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ImpacTrip - Voluntourism, a new way of traveling

ImpacTrip - Voluntourism, a new way of traveling | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Be part of an authentic and responsible way of traveling and encourage the concept of Voluntourism by supporting our socially-driven travel agency ! Boa Viagem
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Technopolis: Free Libre Open Knowledge -- FLOK Society research plan

Technopolis: Free Libre Open Knowledge -- FLOK Society research plan | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

For all those interested in the vision and research plans of the Free Libre Open Knowledge Society discussed at the summit on "Buen Conocer" in Quito this past May, here is a link to the FLOK Society's current research plan and its detailed, ambitious proposals for social, economic and political change.  I'm still digesting and pondering all of this.  It brings out the hopeful utopian in me. 

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Uber Attains Eye-Popping New Levels of Funding - New York Times

Uber Attains Eye-Popping New Levels of Funding - New York Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It is the biggest haul so far by any member of Silicon Valley’s “11-digit club,” those companies that have gained valuations of at least $10 billion. Among them are Airbnb, the home-rental site; Dropbox, the online file-storage provider; and Xiaomi, a Chinese handset maker.

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Airbnb Risks Government Wrath by Turning Homes Into Restaurants - Wired

Airbnb Risks Government Wrath by Turning Homes Into Restaurants - Wired | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


“They formed at ancient crossroads of trade, and grew through collaboration and sharing resources. But over time, they began to feel mass produced.

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Bitcoin Could Change Voting the Way It's Changed Money - Motherboard

Bitcoin Could Change Voting the Way It's Changed Money - Motherboard | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

What does voting have to do with bitcoin? For all its appeal, online voting in its current form— which is already being used or researched in several US states and countries overseas—is very vulnerable to fraud, cyberattack, and government corruption. The theory is that the bitcoin security protocol matched with anonymizing software and a totally open source voting infrastructure would solve for a lot of these problems.

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▶ Introduction of peer to peer lending - YouTube

While South Africans have been doing it for ages in the form of Stokvels and saving schemes, the internet is bringing the tradition to the rest of the world. Peer to peer lending platforms are digital money market places that match borrowers directly with lenders, removing the bank as a middle man, and many players in the industry are predicting that these may be the long overdue challenger to mainstream banking.

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Global justice, sustainability and the sharing economy | Scoop News

Global justice, sustainability and the sharing economy | Scoop News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

If the sharing economy movement is to play a role in shifting society away from the dominant economic paradigm, it will have to get political. And this means guarding against the co-optation of sharing by the corporate sector, while joining forces with a much larger body of activists that have long been calling - either explicitly or implicitly - for more transformative and fundamental forms of economic sharing across the world.

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Two-Faced On Inequality, Politicians Harass the Sharing Economy

Two-Faced On Inequality, Politicians Harass the Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

While liberal politicians bemoan income inequality and use government policies as a tool to reduce it, they are also using government policy to protect rich, entrenched interests against poor people who are trying to improve their lot in life. The liberals are busy throwing Thomas Pitketty's book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, at everybody as proof of capitalism's shortcomings. However, most problems with capitalism today are not anything inherent in capitalism itself, but are introduced through the intrusion of government into free markets. A perfect example is crony capitalism.

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The Sharing Economy Isn't Just For Young, Coastal, Urbanites Any More - Co.Exist

The Sharing Economy Isn't Just For Young, Coastal, Urbanites Any More - Co.Exist | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


The sharing economy has long been associated with certain types and demographics: young, hipster, urban, middle class. But perhaps the stereotypes need revisiting.

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Course: Free Online Applications and Collaborative Platforms as Teaching Methods

Course: Free Online Applications and Collaborative Platforms as Teaching Methods | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Technologies and Collaborative Platforms are essencial to develop attractive training courses. You will learn some of the most powerfull Free Online Applications that will help you to develop your trainings in a more effective and interesting way.
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We’re reading THE ZERO MARGINAL COST SOCIETY by Jeremy Rifkin

We’re reading THE ZERO MARGINAL COST SOCIETY by Jeremy Rifkin | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The trick to reading Jeremy Rifkin’s latest work is to treat it less like a book and more like a mystical text. That’s because Rifkin, a prolific writer and the management guru most likely to be found at an Occupy sit-in, has synthesised so many ideas within it that laboring over the contradictions seems like missing the point.

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Bitcoin, The Bottom Line - BBC Radio 4

Bitcoin, The Bottom Line - BBC Radio 4 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Evan Davis and guests discuss the bitcoin economy, its strengths and pitfalls.
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FAB10 Barcelona - The 10th Global Fab Lab Conference

FAB10 Barcelona - The 10th Global Fab Lab Conference | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
FAB10 Barcelona is the tenth international conference and annual meeting of the Fab Lab network.
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FreeLab 2014

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FreeLab went fishing. This summer Petros explores beautiful Norway, looking for traces of the commons, grassroot communities and anarchopositivism. This site is rather temporary, as our main host went fishing in more metaphorical sense – at least for the time being.

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School Sucks! 'Maker Culture' Is Literally Making Learning Better - Reason.com

School Sucks! 'Maker Culture' Is Literally Making Learning Better - Reason.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Making a giant octopus is way more enlightening than taking the SAT or Sociology 101.
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Ride-sharing firm Uber's valuation soars to $18.2 billion - Los Angeles Times

Ride-sharing firm Uber's valuation soars to $18.2 billion - Los Angeles Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Ride-sharing company Uber said it has raised $1.2 billion in its latest round of funding, driving the company's value to $18.2 billion — among the highest ever for a venture-backed start-up.

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The Sharing Economy Holds Promise for More Goods to Be Offered at Near Zero ... - Entrepreneur

The Sharing Economy Holds Promise for More Goods to Be Offered at Near Zero ... - Entrepreneur | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A new economic system is entering onto the world stage. The collaborative commons is the first new economic paradigm to take root in recent years and is allowing hundreds of millions of people to produce information, energy, and goods and services at near zero marginal cost and exchange them with each other in a sharing economy. Not surprisingly, the emergence of this new economic system is coming at a time of low growth, rising unemployment and greater inequality.

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The ‘sharability’ of almost everything

The ‘sharability’ of almost everything | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
At the beginning of 2014, Time named collaborative consumption as one of the “10 ideas that will change the world.” Collaborative consumption describes a shift in consumer values, from ownership to access. Together, communities and even entire cities are using less by renting, sharing, swapping and bartering products on a scale never experienced before.
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The Promise of the Commons

The Promise of the Commons | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Regular readers may remember an article I posted back in 2010 — Kings, Conquerors, Capitalism and Resilience Lost — where I covered a little historical ground for one particular former ‘East Bloc’ country; a history shared by several countries in central Europe. The article outlined how previously resilient land-based communities — which had lived and even thrived for centuries in close relation to each other and the land that sustained them — had struggled to cope with an onslaught, a rapid succession, of ideologies that were thrust upon them (Communism, then Fascism, and the final nail in the coffin, Capitalism). The article ended with a glimpse into the lives of some of the land-based people still remaining — stalwart and practical souls who do so little to harm the earth, but whose historical lives are being tragically impacted by political and economic forces outside of their control.

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Canadians open to a sharing economy: study » strategy

Canadians open to a sharing economy: study » strategy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A new global study from Nielsen found that 68% of people globally would be willing to share or rent out their personal items, while 81% would be willing to rent from others. Forty-five percent of Canadians are willing to rent their stuff to others, while 42% are willing to rent from others, the report found.




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Global Justice, Sustainability and the Sharing Economy - CounterPunch

Global Justice, Sustainability and the Sharing Economy - CounterPunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


If the sharing economy movement is to play a role in shifting society away from the dominant economic paradigm, it will have to get political.

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The political economy of the mainstream media

The political economy of the mainstream media | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
While delivering an address in memory of Mahadev Govind Ranade (http://mintne.ws/ 1owTUBQ) on 18 January, 1943, B.R. Ambedkar caustically remarked about an apparently biased media: “The condemnation is by the Congress Press. I know the Congress Press well. I attach no value to its criticism. It has never refuted my arguments. It knows only to criticise, rebuke and revile me for everything I do; and to misreport, misrepresent and pervert everything I say. Nothing that I do pleases the Congress Press. This animosity of the Congress Press towards me can, to my mind, not unfairly, be explained as a reflex of the hatred of the Hindus for the Untouchables.”
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Bitcoin sets sights on Chicago, and Chicago has its Eye on Innovation - Chicago Tribune

Bitcoin sets sights on Chicago, and Chicago has its Eye on Innovation - Chicago Tribune | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


A bitcoin conference comes to Chicago next month. Chicago's Eye on India festival includes two days of discussion on innovation this weekend.

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EU seeks common framework for Circular Economy - EurActiv

EU seeks common framework for Circular Economy - EurActiv | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Its focus is now on the technical conditions to reach it, and the different strategies to adopt for value creation. “Recycling is not the only way out.

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