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Competition Is for Losers - Wall Street Journal

Competition Is for Losers - Wall Street Journal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

But suppose we say that Google is primarily an advertising company. That changes things. The U.S. search-engine advertising market is $17 billion annually. Online advertising is $37 billion annually. The entire U.S. advertising market is $150 billion. And global advertising is a $495 billion market. So even if Google completely monopolized U.S. search-engine advertising, it would own just 3.4% of the global advertising market. From this angle, Google looks like a small player in a competitive world.

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New Radicals 2014 | Nesta

New Radicals 2014 | Nesta | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Who are the people and organisations changing society for the better? For the second time, Nesta has joined forces with The Observer to present a list of the social entrepreneurs and innovators using their technical expertise, community influence, scientific prowess and artistic bravery for social good.


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Book of the Day: The Power of Neighborhood and the Commons | P2P Foundation

Book of the Day: The Power of Neighborhood and the Commons | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“The anonymous Swiss author of bolo’bolo and Akiba offers a new practical proposal for reshaping the future, based on this prognosis of the present: “Our economic system is stumbling from one collapse to the next…Our system is fundamentally flawed and destabilized by internal contradictions. To point out one of them: income can only be generated by work, but work is getting scarce at the moment and will become even scarcer in the future. Thus the “purchasing power” that capital needs to realize value is strangulated by itself. These contradictions are being deferred into the future by financial manipulations…The metaphor of the train racing towards an abyss and the need to pull the emergency brake must spring to mind. Since the braking distance has meanwhile become longer than the distance to the abyss, we have to think in terms of parachutes.’’

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Distributed Energy & Wind Empowerment Athens 2014 | P2P Foundation

Distributed Energy & Wind Empowerment Athens 2014 | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

While everyone is talking about renewable energy, power generation from small wind turbines is not thriving. The issues that are usually raised have to do with quality, reliability, and the cost of installation. However, self-constructed wind turbine projects are one sector of wind energy that is thriving.

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THE SQUARE newspaper - RE-ALIGNED

“The Square” newspaper is edited by Ivor Stodolsky, designed by Tzortzis Rallis (Occupied Times) and includes art by Ganzeer, Federico Geller, Vladan Jeremic & Rena Rädle and articles by Michel Bauwens, Nika Dubrovsky/ Feminist Pencil, Grey Violet (aka Maria Shtern), Núria Güell, G.U.L.F., Noah Fischer/Occupy Museums, Teivo Teivainen & Ivor Stodolsky, Telekommunisten and Nadya Tolokno (Tolokonnikova) of Zona Prava/Pussy Riot.

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Collective Wisdom in an Age of Algorithms | Peer to Peer Review

Collective Wisdom in an Age of Algorithms | Peer to Peer Review | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Changes to platforms we use regularly are always slightly traumatic, as we invariably discover when we roll out a new library website and the complaints begin, or we find out a database interface has changed radically the day we’re introducing it to students. Platform changes are even more distressing when they are sites to which we contribute content. By creating social circles and sharing information on websites, we often forget they belong to other people who have values and motivations different from ours. Those values are not likely to appear in their tagline or mission statement. (Google, for instance, is not really in the business of defeating evil.) Their motivations aren’t going to be easy to find in the click-through terms of service, either, and morphing privacy policies don’t clarify the situation.

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Nonprofits take advantage of social media - University at Buffalo Reporter

Nonprofits take advantage of social media - University at Buffalo Reporter | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Nationally recognized experts will show local nonprofit leaders how to think like entrepreneurs and effectively use social media to advance their organizations at a conference this month hosted by the School of Social Work and the School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL).


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The revolution of the connected car is just ahead - The Networked Society Blog

The revolution of the connected car is just ahead - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

So, here we are finally. Self-driving cars. They are here, near you. Google has them, Volvo close behind, and the car companies expect that the first self-driving cars will be available for everyone very soon, maybe already in 5 years.

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Optical scanning to improve metal 3D printing | Inside3DP

Optical scanning to improve metal 3D printing | Inside3DP | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
According to a new study from Finland, optical scanning will contribute greatly to the success of metal 3D printing.
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Energy Fair 2014 Keynote Marcin Jakubowski - YouTube

This video is about Marcin Jakubowski
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Open Source Ecology To Introduce Energy-Free Micro-House In 2015 - Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)

Open Source Ecology To Introduce Energy-Free Micro-House In 2015 - Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Open Source Ecology (OSE) is a 501(c) (3) organization that seeks to empower millions of people around the world by creating all the machinery and systems required to build a society from the ground up, while putting the costs within reach of the average person. In most cases, the costs of OSE’s machines are about 20% of similar machinery that is currently available off-shelf. Unlike the equipment available on the market today, the OSE machines are designed and built for a lifetime, by using commonly available parts, which may also be produced locally using the GVCS fabrication machinery.


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6 questions to accelerate open source in non-tech companies - opensource.com

6 questions to accelerate open source in non-tech companies - opensource.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

There’s now an accelerating trend of businesses adopting strategies reflective of the open source way—creating new value through development of some kind of purpose-driven community committed to open exchange and collaboration, prototype-driven solutions, and "the best ideas win."

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Business Models for Open Innovation: Matching Heterogenous Open Innovation Strategies with Business Model Dimensions - The Governance Lab @ NYU

Business Models for Open Innovation: Matching Heterogenous Open Innovation Strategies with Business Model Dimensions - The Governance Lab @ NYU | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

New paper by Saebi, Tina and Foss, Nicolai, available at SSRN:  “Research on open innovation suggests that companies benefit differentially from adopting open innovation strategies; however, it is unclear why this is so. One possible explanation is that companies’ business models are not attuned to open strategies. Accordingly, we propose a contingency model of open business models by systematically linking open innovation strategies to core business model dimensions, notably the content, structure, governance of transactions. We further illustrate a continuum of open innovativeness, differentiating between four types of open business models. We contribute to the open innovation literature by specifying the conditions under which business models are conducive to the success of open innovation strategies.”


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▶ The Internet's Own Boy. Aaron Swartz HD - YouTube

The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26.

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Promissory notes of a better world | Occupy, radical democracy and the question of revolutionary politics | Heathwood Press

Promissory notes of a better world | Occupy, radical democracy and the question of revolutionary politics | Heathwood Press | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

These have been years of struggle, of the myriad grassroots revolt for a better world. Of recent time, the Occupy movement in New York and London and elsewhere, Cairo at the time of Mubarak’s fall, the indignados and other movements in Spain, protests in Greece, Gezi Park in Istanbul, the 2013-14 protests in Brazil, have all become well-documented symbols of the grassroots struggle for a more just society.

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Project of the Day: Infrastructures.cc | P2P Foundation

Project of the Day: Infrastructures.cc | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A collective and documented directory of semantic models adaptations for the management of infrastructures and the activities they support.
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Post-Liberalism: a p2p-relational version of liberalism ? | P2P Foundation

Post-Liberalism: a p2p-relational version of liberalism ? | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Its ethos can be discerned in the post-Cold War “Third Way” politics of social democrats such as Tony Blair, Gerhard Schroeder and even Bill Clinton. Some call it communitarianism rebooted. Post-liberalism’s central claims also echo the ancient traditions of civic republicanism, elegantly restated of late by Philip Pettit’s book Just Freedom: A Moral Complex for a Complex World.

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Futurist Rachel Botsman on "The Personal Internet" and Big Data - Speakers Connect | Asia's Leading Speakers Bureau

Futurist Rachel Botsman on "The Personal Internet" and Big Data - Speakers Connect | Asia's Leading Speakers Bureau | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We hear it in today’s lexicon, how consumers refer to “my Facebook page”, “my iTunes account” or “my smartphone”. Quite quickly, these services and products become highly curated and personalised, and have given exciting new vitality to very old industries in books, movies and communications. In essence, they have moved from the “one to many” business models of the past, to “one to one” models.

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Essay of the Day: Peer Production as a Model for the Provision by Food Services Collectives | P2P Foundation

“Based on the examples of two collectives preparing lunches and giving them for free with an option of donation at Montreal universities, this article considers how services of general interest could be organized in an alternative way — namely how the combination of paid and unpaid work, spontaneous work involving high number of volunteers, and the dissociation of annual income from sale of output can serve as a model for providing needed public services. The probable expansion of such services in the future is supported by several current trends in the developed countries: for example, underemployment of human resources, a new work ethos, and the democratic deficit inherent in the current system of service provision by state or market providers. This article applies the case study method to illustrate citizens’ attitudes and to consider what structural and organizational changes may be needed to set up an alternative form of service provision potentially applicable to other venues.”

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Open Hardware: The Revolution will be built by you - Techly

Open Hardware: The Revolution will be built by you - Techly | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


There's a revolution coming. We've seen how open source software has fundamentally transformed business, and we're watching 3D printing change the face of manufacturing.

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ABS, metal and food 3D printer soon on Kickstarter | Inside3DP

ABS, metal and food 3D printer soon on Kickstarter | Inside3DP | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
MakerMex's MM1 modular $999 desktop 3D printer is capable of printing in ceramic, chocolate, rubber, ABS and PLA plastics, clay, conductive metal and more.
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Why co-ops are the future of the American economy - Al Jazeera America

Why co-ops are the future of the American economy - Al Jazeera America | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

When American politicians and commentators discuss inequality and poverty, they do so almost exclusively in ways that do little to empower workers. Instead the debates typically focus on what government can do in a top-down fashion to either diminish inequality or discipline the poor.


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Digital tech transforming industry, society, life - YouTube

A "perfect storm" of new technologies is fundamentally transforming industry, society and the lives of people around the world. Dr Cathy Mulligan, research f...
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Out in the Open: A Free Platform for Building Gear on the Internet of Things - Wired

Out in the Open: A Free Platform for Building Gear on the Internet of Things - Wired | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


More accomplished techies setup more complex interactions through Octoblu, formerly known as SkyNet, an open source system for controlling hardware over the internet.

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What kind of internet ought we to have? - Practical Ethics (blog)

What kind of internet ought we to have? - Practical Ethics (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Happy internet slowdown day! Here are some apropos practical ethics questions for all to discuss as we sit patiently, waiting for the internet to load. What kind of internet ought we to have? Should sovereign nations decide for themselves what kind of internet they will have, or is this an international issue, requiring cooperation between nations? What do particular internet companies owe their competitors, and more vaguely, the internet? What right does an individual or social entity have to know about or to police the storage and usage of data about that individual or social entity? What right does an individual or corporation have to access data or restrict access to data at certain speeds?

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