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Greek employees: salary delays up to 12 months & “coupons” instead of “money”

Greek employees: salary delays up to 12 months & “coupons” instead of “money” | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Do you remember the serfs and servants and villeins and peasants in the good old times of feudalism and the Middle Ages? If you don’t, I have good news for you! The custom of working in return of goods instead of salary revives in Greece of modern European Union and of exquisite Euro area. The results of a survey conducted by the Labor Institute of the Confederation of Labor Union (GSEE) are shocking but not unexpected. KTG has often reported in the four years of blogging about these sweet little working and payment conditions of modern Greek slaves living under the feudal law of austerity, recession and  competitiveness.

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International Whistleblowers Conference 2014

International Whistleblowers Conference 2014 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Whistleblowers put their careers, reputations and sometimes even their lives at stake to expose wrongdoing and abuses of power. When someone takes such a monumental decision, new legislation, technology and the public and media reception of that person’s disclosures become particularly relevant. In today’s information society, journalists, lawyers and technology experts have a joint responsibility to protect whistleblowers, as they literally put the public interest before their own. 


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Google to Open Key Network Models for Industry Comment, Standardization - Light Reading

Google to Open Key Network Models for Industry Comment, Standardization - Light Reading | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Speaking in a keynote presentation here and in an interview afterward, Bikash Koley, principal architect and manager of network architecture at Google(Nasdaq: GOOG), said the Internet firm realized it needed the input of other large network operators to define vendor-neutral network data and network configuration models that will enable a "true software-defined network model" and a better Internet.

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The Real Patent Crisis Is Innovation-Stifling Litigation - Forbes

The Real Patent Crisis Is Innovation-Stifling Litigation - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


It isn't the invention process leading to patents that's failing us; it's the system for licensing patents and creating value through their teaching and commercialization.

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Debunking the false construct of piracy and high-speed internet adoption - The Networked Society Blog

Debunking the false construct of piracy and high-speed internet adoption - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The idea that ISPs directly or indirectly benefit from internet users unlawfully accessing digital content is a construct that has been flourishing for quite some time. This construction has been imperative for some to advance their demanding positions towards policy makers and which occasionally also has legitimized new draconian copyright enforcement schemes.

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Bitcoin faces biggest threat yet: a miner takeover - Austin American-Statesman

Bitcoin faces biggest threat yet: a miner takeover - Austin American-Statesman | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It’s been 10 years since a handful of shows first left the safety of their West End theatres and took up residence in Leicester Square for what was back then a modest but lively event giving audiences a taste of just a small proportion of the entertainment on offer in London’s Theatreland.

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Social Networks and Talent Clusters | Globoforce Blog

Social Networks and Talent Clusters | Globoforce Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Talent has always grown in clusters of great minds. Learn to create clusters of genius in your own organization and benefit from it.
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Ecological Backgrounds of the Deep Infrastructural Shifts in the History of Human Civilization - P2P Foundation

Ecological Backgrounds of the Deep Infrastructural Shifts in the History of Human Civilization - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"All human societies consist of three interrelated spheres: first, the infrastructure, which comprises a society’s relations to its environment, including its modes of production and reproduction—think of this primarily as its ways of getting food, energy, and materials; second, the structure, which comprises a society’s economic, political, and social relations; and third, the superstructure, which consists of a society’s symbolic and ideational aspects, including its religions, arts, rituals, sports and games, and science. Inevitably, these three spheres overlap, but they are also distinct, and it is literally impossible to find a human society that does not feature all three in some permutation.

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Notes on the state of the subject | Notes on Metamodernism

Notes on the state of the subject | Notes on Metamodernism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Postmodernism announced the death of the subject, but recent developments in literature, philosophy and political agency suggest that it is alive and kicking as ever. Not in form of the modern Cartesian ego though and also not in denial of all the subjectivity-disrupting forces that postmodern theory pointed out. It returns with a great leap of faith, in a fragile moment of intersubjective trust and reveals characteristic traits that call for another vernacular, one that this webzine has come to describe as metamodern.[i]

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▶ Keynote Philip Evans Managing Director and Partner of The Boston Consulting Group on CIO Day 2013 - YouTube

From Value Chains to Stacks: how technology is transforming the architectures of whole industries In the past decades, technology has driven waves of industr...
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The Highest-Paid CEOs Are The Worst Performers, New Study Says

The Highest-Paid CEOs Are The Worst Performers, New Study Says | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Across the board, the more CEOs get paid, the worse their companies do over the next three years, according to extensive new research. This is true whether they’re CEOs at the highest end of the pay spectrum or the lowest. “The more CEOs are paid, the worse the firm does over the next three years, as far as stock performance and even accounting performance,” says one of the authors of the study, Michael Cooper of the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business.

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Eli Levine's curator insight, June 17, 2014 9:13 PM

Interesting.

 

It's been known that, in fields of work that require cognition, being paid higher amounts actually decreases production and overall performance.  The conclusion that was reached in the study (which was done in Harvard and replicated in India) is that you pay people in top, cognitive positions enough money to make it not be a concern for them in order to maximize productivity.  The same study also found that, for menial tasks, being paid more increased productivity and performance.

 

If you want to figure out how to configure compensation packages in your company to maximize performance, here is the data to show you the general principles of what needs to be done.  Minimum wages are good, but too high of a minimum wage will kill small companies and start ups.  Once you have a solid revenue stream established, it makes sense, based on the research, to divvy up the funds equitably amongst the white collar and blue collar employees, such that the white collar folks, especially on top, get paid a smaller ratio in proportion to the blue collar workers.  After all, you can only have so much wealth and derive so much well being from that wealth.  What's the point of spoiling productivity in your own company for the sake of it, let alone, for the sake of the whole economy that will benefit from having wealth be significantly more equitably distributed to all of those who produce the wealth?

 

It's not like a McDonalds or Starbucks job is actually all that easy a job to do.  Those who think otherwise clearly never worked or have forgotten what it was like to work in cramped, hot, fast paced environments dealing with the general public.

 

The science is there.  Whether anyone will listen to it without some coercion is another issue.

 

Think about it.

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Public Housing Works: Lessons from Vienna and Singapore

Public Housing Works: Lessons from Vienna and Singapore | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Sargfabrik, an award-winning social housing project, is the biggest self-governing community in Vienna, Austria. Photo: Vienez
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Open Policy Network to Give Governments a License to Share

Open Policy Network to Give Governments a License to Share | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
When public dollars fund a project, shouldn’t the public then have access it? It seems like a no-brainer, yet this is oftentimes not the case as data, educational tools, media and more get squirreled away in the caverns of bureaucracy or, worse yet, sold back to a public that has already paid for the resource.
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Value Exchange Agreement - P2P Foundation

Value Exchange Agreement - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

= "links an individual’s work to a networked governance regime that connects the value exchanged by each individual to an off-balance-sheet record (a debt / sweat equity or ‘pay it forward’ labour / timebanking), a percentage of shareholding based on value and the ability to share dividends". [1]

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Open Decentralised Data Project - P2P Foundation

Open Decentralised Data Project - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

= "What if you could own and host your own data rather than have to give it to a big corporation like Facebook or Google? What if sharing economy wants and offers were integrated in these decentralised profiles? What if you could securely transact with other people or organisations directly"?

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A Few Quibbles With Clay Shirky's Latest On 'Newspapers And Nostalgia' - WGBH NEWS

A Few Quibbles With Clay Shirky's Latest On 'Newspapers And Nostalgia' - WGBH NEWS | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Five years ago Clay Shirky wrote an eloquent blog post titled "Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable." His essential argument was that we were only at the very beginning of trying to figure out new models for journalism following the cataclysmic changes wrought by the Internet — like Europeans in the decades immediately following the invention of Gutenberg's press. Along with a subsequent talk he gave at Harvard's Shorenstein Center, Shirky helped me frame the ideas that form the foundation of The Wired City, my book about online community journalism.

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Collaboration and the cloud will improve companies’ competitiveness - The Networked Society Blog

Collaboration and the cloud will improve companies’ competitiveness - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Business life in the city has developed around a strong service sector in a variety of enterprise segments. As the global market is reshaping the future of businesses in general, with advanced ecosystems and strong niche players, local city life will also change. So how does and will the cloud, collaboration and connectivity contribute toward creating competitive companies in cities?

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Conquering the Crisis of Complexity — Read These 5 Books to Understand ... - ValueWalk

Conquering the Crisis of Complexity — Read These 5 Books to Understand ... - ValueWalk | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I’m in the middle of a few books that discuss one of the most exciting developments of the past few decades: the science of complex systems. What is a complex system? The definition is debatable, but most researchers agree that a complex system is composed of many interacting parts that adapt in and evolve with the environment. It’s a promising area of study that’s revolutionizing how we understand big issues—global economics, public policy, the environment.

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The Sharing Project - Huffington Post

The Sharing Project - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I've been struggling for the last couple of years to understand the concept of sharing and how to teach it to our young son Zeke. We have a lot of questions. Why should we share? When should we share? How much should we share? Are we acting consistently? If sharing is a value that we should all embrace, then why is there so much poverty in our very rich country?

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Re-Learned Powerfulness

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Psychology has long been focused on diagnosing disorders. It took the development of “positive psychology” to change the perspective towards the study (and promotion) of the things that make for happiness and well-being.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Video: Michele D’Alena on the City as Commons Project in Bologna

Interesting lecture at the Ouishare Fest on the pioneering efforts in Bologna:

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Want to Change the World? Read This First

Want to Change the World?  Read This First | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
If you want to change society—or are interested in aiding or evaluating the efforts of others to do so—some understanding of exactly how environmental circumstances affect such efforts could be extremely helpful.
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Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky (1/3)

Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky (1/3) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We now live in a system, a globalized system, where most of the working class in industrial countries like the United States are service workers. We have reverted to a Dickensian system where those who actually produced live in conditions that begin to replicate almost slave labor--and, I think, as you have written, in places like southern China in fact are slave [labor]. What's the new paradigm for resistance? You know, how do we learn from the old and confront the new?




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Creative Community in the Age of Mesh Networks

Creative Community in the Age of Mesh Networks | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Mesh netowrks are popping up all over the world, but they nothing new; they've been around for over a decade. What's new is their uses and implications.
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1,000 Men's Sheds in Australia Spark Nascent Global Movement

1,000 Men's Sheds in Australia Spark Nascent Global Movement | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The reward for a lifetime of work, retirement is not always what it’s cracked up to be. Once the initial wave of freedom has been ridden, some retirees feel bored, restless, or even worthless as they have no place to go and a dwindling social circle. The Men’s Shed movement disrupts this pattern for men. Created in Australia in the mid-1990s, Men’s Sheds are gathering places for men to work on projects, socialize, support each other, do community service and more.
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