolution from their California garages. It’s a story we know well, but it’s also one we’re about to see retold in the field of manufacturing. Additive manufacturing, digital fabrication – however we choose to label it, the radical shift in “making” has broken the old model of assembly lines, of hierarchical shiftwork and production, and even of factories themselves. Ladies and gentlemen, manufacturing has – quite literally – left the building.

 
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The Demonetization Agenda – replacing transactions with social relations

“The question of how we deal with and act within the given monetary environment is crucial for the commons movement, since the monetary logic and the commons logic are opposites. Contrary to the claims of mainstream economics, money is not neutral or simply an informational means for mediating transactions. Thus, replacing currencies with alternative currencies of different designs basically does not change the underlying monetary logic. It amounts to changing the tools while keeping the workshop.

 

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