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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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From Facebook movements to city square movements | openDemocracy

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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Replacing Our Creaking Capitalist Economy - Huffington Post

Replacing Our Creaking Capitalist Economy - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Jeremy Rifkin has done it again. The author of one of the most insightful and influential books of the late 20th century, The End of Work (1995), Rifkin understands the deep structure of our rapidly changing economic system. In his new book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society, Rifkin illustrates how massively computer-based activity will come to displace paid employment as a fundamental driver of our increasingly social economy.

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Open Source Business Models - Dr. Karl Popp

Open Source Business Models - Dr. Karl Popp | 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. 
- See more at: http://drkarlpopp.com/OpenSourceBusinessModels.html#sthash.NXT6NDnS.axSqiN8i.dpuf

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'The People's Platform', by Astra Taylor - Financial Times

'The People's Platform', by Astra Taylor - Financial Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it



When Facebook bought virtual reality headset maker Oculus last month, Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive of the social network, suggested that his acquisition could be “one of the platforms of the future”, hosting everything from Facebook doctors to Facebook malls.

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3D printers and female tourism: the future of accessible travel - West - Welfare Society Territory

3D printers and female tourism: the future of accessible travel - West - Welfare Society Territory | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Accessibility and gender-based tourism are revolutionising travel and cities, according to Pier Luigi Sacco, an internationally renowned cultural economist and professor at IULM University of Milan. West met him exclusively at the Lucca Campus Foundation, where he has just been appointed scientific director. “This is a time of great change and experimentation in the field of accessible tourism and I believe we will see a small revolution in this field in the coming years, through the combination of two seemingly distant factors.”

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Engineering Materials 3D-Printing an Entire Car & a Bigger, Faster Commercial ... - Design News

Engineering Materials 3D-Printing an Entire Car & a Bigger, Faster Commercial ... - Design News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Local Motors is the crowdsourcing car company we told you about back in 2011. It brings together engineers, industrial designers, and transportation designers to co-design a highly specialized vehicle using an open development platform. The company will then produce it in limited runs at a microfactory. In the cooperative research and development agreement with ORNL, the two will aim at solving some of the thorniest problems in applying 3D printing to car production: How to speed up production and assembly time, make it cost less, and reduce part counts, in other words, how to make the production process more efficient.

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Peruse The 3D Printed Recreus Gyrobot Sneaker | CounterKicks

Peruse The 3D Printed Recreus Gyrobot Sneaker | CounterKicks | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

You might remember checking out this video of the Recreus Sneakerbot II a couple weeks back, detailing how Filaflex material is continuously 3-D printed to become a fully wearable sneaker in a matter of minutes.

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Intel Releases $99 “Minnowboard Max,” An Open-Source Single-Board Computer | TechCrunch

Intel Releases $99 “Minnowboard Max,” An Open-Source Single-Board Computer | TechCrunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Not to be outflanked by rivals, Intel has released the $99 Minnowboard Max, a tiny single-board computer that runs Linux and Android. It is completely open source – you can check out the firmware and software here – and runs a 1.91GHz Atom E3845 processor.

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What's the big idea? TED and the 'ideas festival' industry

What's the big idea? TED and the 'ideas festival' industry | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
With the "ideas festival" season in full swing, Matthew Moore speaks to TED co-founder Richard Saul Wurman, whose first conference, in 1984, paved the way for all others.
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Community energy: power to the people

Community energy: power to the people | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Community-owned projects could play a major role in the UK's renewable energy strategy, but they are being thwarted by a lack of investment and imagination
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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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Infographic: co-creation and the collaborative economy – sharing is the new buying

Infographic: co-creation and the collaborative economy – sharing is the new buying | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A new report looking into co-creation and a ‘collaborative economy’ has outlined that sharing online through sites like Airbnb, Uber and Kickstarter is growing, mainstream, pragmatic and satisfying, and as a result, has become a competitive threat to large corporations.

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The Future of Fashion Is Code, Not Couture, Says Designer - Mashable

The Future of Fashion Is Code, Not Couture, Says Designer - Mashable | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Designer Francis Bitonti's Brooklyn studio is an airy space filled with dress forms and lacquered desks piled with books. At first, it looks every bit the traditional atelier. But then you notice a cluster of MakerBots, each glowing purple and constantly printing, fed by spools of filament. Intricate 3D-printed models cover the tables: bowls that look like branches, sculptures like ice crystals, tiny, gemlike cubes.

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Will We Ever Be As Smart As The Web? - Business 2 Community

Will We Ever Be As Smart As The Web? - Business 2 Community | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Futurists predict that technology will surpass human intelligence by the late 2030s. Whilst it’s impossible to forecast this with 100% accuracy in advance, we can already make a sensible judgment on how tomorrow’s highly sophisticated tech might affect our lives.



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Could a smart 3D-printed hive save the bees? - Daily Mail

Could a smart 3D-printed hive save the bees? - Daily Mail | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


This sensory kit was developed by Fab Lab Barcelona and includes hardware, a website and an app.

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Help us develop the future of automotive transportation | Wikispeed

Help us develop the future of automotive transportation | Wikispeed | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Help us develop the future of automotive transportation: Bring home your own prototype to Beta Test with us! $25,000.00 USD.

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Zero Marginal Thinking: Jeremy Rifkin gets it all wrong

Zero Marginal Thinking: Jeremy Rifkin gets it all wrong | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A note from the publisher says Jeremy Rifkin himself asked them to ship me a copy of his latest book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society. It’s obvious why: in writing about the economics of open-source software, he thinks I provided one of the paradigmatic cases of what he wants to write about – the displacement of markets in scarce goods by zero-marginal-cost production. Rifkin’s book is an extended argument that this is is a rising trend which will soon obsolesce not just capitalism as we have known it, but many forms of private property as well.

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'Hackathons' Aim to Solve Health Care's Ills - Wall Street Journal

'Hackathons' Aim to Solve Health Care's Ills - Wall Street Journal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

At Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a recent event called Hacking Medicine's Grand Hackfest attracted more than 450 people to work for one weekend on possible solutions to problems involving diabetes, rare diseases, global health and information technology used at hospitals.

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When all our objects talk, what will they say? - The Networked Society Blog

When all our objects talk, what will they say? - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

There’s a general consensus this year surrounding the next big technological wave: it’s all about wearables. In the long run, most bets are on the Internet of Things. But aside from all the latest devices, these predictions are only scratching the surface of a much larger force that’s just beginning to reshape our world. It’s called datafication, and it’s the subject of a new series of reports where we’re examining how new sources of data are transforming the core functions of a wide range of industries.

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Interview: Community currency engineer Matthew Slater

Interview: Community currency engineer Matthew Slater | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Mutual credit economies, at the absolute ELI5 level, function like a system of IOUs. Everyone has enough money/ credit from the start to live off, and loans are interest-free and dealt with by the participating parties. These economies struggle when scaled beyond a certain number of people because of the ease of exploiting negative balances (think Lloyd Christmas’ suitcase full of IOUs in “Dumb & Dumber”).


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