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thoughts on the development of peer-to-peer dynamics in the field of politics, economics and institutions
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Leeds Inventors Group: Visit to Fab Lab Airedale 16-5-12 Leeds ...

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Apart from inventors, the facility is also being promoted to schools, colleges, community groups, local businesses and those thinking of starting a business. Staff are on hand to help use the various machines though for some a training course may be advisable. A certain amount of business coaching is also available for anyone based in Yorkshire and Humberside.
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Bitcoin is at the forefront of 'hacktivism', giving its users a free ...

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Hong Kong - The term “hacktivism” has been grossly misconstrued by the media. The image of masked saboteurs attacking from the darkness has romantic appeal but this spectacular narrative of sabotage ultimately misinforms, other-ising hackers and distorting hacking itself. Richard Stallman defines hacking as “exploring the limits of what is possible, in a spirit of playful cleverness”. Real hacktivism, then, is less about denial of service attacks, which are acts of digital protest, than about the clever creation or intervention of software forms for social change. It is less about sabotage than about alternatives.
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Why Bitcoin Is Not Ready for Peer Lending | Bitcoin Magazine

Why Bitcoin Is Not Ready for Peer Lending | Bitcoin Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Over the past ten years, as even the most perfunctory observation will be bound to conclude, the financial system has become more and more negligent in its responsibility to serve the underlying economy from both sides. Savers have seen the interest rates in their bank accounts fall to 1%, or real returns that are negative once inflation is taken into account, while borrowers are forced to deal with rates that often exceed 10%, and with credit cards, often 20%, leaving many in a cycle of perpetually increasing debt.
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The Importance of Governance: A New Guidebook for Social Entrepreneurs - Huffington Post

The Importance of Governance: A New Guidebook for Social Entrepreneurs - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In 2010, the first challenge they took was social investment. Many had struggled with questions such as if and how to raise capital from social investors, whether they should sign a non-disclosure agreement or not and simply which social investors to approach. The experience and questions of the Schwab Social Entrepreneurs were taken up in the first publication of the task force, called the Social Investment Manual.
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Ideas for a new society: Audio Michel Bauwens

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About Me. My Photo · Jean Lievens: Brussels. View my complete profile. My Blog List. 

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Are peer-to-peer lenders the future of banking? | ForexWorldBlog

“Never lend money to friends or family,” the saying goes. But how about complete strangers? Websites that match up borrowers and lenders are enjoying a new wave of interest after a series of high-profile endorsements.
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Sustainability should not be consigned to history by Shared Value

Sustainability should not be consigned to history by Shared Value | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
If Shared Value is to offer real, long term transformation it must address the flaws of capitalism, look beyond incrementalism and not just align commercial and societal goals, says John Elkington
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Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit | David Graeber | The Baffler

Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit | David Graeber | The Baffler | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We are well informed of the wonders of computers, as if this is some sort of unanticipated compensation, but, in fact, we haven’t moved even computing to the point of progress that people in the fifties expected we’d have reached by now. We don’t have computers we can have an interesting conversation with, or robots that can walk our dogs or take our clothes to the Laundromat.
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The Incremental Housing Strat project and the and the Adaptive Architecture of the Slums

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“In recent years a new realization about the nature of the slum community has emerged among the rare conscientious architects who have taken a truly serious look at the contemporary slum and its social and economic dynamics. In the western world, where most slum communities are quite deliberately, if surreptitiously, engineered as dumping grounds for the urban poor and ethnic/racial underclasses as a means of containment, we have come to regard their existence as an aberration, disease, or dysfunction of the urban environment we blame on either the character of the impoverished inhabitants (whose poverty we likewise blame on its victims’ character), or on some imagined inherent flaw in the very concept of urban living itself.

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Video of the Day: Fairtrade Electronic

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Video of the Day: Fairtrade Electronic - http://t.co/fK0Vooig...

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The reality of (almost) total surveillance of our internet activities

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The “Cypherpunk” episode of the Julian Assange show on RT is well worth watching:

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The Sharing Economy: the Story of Airbnb | SohoOS Blog

The Sharing Economy: the Story of Airbnb | SohoOS Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Peer-to-peer marketplace, collaborative consumption or the sharing economy—whatever you want to call it, it is clear that people are now choosing borrowing or renting over owning. Sharing economy projects are popping up everywhere around the world. There is no point in owning bikes, cars, parking spots or even random household goods, because you can just share them with others and use them only when you need them.
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Org: Wikispeed's 100 mpg commuter | CARWEB

Org: Wikispeed's 100 mpg commuter | CARWEB | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Justice (Wikispeed's leader) explains that the key to development is being modular. The engine can be switched from a gasoline engine to an electric engine in the time it normally takes to change a tire.
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Revealing the Common Thread: Blue Ridge Commons ...

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The commons relationship with the forest, or it could be with another set of resources — fisheries being a great example — is a harvest relationship. Wilderness is seen as ahistorical. There is this sense that people are not part of wilderness, which suggests there is not really a human history in wilderness. That’s only one definition of wilderness, but it’s one that, until recently, wilderness environmentalism was really built on.
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The Peer-to-Peer Universe

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There’s an incredibly large and tragically unsexy opportunity hidden in all the excitement around consumer-facing “collaborative consumption”: the massive opportunity it presents for enterprise-scale logistics-driven industries like shipping, big box retail, energy and agriculture.
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3 Tips on Building a Culture of Peer-to-Peer Recognition at Your ...

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Information flow often goes through managers, so they’re traditionally relied upon to show appreciation and bring recognition to their teams’ accomplishments. However, when managers fail to recognize employee accomplishments, the whole culture of appreciation can disappear because other employees are in the dark about what’s getting accomplished.
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The Emergence of Benefit-driven Production — keimform.de

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The free software and free culture movements have radically changed the ways of producing software and knowledge goods. In many cases, participation in such project is benefit-driven rather than profit-driven. Participants get involved in order to realize some practical or social benefit, not because of monetary gains. Another difference from market- and firm-based production is that peer production is non-hierarchical: people voluntarily cooperate as peers; there are no fixed employer/employee or client/contractor relationships. And peer production is based on commons: goods which are jointly developed and maintained by a community and which are shared according to community-defined rules.

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Call for the People's Occupy – Rio+99% ! | Social Network Unionism

Call for the People's Occupy – Rio+99% ! | Social Network Unionism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
From June 13th – 22nd, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, will be held in Brazil. Politicians from all nations will meet in Rio de Janeiro to advance the “green” economy which is defined by the UN as “low carbon, resource efficient and socialy inclusive”. In reality, it is a beatiful piece of propaganda, which masks the capitalist agenda: to commodify and privatize the Earth’s resources.
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The Don't Mean Squat Test: 10 Most Misleading Social Media Metrics

The Don't Mean Squat Test: 10 Most Misleading Social Media Metrics | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Numbers. You want them. I want them. We all want them. But there is a big problem with all these social media numbers that are soooo important to the success of your business—many don’t mean squat.


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Book of the Week: Plenitude, The New Economics of True Wealth (1): Author's introduction

Book of the Week: Plenitude, The New Economics of True Wealth (1): Author's introduction | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

An important book this week, which deals with the necessary transformations after the financial meltdown, and how to change from a scarcity engineering point of view, to an abundance engineering point of view.

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How Dutch Pragmatism Nurtures a 21st Century Economy

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A well chosen cover accompanies the above title. The cover is an old church in the city Maastricht, in the deepest south of the Netherlands. It articulates the progressive attitude of the Dutch that have chosen to invest heavily in an optic-fibre broadband infrastructure nationwide. A decision that was made 13 years ago, back in 1997. According to the book, this is a headstart that will not be matched in the coming years, as other countries are still struggling to decide who may invest in this infrastructure.

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Are internet job exchanges depressing western salary levels?

Are internet job exchanges depressing western salary levels? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A provocative argument excerpted from Rich Reiben:
“is no longer necessary for a corporation to go to a third-world country to outsource. There are plenty of 99-percenters who are willing to work for almost nothing.


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What Is the Limiting Factor? « Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy

What Is the Limiting Factor? « Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It is now generally recognized, even by economists, that there is far too much debt worldwide, both public and private. The reason so much debt was incurred is that we have had absurdly unrealistic expectations about the efficacy of capital to produce the real growth needed to redeem the debt that is “capital” by another name. In other words the debt that piled up in failed attempts to make wealth grow as fast as debt is evidence of the reality of limits to growth. But instead of being seen as such, it is taken as the main reason to attempt still more growth by issuing more debt, and by shifting bad debts from the balance sheet of private banks to that of the public treasury, in effect monetizing them.

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Rio+20 : from sustainable development to green economy, what is at stake ? which alternatives ?

Before Rio +20 summit, this new United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development (UNCSD), Alter-Echo (alter-echos.org) publishes a 16-minute video fully subtitled in English with interviews of Pablo Solon, Edagardo Lander, Yvonne Yanez, Silvia Ribeiro, Tony Clarke, Nnimmo Bassey, Anabella Rosemberg.
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Jeremy Rifkin and ‘lateral power’ energy

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Meet the author of a work about staving off our own extinction: Jeremy Rifkin, who advises the European Commission. He is an American economist.
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