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Socialist Licenses? A Rejoinder to Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Kostakis | Meretz | tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society

Socialist Licenses? A Rejoinder to Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Kostakis | Meretz | tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This article is a critical reflection on Michael Bauwens and Vasilis Kostakis’ paper “From the Communism of Capital to Capital for the Commons: Towards an Open Co-operativism” (tripleC 12 (1): 356-361)
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read also Michel's reply 

http://blog.p2pfoundation.net/responding-to-stefan-meretzs-critique-of-the-peer-production-license/2014/03/20

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As Moore's Law slows, open hardware rises - EDN.com (blog)

As Moore's Law slows, open hardware rises - EDN.com (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

If Moore’s Law saw technology doubled every 18 months, that meant someone working on a linear improvement, like optimizing a process node, could be getting 80% performance improvement per year, and Moore’s Law would be shipping something better by year two.

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From Facebook movements to city square movements | openDemocracy

From Facebook movements to city square movements | openDemocracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Use of the internet has not led to a predominance of virtual actions and movements over mobilizations in ‘physical space’. On the contrary, since 2011 the occupation of urban public spaces - and more particularly symbolic spaces - has been a major feature of these movements.

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How Social Entrepreneurs Can Turn Small Ideas Into Big Impact - Thomson Reuters Foundation

How Social Entrepreneurs Can Turn Small Ideas Into Big Impact - Thomson Reuters Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The most successful partnerships start with clearly aligning benefits for both partners. Does a small company want to tap into clinical trial and regulatory expertise to leverage its intellectual property into a product? Does a large organization need to adapt an existing technology to reach an underserved market with great potential? Figure out the win-win for both partners.

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4 - Crowdsourcing the Law: Collaborative Legal Platforms - YouTube

Startups challenging the increasingly complicated nature of legal practice explain how tools that tap into the power of collaboration and the crowd can improve the practice. 

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MOOCs: the Next Evolution in E-Learning? - Workforce Management

MOOCs: the Next Evolution in E-Learning? - Workforce Management | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Robert Hall doesn’t consider himself an expert on massive open online courses, otherwise known as MOOCs. But after creating learning content through MOOC vendor Udemy, Hall is the go-to guy at Marek Bros., a Houston-based construction company.

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The innovators: Hull bets on bitcoin spinoff to boost local economy - The Guardian

• Hull city council has joined forces with a cryptocurrency developer to launch a bitcoin spinoff designed solely for use in the city. HullCoin is being "mined" by the council, and will be awarded as a reward for voluntary work, as well as given out by food banks with aid packages. The aim is to spark the creation of a local economy, similar in scope to the Brixton Pound in south London.

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Trust and Liquidity

Liquidity may not be "the answer," but it can be an important answer in certain contexts. Because "store of value" is such an important feature for a currency, we need trust that the currency will retain its value. As we noted, the primary way of getting at this is via a market. To a certain degree, the larger and more liquid the market, the less we have to trust in the value. However, even with a small but liquid market we have the ability to easily and quickly get in and out.

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Dmytri Kleiner on circuits of value in the Lulz economy

Dmytri Kleiner on circuits of value in the Lulz economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Thus, like capitalists, voluntary producers, come to market twice. Fist time as buyers, the second time for the lulz. However, unlike capitalists their circuit is not completed, because the lulz do not enable them to be buyers again, do not allow for them to acquire the inputs they need to repeat such production.
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Facebook and the Future of Global Governance

Facebook and the Future of Global Governance | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Although Facebook is a for-profit organization, its users could transform it into a form of participatory democratic global governance.
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Airbnb Is Suddenly Begging New York City to Tax Its Hosts $21 Million

Airbnb Is Suddenly Begging New York City to Tax Its Hosts $21 Million | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Now that Airbnb is a $10 billion soon-to-be-public corporation, the outlaw of the sharing economy is trying to go legit at the expense of its hosts. Literally.
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Unintended - and Anti-Social - Consequences of Social Media Use

Unintended - and Anti-Social - Consequences of Social Media Use | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Social-media profits contribute to anti-social behavior, including tax avoidance, gentrification and big bucks to anti-democratic causes.
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Even as social media are deployed in the service of social justice and consciousness raising, the profits generated contribute to anti-social behavior, including tax avoidance, gentrification and big bucks to anti-democratic causes.


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Goodbye to supermarkets?

Goodbye to supermarkets? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Starting as ‘economy’ stores in America in the early 1900s, staffed by a few employees selling only canned goods, supermarkets have come a long way in a relatively short period of time.
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The rise of the sharing economy

The rise of the sharing economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Airbnb is all the talk on Wall Street. Its thirtysomething founders were nearly broke six years ago. Now it seems likely they will soon become billionaires. Their company, which connects 600,000 apartment dwellers and homeowners in 160 countries with millions of people seeking cheap lodging online, is closing a new round of private funding, and it is expected to be valued at $10 billion or more by the end of April. In one night alone during 2013, Airbnb boasted 250,000 guests staying in its members' apartments and houses. The home-sharing service is already approaching the worth of some of the biggest hotel chains in the world, including Hyatt Hotels and Wyndham Worldwide.
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Hardware Hacking and Creative Culture | ThoughtWorks

Hardware Hacking and Creative Culture | ThoughtWorks | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A global software company focused on software design and delivery. We provide professional services and products and leading thought on Agile and Continuous Delivery.
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LinkedIn Redesigns Groups: 3 Tips - InformationWeek

LinkedIn Redesigns Groups: 3 Tips - InformationWeek | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

LinkedIn has redesigned its Groups homepage to help you better manage participation in and discovery of new groups. LinkedIn began to gradually roll out the new look on Friday.

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Open source tractor design | opensource.com

Open source tractor design | opensource.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Opensource.com reports on an open source tractor design and how it could improve the farming and manufacturing process.
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Infographic: Why the size of the collaborative economy is poised to double

Infographic: Why the size of the collaborative economy is poised to double | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

That’s one of the key findings we recently revealed in our latest report, Sharing is the New Buying: How to Win in the Collaborative Economy. This insight came from looking at people’s intention to share in the collaborative economy: the emergent market in which people buy or sell used goods (what we call “re-sharing”) or use a new generation of sites to share a wide range of goods and services with other consumers (“neo-sharing”) instead of buying from established brands and retailers. - See more at: http://www.visioncritical.com/blog/infographic-why-size-collaborative-economy-poised-double#sthash.h0iD5NZC.dpuf

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Open Source Business Models - Open source best practices

Open Source Business Models - Open source best practices | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

For a commercial company, Open Source Software is software that is licensed to that company under an open source license. The commercial company may make use of the open source, like usage or redistribution of the open source free of charge, but it also has to fulfill the obligations, like delivering a copy of the license text with the software. 

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Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy

Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The aim of this book is not to provide another critique of capitalism; rather to contribute to the ongoing dialogue for post-capitalist construction and discuss how another world could be possible. We build on the idea that the peer-to-peer infrastructures are gradually becoming the general conditions of work, economy and society, considering peer production as a social advancement within capitalism but with various post-capitalistic aspects in need of protection, enforcement, stimulation and connection with progressive social movements. Using a four-scenario approach we attempt to simplify possible outcomes and explore relevant trajectories of the current techno-economic paradigm within and beyond capitalism. The first part of the book begins with an introduction (chapters 1 and 2) of the techno-economic paradigm shifts theory which sees capitalism as a creative destruction process. Such a dynamic, innovation-based understanding of economic and societal development arguably allows for an integral bird’s-eye-view of future scenarios (chapter 3) within and beyond the dominant system. Sharing the conviction that the globalized economy is at a critical turning point, we describe the four future scenarios; namely, netarchical capitalism, distributed capitalism, resilient communities and global Commons. Netarchical and distributed capitalism (chapters 4 and 5) are parts of the wider value mode of cognitive capitalism and form, what we call, the mixed model of neo-feudal cognitive capitalism (chapter 6). On the other, the resilient communities (chapter 7) and the global Commons (chapter 8) reside in the hypothetical model of mature peer production under civic dominance. We postulate that the mature peer production communities pose a sustainable alternative to the capital accumulation, that of the circulation of the Commons. Hence, we make tentative transition proposals for the state, the market and the civic domain towards a Commons-based economy and society (chapter 9). Finally, we conclude with remarks and suggestions for future action.

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Small Is Beautiful: Impressions of Fritz Schumacher

This film is a short documentary portrait of economist, technologist and lecturer Fritz Schumacher. Up to age 45, Schumacher was dedicated to economic growth. Then he came to believe that the modern technological explosion had grown out of all proportion to human need. Author of Small Is Beautiful - A Study of Economics as if People Mattered and founder of the London-based Intermediate Technology Development Group, he championed the cause of "appropriate" technology. The film introduces us to this gentle revolutionary a few months before his death.

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Video of the Day: "Come Back" - the Story of Enric Duran's action and its aftermath

Come Back” is a full-length documentary film detailing the aftermath of Spanish activist Enric Duran’s notorious action against 16 major banks. In case you’re not familiar with his act of “financial civil disobedience”, Duran attained roughly half a million Euros in bank loans and subsequently distributed the funds to support anti-capitalist activist movements. This documentary revisits the years-long preparation for the action itself, and interviews the various groups of activists who consequently benefited from the money. The action also led to the foundation of the revolutionary Catalan Integrated Cooperative, a transition-minded post-capitalist community, which is currently thriving. You can read more about Duran and the CIC in this recent interview with Duran, conducted by Michel Bauwens, John Restakis and Neal Gorenflo.

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Casa dei Beni Comuni - P2P Foundation

Casa dei Beni Comuni - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"We are a group of activists who fight for the conquest and defense of the commons. We are communards, volunteers, precarious, students, retirees, social workers, district policy makers, media and eco-activists. We come from Belluno (Italy), a small mountain province surrounded by the Dolomites, UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. Here, nature covers the biggest part of the province, but commons such water and landscape are constantly in danger. Numerous water predators have built hydroelectric power stations drying up 90% of the rivers’ beds and devastating our territory. Mountain mobility is not sustainable and services are insufficient. We live in a hostile planet where income, culture and rights seem alien elements and loneliness can really hurt. The need of a self-managed social space, in fact, has emerged in different forms and during several years. Finally, we found the place to build our future home, the House of Commons. A social lab in which to build a community response to the crisis, sharing knowledge and experiences. It will be the place of everything that, material or not material, may be self-produced, returned and conquered by the community, making it stronger.

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Facebook and the Future of Global Governance

Facebook and the Future of Global Governance | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Although Facebook is a for-profit organization, its users could transform it into a form of participatory democratic global governance.
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Come on Home!: Ecological Agriculture and Sixteen Wonderful Farms that Point the Way

Come on Home!: Ecological Agriculture and Sixteen Wonderful Farms that Point the Way | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This essay uses over a dozen working farms across the country (& a few other countries) to illustrate some of the key principles of the ecologically-based agriculture that will be required in the transition ahead.  …The next steps are up to you, kid.
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